Coming Soon: April 9th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This week is pretty quiet, I won’t lie… but there are still a handful of intriguing things to talk about, including superheroes, space, and even our own South Dakota! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of April 9th, 2021:

Featured Title: Thunder Force

Leading the week is the fifth Melissa McCarthy comedy directed by her husband Ben Falcone… and they seem to be coming at a rapid pace, because their last endeavor, the A.I. comedy Superintelligence, just dropped on Thanksgiving weekend! McCarthy plays a woman who, while reconnecting with her scientist best friend (Octavia Spencer), accidentally injects herself with Spencer’s new drug that gives superpowers to regular folks. As a result, McCarthy gains super-strength… and she teams up with Spencer (who has invisibility powers) to take on the bad guys! Also starring Bobby Cannavale, Pom Klementieff, Melissa Leo, and Jason Bateman. (Premieres Friday, April 9th on Netflix.)

New to Theaters


A group of young people, bred in isolation, leave Earth to travel to another planet for a colonization project to save the human race. But en route, they realize they’re being drugged, and stop taking their doses… only to begin engaging in wild (yet PG-13 friendly) sexual and violent behaviors! Starring Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp, and Colin Farrell. Written and directed by Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Limitless, Divergent, The Upside). (Opens Friday, April 9th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)

New to Streaming and VOD

City of Lies

Hitting VOD is this incredibly long-delayed crime drama, based on the real-life story of how an LAPD detective (Johnny Depp) and a journalist (Forest Whitaker) investigated the deaths of Tupac and Biggie. This movie was filmed way back in 2016, and was originally supposed to be released in September 2018… but has repeatedly been delayed due to Depp’s growing legal troubles. Directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer, Runner Runner, The Infiltrator). (Premieres Friday, April 9th on VOD services.)

Our Towns

HBO is premiering this documentary featuring 8 American cities and how they’re improving their communities, based on the book of the same name by Deborah & James Fallows. Now, that sounds kind of generic, I know… but the reason I’m putting this documentary in this week’s article is because one of the 8 cities covered in this documentary is our very own Sioux Falls! In fact, if you watch the trailer below, you’ll even hear KELO’s Angela Kennecke as one of the talking heads! (Premieres Tuesday, April 13th on HBO and HBO Max.)

The Power

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: In 1974 London, a nurse-in-training is stationed at a nearly-empty hospital during a planned overnight power outage. But, of course, creepy stuff is bound to happen… 🙂 (Premieres Thursday, April 8th on Shudder.)

Showing at the State!


In the build-up to this month’s Oscar ceremony, the State is bringing in the most-nominated movie of Oscar season! Yes, you can finally see David Fincher’s trip back to Old Hollywood on the big screen, which is up for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (Gary Oldman)! Also starring Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, and Charles Dance. (Showing Thursday, April 8th, Saturday, April 10th, and Sunday, April 11th at the State Theatre.)

Marie Antoinette

The State’s Staff Picks series continues with two selections this weekend: First is director Sofia Coppola’s 2006 follow-up to Lost in Translation, which stars Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette, who ascended to Queen of France while still in her teens. Filmed in the actual Palace of Versailles, this movie won the Oscar for Best Costume Design. Also starring Jason Schwartzman, Steve Coogan, Judy Davis, and Rip Torn. (Showing Friday, April 9th, Saturday, April 10th, and Sunday, April 11th at the State Theatre.)


This week’s other staff pick is Jim Jarmusch’s 2016 drama, starring Adam Driver as a driver… of buses! The movie follows a week in the life of Paterson (Driver), a resident of Paterson, New Jersey who, in addition to being a bus driver, aspires to become a poet. Also starring Golshiftel Farahani, Barry Shabaka Henley, and William Jackson Harper. (Showing Saturday, April 10th and Sunday, April 11th at the State Theatre.)

The Last Unicorn

Wrapping up the weekend is this week’s kids’ matinee: Rankin/Bass’ 1982 cult animated classic, about a unicorn (voice of Mia Farrow) who goes on a quest to find out what happened to the rest of her kind. Also starring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Alan Arkin, Angela Lansbury, Christopher Lee, and more; with songs by America! (Showing Saturday, April 10th and Sunday, April 11th at the State Theatre.)

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Earwig and the Witch (2020)
  • Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar (2021)
  • Shadow in the Cloud (2021)
  • The Reckoning (2020)

Older Movies New to Streaming


  • The Stand-In (2020) (premieres Saturday, April 10th)


  • The Standard (2020) (premieres Friday, April 9th)
  • Desierto (2015) (premieres Saturday, April 10th)
  • Knuckledust (2020) (premieres Saturday, April 10th)
  • Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) (premieres Monday, April 12th)
  • Spontaneous (2020) (premieres Monday, April 12th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) (premieres Monday, April 12th)
  • Spontaneous (2020) (premieres Monday, April 12th)
  • Burden (2020) (premieres Wednesday, April 14th)


  • The McPherson Tape (1989) (premieres Monday, April 12th)
  • The Day of the Beast (1995) (premieres Monday, April 12th)
  • Perdita Durango (1997) (premieres Monday, April 12th)


  • Man of the House (1995) (premieres Friday, April 9th)
  • Mark Twain and Me (1991) (premieres Friday, April 9th)
  • Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale (1994) (premieres Friday, April 9th)

HBO Max:

  • The New Mutants (2020) (premieres Saturday, April 10th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, April 8th: Raining in the Mountain (1979)
  • Friday, April 9th: Double Feature: Can You Dig It? – Shaft (1971); Shaft’s Big Score! (1972)
  • Saturday, April 10th: Saturday Matinees: Chef Flynn (2018)
  • Monday, April 12th: True Stories – Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2017)
  • Tuesday, April 13th: Short + Feature: Water Worlds – Tabula Rasa (2012), L’Atalante (1934)

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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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