Coming Soon: December 18th, 2020

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! We’re getting closer to Christmas, so we’re starting to get the onslaught of big holiday offerings, both in theaters and on VOD/streaming! Plus, we’re taking a look at the Sioux Falls State Theatre’s all-Christmas-movie weekend lineup! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of December 18th, 2020:

Featured Title: Monster Hunter

Our latest saviors of cinema are the husband-wife team of Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich… because the six-film Resident Evil series and that Three Musketeers riff just weren’t enough! Unsurprisingly, they’re returning to theaters for yet another video-game-based action extravaganza… and following it being banned from China midway through its opening day, the onus is on the USA to make up for lost grosses (or as best as can be during the pandemic).

In this movie, Milla leads a team of soldiers that’s been transported to a new world filled with enormous monsters… thus leading to the titular monster hunting! The movie also stars T.I., Meagan Good, Diego Boneta, Tony Jaa, and the one and only Ron Perlman! (Opening Friday, December 18th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 and XD, Century East, and West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls.)

Opening in Theaters


After a home invasion, a married sports agent (Michael Ealy) discovers that the police detective handling the investigation (Hilary Swank) is also (gasp!) the same woman that he had a one-night stand with! Also starring Mike Colter, Danny Pino, and Tyrin Turner, this is directed by workhorse thriller-meister Deon Taylor, who gave us both The Intruder and Black and Blue last year. Also of note: This is Lionsgate’s first theatrical release since the August reopening of theaters, after sending Antebellum to premium VOD in September. (Opening Friday, December 18th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 and Century East in Sioux Falls.)

New to Streaming and VOD

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Netflix’s latest Oscar contender drops this weekend… and it stars Viola Davis as legendary blues singer Ma Rainey (Viola Davis), who faces off against her white managers who want to hold her back. But what’s especially noteworthy about this film is that it’s the final screen appearance of Chadwick Boseman, who co-stars as Ma’s trumpeter boyfriend, who wants to carve out his own music-career path. Directed by George C. Wolfe (Nights in Rodanthe), and based on the play by August Wilson; Denzel Washington, who starred in and directed the film version of Wilson’s Fences, produces this movie as well. (Premieres Friday, December 18th on Netflix.)


Gerard Butler is here to entertain you this holiday season, with his latest piece of action schlock! This time, Butler and his family try to survive a comet that’s racing towards Earth, by heading to a military bunker in Greenland. Originally slated for a June theatrical launch, this was delayed several times until it was sent to PVOD… and if you don’t want to shell out the $20 to see this, it will debut on HBO Max in the first quarter of 2021. Also starring Morena Baccarinm, Scott Glenn, David Denman, and Hope Davis; directed by Butler’s new go-to director Ric Roman Waugh, who also helmed last year’s Angel Has Fallen, and who will direct the upcoming fourth installment in the … Has Fallen franchise. (Premieres Friday, December 18th on VOD services.)

Another Round

We’re mad about Mads here at the Back Lot, and this weekend brings us the critically-acclaimed reunion of Mads Mikkelsen with his The Hunt director Thomas Vinterberg. This is a comedy-drama about 4 bored high school teachers who decide to maintain a constant state of alcoholic inebriation, in the hopes that it will improve their lives. (Premieres Friday, December 18th on VOD services.)

The Pale Door

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: After an attempted heist goes wrong, a gang of train robbers hides out in a brothel… but the ladies inside are actually a coven of witches! (Dun-dun-dunnnnn!) Starring Zachary Knighton, Pat Healy, and Melora Walters; directed by Aaron B. Koontz… whom our own Casey Kelderman interviewed earlier this year when his last movie Scare Package dropped on Shudder as well! (Premieres Thursday, December 17th on Shudder.)

Returning to Theaters

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Disney’s nationwide theatrical re-release for this week is the 1992 retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic, with all your Muppet favorites, plus Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge! Now, as of press time, it’s unclear whether this re-release will contain the newly-found missing song “When Love Has Gone”, which was deleted from the original theatrical version, and which was only restored on the VHS version… but I wouldn’t be surprised if this song pops back up here to encourage fans to see it in theaters. (Opening December 18th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and Century East in Sioux Falls.)


This week’s Fathom Event re-release is a 25th anniversary presentation of the Best-Picture-nominated family film about the beloved talking pig! Starring James Cromwell, with Christine Cavanaugh (Dexter from Dexter’s Laboratory; Chuckie from Rugrats) as the voice of Babe; directed by Chris Noonan, and written and produced by George Miller (yes, the Mad Max guy!). (Playing Sunday, December 20th in select theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 and Century East in Sioux Falls.)

Showing at the State!

It’s a Wonderful Life

This weekend, the State is trotting out an all-Christmas-movie lineup, in the lead-up to the big day! Leading the way is the 1946 Frank Capra all-timer classic, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed! (Showing Thursday, December 17th through Sunday, December 20th at the State Theatre; tickets are sold out as of press time.)

Love Actually

On the more romantic side, the State is also bringing back Richard Curtis’ epic holiday rom-com starring… well, everybody: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, a pre-Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Keira Knightley, Alan Rickman, and Billy Bob Thornton as the President of the United States! (Showing Saturday, December 19th and Sunday, December 20th at the State Theatre; tickets are sold out as of press time.)


Next up, the State is holding their first late-night cult-movie showing: a 10:00 PM presentation of Trick ‘r Treat writer/director Michael Dougherty’s 2015 horror-comedy starring Toni Collette, Adam Scott, and David Koechner! (Showing Saturday, December 19th at the State Theatre.)

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Finally, this week’s is the brand-new Netflix Christmas musical starring Forest Whitaker and Keegan-Michael Key, which debuted on the streaming service last month… but I always appreciate it when a Netflix movie plays at one of our local theaters! (Showing Saturday, December 19th and Sunday, December 20th at the State Theatre.)

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Tenet (2020) (also available on 4K!)
  • The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020)
  • Alone (2020) (this Alone is the thriller directed by John Hyams)
  • The Dark and the Wicked (2020)
  • Tremors (1990) (new to 4K Blu-ray from Arrow!)
  • Ip Man Collection (2008-2020) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)

Older Movies New to Streaming


  • Braven (2018) (premieres Thursday, December 17th)
  • Guest House (2020) (premieres Friday, December 18th)
  • The Con is On (2018) (premieres Monday, December 21st)
  • After We Collided (2020) (premieres Tuesday, December 22nd)


  • The Hero (2017) (premieres Friday, December 18th)
  • You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020) (premieres Tuesday, December 22nd)
  • Someone Marry Barry (2014) (premieres Wednesday, December 23rd)
  • The Little Hours (2017) (premieres Wednesday, December 23rd)

Amazon Prime:

  • Blackbird (2020) (premieres Friday, December 18th)
  • Pawn Sacrifice (2015) (premieres Wednesday, December 23rd)
  • Someone Marry Barry (2014) (premieres Wednesday, December 23rd)
  • The Little Hours (2017) (premieres Wednesday, December 23rd)


  • Luz: The Flower of Evil (2019) (premieres Monday, December 21st)
  • The Soul Collector (2019) (premieres Monday, December 21st)


  • Eddie the Eagle (2016) (premieres Friday, December 18th)
  • Into the Woods (2014) (premieres Friday, December 18th)

HBO Max:

  • Wendy (2020) (premieres Sunday, December 19th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, December 17th: Three by Rick Alverson – New Jerusalem (2011), The Comedy (2012), Entertainment (2015)
  • Friday, December 18th: Double Feature: I Put a Spell on You – Bell, Book, and Candle (1958), I Married a Witch (1942)
  • Saturday, December 19th: Saturday Matinee – 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
  • Sunday, December 20th: Afrofuturism – Space is the Place (1974), Born in Flames (1983), The Brother from Another Planet (1984), Ornette: Made in America (1985), Yeelen (1987), Welcome II the Terrordome (1995), The Last Angel of History (1996), The Changing Same (2001), Dark Matters (2011), The Becoming Box (2011), Hasaki Ya Suda (2011), Native Sun (2011), Robots of Brixton (2011), An Oversimplifcation of Her Beauty (2012), Jonah (2013), Touch (2013), Twaaga (2013), Afronauts (2014), White Out, Black In (2014), Crumbs (2015), You and I and You (2015), The Golden Chain (2016), Once There Was Brasilia (2017), Supa Modo (2018), 1968 < 2018 > 2068 (2018), I Snuck Off the Slave Ship (2019), T (2019), Zombies (2019)
  • Monday, December 21st: Two Documentaries – The People United (1985), Black and Blue (1987)
  • Tuesday, December 22nd: Short + Feature: It’s a Mad, Mad Christmas – A Christmas Inventory (2000), A Christmas Tale (2008)
  • Wednesday, December 23rd: Directed by Margarethe von Trotta – The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975), Marianne and Juliane (1981), Rosa Luxemburg (1986), Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (2009), Hannah Arendt (2012)

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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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