Coming Soon: February 14th, 2020

Hello, and welcome to Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! We’ll be previewing all of the new movie options for this Valentine’s Day weekend, including all of the major theatrical releases, new streaming premieres, and everything in between. Here’s what’s coming soon for the weekend of February 14th, 2020:

In Theaters Nationwide

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog’s journey from the Sega Genesis to the big screen has been far more difficult than anyone could have ever imagined. The infamous first trailer was released in April 2019 to near-universal rejection, thanks largely in part to Sonic’s poorly-received character design. As a result, Paramount made the stunning move of delaying the movie by 3.5 months, so that they could fully redesign Sonic. And while the new and improved Sonic is indeed much more pleasing to the eye, will the movie itself be any good?

Ben Schwartz (Jean-Ralphio from Parks & Recreation) voices Sonic, who finds his way to Earth, and ends up befriending Montana sheriff James Marsden in the process. Together, they’ll take on Sonic’s arch-enemy Dr. Robotnik, played in over-the-top fashion by the one and only Jim Carrey. Jeff Fowler, a visual effects artist whose credits include 2009’s Where the Wild Things Are, makes his directorial debut. (Opens in theaters nationwide Thursday night, February 13th, with previews beginning at 5:00 PM local time.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szby7ZHLnkA

Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island

Leave it to Blumhouse to take the 1970s Ricardo Montalban TV series “Fantasy Island” and somehow manage to craft a horror movie out of it! Michael Peña steps into Montalban’s role of Mr. Rourke, who welcomes a group of unsuspecting vacationers to his tropical island. Those vacationers include Lucy Hale, Maggie Q, Ryan Hansen, and Jimmy O. Yang. (Also, Michael Rooker’s crawling around the island for reasons unknown.) Director/co-writer Jeff Wadlow and his co-writers Chris Roach & Jillian Jacobs are no strangers to horror: Their previous movie was 2018’s Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare (also starring Lucy Hale). But let’s hope that Fantasy Island is much better than that one! (Opens in theaters nationwide Friday, February 14th.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6O30nJ02PU

The Photograph

Yes, there’s an actual romantic movie opening in theaters this weekend for the Valentine’s Day crowds! Insecure‘s Issa Rae falls in love with reporter LaKeith Stanfield when he interviews her for an article on her mother, a deceased famous photographer. Also starring Li’l Rey Howery, Chelsea Peretti, and Courtney B. Vance. Written and directed by Stella Meghie (Everything, Everything; The Weekend). (Opens in theaters nationwide Thursday night, February 13th, with previews beginning at 5:00 PM local time.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmicB3J1emw

Downhill

In 2012, Nat Faxon and Jim “Dean Pelton” Rash won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for co-writing The Descendants with Alexander Payne. For their next movie effort, Faxon & Rash wrote and directed their first solo movie, 2013’s The Way, Way Back… and now, they’ve returned with this English remake of the 2014 Swedish flick Force Majeure. This time, Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus play the vacationing couple whose marriage falls apart when an avalanche descends upon their ski resort. Also starring Miranda Otto, Zach Woods, and Force Majeure co-star Kristofer Hivju. (Opens in theaters nationwide Thursday night, February 13th, with previews beginning at 6:00 PM local time.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY5SrKf_2ic

New Streaming Premieres

To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

2018’s Netflix movie To All the Boys I’ve Still Loved Before became a surprise breakout teen rom-com phenomenon. In response, Netflix decided to cash in on the opportunity by quickly filming back-to-back sequels… the first of which is dropping just in time for Valentine’s Day. In this second installment, Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) are now officially an item… but one of Lara Jean’s former suitors returns to complicate things. Making his feature directing debut is Michael Fimognari, who was the cinematographer on the first movie. But you might know him best as the director of photography for most of Mike Flanagan’s projects, such as Oculus, Before I Wake, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Season 1 of The Haunting of Hill House, and Doctor Sleep. (Premieres Wednesday, February 12th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIU4xb61PHc

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

The latest feature film from British stop-motion animation studio Aardman (makers of Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit) is heading straight to Netflix in the United States. In this sequel to 2015’s Shaun the Sheep Movie, an alien crash-lands on Shaun the Sheep’s farm… and more dialogue-free hilarity ensues. (Premieres Friday, February 14th on Netflix.)

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

Parasite‘s Oscar Victory Lap

If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt aware that Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite won four Oscars this past Sunday, including Best Picture! In celebration of this historic feat, a number of theaters are adding Parasite to their lineup this weekend, as part of a nationwide expansion of the movie into over 2,000 theaters. In South Dakota, these theaters include (as of press time):

  • Century Stadium 14 and XD (Sioux Falls)
  • AMC Classic Aberdeen 9 (Aberdeen)

Just Arrived on Blu-ray and DVD

  • Ford v Ferrari (also available on 4K Blu-ray)
  • Takashi Miike’s First Love
  • Roma (The Criterion Collection)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Shudder:

  • Rob Zombie’s 3 from Hell (2019) (premieres Thursday, February 13th)
  • Blanketty (2018 short) (premieres Monday, February 17th)
  • Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993) (premieres Monday, February 17th)
  • Seoul Station (2016) (premieres Monday, February 17th)

Netflix:

  • Anna Karenina (2012) (premieres Wednesday, February 12th)
  • Starship Troopers (1997) (premieres Saturday, February 15th)

Hulu:

  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2019) (premieres Wednesday, February 12th)
  • Beverly Hills Ninja (1997) (premieres Friday, February 14th)
  • From Hell (2001) (premieres Friday, February 14th)
  • Radioflash (2019) (premieres Friday, February 14th)
  • Villains (2019) (premieres Friday, February 14th)
  • 28 Hotel Rooms (2012) (premieres Saturday, February 15th)
  • American Ultra (2015) (premieres Saturday, February 15th)
  • Monogamy (2010) (premieres Saturday, February 15th)
  • Super 8 (2011) (premieres Tuesday, February 18th)

Amazon Prime:

  • The Farewell (2019) (premieres Wednesday, February 12th)
  • American Ultra (2015) (premieres Saturday, February 15th)
  • Danger Close (2019) (premieres Saturday, February 15th)
  • 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) (premieres Sunday, February 16th)
  • Super 8 (2011) (premieres Tuesday, February 18th)

Disney+:

  • Because of Winn-Dixie (2005) (premieres Friday, February 14th)
  • Splash (1984) (premieres Friday, February 14th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Wednesday, February 12th: Mustang (2015)
  • Thursday, February 13th: Criterion Collection #599 – Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
  • Friday, February 14th – Double Feature: Blue Valentines – Brief Encounter (1945), In the Mood for Love (2000)
  • Saturday, February 15th: Saturday Matinee: Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
  • Sunday, February 16th: Pioneers of African American Cinema
  • Monday, February 17th: Art-House America: Jacob Burns Film Center
  • Monday, February 17th: Criterion Collection #800 – The Graduate (1967)
  • Tuesday, February 18th: Short + Feature: Matters of Perspective – J.M. Mondésir (2013), Rashomon (1950)

HBO GO:

  • Shaft (2019) (premieres Saturday, February 15th)

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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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