Coming Soon: August 28th, 2020

It’s time once again for Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! We’ve got some long-awaited theatrical releases, a bunch new streaming and VOD premieres, special screenings, and even an action-packed Back Lot 605 event for us to shamelessly plug! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of August 28th, 2020:

Opening in Theaters *and* VOD!

Bill & Ted Face the Music

Our featured title this week is, quite frankly, a sequel that we’ve been excitedly awaiting for many years… nay, decades! For those of us who grew up on Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, the prospect of a new Bill & Ted movie has continued to pique our interest. But thanks to the John Wick franchise, it’s given us Keanu Reeves’ third career comeback – and by extension, the Keanuissance that finally got this threequel greenlit!

Alex Winter & Keanu return as Bill & Ted, respectively, who have grown old with the princesses and raised daughters of their own (played by Samara Weaving & Brigette Lundy-Paine). But despite the Battle of the Bands at the end of Bogus Journey, they apparently still haven’t created the song that will peacefully unite the world… until a visitor from the future (Kristen Schaal) puts them in a race against time to come up with it! Directed by Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest), the movie also stars Jayma Mays, Erinn Hayes, Kid Cudi, Holland Taylor, and Kelly Carlin (daughter of George)… and returning actors include William Sadler (Death), Hal Landon Jr. (Ted’s dad), and Amy Stotch (Missy). (Premieres Friday, August 28th in theaters nationwide and on VOD.)

Opening in Theaters

The New Mutants

And now, here’s another movie that’s been awaited for years… but not because it couldn’t get made! Yes, the time has finally come for The New Mutants, the X-Men horror spinoff that’s been sitting on the Disney/Fox shelves for literally years. (For those keeping track, this movie’s original release date was April 13th, 2018… and the first trailer dropped on October 13th, 2017!) And heck, with our luck, this movie could still get delayed in the 24 hours between when I post this article and when the movie is supposed to begin its Thursday previews!

The movie itself is about a group of 5 young mutant teens who are trapped in a mental hospital against their will… and end up working together to break out. The movie stars Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Blu Hunt, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, and Alice Braga. Directing and co-writing the movie is Josh Boone, whose best-known movie to date is a vastly different teen movie: 2014’s tearjerker romance The Fault in Our Stars. However, Boone has another highly anticipated horror project coming later this year: the upcoming CBS All Access remake of Stephen King’s The Stand, which just received a premiere date of December 17th. (Opens Friday, August 28th in theaters nationwide.)

The Personal History of David Copperfield

The New Mutants isn’t the only Fox movie hitting theaters this weekend: Here we have Fox Searchlight’s first new movie since theaters reopened… and it’s a comedic, ethnically diverse take on the Charles Dickens classic David Copperfield, starring Dev Patel in the title role, and also starring Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, Hugh Laurie, and Peter Capaldi. The curious thing here is that this movie is directed and co-written by Armando Iannucci, who’s best known for profane political comedies like Veep, In the Loop, and The Death of Stalin… and is heavily switching gears here with this upbeat and optimistic PG-rated effort. (Opens Friday, August 28th in theaters nationwide.)

New Streaming and VOD Premieres

Robin’s Wish

For those of a certain age, Robin Williams was a seminal entertainer… and the tragic news of his death in August 2014 still evokes a ton of sadness. This documentary aims to shed light on the final days of Robin’s life, specifically focusing on his fight with Lewy Body Dementia, and how he and those close to him responded to it. It includes interviews with Robin’s widow Susan Schneider Williams, as well as people who were involved in Williams’ final projects, including director Shawn Levy (director of the Night at the Museum trilogy) and David E. Kelley (creator of Robin’s short-lived 2013-2014 CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones). (Premieres Tuesday, September 1st on VOD services.)


Megan Fox has led a fairly low profile since the rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie franchise came to an end in 2016… arising only for a brief stint on New Girl as Zooey Deschanel’s replacement while she went on maternity leave. But this week, we have Fox’s new movie in which she plays a battle-hardened mercenary who heads to Africa with her team to rescue some hostages. However, trouble brew when they encounter violent rebels that stand in their way. Oh, and I also forgot: There’s also a pack of lions on the loose!!! Directed by MJ Bassett (Silent Hill: Revelation). (Premieres Friday, August 28th on VOD services.)

All Together Now

Auli’i Cravalho, aka the voice of Moana, plays Amber, a musically talented high school senior who’s trying to hide the fact that she and her mother (Justina Machado) are currently homeless. But when she’s accepted to the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University, she has to rely on the help of her friends and family to achieve her dreams. Judy Reyes, Fred Armisen, and Carol Burnett co-star; this is directed and co-written by Brett Haley, who’s previously given us Hearts Beat Loud and Sam Elliott’s The Hero… and who was just picked by Paramount to direct the Grease prequel Summer Lovin’! (Premieres Friday, August 28th on Netflix.)

Class Action Park

Next up, HBO Max is premiering this documentary about New Jersey’s infamous and now-closed Action Park, which has long been considered to be the world’s most dangerous amusement park. (For those of you who remember Johnny Knoxville’s blink-and-you-missed-it 2018 comedy Action Point, the park in that movie was largely based on Action Park.) Thanks to poorly-designed rides, an under-trained staff, and even a wildly illegal scam where the park served as its own insurance company (!!!), at least six people died at this park (and hundreds injured). (Premieres Thursday, August 27th on HBO Max.)

The Binge

As soon as The Purge came out in 2013, jokes already started about, “When are they gonna make The Binge?!?” Well, here you go, folks: Here’s a teen comedy set in a world where all drugs and alcohol are illegal, except for one day a year… and a bunch of teens (led by Skyler Gisondo, of Booksmart and 2015’s Vacation fame) make grand plans to get wasted. Uhh…okey-dokey? Also starring Vince Vaughn as a high school principal, this movie is directed by Jeremy Garelick (The Wedding Ringer). (Premieres Friday, August 28th on Hulu.)

Phineas & Ferb: The Movie: Candace Against the Universe

For those who’ve wanted a new dose of Phineas & Ferb since the show went off the air in 2015, your time has come! In this feature film, which takes place right before the series finale, Phineas and Ferb travel across the galaxy to rescue their older sister Candace, who has been abducted by aliens! (Premieres Friday, August 28th on Disney+.)

The Shed

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere, in which a bullied teen finds that he has a deadly vampire living in his shed… and decides to use that vampire against his bully. Starring Jay Jay Warren, Frank Whale, Timothy Bottoms, and Siobhan Fallon Hogan; directed by Frank Sabatella. (Premieres Thursday, August 27th on Shudder.)

Back Lot 605: Schwarzenegger vs. Stallone!

This week, we’re using the Coming Soon article to promote… ourselves?!? That’s right! On Sunday, August 30th at 7:00 PM, four familiar Back Lot 605 faces – co-host Casey Kelderman; “The Killer Countdown” co-host Blake Ginithan; beloved frequent guest Charlie Eccles; and yours truly – will attempt to collaboratively rank the top 20 movies starring action heroes Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone! Back Lot 605 co-host Brian Mensing will be the MC for the night’s activities… and you can view it on Facebook live, or in person at Spellbound Magic Shop at 41st & Marion. (Reservations are required if you want to see it in person, and seats are limited!) For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page. Now… GET TO DA CHOPPA!!!

Moonlight Movies: The Goonies!

Hey, you guys!!! This week’s Moonlight Movie in Sioux Falls’ Fawick Park is 1985’s The Goonies, starring Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, and Josh Brolin. This is the final Moonlight Movie of the 2020 season, so don’t delay! The movie begins at dusk; for more information, visit the Downtown Sioux Falls web site.

TCM Big Screen Classics: Airplane! 40th Anniversary!

Surely I can’t be serious… but I am! The laugh-out-loud 1980 comedy Airplane! is coming back to theaters for its 40th anniversary on Sunday, August 30th, Tuesday, September 1st, and Wednesday, September 9th. Of note: This is the first Fathom Event in any capacity to be held since theaters have reopened. For more information, check out Fathom Events’ web site.

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • The King of Staten Island (2020)

Older Movies New to Streaming

  • Note: Due to timing, I am holding off on listing the massive September 1st streaming premiere lists until next week’s edition. Trust me… it will be worth it! 🙂


  • Casino Royale (2006) (premieres Monday, August 31st)
  • Quantum of Solace (2008) (premieres Monday, August 31st)
  • The Debt Collector 2 (2020) (premieres Monday, August 31st)


  • Casino Royale (2006) (premieres Monday, August 31st)
  • Quantum of Solace (2008) (premieres Monday, August 31st)
  • Primal (2019) (premieres Monday, August 31st)
  • The Courier (2019) (premieres Monday, August 31st)

Amazon Prime:

  • Primal (2019) (premieres Monday, August 31st)
  • The Courier (2019) (premieres Monday, August 31st)


  • No additional Shudder movies this week. Sorry!


  • Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) (premieres Friday, August 28th)
  • Fantastic Four (2005) (premieres Friday, August 28th)


  • The Way Back (2020) (premieres Saturday, August 29th)

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

  • No additional HBO Max movies this week. Sorry!

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, August 27th: Three by Stephen Cone – The Wise Kids (2011), Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party (2015), Princess Cyd (2017)
  • Friday, August 28th: Double Feature: Private Eyes – Phantom Lady (1944), Variety (1983)
  • Saturday, August 29th: Saturday Matinee – The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
  • Sunday, August 30th: Films by Bill Plympton – Your Face (1987), One of Those Days (1988), How to Kiss (1988), 25 Ways to Quit Smoking (1989), Push Comes to Shove (1991), The Wiseman (1991), The Tune (1992), How to Make Love to a Woman (1996), Sex and Violence (1997), I Married a Strange Person! (1997), Mutant Aliens (2001), Hair High (2004), Guard Dog (2004), The Fan and the Flower (2005), Guide Dog (2006), Hot Dog (2008), Santa, the Fascist Years (2008), Idiots and Angels (2008), Horn Dog (2009), The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger (2010), Cheatin’ (2013), Revengeance (2016)
  • Monday, August 31st: Exporting Raymond (2010)

The Shameless Plugs

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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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