Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This week, we’ve got of a lot of exciting things in theaters this week… much more than usual! (And don’t worry… there’s a number of streaming premieres, too!) Here’s what coming soon for the week of April 8th, 2022:
Featured Title: Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Has it barely been a little over 2 years since the first Sonic the Hedgehog movie came out? It sure has! On Valentine’s Day 2020, after a legendary bout of Internet fan outcry, Sonic opened in theaters, and became the last movie to gross over $100 million at the box office before COVID broke out. Now, as we’re on the cusp of exiting this pandemic (knock on wood), here comes the sequel, with Sonic (Ben Schwartz) teaming up with Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey) to take down Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his new villainous companion Knuckles (Idris Elba)! Also starring James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Shemar Moore, and Adam Pally; Jeff Fowler returns as director. (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 8th, with previews starting at 3PM on Thursday, April 7th.)
Opening in Theaters
I know I’ll be ridiculed for saying this… but I’m actually excited for the new Michael Bay movie! This back-to-basics action-thriller (which is said to be in the vein of 1990s classics like Speed), stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as two adopted brothers who mount a $32 million bank heist to pay for the latter’s wife’s medical bills. But when the robbery goes awry, they hijack an ambulance as a getaway vehicle, with its driver (Eiza Gonzalez) and a wounded cop in critical condition as their hostages! Also starring Garret Dillahunt. (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 8th, with previews starting at 7PM on Thursday, April 7th.)
Everything Everywhere All at Once
After a two-week limited release, A24’s latest buzzworthy movie is finally in Sioux Falls! This humorous and visually dazzling flick is the latest from Daniels, the directing team that memorably brought us 2016’s Swiss Army Man (aka “the Daniel Radcliffe farting corpse movie”)… and it stars Michelle Yeoh as a woman who learns that she is the only one who can save the multiverse, by tapping into the numerous powers of her other selves! Also starring Ke Huy Quan (aka Data from The Goonies and Short Round from Temple of Doom), James Hong, and Jamie Lee Curtis. (Opening in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls, on Friday, April 8th, with previews starting at 7PM on Thursday, April 7th.).
Next up is this sensual period piece from Sony Pictures Classics, starring Odessa Young as Jane, the young maid to a wealthy couple (Olivia Colman, Colin Firth) in 1924 London. When the older couple leave their estate for Mother’s Day, Jane decides to spend the day with Paul (Josh O’Connor), the man she’s had a long-term affair with… even though Paul is engaged to be wed very soon. (Opening in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls, on Friday, April 8th.)
New to Streaming and VOD
From the unlikely combination of director Peter Sollett (Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist) and writer D.B. Weiss (best know as the co-showrunner of Game of Thrones) comes this high school comedy about two boys (Jaeden Martell, Adrien Greenstreet) who start a heavy metal band! But in order to compete in the Battle of the Bands, they’ll have to recruit a cellist (Isis Hainesworth) as their bassist! Also starring Brett Gelman and Joe Mangianello. (Premieres Friday, April 8th on Netflix.)
All the Old Knives
Last week, we discussed the VOD debut of Chris Pine’s The Contractor… and now, he’s back again, in this spy thriller about a CIA agent (Chris Pine) investigates whether his former flame and co-worker (Thandiwe Newton) is a double agent! Also starring Laurence Fishburne and Jonathan Pryce. (Premieres Friday, April 8th on Amazon Prime Video, and also showing in selected theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls.)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition
Okay, this isn’t a brand-new movie, per se… but it is a lavish new 2022 4K restoration, and it’s readily available on streaming… so why the heck not? This is the 1979 movie that reinvigorated the 1960s TV series as a full-blown big-screen franchise, starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and the rest of the crew… and directed by Robert Wise (West Side Story, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Sound of Music)! Now, this movie had already been re-edited by Wise in 2001 and released on DVD as “The Director’s Edition”. However, that 2001 version was only completed in standard definition, and has never been available in any form of HD… so, Paramount has shelled out the money again to upgrade this to full 4K, with updated visual effects utilizing new CGI creations along with the original 1979 film elements. This will also be shown as a Fathom Event in theaters in late May, and is due on 4K UHD in September! (Premieres Tuesday, April 5th on Paramount+.)
See for Me
We have not one, but TWO Shudder premieres to talk about this week! First up is the regular weekly film premiere: This taut thriller about a visually impaired teen who’s housesitting for a wealthy Upstate homeowner, only to encounter three thieves who have broken in! She must rely on help from her “seeing helper” phone app… and said helper is a gamer from Florida (Jessica Parker Kennedy)! Also starring Kim Coates and Laura Vandervoort. (Premieres Thursday, April 7th on Shudder.)
Cursed Films: Season 2
This week’s other Shudder premiere is not a movie, but the return of one of their popular series about movies… so why not cover it here? 🙂 The Shudder documentary series returns with in-depth looks at five more “cursed films”, including The Wizard of Oz, Cannibal Holocaust, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Stalker, and Rosemary’s Baby! Interview participants include The Serpent and the Rainbow star Bill Pullman and Cannibal Holocaust director Ruggero Deodato. (Premieres Thursday, April 7th on Shudder.)
Returning to Theaters
Singin’ in the Rain
The legendary 1952 musical-comedy that will “make ’em laugh” is back on the big screen, for a 70th anniversary TCM Fathom Event! This big-screen run is also intended to tie in with Warner’s upcoming 4K UHD release on April 26th. Starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor. (Showing Sunday, April 10th and Wednesday, April 13th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)
Nosferatu 100th Anniversary Screening!
This weekend also brings the latest in-person Back Lot 605 event: A special screening of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent classic, starring Max Shreck as Count Orlok! This showing is going down this Saturday night, April 9th at 6PM, at Average Joe’s in Tea! The movie will feature a live score by local musician Aaron Keller, and the Back Lot boys will also have a post-screening discussion! Saturday, April 9th at 6PM! For more info, check out the official Facebook page for this event! See you there!
Showing at the State!
Full Metal Jacket
This week, we’re heading into the second and final month of the State’s Stanley Kubrick director’s series… and starting off April is Kubrick’s penultimate film: the 1987 Vietnam War drama, starring Matthew Modine, Vincent D’Onofrio, Adam Baldwin, Arliss Howard, and former Marine drill instructor turned actor R. Lee Ermey in his memorably profane (and Golden Globe-nominated) turn as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman! (Showing Wednesday, April 6th and Saturday, April 9th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)
The State’s latest staff pick is the beloved 2001 comedy, starring Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods, a bubbly sorority girl who’s dumped by her aspiring law-school boyfriend… so she enrolls in Harvard law school to get him back – and to shut down “blonde” stereotypes in the process! Also starring Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Victor Garber, and Jennifer Coolidge; directed by Robert Luketic (Win a Date with Tad Hamilton, 21). (Showing Thursday, April 7th, Saturday, April 9th and Sunday, April 10th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)
Last weekend, the State held their annual surprise Mystery Movie… which turned out to be Mel Brooks’ beloved 1987 Star Wars parody! Now, the Schwartz returns this weekend with additional showings, for everyone that still wants to see it! Starring Mel Brooks, Rick Moranis, John Candy, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga, Joan Rivers, and – in a memorable cameo – John Hurt reprising his Alien role! (Showing Saturday, April 9th and Sunday, April 10th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)
New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K UHD
- Scream (2022)
- Death on the Nile (2022)
Older Movies New to Streaming
- Nightcrawler (2014) (premieres Sunday, April 10th)
- The Call (2013) (premieres Sunday, April 10th)
- Let the Right One In (2008) (premieres Friday, April 8th)
- No additional movies on Amazon Prime this week. Sorry!
- Rocktober Blood (1984) (premieres Monday, April 11th)
- Puppet Master (1989) (premieres Monday, April 11th)
- Puppet Master 2 (1990) (premieres Monday, April 11th)
- Puppet Master 3 (1991) (premieres Monday, April 11th)
- Subspecies (1991) (premieres Tuesday, April 12th)
- The Pit and the Pendulum (1991) (premieres Tuesday, April 12th)
- Intruder (1989) (premieres Tuesday, April 12th)
- No additional movies on Disney+ this week. Sorry!
- The Night House (2021) (premieres Friday, April 8th)
- Black Mass (2015) (premieres Tuesday, April 12th)
- No additional movies on Peacock this week. Sorry!
- No additional movies on Paramount+ this week. Sorry!
The Criterion Channel:
- Friday, April 8th: Double Feature: Fritzkrieg!: Man Hunt (1941), Ministry of Fear (1944)
- Saturday, April 9th: Saturday Matinee: Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog (2004)
- Monday, April 11th: True Stories: Through the Night (2020)
- Tuesday, April 12th: Short + Feature: Bohemian Rhapsodies: Thriller (1979), La vie de bohème (1992)
- Wednesday, April 13th: Women Filmmakers: Two Films by Anne Fontaine: My Worst Nightmare (2011), The Innocents (2016)
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