Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! Every week, we bring you the information on the latest movies that are coming out… and for the time being, we’re focusing on everything that’s being added to the various streaming services. Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of April 3rd, 2020:
New Streaming Premieres
Coffee & Kareem
As you no doubt may be aware, The Office is one of the most popular shows currently on Netflix, if not the most popular. So, it only seems inevitable that Netflix would start green-lighting projects starring the cast of that show. Hence, we have this week’s Netflix premiere of the latest Ed Helms comedy movie!
Helms plays Officer James Coffee, a Detroit policeman whose girlfriend (Taraji P. Henson) asks him to pick up her 12-year-old son Kareem (Terrence Little Gardenhigh) from school. However, when Kareem accidentally witnesses a murder involving Detroit’s top drug dealers (and records it on his phone), he and Officer Coffee end up running for their lives. This movie is directed by Michael Dowse, whose previous credits include the cult classic Goon and last summer’s mismatched cop/buddy comedy Stuber. Betty Gilpin, RonReaco Lee, and David Alan Grier round out the cast. (Premieres Friday, April 3rd on Netflix.)
Full disclosure: Cursed Films is not a movie… but it is a new TV series about the making of various classic movies, hence why we’re spotlighting it here. As you can guess by the title, this series covers the making of various “cursed” films within the genre realm. Some of the movies covered on this series endured unspeakable setbacks, like the tragic deaths that occurred on the sets of Twilight Zone: The Movie and The Crow. Other episodes cover movies that have had unusual histories during or after filming, like the so-called “Poltergeist curse” that followed several of that movie’s cast members after production. This five-episode series premieres on Shudder on Thursday, April 2nd with an episode on The Exorcist. The other episodes will premiere on April 9th (The Omen; Poltergeist) and April 16th (Twilight Zone: The Movie; The Crow).
DisneyNature’s Dolphin Reef & Elephant
On the complete opposite end of the documentary spectrum, we have a couple of new nature films from Disney. You may recall that during the past decade, Disney would release a celebrity-narrated nature documentary into theaters every year around Earth Day. Those include: Earth with James Earl Jones; Bears with John C. Reilly; Monkey Kingdom with Tina Fey; and last year’s entry, Penguins with Ed Helms. But now, it appears that Disney is going to send these movies straight to Disney+, and they’ve got a doubleheader to kick things off.
The first movie, Dolphin Reef (narrated by Natalie Portman) follows Echo, a a young bottlenose dolphin who juggles his daily undersea adventures with growing up and taking responsibility in his family. The second movie, Elephant (narrated by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, formerly Meghan Markle), chronicles an elephant herd making its way across the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa. (Premieres Friday, April 3rd on Disney+.)
Amazon’s latest film is this Brazilian acquisition that played at Cannes last year (and won the Un Certain Regard prize in the process). It follows Euridice (Carol Duarte) and Guida (Julia Stockler), two sisters living in 1950 Rio de Janiero who are separated by their father, and who hope to find each other again while achieving their lifelong dreams. Directed by Karim Ainouz (Madame Sata; Love for Sale). (Premieres Friday, April 3rd on Amazon Prime Video.)
Parasite and Onward on Streaming!
This week, we’d like to highlight two very special theatrical premieres on streaming services. First up, you’ll be pleased to know that the most recent Best Picture Oscar winner Parasite is already premiering on Hulu this coming Wednesday, April 8th. Also, to help families keep occupied during the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney is going to drop Onward on Disney+ this Friday, April 3rd – just 4 weeks after it was originally released in theaters. Enjoy!
Older Movies New to Streaming
- Haunters: The Art of the Scare (2017) (premieres Monday, April 6th)
- Tales of Halloween (2015) (premieres Monday, April 6th)
- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1967) (premieres Thursday, April 2nd)
- Angel Has Fallen (2019) (premieres Saturday, April 4th)
- The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) (premieres Sunday, April 5th)
- The Florida Project (2017) (premieres Monday, April 6th)
- Mine 9 (2019) (premieres Monday, April 6th)
- The Ghost Who Walks (2019) (premieres Tuesday, April 7th)
- Nothing else of note. Sorry!
- Nothing else of note. Sorry!
- The Straight Story (1999) (premieres Friday, April 3rd)
- Good Boys (2019) (premieres Saturday, April 4th)
The Criterion Channel:
- Thursday, April 2nd: Three by Yorgos Lanthimos – Kinetta (2005), Dogtooth (2009), Alps (2011)
- Friday, April 3rd: From the Archive – Raging Bull (1980) (with the Criterion laserdisc audio commentary by Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker)
- Friday, April 3rd: Double Feature: Deep, Dark Welles – The Stranger (1946), The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
- Saturday, April 4th: Saturday Matinee: Captains Courageous (1937)
- Sunday, April 5th: ’70s Style Icons – Performance (1970), Klute (1971), Shaft (1971), What’s Up, Doc? (1972), Foxy Brown (1974), Shampoo (1975), Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), A Star is Born (1976), Welcome to L.A. (1976), Annie Hall (1977), Eyes of Laura Mars (1978), Thank God It’s Friday (1978)
- Monday, April 6th: Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project – Pixote (1981)
- Tuesday, April 7th: Short + Feature: Human Tides – 8th Continent (2017); Fire at Sea (2016)
- Wednesday, April 8th: Columbia Noir – Blind Alley (1939), My Name is Julia Ross (1945), Gilda (1946), So Dark the Night (1946), Dead Reckoning (1947), Johnny O’Clock (1947), The Lady from Shanghai (1947), In a Lonely Place (1950), The Mob (1951), Affair in Trinidad (1952), The Sniper (1952), The Big Heat (1953), Drive a Crooked Road (1954), Human Desire (1954), Pushover (1954), Tight Spot (1955), 5 Against the House (1955), Nightfall (1956), The Harder They Fall (1956), The Brothers Rico (1957), The Burglar (1957), The Lineup (1958), Murder by Contract (1958), The Crimson Kimono (1959), Experiment in Terror (1962)
- Wednesday, April 8th: I Am Not a Witch (2017)
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