Coming Soon: April 30th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This week, we’ve got a bunch of new movies, including a couple of major studio tentpoles that were sold to streaming during the pandemic… plus a trio of awesome classics at the State, a beloved 1990s Midwestern comedy returning to theaters, and the May 1st onslaught of old titles debuting on streaming ! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of April 30th, 2021:

Featured Title: Without Remorse

Look… Michael B. Jordan is awesome, and we here at the Back Lot love everything he does. (And personally, I even say that going back to his TV days on Friday Night Lights and The Wire.) His Creed movies have been excellent continuations of the Rocky franchise (and we’re super-eager to see what he does in the director’s chair for next year’s Creed III), and his villain turn in Black Panther is still a stunning MCU performance. So, to see him get a full-stop action-hero turn this week is very exciting! Even more interesting is that this has two Sicario franchise veterans behind the camera: writer Taylor Sheridan, who has a co-writing credit, and director Stefano Sollima (who previously helmed Sicario: Day of the Soldado).

Now, this is also the latest movie based on a Tom Clancy novel, following (but not tied to) the many Jack Ryan movies that have come out in the past 30-plus years (from The Hunt for Red October all the way to the most recent installment, 2014’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit… not to mention the current John Krasinski TV series on Amazon Prime). Jordan stars as a Navy SEAL who sets out for revenge after his wife is murdered… and uncovers a larger conspiracy in the process. Other cast members include Jamie Bell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Brett Gelman, and Guy Pearce. ; directed by Stefano Sollima (“Sicario: Day of the Soldado”), with a script co-written by “Sicario” writer Taylor Sheridan

One more thing to note: This was originally a Paramount theatrical release, as Paramount has been the home of the aforementioned Jack Ryan movies and TV show. But, Paramount has been selling a number of their theatrical releases to streaming services during the pandemic… and Without Remorse is following the same path that Coming 2 America went down earlier this year, where Amazon ended up acquiring the movie as a showcase feature for Amazon Prime. (Premieres Friday, April 30th on Amazon Prime Video.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-rw2cxFVLg

Opening in Theaters

Separation

In a month of stealthy nationwide horror releases in theaters (including The Unholy and In the Earth), this one might be the stealthiest! The plot: After her mom is killed in a hit-and-run, a young girl is visited by evil spirits that are possessing her puppets. Starring Rupert Friend, Madeline Brewer, Mamie Gummer, and Brian Cox. This movie comes to us from director William Brent Bell, whose filmography includes the video game horror movie Stay Alive, the infamously despised The Devil Inside (recipient of the dreaded F CinemaScore for its “go to our website” non-ending), and, most recently, both The Boy and Brahms: The Boy II. (Opens Friday, April 30th 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=dkDDTNTXhNw

Triumph

Rolling out exclusively in Cinemark theaters this weekend is this inspirational sports movie about a high schooler with cerebral palsy (RJ Mitte, whom you know best as Walt Jr. from Breaking Bad) who decides to become a wrestler in his senior year. Also starring Terrence Howard, Colton Haynes, and Johnathon Schaech. This movie is from director Brett Leonard, who’s best known for his 1990s genre efforts, including The Lawnmower Man, Hideaway, and Virtuosity! (Opens Friday, April 30th 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=WmKkp_ynnIc

New to Streaming and VOD

The Mitchells vs. the Machines

Without Remorse isn’t the only big theatrical-to-streaming movie this weekend, as we also have the new animated movie produced by Phil Lord & Chris Miller! (This was originally supposed to be released in theaters by Sony last fall under the name Connected, until COVID caused Sony to sell the movie to Netflix for over $100 million.) In an attempt to reconnect with their recent high-school-graduate daughter, her parents decide to drive her to college, family-road-trip style. Unfortunately, they end up having to save the world from a tech uprising! With the voices of Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Abbi Jacobson, Eric Andre, and Olivia Colman. (Premieres Friday, April 30th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ak5dFt8Ar0

Things Heard & Seen

After her Oscar-nominated turn in Mank, Amanda Seyfried returns to Netflix for her next starring role. She plays an artist who relocates from Manhattan to New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, and begins to suspect things about her marriage. Also starring James Norton, Rhea Seehorn, Karen Allen, and F. Murray Abraham. Written and directed by Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini (American Splendor, The Nanny Diaries). (Premieres Thursday, April 29th on Netflix.)

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

What Drives Us

Those of you who watched last year’s Back Lot Top 20 Movies of the 2010s event may recall that a certain Dave Grohl music documentary called Sound City ended up at #2 on the list, which led to much consternation. Well, guess what? Dave Grohl is releasing his follow-up documentary this weekend! This time, the topic is an examination of what it’s like to be a band touring in a van… following two upstart bands, while also covering what musically drives some of the most legendary musicians of our time. The high-powered slate of interviewees include Flea, Lars Ulrich, Brian Johnson, St. Vincent, Steven Tyler, The Edge, Ringo Starr, Slash, and many more! (Premieres Friday, April 30th on The Coda Collection, a channel available via Amazon Prime Video.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVbgQ5bHLok

Percy vs. Goliath

Get ready, folks, to see Christopher Walken as you’ve never seen him before… as a Canadian farmer?!?Yes, this drama is based on the true story of a farmer who was sued by Monsanto for supposedly using their patented seeds. Also starring Christina Ricci and, as Walken’s lawyer… Zach Braff?!? Directed by Clark Johnson (S.W.A.T., The Sentinel).(Premieres Friday, April 30th on VOD services.)

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

Returning to Theaters

Fargo

Let’s collectively get this out of our system now, shall we? “Oh, ya!” “You betcha!” “I think I’m gonna barf!” Yes, the Coen brothers’ endlessly quotable Midwestern crime comedy is heading back to the big screen, via this Fathom Events 25th anniversary presentation. (And we must note that this movie was one of our Top 20 Comedies of the 1990s, as decided on in our last live event!) Starring Frances McDormand (in the first of her three Oscar-winning performances), William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, and Peter Stormare. (Showing Sunday, May 2nd, Wednesday, May 5th, and Thursday, May 6th 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=ndBQzC0DJvI

Showing at the State!

The Shining

This weekend at the State is going to be, as the kids say, a banger! Kicking things off is the stunning 2019 4K restoration of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror classic, starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, and Danny Lloyd. Tickets have been selling fast for this all week, so don’t delay! (Showing Thursday, April 29th, Friday, April 30th and Saturday, May 1st at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lClewZeGV0

Airplane!

Another beloved movie from the summer of 1980 is also playing this weekend: the legendary laugh-a-minute parody of 1970s disaster movies, which has outlived most of the movies from that genre while pioneering a new world of movie comedy in the process! Starring Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Peter Graves, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, and, in the role that would redefine his career, Leslie Nielsen. Directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker (who would later go on to give us Police Squad!, Top Secret!, Ruthless People, and the Naked Gun movie franchise. (Showing Thursday, April 29th, Saturday, May 1st and Sunday, May 2nd at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VSYIU57-R4

My Fair Lady

Only a couple of weeks after their showings of Charade, Audrey Hepburn is back at the State already, starring as peasant Eliza Doolittle in 1964’s Best Picture Oscar-winning adaptation of the Lerner & Loewe musical. Also starring Rex Harrison as Professor Henry Higgins, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Jeremy Brett, and Stanley Holloway. Like The Shining, this movie will be screened in a 2019 4K restoration… which I saw on the big screen a couple of years ago, and which looks loverly! 🙂 (Showing Friday, April 30th, Saturday, May 1st, and Sunday, May 2nd at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJBM6qs22sE

Song of the Sea

Finally, this weekend’s kids’ matinee is the previous animated movie from the folks that gave us last year’s wonderful Oscar-nominated animated movie Wolfwalkers! It follows Saiorse, a girl who can turn into a seal, who decides to go off on a quest to free trapped fairies. With the voices of Lucy O’Connell, David Rawle, Fionnula Flanagan, and Brendan Gleeson. (Showing Saturday, May 1st and Sunday, May 2nd at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgbXWt8kM5Q

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Nomadland (2020) (winner of 3 Academy Awards, including Best Picture!)
  • Vanquish (2021)
  • Donnie Darko (2001) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • Dirty Dancing (1987) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix (all movies premiering on Saturday, May 1st, except where noted):

  • Back to the Future (1985)
  • Back to the Future Part II (1989)
  • Back to the Future Part III (1990)
  • Best of the Best (1989)
  • Dead Again in Tombstone (2017)
  • Due Date (2010)
  • Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
  • Green Zone (2010)
  • Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)
  • J.T. LeRoy (2018)
  • The Land Before Time (1988)
  • The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure (1994)
  • The Lovely Bones (2009)
  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012)
  • Mystic River (2003)
  • Never Back Down (2008)
  • Notting Hill (1999)
  • Open Season (2006)
  • The Pelican Brief (1993)
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
  • Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
  • Scarface (1983)
  • Stargate (1994)
  • State of Play (2009)
  • The Sweetest Thing (2002)
  • Under Siege (1992)
  • Waist Deep (2006)
  • The Whole Nine Yards (2000)
  • Your Highness (2011)
  • Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
  • Zombieland (2009)

Hulu (all movies premiering on Saturday, May 1st, except where noted):

  • The Judge (2014) (premieres Friday, April 30th)
  • (500) Days of Summer (2009)
  • The A-Team (2010)
  • The Age of Adaline (2015)
  • Almost Famous (2000)
  • Any Given Sunday (1999)
  • The Assassin (2015)
  • Betrayed (1988)
  • Blast from the Past (1999)
  • Blue Chips (1994)
  • Bound (1996)
  • Burning (2018)
  • The Crazies (2010)
  • Cyrus (2009)
  • Dances with Wolves (1990)
  • Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (2018)
  • Dinosaur 13 (2014)
  • Goodnight Mommy (2015)
  • Grace of Monaco (2015)
  • Grudge Match (2013)
  • Hannibal Rising (2007)
  • Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)
  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
  • The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
  • Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013)
  • How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
  • I Am Legend (2007)
  • I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
  • The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)
  • The Iron Giant (1999)
  • Knowing (2009)
  • Lost in Hong Kong (2015)
  • Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
  • Machete (2010)
  • The Man from Nowhere (2010)
  • Midnight Heat (1996)
  • Once Upon a Time in the West (1969)
  • One Fine Day (1996)
  • The Outsider (1980)
  • Predator (1987)
  • Predator 2 (1990)
  • Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown (1977)
  • Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
  • Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
  • Sahara (1984)
  • Shattered (1991)
  • The Spy Next Door (2010)
  • Step Up 2 the Streets (2008)
  • Step Up 3D (2010)
  • Train to Busan (2016)
  • True Lies (1994)
  • Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
  • Vantage Point (2008)
  • The Wailing (2016)
  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
  • We Were Soldiers (2002)
  • What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993)
  • Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
  • Flight (2012) (premieres Sunday, May 2nd)
  • The Iron Lady (2011) (premieres Sunday, May 2nd)
  • Shadow in the Cloud (2021) (premieres Wednesday, May 5th)
  • Skyfall (2012) (premieres Wednesday, May 5th)
  • Warrior (2011) (premieres Wednesday, May 5th)

Amazon Prime (all movies premiering on Saturday, May 1st, except where noted):

  • The Age of Adaline (2015)
  • Aliens (1986)
  • Alien 3 (1992)
  • Alien: Resurrection (1997)
  • Almost Famous (2000)
  • Angels & Demons (2009)
  • Betrayed (1988)
  • Bound (1996)
  • The Da Vinci Code (2006)
  • Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999)
  • Dinosaur 13 (2014)
  • Flight (2012)
  • Flightplan (2005)
  • The French Connection (1971)
  • Georgia Rule (2007)
  • The Green Hornet (2011)
  • Green Zone (2010)
  • Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013)
  • Hidalgo (2004)
  • How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
  • The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)
  • Jumping the Broom (2011)
  • Knowing (2009)
  • The Ladykillers (2004)
  • Leatherheads (2008)
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
  • Nanny McPhee (2006)
  • Nanny McPhee Returns (2010)
  • One Fine Day (1996)
  • Priest (2011)
  • Reign of Fire (2002)
  • Resident Evil (2002)
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
  • Rio (2011)
  • Sahara (1983)
  • Scent of a Woman (1992)
  • The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
  • See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)
  • Shattered (1991)
  • The Sixth Sense (1999)
  • The Sweetest Thing (2002)
  • The Towering Inferno (1974)
  • Two for the Money (2005)
  • Unbreakable (2000)
  • Vantage Point (2008)
  • Skyfall (2012) (premieres Wednesday, May 5th)

Shudder (all movies premiering on Saturday, May 1st, except where noted):

  • The Wicker Man (1973)
  • House on Haunted Hill (1959)
  • House on Haunted Hill (1999)
  • 13 Ghosts (1960)
  • Curse of the Demon (1958)
  • Frankenhooker (1990) (premieres Tuesday, May 4th)

Disney+:

  • Oklahoma! (1955) (premieres Friday, April 30th)

HBO Max (all movies premiering on Saturday, May 1st, except where noted):

  • 17 Again (2009)
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
  • Anaconda (1997)
  • Anger Management (2003)
  • Baby Boom (1987)
  • Barry Lyndon (1975)
  • Black Hawk Down (2001)
  • The Cable Guy (1996)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
  • Cursed (2005)
  • Daddy Day Care (2003)
  • Darkest Hour (2017)
  • Darkness (2004)
  • The Debt (2011)
  • The Dirty Dozen (1967)
  • Dumb & Dumber (1994)
  • Employee of the Month (2006)
  • Firehouse Dog (2007)
  • Flight of the Intruder (1991)
  • Free Willy (1993)
  • Frida (2002)
  • God’s Not Dead (2014)
  • Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
  • Happy Feet (2006)
  • Happy Feet Two (2011)
  • Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991)
  • Hercules (1983)
  • Igby Goes Down (2002)
  • Igor (2008)
  • The Immigrant (2014)
  • Insomnia (2002)
  • The Interview (2014)
  • Jackie Brown (1997)
  • Kansas (1988)
  • The Kingdom (2007)
  • The Last of the Finest (1990)
  • Madea’s Witness Protection (2012)
  • Magic Mike (2012)
  • Menace II Society (1993)
  • Michael (1996)
  • Mortal Kombat (1995)
  • Movie 43 (2013)
  • Muriel’s Wedding (1995)
  • My Baby’s Daddy (2004)
  • Mystery Date (1991)
  • Norbit (2007)
  • The Perfect Man (2005)
  • Precious (2009)
  • Rabid (1977)
  • Romance & Cigarettes (2007)
  • Rosewater (2014)
  • Rudy (1993)
  • Rush Hour (1998)
  • Rush Hour 2 (2001)
  • Rush Hour 3 (2007)
  • Save the Last Dance (2001)
  • Save the Last Dance 2 (2006)
  • Senseless (1998)
  • Separate Tables (1958)
  • Serpico (1974)
  • Serving Sara (2002)
  • Summer Rental (1985)
  • Tenet (2020)
  • Tomcats (2001)
  • Trust Me (2014)
  • The Tuxedo (2002)
  • Varsity Blues (1999)
  • Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)
  • When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • The Wings of the Dove (1997)
  • The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018)
  • Words and Pictures (2014)
  • 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) (premieres Monday, May 3rd)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Friday, April 30th: Double Feature: Addiction and Anxiety in Fog City – Days of Wine and Roses (1962), Experiment in Terror (1962)
  • Saturday, May 1st: Six new series, including: Satyajit Ray at 100; Directed by Mitchell Leisen; Starring Robert Ryan; After the War; Starring Gena Rowlands; and Written by Dalton Trumbo
  • Saturday, May 1st: Criterion Collection Editions: Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) (#1028); Spartacus (1960) (#105), and Girlfriends (1978) (#1055)
  • Saturday, May 1st: Observations on Film Art #42: Paths and Roads in Pather Panchali (1955)
  • Saturday, May 1st: Fire Will Come (2019)
  • Saturday, May 1st: Saturday Matinee: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)
  • Monday, May 3rd: The Lives of Artists: 5 Films by Michael Almereyda
  • Tuesday, May 4th: Short + Feature: Wandering Warriors – Hasaki Ya Suda (2011), Yojimbo (1961)
  • Wednesday, May 5th: Women Filmmakers – Directed by Josephine Decker

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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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