Coming Soon: April 16th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! Again, we have another light April week in the calm before the summer movie season… but we’re also starting to see theaters prepare for the imminent Oscars, and we’ve also got a local live movie-related event to discuss! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of April 16th, 2021:

Featured Title: In the Earth

This weekend’s lone major theatrical release is this pandemic-inspired horror movie, which was filmed secretly last year during lockdown by writer/director Ben Wheatley… whom you know from Kill List, High-Rise, and Free Fire, and who is about to enter the world of blockbuster filmmaking with the upcoming sequel to The Meg! During a deadly viral outbreak, a scientist and a park ranger journey through the night into a terrifying forest, where the scientist hopes to find a colleague who disappeared recently. (Opens Friday, April 16th in theaters nationwide.)

New to Streaming and VOD

Arlo the Alligator Boy

This weekend, Netflix gives us the first of two major animated movies that they have on tap for April. It follows Arlo, a boy who’s half-alligator and half-human, as he leaves his swamp to head to New York City to find his father. With the voices of Michael J. Woodard, Brett Gelman, Tony Hale, Flea, Annie Potts, and Jennifer Coolidge. This is the feature directing debut of Ryan Crego, a DreamWorks Animation veteran who also worked on Nickelodeon’s Sanjay and Craig. (Premieres Friday, April 16th on Netflix.)


For those of you currently watching Sebastian Stan in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, you may be surprised to hear that he has a rom-com (of sorts) dropping this weekend. He and Denise Gough play two Americans in Greece, who have a whirlwind weekend of passion in Athens before she returns to America for good. (Premieres Friday, April 16th on VOD services.)

The Banishing

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: a horror movie based on what’s supposedly “the most haunted house in England”! When a reverend, his wife and daughter move into a manor, an evil spirit threatens the young girl. Starring Jessica Brown Findlay, John Heffernan, John Lynch, and Sean Harris; directed by Chris Smith (Creep, Severance). (Premieres Thursday, April 15th on Shudder.)

The SDSO Presents: A Night at the Movies!

As things continue to slowly reopen, we have our first movie-themed South Dakota Symphony Orchestra concert since the start of the pandemic! On Saturday, April 17th at 7:30 PM, the SDSO will perform selections from famous movie scores, including Psycho, Schindler’s List, Jaws, and much more! For more information (including the ability to attend that afternoon’s dress rehearsal instead), check out the page for this event on the Washington Pavilion’s web site.

Cinemark Oscar Week!

Starting this Monday, April 19th, Cinemark continues their annual tradition of showcasing the Best Picture Oscar nominees, by holding their annual Oscar week! This year, Cinemark locations nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls, will be showing all 8 Best Picture nominees during the week of April 19th-25th, including Nomadland, Minari, Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal, Judas and the Black Messiah, The Father, and yes, even the Netflix nominees Mank and The Trial of the Chicago 7! Tickets for each showing are just $5 each! In addition, Cinemark will also show the live-action and animated Oscar-nominated shorts on April 23rd, 24th, and 25th for $10 per ticket! For more information, check out Cinemark’s Oscar week page.

Returning to Theaters

La Bamba

TCM keeps chugging away with their Fathom Events retro screenings, as this weekend brings us the 1987 biopic starring Lou Diamond Phillips as rock-and-roll singer Ritchie Valens, who died when he was only 17 in the same plane crash that also took the lives of Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper. Also starring Esai Morales, Elizabeth Peña, Joe Pantoliano, and Rick Dees. (Showing Sunday, April 18th, Wednesday, April 21st, and Thursday, April 22nd in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)

Showing at the State!

Thelma & Louise

Ridley Scott’s seminal 1991 movie, about two women whose road trip turns into a multi-state manhunt, kicks off this weekend at the State! Starring Geena Davis & Susan Sarandon in the title roles (which they both received Best Actress nominations for), along with Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Christopher McDonald, and a very young Brad Pitt! Overall, the movie was nominated for six Oscars total, winning one for Best Original Screenplay. (Showing Thursday, April 15th, Saturday, April 17th, and Sunday, April 18th at the State Theatre.)

Bull Durham

Susan Sarandon has not one, but two movies at the State this weekend, as the 1988 baseball comedy from writer/director Ron Shelton (White Men Can’t Jump, Tin Cup) plays as part of the Staff Picks series. Sarandon plays a groupie for a minor-league North Carolina baseball team who picks pitcher “Nuke” LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) as her “student” for the season… but finds herself falling in love with veteran catcher “Crash” Davis (Kevin Costner) instead. (Showing Friday, April 16th, Saturday, April 17th, and Sunday, April 18th at the State Theatre.)


This week’s vintage classic at the State is a treat: the 1963 romance-thriller-comedy hybrid starring Audrey Hepburn as a woman who’s being pursued through Paris by several men who’s after a fortune in treasure that her newly-deceased husband stole. Along for the ride is Cary Grant, as a mysterious man of many identities, whom Hepburn isn’t sure she can trust. Also starring Walter Matthau, James Coburn, and George Kennedy (with a hook hand!); directed by Stanley Donen, notching his second film at the newly-reopened State, following Singin’ in the Rain! (Showing Friday, April 16th, Saturday, April 17th, and Sunday, April 18th at the State Theatre.)

The Black Stallion

Wrapping up the weekend is this week’s kids’ matinee: The 1979 adaptation of the classic children’s novel, about a young boy who befriends a stallion after they both survive a shipwreck. Starring Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, and Teri Garr; directed by Carroll Ballard (Never Cry Wolf, Fly Away Home). Of special note: This movie was produced by our director of the month, Mr. Francis Ford Coppola! (Showing Saturday, April 17th only at the State Theatre.)

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Willy’s Wonderland (2021)

Older Movies New to Streaming


  • The Master (2012) (premieres Thursday, April 15th)
  • Crimson Peak (2015) (premieres Friday, April 16th)
  • Rush (2013) (premieres Friday, April 16th)
  • Synchronic (2020) (premieres Friday, April 16th)
  • The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017) (premieres Friday, April 16th)
  • Miss Sloane (2016) (premieres Friday, April 19th)


  • Fly Like a Girl (2020) (premieres Friday, April 16th)
  • Songbird (2020) (premieres Friday, April 16th)
  • Modern Persuasion (2020) (premieres Saturday, April 17th)
  • Thelma (2017) (premieres Saturday, April 17th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Somewhere (2010) (premieres Friday, April 16th)
  • Wander (2020) (premieres Friday, April 16th)
  • Merantau (2010) (premieres Wednesday, April 21st)
  • Venus and Serena (2013) (premieres Wednesday, April 21st)


  • The Stepfather (1987) (premieres Monday, April 19th)
  • Thale (2012) (premieres Monday, April 19th)
  • The Conspiracy (2012) (premieres Monday, April 19th)
  • Housebound (2014) (premieres Monday, April 19th)


  • The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) (premieres Friday, April 16th)
  • Rio (2011) (premieres Friday, April 16th)
  • White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf (1995) (premieres Friday, April 16th)

HBO Max:

  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012) (premieres Saturday, April 17th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Friday, April 16th: Double Feature: Stranger Danger – Picnic (1955); To Sleep with Anger (1990)
  • Saturday, April 17th: Saturday Matinees: Winged Migration (2001)
  • Monday, April 19th: True Stories – The World of Gilbert & George (1981)
  • Tuesday, April 20th: Short + Feature: Childhood Interrupted – Rupture (2018), New Homeland (2018)
  • Wednesday, April 21st: Directed by Isabel Sandoval – Señorita (2011), Apparition (2012)

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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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