Coming Soon: April 23rd, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This week, we’ve got everything from the latest video game blockbuster to a space thriller, some Oscar nominees, and even another 1980s horror retrospective! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of April 23rd, 2021:

Featured Title: Mortal Kombat

In 1995, the first Mortal Kombat movie graced theaters nationwide, and it was… okay. (With an epic theme song, just to be clear!) Then, in 1997 came the sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation… and the less said about that, the better. But now, nearly 25 years later, the video-game-inspired franchise makes its third trip to the big screen, with some notable upgrades: This has the biggest budget of any MK movie thus far ($50 million)! It has horror-meister James Wan producing! And most importantly… this is the first MK theatrical movie to have an R rating! (A fact made very, very clear by the trailer that came out a couple of months ago!)

The plot: Uhh… there’s a Mortal Kombat tournament! And a bunch of your favorite characters are along for the ride: Sonya Blade! Kano! Jax! Liu Kang! Raiden! Sub-Zero! Scorpion! And more! Uhh… I don’t know what else to say! 🙂 The movie stars Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson, Joe Taslim, and Hiroyuki Sanada. The movie is directed by Simon McQuoid, a TV commercial director who’s entering feature filmmaking for the first time! (Premieres Friday, April 23rd in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD, the Century East at Dawley Farm, and the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls, and on HBO Max.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBa_aHwCbC4

Opening in Theaters

Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train

Believe it or not, Mortal Kombat is going to face some intense competition at the box office this weekend, courtesy of this feature film installment of the anime TV series! This has already become Japan’s highest-grossing movie OF ALL TIME… and now it’s finally making its way to the States, where theaters have been constantly adding showings to accommodate demand! This movie follows Tanjiro and his crew as they board a train where over 40 people have suddenly disappeared. This will be shown in theaters in both subtitled and dubbed versions, so watch those showtimes very carefully! (Opens Thursday, April 22nd in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbTSLJ62YEM

Together Together

In this comedy-drama, a lonely 40-something single man (Ed Helms) decides that he wants to become a father… so he hires a surrogate (Patti Harrison) to conceive his child, and (surprise!) the two begin a relationship! Our good friend Fat Dude Digs Flicks got an early screener of this movie… and he liked it a lot! Also starring Tig Notaro, Julio Torres, Nora Dunn, and Fred Melamed; written and directed by Nikole Beckwith. (Opens Friday, April 23rd in theaters nationwide, including the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ouq-Bjaiz3M

New to Streaming and VOD

Stowaway

Netflix’s movie release this week is this new sci-fi thriller from director/co-writer Joe Penna, whose last survival flick was the 2018 Mads Mikkelsen plane crash movie Arctic. In this movie, a launch support engineer (Shamier Anderson) who’s working on a ship that’s headed to Mars has an accident and passes out. When he wakes up, he finds that the ship is already en route to Mars for its two-year mission… and he’s inadvertently impaired the ship’s life support systems in the process! Also starring Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, and Toni Collette. (Premieres Thursday, April 22nd on Netflix.)

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

Boys from County Hell

Finally, this week brings us not one, but TWO Shudder premieres! First up: In a small Irish town, a road construction crew accidentally disturbs the grave of an Irish vampire that supposedly inspired Bram Stoker to create Dracula! (Premieres Thursday, April 22nd on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vssvkhvq6O0

In Search of Darkness: Part II

Also premiering on Shudder this week: the four-hour-plus follow-up to the epic documentary on 1980s horror! The all-star roster of brand-new interviews includes Robert Englund, Tom Savini, Nancy Allen, Linnea Quigley, Clancy Brown, Bill Moseley, John Carpenter, Doug Bradley, Heather Langenkamp, Barbara Crampton, and over 40 other people! (Premieres Monday, April 26th on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXT0b7AXh48

Returning to Theaters

Shrek

SomeBODY will certainly want to see this weekend’s Fathom Events retro screening: This 20th anniversary presentation of DreamWorks Animation’s breakout irreverent fairytale hit! Starring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow. Directed by Andrew Adamson (who went on to direct the first two Narnia Disney live-action movies) and Vicky Jenson (who went on to direct Shark Tale). (Showing Sunday, April 25th, Wednesday, April 28th, and Thursday, April 29th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZgo4V-ZBF4

Showing at the State!

Another Round

This weekend, in the lead-up to Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony, the State will be presenting three Oscar nominees that are making their Sioux Falls big-screen debuts! First up is this Mads Mikkelsen-starring danish dramedy from director Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt; 2015’s Far from the Madding Crowd), who scored a surprise Best Director nomination! It follows four middle-aged teachers who decide to embark on a grand experiment, where they decide to maintain a constant state of inebriation to see how it affects their lives. Besides being nominated for Best Director, Another Round is also nominated for Best International Feature Film. (Showing Thursday, April 22nd and Sunday, April 25th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlwAgvn1e5E

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

The second Oscar nominee this weekend is this Netflix documentary executive-produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, about a 1970s summer camp for teens with disabilities, which grows into an activism group fighting for their civil rights. This film is nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category! (Showing Friday, April 23rd and Saturday, April 24th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRrIs22plz0

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

The third and final Oscar nominee this weekend is the sequel to 2006’s breakout comedy hit, starring Sacha Baron Cohen! This sequel is nominated in two categories: Best Adapted Screenplay, and – in her breakout role as Borat’s daughter – Best Supporting Actress nominee Maria Bakalova, who won one of our esteemed Schmuckie awards back in January! (Showing Friday, April 23rd, Saturday, April 24th, and Sunday, April 25th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Rsa4U8mqkw

Hook

This weekend’s kids matinee is the 1991 Steven Spielberg family classic that asks the question: What if Peter Pan grew up? Robin Williams stars as the business-obsessed, cell-phone wielding “Peter Banning”, who returns to Neverland when his two kids are kidnapped by Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman). Also starring Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell, Bob Hoskins as Smee, and Maggie Smith as Grandma Wendy, with cameos by Phil Collins, David Crosby, Glenn Close, and an early screen appearance by Gwyneth Paltrow! (Showing Saturday, April 24th only at the State Theatre.)

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

Eraserhead

Finally, the State is bringing back its Late Night at the State series, which began way back in February with The Thing, and which will now become a monthly event! Kicking things off is David Lynch’s mind-bending 1977 debut feature, starring Jack Nance in one of cinema’s most iconic hairdos! This is the very first time that Eraserhead will be shown in any Sioux Falls movie theater, so don’t miss your chance to see this! (Showing Saturday, April 24th only at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WAzFWu2tVw

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Crisis (2021)
  • The Mortuary Collection (2020)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • August: Osage County (2013) (premieres Tuesday, April 27th)
  • Battle: Los Angeles (2011) (premieres Tuesday, April 27th)

Hulu:

  • Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) (premieres Sunday, April 25th)
  • Arrival (2016) (premieres Wednesday, April 28th)

Amazon Prime:

  • The Artist (2011) (premieres Monday, April 26th)
  • Arrival (2016) (premieres Wednesday, April 28th)

Shudder:

  • The Similars (2015) (premieres Monday, April 26th)
  • The Diabolical (2015) (premieres Monday, April 26th)
  • Attack of the Demons (2019) (premieres Monday, April 26th)
  • Horror Express (1972) (premieres Thursday, April 29th)

Disney+:

  • Baby’s Day Out (1994) (premieres Friday, April 23rd)

HBO Max:

  • Dreamgirls (2006) (premieres Saturday, April 24th)
  • The Artist (2011) (premieres Monday, April 26th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Friday, April 23th: Double Feature: East Meets West Texas – Blood Simple (1984); A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop (2009)
  • Saturday, April 24th: Saturday Matinees: Androcles and the Lion (1952)
  • Monday, April 26th: True Stories – Araya (1959)
  • Tuesday, April 27th: Short + Feature: Manic Killer Nightmare Girls – Ramona (2015), Dementia (1955)
  • Wednesday, April 28th: Women Filmmakers – Yellow Fever (2012)

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About the Author
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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