Coming Soon: February 12th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! Following last week’s quiet Super Bowl week, this 4-day Valentine’s Day/Presidents’ Day weekend is absolutely overflowing with new movies! We’ve got a dozen new titles to discuss, along with the usual theatrical re-releases, so let’s not waste any more time! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of February 12th, 2021:

Featured Title: Judas and the Black Messiah

Fresh off of its Sundance premiere, one of this awards season’s last major players is rolling out this weekend, as part of Warner Bros.’ dual HBO Max/theatrical release plan for 2021. LaKeith Stanfield stars as William O’Neal, a small-time criminal whom the FBI recruited in 1968 to have him infiltrate the Illinois Black Panther Party… namely to gather intel on the party’s chairman, Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), with the ultimate goal of assassinating him. Also starring Jesse Plemons, Ashton Sanders, Lil Rel Howery, and Martin Sheen as J. Edgar Hoover. Directed by Shaka King, and produced by Ryan Coogler. (Premieres Friday, February 12th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD, the Century East at Dawley Farm, and the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls, and on HBO Max.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ivHf4ODMi4

New in Theaters

Land

Last week, I alluded to a number of high-profile directing debuts that would be rolling out in the near future… and this is the first: the helming debut of Robin Wright, of The Princess Bride, Forrest Gump, and House of Cards fame. She stars as a woman who encounters a family tragedy that leaves her alone, and decides to start a new life living off-the-grid in the Rockies. But, she doesn’t initially succeed living in the wild, and she’s ultimately saved by a hunter (Demian Bichir), where a relationship starts to form. Also starring Kim Dickens and Brad Leland. (Premieres Friday, February 12th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOw20FDNnHA

New to Streaming and VOD

Saint Maud

For the first time in well over a year, a new A24 horror movie is coming out! This movie has had quite the wait for horror fans, as it was originally targeted to come out in theaters around Easter of 2020… but was pushed back due to COVID, and has now been sold off to the Epix movie channel and streaming service, where it will exclusively premiere. The movie follows a devout (and possibly mentally unstable?) nurse (Morfydd Clark) who is tending to a dying patient. Written and directed by Rose Glass, in her feature debut. (Premieres Friday, February 12th on Epix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXs2-TY9qok

Willy’s Wonderland

Get ready for the next Nicolas Cage cult-movie favorite… a Five Nights at Freddy’s-like riff?!? That’s right! 🙂 Cage plays a drifter whose car breaks down in a remote town… and in order to pay for the car repairs, Cage agrees to an abandoned Chuck-E-Cheese-like kids’ place. But not all is as it seems, as he soon ends up fighting for his life against a bunch of killer animatronic mascots! Also starring Beth Grant; directed by Kevin Lewis. (Premieres Friday, February 12th on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0v27rfaoB2Y

Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar

Next, we have another movie that was originally slated for a theatrical release, in July of 2020… and you may even recall the bizarre teaser trailer (which you can watch a version of below) that played in theaters in Christmas of 2019. But Lionsgate will now mount this as its next high-profile premium VOD experiment, following August’s launch of Antebellum. This is a re-teaming of Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo, whose script for 2011’s Bridesmaids not only led to a massive box-office hit, but garnered them an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Wiig and Mumolo not only wrote this movie, but also star as a pair of Midwestern gal pals who leave their small town for their first big vacation in Florida. Also starring Jamie Dornan, Damon Wayans Jr., Vanessa Bayer, and Wendi McLendon-Covey. Directed by Josh Greenbaum (Becoming Bond). (Premieres Friday, February 12th on VOD services.)

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

Breaking News in Yuba County

Another high-profile VOD drop is this new dark comedy from director Tate Taylor (The Help, The Girl on the Train, Ma), which MGM is releasing through the newly-revived American-International Pictures brand. Allison Janney plays an ignored housewife who catches her husband (Matthew Modine) cheating on her… only for him to die of a heart attack in the process. After she buries the body, she pretends that her husband has disappeared… which leads to her getting all sorts of media attention and fame, which she ultimately wants to cling to at all costs. Also starring Mila Kunis, Awkwafina, Wanda Sykes, Juliette Lewis, Regina Hall, and Jimmi Simpson. (Premieres Friday, February 12th on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENv0B-jX3O4

To All the Boys: Always and Forever

This week’s Netflix original movie is the third and final installment in their teenage romantic trilogy. (Or one of their trilogies… The Kissing Booth 3 is also dropping later this year!) This time, Lara Jean and Peter head into their senior year of high school, and must decide whether college will keep them together or apart. Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, John Corbett, and everyone else return from prior movies. This is directed by Mike Flanagan’s longtime cinematographer Michael Fimognari, who made his directing debut with last year’s sequel To All the Boys: P.S. I Love You, which was filmed back-to-back with this new threequel. (Premieres Friday, February 12th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jPdejek5QA

Music

Another high-profile directing debut drops on VOD this week, as musician Sia writes and directs her first film, which unexpectedly received two Golden Globes nominations last week, for Best Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy) and Best Actress (Musical/Comedy; Kate Hudson). Hudson plays a newly-sober woman who suddenly becomes the guardian of her autistic half-sister (Maddie Ziegler). The movie has received tons of criticism for Sia’s decision to have a non-autistic actress play an autistic character… and she has since apologized and added a warning label to the movie, The movie also stars Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Schwartz, Juliette Lewis, Henry Rollins, Tig Notaro and Hector Elizondo. (Premieres Friday, February 12th on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3hxL41mVbU

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things

These days, it seems like we’re always getting new time-loop movies: We had Palm Springs in June, and now we’re getting this movie with very Palm Springs-like vibes. (And in a few weeks, I’ll be discussing a new time-loop action movie in this column!) This quirky rom-com follows two teens (Kyle Allen and Freaky‘s Kathryn Newton) who are stuck together in a time loop, and who ultimately put together the titular map of “tiny perfect things”. Directed by Ian Samuels (Sierra Burgess is a Loser); also starring Al Madrigal and Jorja Fox. (Premieres Friday, February 12th on Amazon Prime.)

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

Dead Pigs

When the Harley Quinn movie Birds of Prey debuted last February, much was made of how it was the second feature film from director Cathy Yan… but while her debut feature, Dead Pigs, was often mentioned in articles, people were baffled that it wasn’t actually available to watch in the States. But, after 3 long years without an American distribution deal, Mubi has finally come through! This is a dark comedy about the impacts of China’s growing economy on modern life… culminating in an image based on a real-life 2013 incident in which 16,000 dead pigs were dumped in a Shanghai river. (Premieres Friday, February 12th on Mubi.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ip5UeW1nos

Into the Dark: Tentacles

Hulu & Blumhouse’s monthly movie anthology series “Into the Dark” finally returns, with a Valentine’s Day-adjacent installment! It follows a young LA couple (Freaky‘s Dana Drori and Casey Deidrick) who quickly fall in steamy, passionate love… and then the guy gets mysteriously sick. Directed by Clara Aranovich (who helmed last year’s Into the Dark installment How to Succeed in Business Without Really Dying). (Premieres Friday, February 12th on Hulu.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0P0Ycsv73w

After Midnight

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: After his girlfriend disappears, a man squares off against a wolf roaming outside his home! Starring, written, and co-directed by Jeremy Gardner; also starring Brea Grant, Henry Zebrowski, and Justin Benson (yes, of Benson & Moorhead fame!). (Premieres Thursday, February 11th on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHX96WSOsGU

Returning to Theaters

Pretty in Pink

Timed for both Valentine’s Day and the movie’s 35th anniversary, Fathom Events is bringing back the beloved 1986 teen romance written and produced by John Hughes. Starring Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Jon Cryer, and Harry Dean Stanton. (Showing Friday, February 12th and Saturday, February 14th in theaters nationwide, including the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0WW4HGaZL4

Ray

As part of their Black History Month offerings, Fathom Events is bringing the 2004 Ray Charles biopic back to theaters for one night only. Jamie Foxx stars as Charles, in his Oscar-winning performance. Directed by Taylor Hackford (An Officer and a Gentleman); also starring Kerry Washington and Regina King. (Showing Saturday, February 13th in theaters nationwide, including the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmoM3Nyg7Xc

Showing at the State!

Sleepless in Seattle

The State is bringing in four romantic classics this week, for what they’re officially calling their “Weekend of Love”! First up is the 1993 Nora Ephron rom-com, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in their second big-screen team-up (sandwiched between Joe Versus the Volcano and You’ve Got Mail). Hanks plays a newly-widowed father in Seattle who tells his story on a national talk radio show… and Ryan plays a newly-engaged Baltimore writer who hears his story and becomes infatuated with him. Also starring Bill Pullman, Rob Reiner, Rosie O’Donnell, David Hyde Pierce, and Mrs. Hanks herself, Rita Wilson. (Showing Saturday, February 13th and Sunday, February 14th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4Ll-xXjjXc

Notting Hill

Next up is the 1999 British comedy starring Julia Roberts as Anna Scott, a… well, a Julia-Roberts-like movie mega-star who falls in love with a bookshop owner (Hugh Grant). Also starring Rhys Ifans, Hugh Bonneville, Emma Chambers, and Alec Baldwin. Directed by Roger Michell (Changing Lanes, Venus), and written by British rom-com legend Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral). (Showing Friday, February 12th, Saturday, February 13th, and Sunday, February 14th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5cn4BoYSEE

Moonstruck

Next up is the 1987 comedy starring Cher as a Brooklyn bookkeeper who agrees to marry her boyfriend (Danny Aiello)… and then finds herself attracted to his hot younger brother (Nicolas Cage) instead! Cher and Olympia Dukakis won Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress Oscars, respectively, for their roles… and writer John Patrick Shanley won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar as well. Directed by Norman Jewison (In the Heat of the Night, Fiddler on the Roof). (Showing Saturday, February 13th and Sunday, February 14th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRz4SlirAGc

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Finally, the State continues their Black History Month series with this 1967 comedy-drama from producer/director Stanley Kramer (Judgment at Nuremberg, Inherit the Wind, and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World). Spencer Tracy (in his final role) and Katharine Hepburn play an older couple whose daughter (Katharine Houghton) brings over her fiancĂ© to introduce to them. But to their surprise, said fiancĂ© (Sidney Poitier) is black… challenging Tracy and Hepburn’s ideas and attitudes. The movie won 2 Oscars – Best Actress for Hepburn, and Best Original Screenplay – and was nominated for 8 others. (Showing Thursday, February 11th and Saturday, February 13th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg1pnX3nYc8

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Freaky (2020)
  • Greenland (2020)
  • Elizabethtown (2005 – finally available on Blu-ray!)
  • My Bloody Valentine (1981 – Scream Factory SteelBook edition)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • Middle of Nowhere (2012) (premieres Thursday, February 11th)
  • Monsoon (2019) (premieres Saturday, February 13th)

Hulu:

  • Then Came You (2019) (premieres Thursday, February 11th)
  • 2067 (2020) (premieres Friday, February 12th)
  • You’re Next (2013) (premieres Friday, February 12th)
  • Lost Girls and Love Hotels (2020) (premieres Monday, February 15th)
  • The Shape of Water (2017) (premieres Monday, February 15th)
  • The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) (premieres Tuesday, February 16th)
  • Logan Lucky (2017) (premieres Wednesday, February 17th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Catfish (2010) (premieres Tuesday, February 16th)
  • The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) (premieres Tuesday, February 16th)

Shudder:

  • Basket Case (1982) (premieres Monday, February 15th)
  • The Ninth Configuration (1980) (premieres Monday, February 15th)
  • Outcast (2010) (premieres Monday, February 15th)

Disney+:

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

HBO Max:

  • The Book of Eli (2010) (premieres Saturday, February 13th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, February 11th: Starring Ruby Dee – The Tall Target (1951), Edge of the City (1957), St. Louis Blues (1958), Take a Giant Step (1959), The Balcony (1963), Uptight (1968), Buck and the Preacher (1972)
  • Friday, February 12th: Double Feature: Cool Killers – Le samouraĂŻ (1967), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
  • Saturday, February 13th: Saturday Matinee – A Story of Children and Film (2013)
  • Sunday, February 14th: Lovers on the Run – You Only Live Once (1937), They Live by Night (1948), Gun Crazy (1950), Where Danger Lives (1950), Tomorrow is Another Day (1951), Pierrot le fou (1965), The Honeymoon Killers (1970), Badlands (1973), Thomasine and Bushrod (1974), One False Move (1992), The Living End (1992), Deep Crimson (1996), Sun Don’t Shine (2012), Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013)
  • Monday, February 15th: Park Lanes (2015)
  • Tuesday, February 16th: Three Short Films by Ramin Bahrani – Plastic Bag (2009), Lift You Up (2014), Blood Kin (2018)
  • Wednesday, February 17th: Short Films by Akosua Adoma Owusu – Ajube Kete (2005), Tea 4 Two (2006), Intermittent Delight (2007), Boyant (2008), Me broni ba (2009), Drexciya (2010), Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful (2012), Kwaku Ananse (2013), Bus Nut (2015), Reluctantly Queer (2016), Mahogany Too (2018), On Monday of Last Week (2018), Pelourinho: They Don’t Really Care About Us (2019)

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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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