Coming Soon: December 4th, 2020

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! We begin December with Netflix’s buzziest Oscar title… as well as some other awards contenders, a couple of special theatrical re-releases, and all the vintage movies that were added to streaming services on the 1st of the month! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of December 4th, 2020:

Featured Title: Mank

If you’ve been listening to the podcast or watching our social media, you may be aware that we’ve just kicked off David Fincher Month on the show! (Our first episode, for Se7en, dropped earlier today!) But the reason why we’re featuring Fincher’s movies this month is because his newest feature is dropping on Netflix this week! This is Fincher’s first film since 2014’s Gone Girl… although he has certainly kept busy in the interim, namely with his recently cancelled Netflix series Manhunter. Of special note: This has been a longtime passion project for David Fincher, as the screenplay was originally written by his late father, Jack Fincher.

As befits their auteur-friendly status, the premise of Mank is something that only Netflix would be willing to greenlight… as it’s a filmed-in-black-and-white profile of Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman), the hard-drinking screenwriter who’s best known for co-writing Citizen Kane with Orson Welles. Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, and Charles Dance also star. Also of note: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross are once again serving as Fincher’s score composers… and based on this score sample, it’s fairly period-appropriate! (Premieres Friday, December 4th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSfX-nrg-lI

Opening in Theaters

All My Life

Leading the charge in theaters this week is a new romantic tearjerker, which is the latest star vehicle for Jessica Rothe, of Happy Death Day and Tater Tot & Patton fame! When her fiancé (Glee’s Harry Shum Jr.) is diagnosed with terminal liver cancer, the couple races to have their dream wedding in two weeks. Also starring Jay Pharoah, Josh Bremer, and Jon Rudnitsky, this is directed by Marc Meyers, making a surprising jump to the romance genre after making My Friend Dahmer and We Summon the Darkness. (Opening Friday, November 4th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 and West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls.)

https://youtu.be/mWyJvohEFj8

Half Brothers

Following on Eugenio Derbez’s How to Be a Latin Lover and his Overboard remake, here’s another attempt at an American crossover vehicle for a Mexico movie star. In this case, it’s Luis Gerardo Méndez (who’s also popped up in Murder Mystery and last year’s Charlie’s Angels), who plays a successful Mexican aviation executive who’s about to get married in a matter of days. But, his ailing father tells him that he has a half-brother in America (Connor Del Rio)… and then sends the two half-brothers on an elaborate road trip to learn more about how their father immigrated to America. Luke Greenfield (Let’s Be Cops, The Girl Next Door) directs. (Opening Friday, December 4th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmxxfuLPWXg

New to Streaming and VOD

Godmothered

This week, Disney+ is dropping a family holiday comedy starring the wonderful Jillian Bell (Workaholics, Brittany Runs a Marathon) as a fairy godmother-in-training who tries to save her profession by helping a widowed single mom (Isla Fisher). The case also includes Jane Curtin, June Squibb, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Artemis Pebdani, and Santiago Cabrera; directed by Sharon Maguire Bridget Jones’ Diary. (Premieres Friday, December 4th on Disney+.)

https://youtu.be/KYWzEqX-J-4

Ammonite

After a brief and limited theatrical run, Neon’s big 2020 awards player is now available on VOD! Kate Winslet stars as a paleontologist in the 1840s, who is entrusted with taking care of a recovering young woman (Saiorse Ronan). But eventually, the two women begin a romantic attraction. Directed by Francis Lee (God’s Own Country). (Premieres Friday, December 4th on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnDhlrs3XVM

Sound of Metal

Another of Amazon’s awards contenders debuts this week; it stars Riz Ahmed as a metal drummer who begins to experience rapid hearing loss… and who has to adjust to a radically transformed life. Olivia Cooke also stars as his girlfriend; written and directed by Darius Marder, based on a story by his The Place Beyond the Pines co-writer Derek Cianfrance. (Premieres Friday, December 4th on Amazon Prime Video.)

https://youtu.be/VFOrGkAvjAE

Anything for Jackson

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: After a doctor and his wife lose their only grandson in a car accident, they kidnap one of his pregnant patients, in order to put their grandson into the body of the young woman’s unborn child via… a “reverse exorcism”?!? (Premieres Thursday, December 3rd on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVnxgZor8F0

Returning to Theaters

Die Hard

Welcome (back) to the party, pal! Just in time for the holidays (and following October’s surprise Bruce Willis commercial for DieHard batteries), Disney’s theatrical re-release for this week is the 1988 action classic that made Bruce Willis an unlikely action star… and instantly made Alan Rickman (in his movie acting debut!) one of the greatest villains in movie history. Now we can resume the debates about whether this is a Christmas movie or not… 🙂 Also starring Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason, and William Atherton; directed by John McTiernan (Predator, The Hunt for Red October). (Opens Friday, December 4th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 and Century East in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaJuwKCmJbY

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Finally, we have a Fathom Events 20th anniversary presentation of Ang Lee’s 2000 martial arts classic, which won 4 Oscars, including Best Foreign Language Film, Best Original Score, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography. Starring Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Chang Chen, and Zhang Zi Yi. (Playing Sunday, December 6th, Wednesday, December 9th, and Saturday, December 12th in select theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 and Century East in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2mlZESx-Dk

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • The Rental (2020)
  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • The Hobbit Trilogy (2012-2014) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • Blade (1998) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • Coming to America (1988) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • Beverly Hills Cop (1984) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • The Golden Child (1986) (finally available on Blu-ray!)
  • Trading Places (1983) (newly remastered on Blu-ray!)
  • Popeye (1980) (finally available on Blu-ray!)
  • Crash (1996) (new to The Criterion Collection!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix (all movies premiering Tuesday, December 1st, except where noted):

  • 3 Days to Kill (2014)
  • 50 First Dates (2004)
  • Chef (2014)
  • The Da Vinci Code (2006)
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  • Effie Gray (2014)
  • The Happytime Murders (2018)
  • Jurassic Park (1993)
  • Jurassic Park III (2001)
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
  • Little Nicky (2000)
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
  • Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011)
  • Monster House (2006)
  • Peppermint (2018)
  • Quigley Down Under (1990)
  • Runaway Bride (1999)
  • A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996)
  • Why Did I Get Married? (2007)
  • Ava (2020) (premieres Monday, December 7th)
  • Triple 9 (2016) (premieres Tuesday, December 8th)

Hulu (all movies premiering Tuesday, December 1st, except where noted):

  • 2012 (2009)
  • Air Force One (1997)
  • Anaconda (1997)
  • Angels & Demons (2009)
  • Body of Evidence (1993)
  • Cake (2006)
  • Charlotte’s Web (1973)
  • The Chumscrubber (2005)
  • The Client (1994)
  • Cliffhanger (1993)
  • The Color of Money (1986)
  • Con Air (1997)
  • The Da Vinci Code (2006)
  • Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
  • Dominion: A Prequel to The Exorcist (2005)
  • Dr. No (1962)
  • Dragonball: Evolution (2009)
  • Euphoria (2009)
  • Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
  • The Fifth Element (1997)
  • Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties (2006)
  • GoldenEye (1995)
  • Goldfinger (1964)
  • The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)
  • Here on Earth (1999)
  • The Hulk (2003)
  • The Hurt Locker (2009)
  • Into the Blue (2005)
  • The January Man (1989)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
  • Love Potion No. 9 (1992)
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)
  • The November Man (2014)
  • Our Family Wedding (2010)
  • Sands of Iwo Jima (1950)
  • The 6th Day (2000)
  • Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
  • Southside with You (2016)
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
  • Strategic Air Command (1955)
  • Sunshine (2007)
  • True Confessions (1981)
  • Two Weeks (2006)
  • Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
  • Why Did I Get Married? (2007)
  • The Young Victoria (2009)
  • She Dies Tomorrow (2020) (premieres Friday, December 4th)
  • God’s Own Country (2017) (premieres Saturday, December 5th)
  • It Had to Be You (2015) (premieres Saturday, December 5th)
  • Mr. Jones (2020) (premieres Saturday, December 5th)
  • Waiting for the Barbarians (2020) (premieres Saturday, December 5th)
  • The Secret Garden (2020) (premieres Sunday, December 6th)
  • Valley Girl (2020) (premieres Monday, December 7th)

Amazon Prime (all movies premiering Tuesday, December 1st, except where noted):

  • 30 Days of Night (2007)
  • 50 First Dates (2004)
  • About Last Night… (1986)
  • Angels & Demons (2009)
  • Any Given Sunday (1999)
  • Black Dynamite (2009)
  • Body of Evidence (1993)
  • Cake (2006)
  • The Chumscrubber (2005)
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
  • Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
  • Dr. No (1962)
  • Euphoria (2009)
  • Full Moon High (1981)
  • Gandhi (1982)
  • Ghost Town (2008)
  • GoldenEye (1995)
  • Goldfinger (1964)
  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
  • Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)
  • The Hurt Locker (2009)
  • Into the Blue (2005)
  • The King’s Speech (2010)
  • A League of Their Own (1992)
  • Letters to Juliet (2010)
  • The Natural (1984)
  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)
  • Priest (2011)
  • The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
  • Spanglish (2004)
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
  • Thank You for Smoking (2006)
  • Tombstone (1993)
  • True Confessions (1981)
  • True Lies (1994)
  • Why Did I Get Married? (2007)
  • Year One (2009)
  • Valley Girl (2020) (premieres Monday, December 7th)

Shudder:

  • Blood Beat (1983) (premieres Monday, November 30th)
  • Body (2015) (premieres Monday, November 30th)
  • Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) (premieres Monday, November 30th)
  • Sheitan (2006) (premieres Monday, November 30th)
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) (premieres Tuesday, December 1st)
  • The Lost Boys (1987) (premieres Tuesday, December 1st)
  • A Blade in the Dark (1983) (premieres Wednesday, December 2nd)
  • Black Belly of the Tarantula (1970) (premieres Wednesday, December 2nd)
  • The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972) (premieres Wednesday, December 2nd)
  • The Corruption of Chris Miller (1973) (premieres Wednesday, December 2nd)
  • Death Laid an Egg (1968) (premieres Wednesday, December 2nd)
  • The Editor (2014) (premieres Wednesday, December 2nd)
  • The Fifth Cord (1971) (premieres Wednesday, December 2nd)
  • The New York Ripper (1982) (premieres Wednesday, December 2nd)
  • The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971) (premieres Wednesday, December 2nd)
  • The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1971) (premieres Wednesday, December 2nd)
  • Short Night of Glass Dolls (1971) (premieres Wednesday, December 2nd)
  • Stage Fright (1987) (premieres Wednesday, December 2nd)
  • Torso (1973) (premieres Wednesday, December 2nd)
  • Trauma (1993) (premieres Wednesday, December 2nd)
  • What Have You Done to Solange? (1972) (premieres Wednesday, December 2nd)
  • Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972) (premieres Wednesday, December 2nd)
  • Castle Freak (2020) (premieres Thursday, December 3rd)
  • Let the Corpses Tan (2017) (premieres Monday, December 7th)
  • VFW (2019) (premieres Monday, December 7th)
  • Zombi Child (2019) (premieres Monday, December 7th)

Disney+:

  • Anastasia (1997) (premieres Friday, December 4th)
  • Mulan (2020) (now available for free; premieres Friday, December 4th)
  • Big (1988) (premieres Friday, December 4th)
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) (premieres Friday, December 4th)
  • Sky High (2005) (premieres Friday, December 4th)

HBO Max (all movies premiering Tuesday, December 1st, except where noted):

  • 3 Godfathers (1949)
  • 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)
  • Absolute Power (1997)
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996)
  • Amistad (1997)
  • Annabelle: Creation (2017)
  • The Bay (2012)
  • The Beguiled (2017)
  • The Bishop’s Wife (1947)
  • The Blind Side (2009)
  • Blow-Up (1966)
  • The Book of Henry (2017)
  • Bright Young Things (2004)
  • Bundle of Joy (1956)
  • A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits (2016)
  • Code 46 (2004)
  • Contraband (2012)
  • The Crow (1994)
  • The Crow: City of Angels (1996)
  • The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005)
  • Deep Blue Sea (1999)
  • Demolition Man (1993)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)
  • Fallen (1998)
  • The Family Man (2000)
  • Father of the Bride (1950)
  • Fifty Shades of Black (2016)
  • Final Destination (2000)
  • Final Destination 2 (2003)
  • Final Destination 3 (2006)
  • The Final Destination (2009)
  • Freelancers (2012)
  • Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995)
  • Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997)
  • Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove (2010)
  • The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)
  • Gladiator (2000)
  • Gun Crazy (1950)
  • Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
  • Hero (2004)
  • Holiday Affair (1949)
  • Hot Fuzz (2007)
  • The Human Stain (2003)
  • It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)
  • Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
  • Juice (1992)
  • Just My Luck (2006)
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
  • The Last Samurai (2003)
  • Logan’s Run (1976)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
  • Mars Attacks! (1996)
  • Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
  • Michael Clayton (2007)
  • Misery (1990)
  • Nancy Drew (2007)
  • No Blade of Grass (1970)
  • The Omega Man (1971)
  • On Moonlight Bay (1951)
  • Outbreak (1995)
  • Period of Adjustment (1962)
  • Phantom Thread (2017)
  • Project X (2012)
  • Risky Business (1983)
  • Robots (2005)
  • Rock of Ages (2012)
  • Romance on the High Seas (1948)
  • Room for One More (1952)
  • Sanctum (2011)
  • The Sentinel (2006)
  • Sex and the City (2008)
  • Sex and the City 2 (2010)
  • Shaun of the Dead (2004)
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  • The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
  • Snakes on a Plane (2006)
  • Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
  • Soylent Green (1973)
  • Spawn (1997)
  • Striptease (1996)
  • Susan Slept Here (1954)
  • Tea for Two (1950)
  • Three Godfathers (1936)
  • THX 1138 (1971)
  • Timeline (2003)
  • True Grit (2010)
  • Unfaithful (2002)
  • The Wedding Date (2005)
  • Westworld (1973)
  • Wrath of the Titans (2012)
  • Yogi Bear (2010)
  • Young Man with a Horn (1949)
  • The Photograph (2020) (premieres Saturday, December 4th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Tuesday, December 1st: Short + Feature: Die Laughing – The Extraordinary Life of Rock (2010), Harold and Maude (1971)
  • Wednesday, December 2nd: Criterion Collection Edition #917: The Awful Truth (1937)
  • Wednesday, December 2nd: Short Films by Julie Dash – Four Women (1975), Diary of an African Nun (1977), Illusions (1982), Praise House (1991), The Cinematic Jazz of Julie Dash (1992), Standing at the Scratch Line (2016)
  • Thursday, December 3rd: Sorry We Missed You (2019)
  • Thursday, December 3rd: Three by Terrence Malick – Badlands (1973), Days of Heaven (1978), The New World (2005)
  • Friday, December 4th: Double Feature: The Adventures of Paul Dedalus – My Sex Life… or How I Got Into An Argument (1996), My Golden Days (2015)
  • Friday, December 4th: From the Archive – Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
  • Saturday, December 5th: Saturday Matinee – National Velvet (1944)
  • Sunday, December 6th: The Best of Mae West – She Done Him Wrong (1933), I’m No Angel (1933), Belle of the Nineties (1934), Goin’ to Town (1935), Klondike Annie (1936), Go West Young Man (1936), Every Day’s a Holiday (1937), My Little Chickadee (1940)
  • Monday, December 7th: Criterion Collection Edition #1018: Paris Is Burning (1990)
  • Monday, December 7th: Uncovering “The Naked City”
  • Tuesday, December 8th: Short + Feature: Release the Hounds – Mutts (2019), White God (2014)
  • Wednesday, December 9th: Three by Barbra Streisand – Yentl (1983), The Prince of Tides (1991), The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)

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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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