Coming Soon: April 1st, 2022

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This weekend kicks off a fairly stacked April, by traditional means… and that’s no April Fools! We’ve got multiple Marvel efforts, an ensemble comedy, an animated flashback, and much more! Here’s what coming soon for the week of April 1st, 2022:

Featured Title: Morbius

Sony’s latest attempt to create their own Spider-Man Cinematic Universe finally hits theaters this weekend, after nearly 2 years of delays! (Original release date, pre-COVID? July 31st, 2020!) Jared Leto stars as biochemist Dr. Michael Morbius, who attempts to cure himself of a rare blood disease, and ends up turning himself into a super-powered vampire! Also starring Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Matt Smith, and (reprising his role as The Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming) Michael Keaton! Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, 2017’s Life). (Opening in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD, the Century East at Dawley Farm, and the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls, on Friday, April 1st, with previews starting at 4PM on Thursday, March 31st.)

New to Streaming and VOD

Moon Knight

Morbius isn’t the only Marvel offering this week… as Disney+’s next MCU series kicks off! This 6-episode series stars Oscar Isaac as Moon Knight, aka Marc Spector, a mercenary with dissociative identity disorder, and Ethan Hawke as his opponent, religious cult leader Arthur Harrow. Mohamed Diab (Eshtebak (Clash)) directs 4 of the 6 episodes, with Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead (The Endless, Synchronic) directing the other 2… a role that they’ll continue as the head directors of Loki Season 2! (Premieres Wednesday, March 30th on Disney+, with a new episode every Wednesday through May 4th.)

The Bubble

If you thought the era of COVID-inspired movies has ended… You! Were! Wrong!!! This is the latest comedy directed and co-written by Judd Apatow, which is about the cast and crew of a dinosaur-blockbuster sequel who find themselves in a quarantine bubble when COVID-19 breaks out during filming. (In case you didn’t know, this is loosely inspired by the real-life production of Jurassic World: Dominion, in which the cast and crew were forced to live together in a London hotel during production in the summer of 2020.) Starring Karen Gillan, Keegan-Michael Key, David Duchovny, Leslie Mann, Pedro Pascal, Maria Bakalova, Peter Serafinocwicz, Rob Delaney, Fred Armisen, and Iris Apatow. (Premieres Friday, April 1st on Netflix.)

Apollo 10 1/2: A Space-Age Childhood

Apatow isn’t the only auteur with a new Netflix movie this weekend: We’ve also got Richard Linklater’s new semi-autobiographical movie, which just debuted at South by Southwest! Based on Linklater’s childhood in late-1960s Houston, this covers the summer of 1969, and in particular, how the moon landing affected his community. And like “Waking Life” and “A Scanner Darkly”, this movie is rotoscope-animated, derived from footage shot at Robert Rodriguez’s studios in early 2020. Featuring the voices of Glen Powell, Zachary Levi, and Jack Black. (Premieres Friday, April 1st on Netflix.)

The Contractor

Next, we have a recent STX burnoff that’s heading to VOD services via Paramount. A former Army sergeant (Chris Pine) who’s in debt becomes a contractor for a private military force… but when his first job goes wrong, he goes on the run! Also starring Kiefer Sutherland, Ben Foster, Gillian Jacobs and Eddie Marsan! (Premieres Friday, April 1st on digital VOD services.)

Moonshot

In the future, two college kids (Cole Sprouse and Lana Condor) decide to reunite with their respective lovers the only way they know how: by sneaking aboard a shuttle to Mars! Also starring Zach Braff. (Premieres Thursday, March 31st on HBO Max.)

Better Nate Than Ever

Disney+’s latest original movie follows 7th-grader Nate (Rueby Wood), who’s got big Broadway dreams! So, he sneaks to New York to audition for a new Broadway musical version of Lilo & Stitch! (Gotta love that Disney synergy!) Also starring Lisa Kudrow; written and directed by Tim Federle (creator of Disney+’s High School Musical: The Musical – The Series), and based on his novel of the same name. (Premieres Friday, April 1st on Disney+.)

Night’s End

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: A shut-in video blogger moves into a haunted apartment, and hires a stranger to exorcise it… with terrifying results! Starring Geno Walker, with a brief pop-in by Michael Shannon! (Premieres Thursday, March 31st on Shudder.)

Returning to Theaters

Princess Mononoke

This week, the 2022 edition of the annual Studio Ghibli Fest kicks off, with Hayao Miyazaki’s 1997 animated epic, in which young warrior Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a battle between humans and the forest! The Monday night screening is the original Japanese soundtrack, whereas the Sunday afternoon and Wednesday night showings are of the 1999 English dub, featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Billy Bob Thornton! (Showing Sunday, April 3rd, Monday, April 4th, and Wednesday, April 6th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls.)

Showing at the State!

2001: A Space Odyssey

This week, the State’s 9-film Stanley Kubrick Director’s Series reaches its midpoint, with arguably the biggest Kubrick movie of them all: His 1968 futuristic space epic, which takes us from the Dawn of Man to a Jupiter mission in which two spacemen (Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood) square off against the super-intelligent HAL 9000 computer! Featuring awe-inspiring visual effects and an iconic classical soundtrack (including the iconic “Also Sprach Zarathustra”), this is one movie you don’t want to miss on the big screen… and to that effect, the State has added an additional showtime on Saturday to accommodate demand! (Showing Wednesday, March 30th and Saturday, April 2nd at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

April Fools Mystery Movie

Last year on April 1st, the State hosted its first Mystery Movie, in which patrons bought tickets without knowing exactly what movie would be shown! That movie was ultimately revealed to be 1985’s Clue… and now, the State is bringing it back this April Fools Day for what’s becoming an annual tradition! All we know as of this writing is that the movie is from the 1970s, 1980s, or 1990s… and that it’s rated PG! (Showing one night only, Friday, April 1st, at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

Innerspace

Next up is the State’s latest Staff Pick: The 1987 sci-fi comedy from director Joe Dante (GremlinsThe ‘Burbs), which won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects! Dennis Quaid stars as test pilot Tuck Pendleton, who takes part in a cutting-edge 24-hour miniaturization experiment… and ends up being injected into the body of a mild-mannered grocery store clerk (Martin Short)! Also starring Meg Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Robert Picardo, Henry Gibson, and – of course – Dante regular Dick Miller! (Showing Saturday, April 2nd and Sunday, April 3rd at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

Moneyball

As of this writing, the 2022 Major League Baseball season is imminent, with opening day set for April 7th… so why not celebrate with one of the best recent baseball films: This 2011 drama from director Bennett Miller (CapoteFoxcatcher) starring Brad Pitt as Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane, who, with the help of his assistant GM Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), uses sabermetrics to build a winning team! Also starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Pratt, and Robin Wright. (Showing one day only, Sunday, April 3rd, at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

CODA

Finally, the State is adding one more last-minute selection to their recent series of Oscar-nominated films… and it’s a title that’s been a long time coming to the State: The newly-minted winner of 3 Academy Awards during this Sunday night’s ceremony, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay! This 2021 Sundance hit stars Emilia Jones as Ruby, the titular CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), who helps her deaf parents (Best Supporting Actor winner Troy Kotsur and Marlee Matlin) and brother (Daniel Durant) make their way through the hearing world. But when her music teacher (Eugenio Derbez) helps her compete for a prestigious music academy scholarship, she must decide whether to stay with her family, or set out for her own dreams. (Showing Sunday, April 3rd and Tuesday, April 5th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K UHD

  • Sing 2 (2021)
  • Marry Me (2022)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix (all movies premiering Friday, April 1st):

  • Any Given Sunday (1999)
  • Argo (2012)
  • Blade (1998)
  • Blade II (2002)
  • Blade: Trinity (2004)
  • The Blind Side (2009)
  • Blow (2001)
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  • Catch and Release (2007)
  • A Cinderella Story (2004)
  • Delta Farce (2007)
  • Eagle Eye (2008)
  • Four Brothers (2005)
  • Full Metal Jacket (1987)
  • Grown Ups (2010)
  • Her (2013)
  • How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
  • Inception (2010)
  • Love Actually (2003)
  • Molly’s Game (2017)
  • Monster-in-Law (2005)
  • New York Minute (2004)
  • The Nut Job (2014)
  • Puss in Boots (2011)
  • The Rental (2020)
  • The Ring (2002)
  • Rumor Has It… (2005)
  • Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  • Sherlock Holmes (2009)
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
  • Shrek Forever After (2010)
  • Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
  • We the Animals (2018)

Hulu (all movies premiering Friday, April 1st):

  • Antz (1998)
  • Armored (2009)
  • Austenland (2013)
  • Battleship (2012)
  • Blind Date (1987)
  • Blue Streak (1999)
  • Boys on the Side (1995)
  • Brigsby Bear (2017)
  • Casper (1995)
  • Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie (1980)
  • Conspiracy Theory (1997)
  • Copycat (1995)
  • Crank (2006)
  • Death at a Funeral (2007)
  • Definitely, Maybe (2008)
  • The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)
  • Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
  • The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
  • Fly Away Home (1996)
  • Get Him to the Greek (2010)
  • Glee: The Concert Movie (2011)
  • Hanna (2011)
  • Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)
  • I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007)
  • In the Army Now (1994)
  • Instructions Not Included (2013)
  • The International (2009)
  • John Carpenter’s Vampires (1998)
  • Just My Luck (2006)
  • Knowing (2009)
  • Look Who’s Talking (1989)
  • Looper (2012)
  • Love Actually (2003)
  • Made in America (1993)
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins (2011)
  • The Negotiator (1998)
  • Open Range (2004)
  • Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
  • Phantom (2013)
  • Postcards from the Edge (1990)
  • The Power of One (1992)
  • Practical Magic (1998)
  • Radio (2003)
  • Ramona and Beezus (2010)
  • Runaway Jury (2003)
  • Scooby-Doo (2002)
  • Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)
  • Shrek (2001)
  • Shrek 2 (2004)
  • The Siege (1998)
  • Single White Female (1992)
  • Stay (2005)
  • The Tailor of Panama (2001)
  • That’s My Boy (2012)
  • Think Like a Man (2012)
  • Three Fugitive (1989)
  • Twilight (2008)
  • The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)
  • Vertical Limit (2000)
  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)
  • Watchmen (2009)
  • Wolf (1994)

Amazon Prime (all movies premiering Friday, April 1st):

  • Armageddon (1998)
  • The Bank Job (2008)
  • Be Cool (2005)
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
  • Benny and Joon (1993)
  • Blow Out (1981)
  • The Bodyguard (1992)
  • Braveheart (1995)
  • Bringing Down the House (2003)
  • Brown Sugar (2002)
  • Bull Durham (1988)
  • Carrie (1976)
  • Cast Away (2000)
  • Cedar Rapids (2011)
  • The Color of Money (1986)
  • Compliance (2012)
  • Con Air (1997)
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
  • Date Night (2010)
  • Deadfall (2013)
  • Dirty Dancing (1987)
  • District 9 (2009)
  • Fargo (1996)
  • Garden State (2004)
  • Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
  • The Hot Chick (2002)
  • The Idolmaker (1980)
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
  • Jeepers Creepers 2 (2002)
  • Jet Li’s Fearless (2006)
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
  • The Joy Luck Club (1993)
  • Knowing (2009)
  • Lions for Lambs (2007)
  • Mystic Pizza (1988)
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
  • Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior (2005)
  • Pineapple Express (2008)
  • Raging Bull (1980)
  • The Recruit (2003)
  • Revolutionary Road (2008)
  • Rushmore (1999)
  • Saved! (2004)
  • Shanghai Noon (2000)
  • Shrek Forever After (2010)
  • Signs (2002)
  • The Sixth Sense (1999)
  • The Spy Next Door (2010)
  • Steve Jobs: The Man In the Machine (2015)
  • Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
  • Unbreakable (2000)
  • Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
  • The Watch (2012)
  • The Woman in Red (1984)
  • Young Frankenstein (1974)

Shudder (all movies premiering Friday, April 1st, except where noted):

  • Candyman (1992)
  • The Evil Dead (1981)
  • Evil Dead II (1987)
  • The Fog (1980)
  • Near Dark (1987)
  • The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
  • Session 9 (2001)
  • The Funhouse (1981)
  • The Devils (1971)
  • Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
  • Ritual (2012) (premieres Monday, April 4th)
  • Summer of 84 (2018) (premieres Monday, April 4th)

Disney+:

  • Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005) (premieres Friday, April 1st)
  • Chasing Mavericks (2012) (premieres Wednesday, April 6th)

HBO Max (all movies premiering Friday, April 1st, except where noted):

  • 10 (1979)
  • Annabelle (2014)
  • Armed and Dangerous (1986)
  • The Asphalt Jungle (1959)
  • Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach (2009)
  • Battle Los Angeles (2011)
  • Beetlejuice (1988)
  • Bells Are Ringing (1960)
  • The Big Chill (1983)
  • The Big House (1930)
  • Black Gold (1947)
  • Blood Ties (2014)
  • The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)
  • Boys’ Night Out (1962)
  • The Break-Up (2006)
  • Brewster McCloud (1970)
  • The Brothers Solomon (2007)
  • Capote (2005)
  • Captains Courageous (1937)
  • Chicago (2002)
  • Children of the Damned (1964)
  • The Chosen (1982)
  • Dances with Wolves (1990)
  • Erased (2013)
  • Five Easy Pieces (1970)
  • The Freshman (1990)
  • Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)
  • Girl Most Likely (2013)
  • Graffiti Bridge (1990)
  • The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
  • Hugo (2011)
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • Insidious (2010)
  • Iron Eagle (1986)
  • Iron Eagle II (1988)
  • Kin (2018)
  • Krull (1983)
  • The Ladies Man (2000)
  • Larry Crowne (2011)
  • The Last Airbender (2010)
  • The Last Detail (1973)
  • The Last Dragon (1985)
  • Les Miserables (1998)
  • Limitless (2011)
  • Moon (2009)
  • Moscow on the Hudson (1984)
  • Nobody’s Fool (1994)
  • Odd Man Out (1947)
  • On the Waterfront (1954)
  • Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)
  • Original Sin (2001)
  • Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
  • Point Break (2015)
  • The Raid: Redemption (2012)
  • Rain Man (1988)
  • Red (2010)
  • The Relic (1997)
  • Revolver (2007)
  • Salt (2010)
  • The Secret in Their Eyes (2015)
  • The Secret Life of Walter Milly (2013)
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
  • Sex Drive (2008)
  • She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
  • Show Boat (1936)
  • Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
  • SLC Punk (1999)
  • Spartan (2004)
  • Special Agent (1935)
  • Summer of ’42 (1971)
  • Surf’s Up 2 (2017)
  • Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
  • The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
  • The Toy (1982)
  • The Wackness (2008)
  • Tootsie (1982)
  • Under the Cherry Moon (1986)
  • Universal Soldier: The Return (1999)
  • Vice Versa (1988)
  • Welcome to Collinwood (2002)
  • Who’s Harry Crumb? (1989)
  • William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)
  • Winter Meeting (1948)
  • Wrath of the Titans (2012)
  • Man of Steel (2013) (premieres Tuesday, April 5th)
  • We’re the Millers (2013) (premieres Tuesday, April 5th)

Peacock (all movies premiering Friday, April 1st):

  • Along Came Polly (2004)
  • Apollo 13 (1995)
  • Balls of Fury (2007)
  • Baseketball (1998)
  • Beethoven (1992)
  • Beethoven’s 2nd (1993)
  • Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011)
  • Bowfinger (1999)
  • Bruce Almighty (2003)
  • Burn After Reading (2008)
  • The Change-Up (2011)
  • Clash of the Titans (2010)
  • Couples Retreat (2009)
  • Despicable Me (2010)
  • Despicable Me 2 (2013)
  • The Dilemma (2011)
  • Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (2003)
  • Elizabeth (1998)
  • Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
  • The Family Man (2000)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald (2018)
  • Field of Dreams (1989)
  • For Love of the Game (1999)
  • Friday (1995)
  • The Friday After Next (2002)
  • Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)
  • Gandhi (1982)
  • Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
  • The Good Shepherd (2006)
  • Hook (1991)
  • Hotel Artemis (2018)
  • Hulk (2003)
  • It’s Complicated (2009)
  • The Jerk (1979)
  • Jospeh: King of Dreams (2000)
  • The Last Witch Hunter (2015)
  • Liar Liar (1997)
  • Life (1999)
  • Mallrats (1995)
  • Man on Fire (2004)
  • Man on the Moon (1999)
  • Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
  • Meet Joe Black (1998)
  • Megamind (2010)
  • Mercury Rising (1998)
  • Minority Report (2002)
  • Mortal Engines (2018)
  • Mystery Men (1999)
  • Next Friday (2000)
  • No Escape (2015)
  • The Nutty Professor (1996)
  • Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000)
  • Office Space (1999)
  • Paul (2011)
  • Pretty Woman (1990)
  • Problem Child (1990)
  • Problem Child 2 (1991)
  • The Proposal (2009)
  • The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
  • Ride Along 2 (2016)
  • Spy Game (2001)
  • Tower Heist (2011)
  • The Truth About Charlie (2002)
  • Undercover Brother (2002)
  • Waterworld (1995)
  • What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993)
  • xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)
  • Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Paramount+ (all movies premiering Friday, April 1st, except where noted):

  • Across the Universe (2007)
  • Addams Family Values (1993)
  • Ali (2001)
  • Bloody Sunday (2002)
  • Bugsy (1991)
  • Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  • Charlotte’s Web (1973)
  • The Conversation (1974)
  • Crocodile Dundee (1986)
  • Crocodile Dundee II (1988)
  • Dead Again (1991)
  • The Dictator (2012)
  • Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987)
  • The First Wives Club (1996)
  • The Fly (1986)
  • Forrest Gump (1994)
  • Funny Face (1957)
  • Ghost World (2001)
  • Hair (1979)
  • The Haunting (1999)
  • Heartbreakers (2001)
  • Hustle & Flow (2005)
  • I Love You, Man (2009)
  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
  • King Arthur (2004)
  • La Cage Aux Folles (1973)
  • The Legend of Zorro (2005)
  • The Long Goodbye (1973)
  • Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
  • The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
  • Married to the Mob (1988)
  • Office Space (1999)
  • Panic Room (2002)
  • Pulp Fiction (1994)
  • Reign of Fire (2002)
  • A River Runs Through It (1992)
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)
  • Teen Witch (1989)
  • The Thin Red Line (1998)
  • Titanic (1997)
  • Tommy Boy (1995)
  • Top Gun (1986)
  • Carrie (1976) (premiered Monday, April 4th)
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture: The Director’s Edition (1979) (premieres Tuesday, April 5th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Friday, April 1st: Beyond Blaxploitation (21 films)
  • Friday, April 1st: Adventures in Moviegoing with Ethan Hawke (8 films)
  • Friday, April 1st: Young Mr. Ford (14 films)
  • Friday, April 1st: Starring Delphine Seyrig (17 films)
  • Friday, April 1st: Asian-American Filmmaking 2000-2009 (20 films)
  • Friday, April 1st: The World of Guru Dutt (7 films)
  • Friday, April 1st: Exclusive Streaming Premiere: France (2021)
  • Friday, April 1st: Criterion Collection Edition #977: Blue Velvet (1986)
  • Friday, April 1st: Criterion Collection Edition #478: Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
  • Friday, April 1st: Criterion Collection Edition #320: Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
  • Friday, April 1st: Criterion Collection Edition #649: Ministry of Fear (1944)
  • Friday, April 1st: Criterion Collection Edition #549: The Last Picture Show (1971)
  • Friday, April 1st: Double Feature: NSFWC: Million Dollar Legs (1932), The Bank Dick (1940)
  • Saturday, April 2nd: Saturday Matinee: Jane Eyre (1997)
  • Monday, April 4th: Exclusive Streaming Premiere: Bring Down the Walls (2020)
  • Tuesday, April 5th: Short Film Programs: Prismatic Ground Presents (10 short films)
  • Wednesday, April 6th: Women Filmmakers: The Chambermaid (2018)

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