Coming Soon: February 11th, 2022

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! Typically, Super Bowl weekend is very sparse on the movie front, because studios tend to avoid putting their big movies in theaters when moviegoing will be very quiet on game day. However, with a big backlog of COVID-delayed movies, those studios are apt to get their product out there! In addition, it’s also Valentine’s Day weekend… and most of our major streaming services are releasing their own original romantic movies to tie in with the holiday, so we’ve got quite a busy week going on! Here’s what coming soon for the week of February 11th, 2022:

Featured Title: Death on the Nile

Back in 2017, you’ll recall, Kenneth Branagh scored a surprise box office hit with his star-studded take on Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, starring himself as famed mustachioed detective Hercule Poirot. And so, right before the Disney/Fox merger was finalized, Branagh got Fox to greenlight this sequel… which filmed back in 2019 and has endured nearly two years of COVID delays. But now, here it is at long last, opening right on the heels of Branagh’s Belfast garnering 7 Oscar nominations! This time, Branagh’s Poirot heads on a steamboat vacation along the Nile River in Egypt… but when a murder occurs on the boat, Poirot is back on the case! The all-star cast includes Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Tom Bateman, and Letitia Wright. (Opening in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD, the Century East at Dawley Farm, and the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls, on Friday, February 11th, with preview showings starting at 5PM on Thursday, February 10th.)

Opening in Theaters

Marry Me

I’ve been pre-emptively calling this next movie “2022’s biggest rom-com of 2003″… because it feels like it was ripped out of a much earlier moviegoing period! Jennifer Lopez plays a superstar musician (gasp!!!) who plans to marry her singer boyfriend (Maluma) at an epic live-streamed concert. But when the news breaks prior to the concert that her boyfriend cheated on her, she decides to marry a high-school math teacher (Owen Wilson) that she randomly spots in the concert crowd. (Yes, that’s a lot of plot to bite off on!) Also starring Chloe Coleman, Sarah Silverman, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and – hot on the heels of his comic-relief role in last weekend’s Moonfall – John Bradley. Of note is that this is the first major theatrical release of 2022 that will also be streaming day-and-date, as it was announced back in December that the movie would drop on Peacock on its V-Day release weekend. (Opening in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD, the Century East at Dawley Farm, and the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls, on Friday, February 11th, with preview showings starting at 5PM on Thursday, February 10th, and also streaming on Peacock.)

Blacklight

Back on Super Bowl weekend of 2009, 20th Century Fox released an unassuming action programmer called Taken, which had been released overseas a full year prior, and which they had no high expectations for. Surprisingly, it became a breakout hit, and instantly transformed Liam Neeson’s career from Serious Actor to Old Ass-Kicker! And 13 years later, on Super Bowl weekend, we’re still getting Neeson action flicks, as he re-teams with Honest Thief director Mark Williams (aka the creator of Netflix’s Ozark). He plays a government fixer who learns that the FBI is secretly assassinating private citizens… and takes matters into his own hands! Also starring Aidan Quinn and Emmy Raver-Lampman. (Opening in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD, and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls, on Friday, February 11th, with preview showings starting at 5PM on Thursday, February 10th.)

New to Streaming and VOD

KIMI

As you may have gathered, Steven Soderbergh is now making movies exclusively for HBO Max… and here comes his third such film, following 2020’s Let Them All Talk and last summer’s No Sudden Move. Set during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic (yes, it’s one of those movies!), it stars future Catwoman Zöe Kravitz as an agoraphobic Seattle tech worker who has to venture out into the real world when she discovers a violent crime. Also starring Erika Christensen, Derek DelGaudio, Devin Ratray, and Rita Wilson. (Premieres Thursday, February 10th on HBO Max.)

Bigbug

Netflix has quite the coup this weekend, as they’ve got the first feature film from visionary French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie, Alien: Resurrection) in nearly a decade! This sci-fi comedy follows a group of suburbanites in the mid-21st century, who square off against a robot uprising! (Premieres Friday, February 11th on Amazon Prime Video.)

I Want You Back

And now, we’ve come to the streaming overload of romantic movies… because they’re all trying to capture the at-home Valentine’s Day audience! First up is Amazon’s entry, which pairs up Jenny Slate & Charlie Day as two strangers learn they’ve both been dumped by their exes… and hatch a plan to get them back! Also starring Gina Rodriguez, Scott Eastwood, and Manny Jacinto; directed by Jason Orley (Big Time Adolescence). (Premieres Friday, February 11th on Amazon Prime Video.)

The Sky is Everywhere

Apple TV+’s romantic offering is this A24 co-production, which comes from director Josephine Decker, in a change of pace from her prior acclaimed fare like Madeline’s Madeline and 2020’s Shirley. A high school girl (Grace Kaufman) copes with the death of her sister, falling in love with a new student (Jacques Colimon) in the process. Also starring Jason Segel and Cherry Jones. (Premieres Friday, February 11th on Apple TV+.)

Tall Girl 2

Because Netflix is determined to turn all their teen-themed movies into full-blown franchises, here comes the sequel to Netflix’s 2019 high school flick! This time, the titular tall girl, Jodi (Ava Michelle), rides her newly-found popularity into winning the lead role in the school musical! Also starring Sabrina Carpenter, Angela Kinsey, and Steve Zahn. (Premieres Friday, February 11th on Netflix.)

The In Between

Yes, even Paramount+ has a romantic movie for this weekend! (Can you believe it?) This one’s a supernatural romance about a young couple (Joey King and Kyle Allen) who get in a car accident. The boyfriend dies in the accident… but he attempts to communicate with his love from beyond the grave! Also starring Celeste O’Connor, Kim Dickens, and John Ortiz; directed by Arie Posin (The Chumscrubber). (Premieres Friday, February 11th on Paramount+.)

All the Moons

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: In pre-20th-century wartime Spain, a nearly-dead young girl is rescued from a blast by a vampire, who turns her to save her life. (Premieres Thursday, February 10th on Shudder.)

Showing at the State!

10 Things I Hate About You

The State is getting in the Valentine’s Day spirit with a theme weekend: “Love in the 1990s”, featuring some of the decade’s beloved romances! First up is one of Back Lot’s Top 20 comedies of the 1990s (#6, to be specific), as decided in last spring’s live Spellbound event! This 1999 modern-day riff on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew stars Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik, David Krumholtz, Larry Miller, and Allison Janney. (Showing Thursday, February 10th, Saturday, February 12th, and Sunday, February 13th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet

Next up is another modern-day take on Shakespeare: Baz Luhrmann’s one-of-a-kind 1996 take on the classic tragic romance, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in the title roles! Also starring John Leguizamo, Harold Perrineau, Brian Dennehy, Paul Sorvino, and Paul Rudd. (Showing Friday, February 11th and Saturday, February 12th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

The Bodyguard

The State’s actual Valentine’s Day evening offering is the hit 1992 romance starring Whitney Houston as a singer/actress who’s being threatened by a stalker, and Kevin Costner as the bodyguard hired to protect her… only to fall in love in the process. Directed by Mick Jackson (L.A. StoryVolcano), and featuring the blockbuster soundtrack which includes Whitney’s iconic cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You”. (Showing Saturday, February 12th and Monday, February 14th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

My Bloody Valentine

Finally, after a two-month wait, Late Night at the State returns with the only appropriate horror movie to show this weekend: 1981’s seminal slasher about a group of young’uns who decide to hold their own Valentine’s Day party… and find themselves being picked (or pick-axed?) off one by one by a deranged miner! (Showing one night only, Friday, February 11th, at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K UHD

  • Encanto (2021)
  • King Richard (2021)
  • Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021)
  • Some Like It Hot (1959) (new to 4K UHD from Kino Lorber!)
  • Miller’s Crossing (1990) (new Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • St. Vincent (2014) (premieres Thursday, February 10th)
  • Blackhat (2015) (premieres Wednesday, February 16th)

Hulu:

  • Gully (2021) (premieres Thursday, February 10th)
  • The Space Between (2021) (premieres Monday, February 14th)
  • District B13 (2004) (premieres Tuesday, February 15th)
  • Hammer of the Gods (2013) (premieres Tuesday, February 15th)
  • The Shape of Water (2017) (premieres Tuesday, February 15th)

Amazon Prime:

  • No additional movies on Amazon Prime this week. Sorry!

Shudder:

  • Knocking (2021) (premieres Monday, February 14th)
  • Corporate Animals (2019) (premieres Monday, February 14th)
  • I Am a Ghost (2012) (premieres Monday, February 14th)
  • Silent Retreat (2016) (premieres Monday, February 14th)
  • Spring (2014) (premieres Monday, February 14th)
  • Eat Brains Love (2019) (premieres Monday, February 14th)
  • The Wretched (2020) (premieres Monday, February 14th)
  • 31 (2016) (premieres Monday, February 14th)
  • Hagazussa (2017) (premieres Monday, February 14th)
  • A Night of Horror (2020) (premieres Monday, February 14th)
  • XX (2017) (premieres Monday, February 14th)

Disney+:

  • No additional movies on Disney+ this week. Sorry!

HBO Max:

  • Antlers (2021) (premieres Friday, February 11th)

Peacock:

  • Copshop (2021) (premieres Thursday, February 10th)
  • Tammy (2014) (premieres Monday, February 14th)
  • Murderball (2005) (premieres Wednesday, February 16th)

Paramount+:

  • Gully (2021) (premieres Thursday, February 10th)
  • The Space Between (2021) (premieres Monday, February 14th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, February 10th: Three Dimensions: Three Starring Laura Dern: Smooth Talk (1985), Rambling Rose (1991), Citizen Ruth (1996)
  • Friday, February 11th: Double Feature: Good Heavens!: All That Heaven Allows (1955), Far from Heaven (2002)
  • Saturday, February 12th: Saturday Matinee: Death on the Nile (1978)
  • Monday, February 14th: True Stories: Love Meetings (1964)
  • Tuesday, February 15th: Exclusive Streaming Premiere: Hive (2021)
  • Tuesday, February 15th: Short-Film Programs: Feathers (2018)
  • Wednesday, February 16th: Women Filmmakers: A Different Image (1982)

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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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