Coming Soon: August 27th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! The dog days of summer are here, but there’s still a fair amount of new movies coming out way… led this week by one of the most anticipated horror movies of the year! Here’s what coming soon for the week of August 27th, 2021:

Featured Title: Candyman

There’s only one major theatrical release this weekend, but it’s one that the Back Lot crew has been waiting for ever since it was announced! And now, after being delayed several times from its original June 12th, 2020 date due to COVID, it’s finally here! This is the part-reboot, part-sequel to the 1992 horror classic; the original movie’s housing projects have now been gentrified, and an upstarting visual artist (Yayha Abdul-Mateen II, aka Black Manta from Aquaman and Dr. Manhattan from HBO’s Watchmen miniseries) encounters the Candyman legend the hard way! Also starring Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo… and, in some unknown capacity, Tony Todd himself!

This movie is directed and co-written by Nia DaCosta (whose next film is The Marvels, the MCU’s sequel to Captain Marvel), and produced and co-written by Jordan Peele. And by the way… if you haven’t already, be sure to listen to our milestone 100th episode from last October, where we reviewed the original 1992 Candyman as part of our Clive Barker series! (Opens Friday, August 27th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD, the Century East at Dawley Farm, and the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls.)

New to Streaming and VOD

He’s All That

As we wrap up M. Night Shyamalan month here on the show, we should shout out one of M. Night’s more random movie gigs: Just prior to The Sixth Sense breaking out, M. Night was hired to do an uncredited rewrite on 1999’s She’s All That! And now, here comes a gender-flipped remake of that teen rom-com, in which a high school influencer (Addison Rae) bets that she can turn the school’s biggest loser (Tanner Buchanan) into the next prom king! Also starring Madison Pettis, Peyton Meyer, and, in a passing-of-the-torch casting move, Rachael Leigh Cook as Rae’s mom! (But just to be clear: She is not reprising her character from the original movie!) Directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls, 2003’s Freaky Friday remake). (Premieres Friday, August 27th on Netflix.)

Vacation Friends

This weekend’s Hulu exclusive appears to be an actual 20th Century (Fox) theatrical release that was ultimately cast off to streaming… and it features two of the most frequent faces of this summer movie season: Lil Rel Howery (already seen in Space Jam 2 and Free Guyi) and John Cena (coming off of F9 and The Suicide Squad)! In this raunchy comedy, a newly-engaged couple (Lil Rel Howery and Yvonne Orji) spend their time at a Mexican resort with their new wild and crazy “vacation friends” (John Cena, Meredith Hagner)… and months later, at Rel’s wedding, Mr. & Mrs. Cena show up uninvited, causing absolute chaos for the soon-to-be-wed couple. Directed by Clay Tarver (who served as a producer and writer on the entire 6-season run of HBO’s Silicon Valley), making his feature directing debut. (Premieres Friday, August 27th on Hulu.)

Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed

This week, Netflix’s documentary factory is cranking out a feature-length profile on public broadcasting’s most famous soft-spoken painter, Mr. Bob Ross! However, between the loaded title of this documentary (which seems solely to make people think this is some sort of true crime story?) and the “we’re not going to tell you anything” trailer embedded below, Netflix is trying to spin the impression that this is going to be a salacious and controversial look at one of TV’s nicest personalities… but I highly doubt that will be the case! Besides, I’d watch a Bob Ross documentary in any case, even without Netflix trying to lead me on… 🙂 Oh, and I almost forgot to mention: this doc is executive-produced by Melissa McCarthy! (Premieres Wednesday, August 25th on Netflix.)

No Man of God

Apparently, we can’t get enough Ted Bundy content these days! Remember that Zac Efron/Joe Berlinger Netflix movie from a couple of years ago? Or the Fathom Event from earlier this month co-starring Lin Shaye? Anyway, here’s another movie, which revolves around the conversations between the imprisoned Bundy (Luke Kirby) and the FBI agent (Elijah Wood) who ultimately gets Bundy to confess to his crimes. Also starring Robert Patrick. (Premieres Friday, August 27th on VOD services.)

Mosquito State

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: a Wall Street data analyst living in a Central Park penthouse begins to psychologically melt down… and at the same time, his apartment is infested by a horde of mosquitos! (So, a modern-day update of the final segment from 1982’s Creepshow, kind of?) (Premieres Thursday, August 26th on Shudder.)

Valentine Crush Screening at the Orpheum!

This weekend brings us a special movie event: Valentine Crush, the new movie from Sioux Falls filmmakers Jamie Wede (director) and Leah Simmons (writer), will be holding a special screening for their Kickstarter backers at the Orpheum Theatre downtown! The movie follows a team of roller derby girls who finds themselves being hunted down by a deranged fan! If you want to see the movie, you can still be a backer, by reaching out to Valentine Crush on their official Facebook page! And to learn more about the movie, be sure to listen to our newly-published interview with Wede and Simmons!

Returning to Theaters

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Returning to theaters to commemorate its upcoming 20th anniversary is the 2001 smash hit that kicked off an impressive 10-year, 8-film franchise! Daniel Radcliffe stars as the titular Harry Potter, who embarks on his first year at the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry! Also starring Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, and an army of other legendary British thespians! Directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire). (Showing Saturday, August 28th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls.)


This week’s Fathom Events throwback screening is the 40th anniversary presentation of Ivan Reitman’s 1981 military comedy starring Bill Murray and Harold Ramis! (And a movie that we might be talking about on the show later this year… hint, hint!) This screening is also timed to the movie’s upcoming 4K debut in the upcoming Columbia Classics Volume 2 4K UHD box set, which streets on September 28th… and in fact, one of the new Stripes extras from that box set will be shown as part of this theatrical screening: a 40th anniversary Zoom conversation between Bill Murray and Ivan Reitman! (Showing Sunday, August 29th and Thursday, September 2nd in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)

Lupin III: The Third

GKIDS’ summer anime encore series continues this week with the 2019 CGI-animated take on the long-running master thief franchise! The dubbed version will screen on Sunday afternoon, and the subtitled version will screen on Tuesday evening. (Showing Sunday, August 29th and Tuesday, August 31st in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls.)

Showing at the State!


This week’s entry in the State’s ongoing summer music series is the incredible 2014 jazz drama from writer/director Damien Chazelle, who went on to win a Best Director Oscar for 2016’s La La Land (and also made 2018’s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man). Miles Teller stars as a young drummer who joins a prestigious jazz school… only to be tormented by his exacting bandleader (J.K. Simmons, in the role that won him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar). ALso starring Melissa Benoist and Paul Reiser. (Showing Friday, August 27th and Sunday, August 29th at the State Theatre.)

National Lampoon’s Vacation

The other movies at the State this week are holdovers from last weekend… but they’re all great and beloved movies that are worth watching or rewatching if you haven’t checked them out at the State yet! Starting the weekend is the 1983 comedy that kicked off the long-running Griswold vacation franchise, as Clark (Chevy Chase), Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo), Rusty (Anthony Michael Hall) and Audrey (Dana Barron) road-trip from Chicago to L.A. to go to Wallyworld! Also starring Randy Quaid as Uncle Eddie, Imogene Coca as Aunt Edna, Christie Brinkley as the mystery woman, and John Candy as the Wallyworld security guard. Directed by Harold Ramis (Caddyshack, Groundhog Day). (Showing Thursday, August 26th, Saturday, August 28th, and Sunday, August 29th at the State Theatre.)

The Sandlot

“You’re killing me, Smalls!” “This kid is an L-7 weenie!” “You play ball like a girl!” “For-ev-er!!!” You know all the lines… now don’t miss the rare chance to see the 1993 baseball classic on the big screen! Starring Tom Guiry, Karen Allen, Denis Leary, James Earl Jones, and “The Beast”! (Showing Friday, August 27th and Saturday, August 28th at the State Theatre.)


Finally, you’ve still got a couple more chances to watch the ultimate Golden Age Hollywood classic the way it was meant to be seen: 1942’s WWII romance starring Humphrey Bogart as Rick, the American owner of a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco, who encounters his long-lost love Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) as she tries to escape the city with her husband (Paul Henreid). Also starring Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, and Peter Lorre. Directed by Michael Curtiz (The Adventures of Robin Hood, White Christmas). (Showing Saturday, August 28th and Sunday, August 29th at the State Theatre.)

Moonlight Movies Finale: Incredibles 2!

This Saturday, the Moonlight Movies outdoor series at Fawick Park comes to a close, with 2018’s highly-anticipated sequel to the 2004 Brad Bird Pixar classic! The movie begins at dusk this Saturday, August 28th; for more information, head to the event page on the Downtown Sioux Falls web site!

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)
  • Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021)
  • The Cat o’ Nine Tails (1971 – new 4K UHD edition from Arrow)
  • Two Evil Eyes (1990 – new 4K UHD edition from Blue Underground)

Older Movies New to Streaming


  • The November Man (2013) (premieres Wednesday, August 25th)
  • The Water Man (2021) (premieres Wednesday, August 25th)


  • Disobedience (2017) (premieres Thursday, August 26th)
  • Feral State (2021) (premieres Thursday, August 26th)
  • Love & Monsters (2020) (premieres Thursday, August 26th)
  • Chaos Walking (2021) (premieres Friday, August 27th)
  • Four Good Days (2021) (premieres Saturday, August 28th)
  • Horizon Line (2021) (premieres Sunday, August 29th)
  • Spell (2020) (premieres Monday, August 30th)

Amazon Prime:

  • The Courier (2021) (premieres Friday, August 27th)
  • Alpha (2018) (premieres Saturday, August 28th)


  • No additional movies dropping on Shudder this week. Sorry!


  • Cruella (2021) (premieres Friday, August 27th)
  • Dan in Real Life (2007) (premieres Friday, August 27th)
  • Underdog (2007) (premieres Friday, August 27th)

HBO Max:

  • Magic Mike XXL (2015) (premieres Saturday, August 28th)


  • The Hurricane (1999) (premieres Tuesday, August 31st)


  • Love & Monsters (2020) (premieres Thursday, August 26th)
  • Horizon Line (2021) (premieres Sunday, August 29th)
  • Spell (2020) (premieres Monday, August 30th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Friday, August 27th: Double Feature: Wet Hot Delon Summer: Purple Noon (1960), La piscine (1969)
  • Saturday, August 28th: Saturday Matinee: Top Spin (2014)
  • Monday, August 30th: True Stories: Kings of Pastry (2009)
  • Tuesday, August 31st: Short + Feature: Under the Volcanoes: Islands of Fire (1955), Stromboli (1950)

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About the Author
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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