Coming Soon: February 18th, 2022

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! Presidents’ Day weekend is here… and although it’s not as jam-packed a roster as we had for Super Bowl/Valentine’s Day weekend, we’ve got some notable franchise (and franchise-starter) titles to discuss! Here’s what coming soon for the week of February 18th, 2022:

Featured Title: Uncharted

We start off this week with a flick that Sony’s been trying to make for nearly FIFTEEN YEARS: A feature film adaptation of their wildly popular PlayStation video game franchise! (In fact, Sony started up their own feature film sub-label, “PlayStation Productions”, to make this happen!) And over the course of that decade-plus, this movie has seen half-a-dozen directors come and go (including David O. Russell, Neil Burger, Seth Gordon, Shawn Levy, Dan Trachtenberg, and Travis Knight) before landing on Sony journeyman Ruben Fleischer, who shepherded both Zombieland flicks and the first Venom to the screen for the studio. And if that weren’t cursed enough, filming began on the movie on March 16th, 2020… only to shut down later that day due to the COVID outbreak. However, filming resumed that July, and now we’re finally here!

Tom Holland (who was first attached to the project in 2017) stars as Nathan Drake, who’s recruited by Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to retrieve the riches of the Magellan expedition before ruthless treasure hunter Santiago Moncada (Antonio Banderas) gets his hands on it! Also starring Sophia Ali and Tati Gabrielle (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 18th, with preview showings starting at 4PM on Thursday, February 17th.)

Opening in Theaters

Dog

The last time Channing Tatum had a major on-screen starring role was back in September of 2017, when he appeared as one of the Statesmen in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Since then, Channing Tatum has largely been absent from our screens (save for, say, a cameo in Free Guy). But 2022 is going to be Tatum’s comeback year… including his team-up with Sandra Bullock in March’s The Lost City, and a reunion with Steven Soderbergh alter this year in Magic Mike’s Last Dance for HBO Max. But before those, we’re getting Tatum’s directorial debut, which he’s co-helming with his longtime creative partner Reid Carolin (the writer of the Magic Mike movies. Tatum plays a disgraced Army Ranger who’s recruited to take an Army dog across the Pacific Coast to the dog’s handler’s funeral… creating all sorts of road-trip odd-couple situations! Also starring Jane Adams, Kevin Nash, and Ethan Suplee. (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 18th, with preview showings starting at 4PM on Thursday, February 17th.)

The Cursed

Our final theatrical new release is this period horror flick: In the late 1800s, a man (Boyd Holbrook) enters a town to investigate an attack by what appears to be a werewolf… and discovers a sinister force that’s controlling the town. (Hint: It involves a pair of silver chompers!) Also starring Kelly Reilly; written and directed by Sean Ellis (Anthropoid, Cashback). (Opening in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls, on Friday, February 18th, with preview showings starting at 7PM on Thursday, February 17th.)

New to Streaming and VOD

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Now, if you’re a horror fan, The Cursed probably won’t be your first stop this weekend… because Netflix is giving us the latest attempt to revive this storied franchise! This new installment is produced by Fede Alvarez (2013’s Evil Dead, Don’t Breathe)… although this movie achieved notoriety in the summer of 2020 when the original directors were fired after one week of filming, with the production scrapping that footage and starting from scratch with new helmer David Blue Garcia. And, in true modern legacy sequel fashion, this flick ignores all previous sequels, and is a direct continuation to the 1974 original. This time, a group of young’uns – including Eighth Grade star Elsie Fisher, Jacob Latimore, and Sarah Yarkin – arrive in Texas, waking up Leatherface (Mark Burnham) in the process… but these kids are joined by the lone survivor of the original movie, Sally Hardaway (Olwen Fouéré). Also starring Alice Krige, with John Larroquette returning once again as the narrator! (Premieres Friday, February 18th on Netflix.)

Fistful of Vengeance

Look… when The Raid‘s Iko Uwais makes a new action flick for Netflix, we have to pay attention! And so, here comes this supernatural action flick, which is a feature film follow-up to his TV series Wu Assassins. This time, the Wu Assassins reunite to mourn the death of a team member, only to end up fighting a deadly ancient threat. Directed by direct-to-video-sequel master Roel Reiné (Hard Target 2, Death Race 2 & 3, The Scorpion King 3). (Premieres Thursday, February 17th on Netflix.)

They Live in the Grey

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: A social worker investigates a child abuse case, only to find that a supernatural entity is haunting the family’s house. Starring Michelle Krusiec and Madelyn Grace (aka the girl from Don’t Breathe 2); written and directed by the Vang Brothers (Bedeviled). (Premieres Thursday, February 17th on Shudder.)

Returning to Theaters

Lady Sings the Blues

This weekend, the TCM/Fathom Events anniversary series continues with this 50th anniversary showing of the 1972 biopic starring Diana Ross as Billie Holiday! Also starring Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor; directed by Sidney J. Furie (Iron Eagle, Superman IV). (Showing Sunday, February 20th and Wednesday, February 23rd in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)

Showing at the State!

Love & Basketball

The State is celebrating Black History Month this week with three special selections! First up is this home video favorite from 2000, starring Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps as childhood next-door neighbors and lifelong friends who both have dreams of playing professional basketball… and who have to confront their feelings for each other throughout. Also starring Alfre Woodard, Dennis Haysbert, and Tyra Banks; written and directed by Gina Pryce-Bythewood (The Old Guard). (Showing Wednesday, February 16th and Saturday, February 19th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

In the Heat of the Night

Next up, the State honors the career of the recently-passed Sidney Poitier, with this crime drama which won 5 Oscars, including Best Picture (and which ultimately inspired the long-running TV series from the ’80s and ’90s). Poitier plays Philadelphia police detective Virgil Tibbs, who’s passing through a Mississippi town only to be accosted by the local police… and who ultimately joins forces with the local police chief (Rod Steiger, who won the Oscar for Best Actor) to solve a murder investigation. Also starring Lee Grant and Warren Oates; directed by Norman Jewison (Jesus Christ Superstar, Moonstruck). (Showing Thursday, February 17th and Saturday, February 19th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

Passing

The final Black History Month selection is Rebecca Hall’s critically acclaimed directing debut, which premiered on Netflix in November. Set in 1920s New York, it stars Tessa Thompson as a woman who runs into her high-school friend (Ruth Negga)… and who is shocked to see that Negga is not only “passing” as a white woman, but has married a wealthy – and racist – man (Alexander Skarsgard). Also starring Andre Holland and Bill Camp. (Showing Friday, February 18th and Sunday, February 20th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Finally, the State’s latest family matinee is a good one: 1989’s surprise Disney smash hit comedy/adventure, starring Rick Moranis as an inventor who accidentally miniaturizes his kids and his neighbors’ kids! (And now is a great time to see the original movie on the big screen, before the debut of the upcoming Disney+ sequel movie Shrunk!, starring Moranis and Josh Gad!) Also starring Matt Frewer, Marcia Strassman, Kristine Sutherland, Jared Rushton, and Amy O’Neill; directed by Joe Johnston (the original 1995 Jumanji, Jurassic Park III, Captain America: The First Avenger). (Showing Saturday, February 19th and Sunday, February 20th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K UHD

  • Eternals (2021)
  • Looper (2012) (new to 4K UHD!)
  • The Howling (1981) (new to 4K UHD from Scream Factory!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • Halloween (2007) (premieres Monday, February 21st)

Hulu:

  • A House on the Bayou (2021) (premieres Thursday, February 17th)
  • The King’s Man (2021) (premieres Friday, February 18th)
  • How It Ends (2021) (premieres Tuesday, February 22nd)

Amazon Prime:

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

Shudder:

  • Dawn of the Beast (2021) (premieres Monday, February 21st)
  • Dogs (2016) (premieres Monday, February 21st)
  • Detention (2019) (premieres Monday, February 21st)
  • Come to Daddy (2019) (premieres Monday, February 21st)
  • Bloodline (2018) (premieres Monday, February 21st)
  • Undergods (2020) (premieres Monday, February 21st)
  • The Lesson (2015) (premieres Monday, February 21st)

Disney+:

  • Free Guy (2021) (premieres Wednesday, February 23rd)

HBO Max:

  • The Many Saints of Newark (2021) (premieres Thursday, February 17th)
  • The King’s Man (2021) (premieres Friday, February 18th)
  • Free Guy (2021) (premieres Wednesday, February 23rd)

Peacock:

  • The 355 (2022) (premieres Monday, February 21st)

Paramount+:

  • A House on the Bayou (2021) (premieres Thursday, February 17th)
  • How It Ends (2021) (premieres Tuesday, February 22nd)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, February 17th: Restorations: Native Son (1951)
  • Thursday, February 17th: Restorations: Bamako (2006)
  • Friday, February 18th: Double Feature: Missing Memories: Somewhere in the Night (1946), Greaser’s Palace (1972)
  • Saturday, February 19th: Saturday Matinee: Dragonwyck (1946)
  • Monday, February 21st: True Stories: Pier Kids (2019)
  • Tuesday, February 22nd: Short + Feature: Driven to Compete: She Runs (2019), Personal Best (1982)
  • Wednesday, February 23rd: Women Filmmakers: Poison Ivy (1992)

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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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