Coming Soon: April 10th, 2020

Welcome once again to Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! Every week, we tell you all about the various movies that are new to your favorite streaming services. Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of April 10th, 2020:

New Streaming Premieres

Trolls World Tour

Now, you may be thinking, “Wait a minute, how can Trolls World Tour be premiering this weekend if all the theaters are closed?” Well, Universal and DreamWorks Animation have decided to mount one of the first big tests of the COVID-19 stay-at-home period: by taking this tentpole animated family flick out of theaters completely and offering it to rent on VOD services, day-and-date with its original theatrical release date, for just $19.99. Comcast, parent company of Universal, has wanted to try premium rentals for quite some time… and the question will be whether families decide to plunk down money to see this movie digitally, and whether this could have major impacts to home movie debuts if it proves successful. (However, it’s worth noting that theater owners, who are already dealing with the fallout from closing their locations nationwide, are not happy about this at all.)

So, what’s this sequel about? Well, for starters, there are apparently now *six* music-genre-based lands of Trolls: Pop (where our first movie’s cast lives), Techno, Funk, Country, Classical, and Rock. One of those Rock Trolls is Barb (Rachel Bloom from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), the heir to the Rock throne (her dad is voiced, naturally, by Ozzy Osbourne), who decides to conquer the other Troll nations… unless Poppy (Anna Kendrick), Branch (Justin Timerlake), and the rest of the hero trolls defeat her, of course. Representing the other genres of music are such franchise newcomers as Mary J. Blige, George Clinton, Kelly Clarkson, Kenan Thompson, Charlyne Yi, and Sam Rockwell. (Available to rent Friday, April 10th via digital movie providers.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08AExF6dETA

Love Wedding Repeat

Netflix has emerged in recent years as the destination for hit rom-coms… and their latest entry in the genre is this high-concept British wedding comedy. Hunger Games veteran Sam Claflin stars as Jack, who’s trying to give his sister (Eleanor Tomlinson) her dream wedding. However, he has to contend with all sorts of Wacky Wedding Shenanigans, including his ex-girlfriend (Freida Pinto), an old American friend who got away (Olivia Munn), and some accidentally consumed sleep medicine.

Here’s the catch, though, if the Live. Die. Repeat.-esque title didn’t tip you off… The movie actually shows several alternate versions of the same day, with different decisions leading to wildly different outcomes. This movie marks the directing debut of Dean Craig, who’s best known for writing the 2007 British black comedy Death at a Funeral (as well as its 2010 American remake starring Chris Rock); he also wrote the script, which is based on the 2012 French film Plan de table. (Premieres Friday, April 10th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6CyqhYsLqo

Tigertail

On the complete tonal opposite end of the spectrum, Netflix is also debuting this multi-decade Taiwan-American epic drama. It charts the life of Pin-Jui, a Taiwanese factory worker who decides to leave and build a successful life in America. Hong-Chi Lee stars as the younger Pin-Jui, and Tzi Ma (whom you know from such movies as Rush Hour, Arrival, and as Mulan’s dad in the upcoming Mulan remake) plays the older version; Christine Ko and Joan Chen also star. This movie is the feature film directing debut of writer Alan Yang, who wrote on all seven seasons of Parks & Recreation, before teaming up with Aziz Ansari to create the Netflix series Master of None. (Premieres Friday, April 10th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8lp_eI78ZM

The Main Event

Leave it to the WWE to keep figuring out how to sustain programming during the pandemic! Hot on the heels of their two-night, no-audience WrestleMania event, WWE Studios is now premiering their first Netflix movie… and it appears to be the wrestling equivalent of Like Mike? Seth Carr (whose most notable credit as “Young Killmonger” in Black Panther) plays Leo, an 11-year-old boy who finds a magical wrestling mask that gives him super strength. So naturally, he decides to become a WWE Superstar! Kofi Kingston, The Miz, and Sheamus make cameo appearances as themselves, while Adam Pally, Ken Marino, and Tichina Arnold round out the main cast. The movie is directed by TV sitcom director Jay Karas, whose credits include episodes of Workaholics, Superstore, Parks & Recreation, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. (Premieres Friday, April 10th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt1sP3TBgPk

Les Misérables

I know what you’re thinking, so let me be clear: This is not another version of the novel or the musical. 🙂 Instead, this is a tense crime thriller, based on real-life police riots witnessed by the movie’s director and co-writer, Ladj Ly. Set in the aftermath of France winning the 2018 World Cup, the movie follows StephanĂ© (Damien Bonnard), a new-to-town policeman who joins a strike team that uses, umm, unconventional methods for getting justice. But when a slum kid steals a lion – and said lion ends up on the loose – it sets off a chain of events that threatens to put the police squad in a bad light and take them down.

This movie won the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2019, and it was also France’s selection for the Best International Film Oscar. However, that Oscar move elicited a fair amount of controversy from critics and film fans, who hoped that France would nominate the beloved period-piece romance Portrait of a Lady on Fire instead. Now that both movies are easily available on streaming (Portrait is now available on Hulu), you can decide which French film was worth the honor! (Premieres Friday, April 10th on Amazon Prime.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFfdlLW9Rwg

Free HBO Content!

We want to keep you informed of various special streaming offerings designed to keep people entertained at home during the pandemic. Last Friday, HBO announced that for the month of April, they will be streaming a variety of their content for free, without requiring an HBO subscription. This includes not only original HBO content, but also various Warner Bros. feature films that are currently playing on HBO. They include Pokemon Detective Pikachu, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Smallfoot, Storks, Midnight Special, Crazy Stupid Love, Sucker Punch, Unknown, Isn’t It Romantic, Blinded by the Light, and more. For info on all the movies, series and documentaries that are available, click here.

Older Movies New to Streaming

Shudder:

  • Cursed Films episodes 2 (Poltergeist) and 3 (The Omen) (premieres Thursday, April 9th)
  • Absentia (2011) (premieres Monday, April 13th)
  • Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988) (premieres Monday, April 13th)
  • We Are What We Are (2013) (premieres Monday, April 13th)

Netflix:

  • Code 8 (2019) (premieres Saturday, April 11th)
  • For Love or Money (1993) (premieres Wednesday, April 15th)
  • Sprinter (2018) (premieres Wednesday, April 15th)

Hulu:

  • Little Joe (2019) (premieres Thursday, April 9th)
  • Unlocked (2017) (premieres Tuesday, April 14th)
  • Vault (2019) (premieres Tuesday, April 14th)
  • A Teacher (2013) (premieres Wednesday, April 15th)
  • The Messenger (2009) (premieres Wednesday, April 15th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Rambo: Last Blood (2019) (premieres Friday, April 10th)
  • Vault (2019) (premieres Tuesday, April 14th)

Disney+:

  • A Celebration of Music from the ‘Coco’ Premiere (2017) (premieres Friday, April 10th)

HBO GO:

  • It: Chapter Two (2019) (premieres Saturday, April 11th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, April 9th: Criterion Collection Edition #388 – The Two of Us (1967)
  • Friday, April 10th: Double Feature: Dark Desires – Stranger by the Lake (2013), Staying Vertical (2016)
  • Saturday, April 11th: Saturday Matinee: Watership Down (1978)
  • Sunday, April 12th: Starring Gary Cooper – The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926), Lilac Time (1928), A Farewell to Arms (1932), The Wedding Night (1935), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938), The Cowboy and the Lady (1938), The Real Glory (1939), The Westerner (1940), Ball of Fire (1941), Sergeant York (1941), The Pride of the Yankees (1942), The Fountainhead (1949), Task Force (1949), Vera Cruz (1954), Friendly Persuasion (1956), Love in the Afternoon (1957), Man of the West (1958), The Hanging Tree (1959)
  • Monday, April 13th: Three by Otto Preminger – Bonjour Tristesse (1958), Anatomy of a Murder (1959), Bunny Lake is Missing (1965)
  • Tuesday, April 14th: Short + Feature: Blowups – Neighbours (1952); Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
  • Wednesday, April 15th: The Fits (2015)

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Derrick Veurink has been consuming anything and everything movie-related since he was 5, and is an encyclopedic fount of random movie information. He is an avid physical media supporter, and sees nearly every major theatrical release. (Yes, even "Playmobil: The Movie".)
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