Coming Soon: April 17th, 2020

Welcome back to Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! As always, we’re bringing you all the information on what movies are coming to the major streaming services. Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of April 17th, 2020:

New Streaming Premieres


Netflix’s first new movie offering this week – which debuted at 2020’s Sundance – is based on the true story of Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was recruited to serve as a UN diplomat in Iraq shortly after the USA’s 2003 invasion. When he took the job, he only expected it to be a four-month assignment… but it stretched out into something far longer – and ultimately, deadlier. Wagner Moura (best known as Pablo Escobar on Netflix’s Narcos) stars as Sergio, and Ana de Armas (in her first screen appearance since her star-making performance in Knives Out) plays the UN staffer who becomes attracted to him. This is the narrative directing debut of documentarian Greg Barker, who previously covered the man’s story in his 2009 HBO documentary Sergio. (Premieres Friday, April 17th on Netflix.)

The Willoughbys

Netflix’s latest attempt at family entertainment is this animated comedy based on the book by Lois Lowry. It centers around the Willoughby children (led by Will Forte and Alessia Cara), who send their parents (Martin Short and Jane Krakowski) off on a no-children-allowed vacation. This movie is directed and co-written by Kris Pearn, who co-directed Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Other voices include Maya Rudolph as a nanny, Terry Crews as the boss of a candy factory(?), and Ricky Gervais as the movie’s narrator – the family cat. (Premieres Wednesday, April 22nd on Netflix.)

Selah and the Spades

Another Sundance 2020 contender, this Amazon acquisition centers around Selah Summers (Lovie Simone): cheer captain, distributor of all sorts of drugs and alcohol, at her prestigious boarding school… and a soon-to-graduate senior. That last item requires her to find a successor, eventually recruiting Paloma (Celeste O’Connor) to see if she has what it takes to maintain the school status quo. Also starring Moonlight‘s Jharrel Jerome, this is the feature film debut of writer/director Tayarisha Poe. (Premieres Friday, April 17th on Amazon Prime.)

Jane Goodall: The Hope

As a special Earth Day addition to Disney+, the streaming service calls on their newly-acquired National Geographic division to debut a new feature-length documentary on renowned chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall. In particular, this movie follows her as she embarks on various public speaking engagements and educational efforts related to her work. (Premieres Wednesday, April 22nd on Disney+.)

Older Movies New to Streaming


  • Cursed Films episodes 4 (The Crow) and 5 (Twilight Zone: The Movie) (premieres Thursday, April 16th)
  • Extremity (2018) (premieres Monday, April 20th)
  • Voice from the Stone (2017) (premieres Monday, April 20th)


  • Catfish (2010) (premieres Thursday, April 16th)
  • Despicable Me (2010) (premieres Thursday, April 16th)
  • Hail, Caesar! (2016) (premieres Thursday, April 16th)
  • Jem and the Holograms (2015) (premieres Thursday, April 16th)
  • Puerto Ricans in Paris (2015) (premieres Thursday, April 16th)
  • The Green Hornet (2011) (premieres Saturday, April 18th)


  • Harry Benson: Shoot First (2016) (premieres Thursday, April 16th)
  • Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) (premieres Monday, April 20th)
  • A Kind of Murder (2016) (premieres Monday, April 20th)

Amazon Prime:

  • The Lighthouse (2019) (premieres Thursday, April 16th)
  • Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) (premieres Monday, April 20th)


  • Nothing this week. Sorry!


  • Stuber (2019) (premieres Saturday, April 18th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, April 16th: Criterion Collection Edition #861 – 45 Years (2015)
  • Friday, April 17th: Double Feature: Great Heavens! – Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), Down to Earth (1947)
  • Saturday, April 18th: Saturday Matinee: Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)
  • Sunday, April 19th: Directed by Maurice Pialat – L’amour existe (1960), L’enfance nue (1968), We Won’t Grow Old Together (1972), The Mouth Agape (1974), Graduate First (1979), Loulou (1980), À nos amours (1983), Police (1985), Under the Sun of Satan (1987), Van Gogh (1991)
  • Monday, April 20th: Criterion Collection Edition #122 – Salesman (1969)
  • Tuesday, April 21st: Short + Feature: Hair Pieces – The Short and Curlies (1988); Shampoo (1975)
  • Wednesday, April 22nd: Criterion Collection Edition #957 – Mikey and Nicky (1976)

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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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