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I’ll admit that I don’t like these star-studded Agatha Christie-like who-done-its. I feel manipulated & annoyed by them. Which is exactly how I felt in this movie. Actors from Miami Vice, Halloween, Captain America & James Bond!? Why? Not my cup of tea. GRADE “B-“

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At The Fleur Cinema & moving to Netflix on Friday, this is an intimate look at the end of a marriage. Johansson and Driver are both excellent but the story is just downright sad and depressing. Not fun to watch two people argue w/ each other but the acting is spot on! GRADE “B”

AUDIENCE SCORE 83%          IMDB 8.5/10 

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Nothing excites a movie critic more than the names of Scorcese, DeNiro, Pacino, Pesci & Keitel in a movie. What you get here is an over-long look at the lives of “house painters” (aka hitmen) & the rise & fall of Jimmy Hoffa. An excellent movie but falls short of greatness. A-

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I really think this movie should have been great. Unfortunately, a tremendous cast & a well-made film cannot overcome a completely inept story. A botched drug heist leads to 8 dead NYC cops. Then we get endless foot chases & a stream of dirty cops. That’s all you’ve got? C. 

AUDIENCE SCORE 88%          IMDB 6.5 /10 

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An exciting Saturday night in the theater with 400 pre-teen girls. A well made but fairly uneventful film tracing the history of the family back to some dark secrets. One standout musical number and Olaf still the highlight of the movie. B

AUDIENCE SCORE 92%          IMDB 7.2 /10 

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I knew of Mr. Rogers but never watched the show. This movie features him (Tom Hanks) as a real-life character in a journalist’s life. We see the power of his kindness & his level of care. Not the movie I thought it was going to be but an excellent example of this man’s love. A-

AUDIENCE SCORE 91%          IMDB 7.8 /10 

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Real-life recreation of actual events after 9/11 & the torturing of suspects by the CIA. Adam Driver, Jon Hamm, and Annette Bening are tremendous in a very intense, fast-moving film. So fast that it has left DSM. Strong subject. B+

AUDIENCE SCORE N/A          IMDB 7 /10 

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Reserve a slot now on your Top 10 list for this one. There is no such thing as a perfect movie but this one, in my opinion, flirts with that. Damon, never better. Bale, Oscar-worthy. Story & direction stunning. Nothing I didn’t like about this movie & the iMax rocked! Wow!! A

AUDIENCE SCORE 95%          IMDB 8.3 /10 

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The awesome story of Harriet Tubman, the famous slave stealer who managed to free thousands of slaves in her life, is not done justice in this film. It is not a bad film, but it felt like a Disney Channel movie to me. Erivo as Tubman is strong, though & it’s a great lesson. B-

AUDIENCE SCORE 84%          IMDB 6.4 /10 

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A sequel to The Shining, one of the best horror films of all time, is risky at best. McGregor is great as the adult Danny Torrence, still haunted by demons old & new. The attention to detail going backward & forward is awesome. A very worthy sequel and very, very creepy. B+

AUDIENCE SCORE 90%          IMDB 7.8 /10 

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Outrageous, over the top & flat out hilarious comedy about a 10-year old boy trying to join Hitler’s Nazis. Unlikely source material for a comedy, but it works. Rockwell, Wilson & Johansson are great in support as is director/writer Waititi (as Hitler) and the kid is special. A-

AUDIENCE SCORE 90%          IMDB 7.8 /10 

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They’re back!! Hamilton & Schwarzenegger are back & kicking’ butt again. Reminiscent of T1, there’s a young woman being targeted for what she will bring to the future. Way more action than the story but entertaining nonetheless with many nods to previous films. Still fun. B/B+

AUDIENCE SCORE 83%          IMDB 6.6 /10 

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Eddie Murphy is back and with Oscar buzz in DOLEMITE IS MY NAME a crazy remake of a crazy 70’s film. He steals stories & jokes from homeless men to create a character for radio, movies & nightclub act. Very R-rated but also very funny. In theaters & on Netflix. Murphy great. B

AUDIENCE SCORE 96%          IMDB 7.5 /10 

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What happens when you fill a century-old western barn w/ a symphonic orchestra and drop The Boss in the middle? In a word, MAGIC! A film version of his 19th album complete w/ mini-movies between songs to explain this brutally honest & intimate music. Brilliant concept & film A

AUDIENCE SCORE 96%          IMDB 8 /10 

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Oh boy, this one’s a doozie. Black & white independent film about two lighthouse workers, the secrets they have & the tricks they are up to. We get lots of shouting, mermaids, drinking, & raging as they descend into madness. Easily one of the years’ weirdest and worst films! D

AUDIENCE SCORE 87%          IMDB 8.3 /10 

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Another movie I liked but is hard to recommend. Portman very good as a driven female astronaut just returned from a trip to space that might have literally blown her mind. An intense downward spiral follows. Heavy drama. Challenging but never boring. Hamm was very strong too. B/B+

AUDIENCE SCORE 60%          IMDB 4.4 /10 

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Sue and I caught up with the first film Sat night then saw the sequel Sun night. Both were unbelievably raunchy, gory & hilarious. Harrelson and Stone seem to be having great fun. These are amazingly R-rated but if you can handle the gore, great fun. Original B+ and sequel B

AUDIENCE SCORE 92%          IMDB 7.4/10 

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An animated version of the classic TV/movie series is a fairly brilliant move. Well written, well-voiced & very clever. A great way for kids to get into this series & oddball characters. It seems like a setup for a TV series. Theron, Isaac, Midler, Janney bring vocal fun. B

AUDIENCE SCORE 81%                       IMDB 5.8/10 

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What has happened to Will Smith? Remember when he literally owned the 4th of July? This by-the-books action film is v. disappointing. Technology is great. Story and acting are not. When did the one actor playing two roles (one CGI) gimmick actually work? Doesn’t here. C-

AUDIENCE SCORE 82%          IMDB 5.7/10 

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I don’t even like Ronstadt but this movie was an exceptional look at her career & her talents. Dolly Parton says Ronstadt can sing anything & the movie goes to show you that she not only could but has. Excellent look at a stunning career & life. Grade…A

AUDIENCE SCORE 91%          IMDB 9/10 

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I’m honestly torn on this one. Well acted, well-made film that is far from entertaining! Dark, dirty & very disturbing. I can see where fears of violence came from. Loved Phoenix & the booming soundtrack & songs. I can give it an A- but will recommend this to only a few.

AUDIENCE SCORE 94%          IMDB 9/10 

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 Oscar buzz for RZ is huge, & warranted. She tackles a tough task taking on Judy Garland. Looks the part, sounds the part but the singing not so much. Who could? The end of Garland’s life was not pleasant. Booze, drugs and little love. RZ is great, movie…good to v good B+

AUDIENCE SCORE 86%          IMDB 7/10 

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Nice to see a challenging movie for a change. Not sure if this movie won’t require multiple viewings to completely catch all that is going on. Pitt heads to space to see if his long lost father is alive. I liked it but I’m not exactly sure of everything that went on. Trippy. B

AUDIENCE SCORE 58%          IMDB 7.1/10 

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I’m a sucker for a good Rambo movie, but this is not a good Rambo movie. Living in what looks like Texas with an older woman & her granddaughter. The girl goes to Mexico alone (!) looking for deadbeat dad. Then it gets sleazy, really creepy, dark and uber-violent. C-

AUDIENCE SCORE 95%          IMDB 7.2/10 

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Based on a Pulitzer prize-winning book that I have not read, this movie is a mess. At 2.5 hrs. I had plenty of time to shake my head, trying to figure out how this could have gone wrong. Deadbeat dads, terrorist strike, drug dealing Russians & a secret that everyone knew. C-

AUDIENCE SCORE 85%          IMDB 6.4/10 

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Not sure about all this talk of an Oscar for J Lo? A true story inspired this story about strippers drugging men & stealing from them. Sounds exciting. It’s not. It’s pretty tame and dare I say, boring. The acting is only okay at best. The story?! C

AUDIENCE SCORE 83%          IMDB 5.5/10 

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The original IT was a huge hit & this second chapter is as well. 27 years later the Loser Club is called to once again stop Pennywise the Clown. The cast is strong, the story well done and the film is full of creepy terror. Bloody, gory and at times intense. VERY R-rated. B+

AUDIENCE SCORE 87%          IMDB 7.1/10 

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A painfully sad look at a female bee-hunter in Europe living in horrific poverty w/ a rapidly failing mother. She tends bees in cracks & crevices of the hilly terrain around her shack. A neighbor threatens this delicate balance. This didn’t work for me at all. Too bleak. C-

AUDIENCE SCORE 93%          IMDB 8.1/10 

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Tough to review a movie with this much violence, profanity & blood BUT it is original, creative & in parts flat out funny. The bride surprised on her wedding night with a deadly game of hide & seek. If she lives til dawn, her in-laws die. Better than it looks with cautions!! B-

AUDIENCE SCORE 86%          IMDB 7.2/10 

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Nearly impossible to review a Tarentino movie in 280 characters. Another wild, bloated, crazy ride with an A A-list cast. 1969 was a huge turning point for our country and Tarentino captures it perfectly. Great fun and joy with danger and evil lurking around every corner. A-

AUDIENCE SCORE 92%          IMDB 9.2/10 

Coming Soon – Top 10 Christmas Movies

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The Weekend of November 29 – December 1, 2019



‘Frozen II’ Feasts on Thanksgiving Records While ‘Knives Out’ & ‘Queen & Slim’ Enjoy Strong Holiday Openings


The folks at Disney have full bellies after the animated feature Frozen II delivered three and five-day Thanksgiving records as the film topped $287 million domestically after just ten days in release and $739 million globally in the film’s first 12 days. But it wasn’t all Disney this weekend as Lionsgate’s Knives Out exceeded expectations with a five-day performance topping $41 million, and Universal’s Queen & Slim found a place in the top five.

With an estimated $85.2 million three-day and a $123.7 million five-day performance, Disney’s Frozen II not only topped the standard and extended weekend, but it also delivered record performances serving as the most significant three and five-day grosses over the Thanksgiving holiday frame ever. To go along with that, the film has now grossed over $287 million in just ten days of release trailing just Incredibles 2 over the same number of days, which stood at an impressive $349.7 million after just ten days. In fact, Frozen II is already the 17th highest-grossing animated film ever and is showing little sign of stopping.

Internationally, the film added another $163.8 million over the three-day and has now grossed $451 million overseas, already having topped the original Frozen in several markets, including China. That puts the global total at $738.6 million after just 12 days in the release as it remains the #1 film in all markets released other than India, where it is still the #1 western title. This weekend the animated juggernaut opened in Russia ($13.7m), Italy ($8.6m) and Australia ($6.6m) with openings in South Africa, Uruguay and Paraguay set for next weekend while a January 2 release in Brazil remains the last major market where the film has yet to release.

Netflix Series for BINGE Watching.  Prepare to Get Hooked!  December

If you’ve never indulged in a binge-watching series sessions, you don’t know what you’ve lost. Watching a full season (or all the seasons) of some of the best shows on Netflix is a great way to keep up with all the TV shows you have missed out. It’s an excellent way to spend a rainy or snowy weekend with nothing to do! Netflix offers some of the best TV shows and Movies plus Netflix originals, and there’s always something to watch.


Echo in the Canyon

A look at how musical groups such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas & the Papas birthed the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene and how the echo of these artists’ creations reverberated across the world.
Director: Andrew Slater
Cinematography: Brett Turnbull, Vance Burberry, Kyle Kibbe, Pat Darrin, Mark Williams, Garry Waller
Producers: Andrew Slater, Eric Barrett.  Mr. Movie Reviews gave it a Grade of “B” and loved the music.

The Irishman 

Martin Scorsese’s latest tells the story of a mob hitman who recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa. Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in this gangster epic from Netflix that already has fans salivating, despite its epic 3.5-hour runtime. It premiered to rave reviews at New York Film Festival, only solidifying its case as a major contender during awards season. (Nov. 26)

The King (2019)

Timothee Chalamet stars as the wayward prince and heir to the English throne who is crowned King Henry V after his tyrannical father dies, as he must navigate palace politics, the war his father left behind and the emotional strings of his past life. From “Animal Kingdom” director David Michod, it also stars Timothée Chalamet, Ben Mendelsohn and Lily-Rose Depp. (Nov. 1)

American Son (2019)

Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale star as an estranged couple who reunite in a Florida police station to help find their missing teenage son. From director Kenny Leon. (Nov. 1)

Earthquake Bird (2019)

An enigmatic translator with a dark past is brought in for questioning after an ex-pat friend, who came between her and her photographer boyfriend, ends up missing and presumed dead. Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander stars. (Nov. 15)

The Crown (season 3)

The third season of this popular Netflix original series will cover Harold Wilson’s time as Prime Minister, the Aberfan disaster, the Apollo 11 moon landing and other significant historical moments from the Queen’s point of view. (Nov. 17)

The Devil Next Door (2019)

A Cleveland grandfather is brought to trial in Israel, accused of being the infamous Nazi death camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible. (Nov. 4)

Green Eggs and Ham

An animated series based on the popular Dr. Seuss story, starring Adam Devine and Jillian Bell. (Nov. 8)

The Stranded

When a tsunami strands dozens of teens on an island at their private school, they soon realize no rescuers are coming and they must save themselves. (Nov. 14)

December Release Calendar

The Highlight’s of  Movies Opening Around the Country

The Week of December 2, 2019 

Check your local listings to see what movies are opening around you!

Dark Waters

PG-13 2019 ‧ Drama/Legal thriller ‧ 2h 6m

A tenacious attorney uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths to one of the world’s largest corporations. While trying to expose the truth, he soon finds himself risking his future, his family and his own life.

Director: Todd Haynes
Screenplay: Mario Correa, Matthew Michael Carnahan
Producers: Mark Ruffalo, Christine Vachon, Pamela Koffler

Little Joe

Drama/Sci-fi ‧ 1h 45m

Alice, a single mother, is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. Against company policy, she takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe.

Director: Jessica Hausner
Production company: Coop99

Playmobil: The Movie

PG | 1h 39min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A young woman travels to the animated world of Playmobil to find her missing younger brother, Charlie. In order to bring him back home, she must embark on a thrilling adventure.

Director: Lino DiSalvo
Writers: Blaise Hemingway (screenplay by), Greg Erb

December Must-See Movies on the Web-Monster Must-See List

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Doctor Sleep
R | 2h 31min | Horror | 11/8

Years following the events of “The Shining,” a now-adult Dan Torrance meets a young girl with similar powers as he tries to protect her from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.
Director: Mike Flanagan
Writers: Stephen King, Mike Flanagan 
Stars: Rebecca Ferguson, Ewan McGregor, Danny Lloyd

PG-13 | 2h 18min | Action, Drama, History | 11/8

US soldiers and pilots change the course of World War II during the Battle of Midway in June 1942. The US and Imperial Japanese naval forces fought for four days.
Release date: November 8, 2019 (USA) The story of the Battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it.
Director: Roland Emmerich
Writer: Wes Tooke
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson 

Charlie’s Angels
PG-13 | 1h 59min | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 11/15

When a young systems engineer blows the whistle on a dangerous technology, Charlie’s Angels are called into action, putting their lives on the line to protect us all.
Director: Elizabeth Banks
Writers: Elizabeth BanksEvan Spiliotopoulos 
Stars: Naomi Scott, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin

Ford v Ferrari
PG-13 | 2h 32min | Action, Biography, Drama  11/15

American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.
Director: James Mangold
Writers: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth
Stars: Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Caitriona Balfe 

The Good Liar
R | 1h 49min | Drama  11/15

Career con artist Roy Courtnay can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life. Director: Bill Condon
Writers: Jeffrey Hatcher, Nicholas Searle (novel)
Stars: Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson

R | 2h 15min | Drama, Romance  11/15

Traces the journey of a suburban African-American family – led by a well-intentioned but domineering father – as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath of a loss.
Director: Trey Edward Shults
Writer: Trey Edward Shults
Stars: Taylor Russell, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Alexa Demie

Frozen II
PG | 1h 43min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy 11/22

Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa’s powers in order to save their kingdom.
Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Writers: Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez 
Stars: Kristen Bell, Jason Ritter, Jonathan Groff 

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
1h 48min | Biography, Drama  11/22

Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. A journalist’s life is enriched by friendship when he takes on an assignment profiling Fred Rogers. Based on the real-life friendship between journalist Tom Junod and television star Fred Rogers.
Director: Marielle Heller
Writers: Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster
Stars: Tom Hanks, Christine Lahti, Matthew Rhys 

21 Bridges
1h 39min | Action, Crime, Drama  11/22

After uncovering a massive conspiracy, an embattled NYPD detective joins a citywide manhunt for two young cop killers. As the night unfolds, he soon becomes unsure of who to pursue — and who’s in pursuit of him. When the search intensifies, authorities decide to take extreme measures by closing all of Manhattan’s 21 bridges to prevent the suspects from escaping.                      Director: Brian Kirk
Writers: Adam Mervis, Matthew Michael Carnahan
Stars: Sienna Miller, Taylor Kitsch, Gary Carr 

Dark Waters
PG-13 | Biography, Drama, History | 11/22

A tenacious attorney uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths to one of the world’s largest corporations. While trying to expose the truth, he soon finds himself risking his future, his family and his own life.
Director: Todd Haynes
Writers: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Mario Correa 
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, William Jackson Harper

Knives Out 
PG-13 | 2h 10min | Comedy, Crime, Drama 11/27 

A detective and trooper travel to a lush estate to interview the quirky relatives of a patriarch who died during his 85th birthday celebration.
Director: Rian Johnson
Writer: Rian Johnson
Stars: Ana de Armas, Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis

Queen & Slim
R | 2h 12min | Drama 11/27 

Slim and Queen’s first date takes an unexpected turn when a policeman pulls them over for a minor traffic violation. When the situation escalates, Slim takes the officer’s gun and shoots him in self-defense. Now labeled cop killers in the media, Slim and Queen feel that they have no choice but to go on the run and evade the law. When a video of the incident goes viral, the unwitting outlaws soon become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief, and pain for people all across the country.

Web-Monster’s TOP NOVEMBER Movie Pick!


US soldiers and pilots change the course of World War II during the Battle of Midway in June 1942. The US and Imperial Japanese naval forces fought for four days.
Release date: November 8, 2019 (USA)
Director: Roland Emmerich
Budget: 59.5 million USD
Production companies: Centropolis Entertainment, Polybona Films, Street Entertainment
Producers: Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser

A Great Movie Theater To Watch A Movie in and Around Des Moines, Iowa.  “Locally Owned”

R.L. Fridley Theatres, Inc. was formed as an Iowa corporation in 1974. Our founder, Robert L. Fridley, has been a prominent leader in the motion picture theatre exhibition business for over sixty years.

Our Mission

Fridley Theatres strives to provide exceptional service and presentation, great entertainment choices, and competitive prices to the local communities we serve.

The Fleur Cinema and Café almost has it all: the most intelligent Hollywood films, the critically acclaimed indie films, even the occasional local film. Combine that with modern décor, a diverse menu of concessions and reasonable prices—in a refurbished space that was once occupied by a run-of-the-mill multiplex. It’s clear why this locally owned theater has drawn audiences since 2001, without having to rely on blockbusters.

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