Coming Soon: August 14th, 2020

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! In addition to this week’s big movie premieres on streaming and VOD, we’re also covering a special theatrical engagement of a movie filmed in South Dakota! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of August 14th, 2020:

New Streaming and VOD Premieres

Before the Fire

First up this week, we have a movie debuting this week that has a number of exciting ties to our home state of South Dakota! To begin, its director, Charlie Buhler, is a native of Mitchell… and much of this movie was actually filmed on farms in Delmont and Letcher as well. And on top of that, this movie is also largely set in this state, as it follows a rising TV actress (Jenna Lyng Adams, who also wrote the movie’s script) who flees to her SD home from Los Angeles when a global pandemic strikes. (And before you ask… this movie was made well before COVID-19 entered our lives.) At home, she has to contend with her family… as well as a dangerous figure from her past.

This movie is premiering on VOD this Friday, August 14th… but thanks to the director’s South Dakota connections, you have a special opportunity to see this on the big screen in South Dakota! This weekend only (August 14th-16th), the three Logan Luxury indoor theaters – the Logan Luxury 5 Cinemas in Mitchell, the Huron Luxury Cinemas in Huron, and the Dells Theatre in Dell Rapids – will all be showing Before the Fire… and the Elks Theatre in Rapid City will be screening it for a full week (August 14th-20th). Also, in case you missed it, be sure to listen to our exclusive interview with director Charlie Buhler and star/writer Jenna Lyng Adams!

Project Power

Fresh off the success of Extraction and The Old Guard, Netflix brings us their latest star-studded action tentpole, starring Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It’s also a quasi-superhero movie, as it centers around a mysterious new pill that unlocks people’s hidden superpowers… but only for 5 minutes per hit! The movie also stars Dominique Fishback, Rodrigo Santoro, Amy Landecker, Machine Gun Kelly, and Courtney B. Vance; it’s directed by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman, who previously gave us the original Catfish movie, Nerve, and Paranormal Activity parts 3 (the one set in the 1980s) and 4. (Premieres Friday, August 14th on Netflix.)

Magic Camp

Coming to Disney+ this weekend is an odd curio: A movie that was filmed way back in early 2017, and was originally slated for an April 2018 theatrical release… only to be shelved for several years until Disney+ announced its streaming debut on Monday, just 4 days before its premiere! And just in time, too, because it’s a summer camp movie about a down-on-his-luck magician (Adam Devine from Workaholics and Pitch Perfect) who returns to the magic camp that he attended as a kid… and trains a scrappy group of kids all about magic. The movie also stars Community‘s Gillian Jacobs, Aldis Hodge, and Jeffrey Tambor. In addition, it’s directed by Disney veteran Mark Waters, who’s best known for his 2003 remake of Freaky Friday, as well as his 2004 re-team with Lindsay Lohan, Mean Girls. (Premieres Friday, August 14th on Disney+.)


Coming this week from IFC Midnight, who brought us such summer chillers as The Wretched and Relic (and also The Rental through their flagship division), comes this slick-looking Russian sci-fi movie about a doctor who’s recruited to analyze a cosmonaut who’s returned to Earth with a creature inside him. Oh, and by the way… this creature only leaves the cosmonaut’s body at night! (Premieres Friday, August 14th on VOD.)

Boys State

As a former South Dakota Boys State participant, this new movie from the Apple/A24 partnership looks fairly exciting: It’s a documentary that was a crowd-pleasing hit at Sundance 2020, which spends a week at the annual Texas Boys State leadership program, where 1,000 boys from across the state converge to participate in mock government activities. In particular, the movie focuses in on several boys who are determined to run for the conference’s highest leadership role: Boys State Governor! (Premieres Friday, August 14th on Apple TV+.)


Finally, we have Netflix’s latest animated acquisition, about a pair of teens who end up babysitting three super-powered babies that have escaped from a video game. The one thing I do want to note is that this movie is written and directed by Cory Edwards, who made the forgotten 2006 hidden gem Hoodwinked! Now, whether this new movie will have extreme-sports-loving grandmas and copious Fletch references, we’ll just have to see… 🙂 (Premieres Friday, July 14th on Netflix.)

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • The High Note (2020)
  • The Wretched (2020)
  • I Am Vengeance: Retaliation (2020)
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (45th Anniversary Blu-ray edition)

Older Movies New to Streaming


  • Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) (premieres Thursday, August 13th)
  • Johnny English (2003) (premieres Sunday, August 16th)
  • Les Miserables (2012) (premieres Sunday, August 16th)
  • Seventh Son (2015) (premieres Sunday, August 16th)
  • Drunk Parents (2017) (premieres Monday, August 17th)


  • Bernie the Dolphin 2 (2019) (premieres Friday, August 14th)
  • Behind You (2020) (premieres Sunday, August 16th)
  • The Cup (2012) (premieres Tuesday, August 18th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Bernie the Dolphin 2 (2019) (premieres Friday, August 14th)
  • Master (2017) (premieres Friday, August 14th)
  • The Cup (2012) (premieres Tuesday, August 18th)


  • Jawbreaker (1999) (premieres Monday, August 17th)
  • Hellmaster (1992) (premieres Monday, August 17th)
  • Uncaged (2016) (premieres Monday, August 17th)


  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2019) (premieres Friday, August 14th)
  • The Greatest Showman (2017) (premieres Friday, August 14th)
  • Zombies 2 (2019) (premieres Friday, August 14th)


  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) (premieres Saturday, August 15th)

HBO Max (includes everything from the above HBO/HBO GO section):

  • No additional HBO Max movies this week. Sorry!

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, August 13th: Three by Bill Gunn – The Angel Levine (1970), Ganja & Hess (1973), Personal Problems (1980)
  • Friday, August 14th: Double Feature: Behind the Screens – Hollywood Shuffle (1987), The Player (1992)
  • Saturday, August 15th: Saturday Matinee – The Secret Garden (1949)
  • Sunday, August 16th: Directed by Wim Wenders – Same Player Shoots Again (1968), Alice in the Cities (1974), Wrong Move (1975), Kings of the Road (1976), The American Friend (1977), Paris, Texas (1984), Tokyo-ga (1985), Wings of Desire (1987), Until the End of the World (1991), Palermo Shooting (2008), Pina (2011)
  • Monday, August 17th: Documentaries by Les Blank – The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins (1968), God Respects Us When We Work, but Loves Us When We Dance (1968), Spend It All (1971), Well Spent Life (1971), Dry Wood (1973), Hot Pepper (1973), A Poem is a Naked Person (1974), Always for Pleasure (1978), Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980), Burden of Dreams (1982), Sprout Wings and Fly (1983), In Heaven There Is No Beer? (1984), Gap-Toothed Women (1987), Yum, Yum, Yum! A Taste of Cajun and Creole Cooking (1990), The Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists (1994), Sworn to the Drum: A Tribute to Francisco Aguabella (1995)
  • Tuesday, August 18th: Short + Feature: Landscapes of Loss – Voices of Kidnapping (2017), Nostalgia for the Light (2010)
  • Wednesday, August 19th: Rafiki (2018)

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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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