Coming Soon: February 19th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! Whereas last week was jam-packed with new titles, this week sees only a handful of new releases… although one of them is the reigning awards season champion, so we can’t dismiss that outright! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of February 19th, 2021:

Featured Title: Nomadland

After many months lighting up the film festival and awards circuits, the leading contender for awards season is finally unfurling nationwide, as Disney is premiering this (Fox) Searchlight release both in theaters and on its Hulu streaming service. This is the new film from director Chloe Zhao, whose last film, 2018’s The Rider (filmed right here in South Dakota!) became a critical favorite. (On top of that, her Nomadland follow-up will be her first trip into the world of blockbusters: She’s helming Marvel Studios’ Eternals, which is currently scheduled to be released on November 5.)

Nomadland stars Frances McDormand as an out-of-work Nevada widower who decides to hit the road and become a modern-day nomad. The movie also stars David Strathairn… and not unlike how she cast non-actors in The Rider, she’s recruited a (in true Zhao fashion) a number of real-life nomads to essentially play themselves. Finally, I should note that a portion of Nomadland (about 15% or so, per my colleagues) was filmed in South Dakota… so now you should definitely see this. 🙂 (Premieres Friday, February 19th in theaters nationwide, including the State Theatre in Sioux Falls, and on Hulu.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sxCFZ8_d84

New to Streaming and VOD

I Care a Lot

As Gone Girl showed us, it’s a lot of fun seeing Rosamund Pike be sinister… and this dark comedy will attempt to pull that magic off once more! Pike stars as a court-appointed guardian who puts her elderly wards in nursing homes, while selling off their assets for her personal gain. But when she crosses the wrong mark (Dianne Wiest), she incurs the wrath of a gangster (Peter Dinklage!). Also starring Eiza Gonzalez, Alicia Witt and Isiah Whitlock Jr.; written and directed by J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed, The 5th Wave). (Premieres Friday, February 19th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D40uHmTSPew

Blithe Spirit

If you’re reading this, I bet you’d be interested in watching Dan Stevens do some screwball comedy, wouldn’t you? In this latest adaptation of the Noel Coward comedy, Stevens plays a London author who’s working on his first screenplay with hopes of bringing him and his new wife (Isla Fisher) heading to Hollywood. To break his writer’s block, he hires a mystic (Judi Dench) to perform a sĂ©ance… but she manages to resurrect the spirit of Stevens’ first wife (Leslie Mann) instead! Directed by British TV veteran Edward Hall. (Premieres Friday, February 19th on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug9dTP4KlDg

Flora & Ulysses

Disney+’s first original movie of 2021 is about a 10-year-old comic-book fan who rescues a squirrel… only to discover that said squirrel has a bevy of superpowers! Starring Matilda Lawler, Alyson Hannigan, Ben Schwartz, Danny Pudi (as Mr. Animal Control!), Janeane Garofolo, and Kate McCucci; directed by Lena Khan (The Tiger Hunter). (Premieres Friday, February 19th on Disney+.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05F8MmsiLQs

Shook

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere, in which a social media star who’s being terrorized online has to pass a series of tests in order to save the people she loves! (Premieres Thursday, February 18th on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6mpX9QEb9E

Returning to Theaters

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Returning to Cinemark XD theaters for one week only is Peter Jackson’s massively successful and beloved big-screen trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendary novels: 2001’s The Fellowship of the Ring, 2002’s The Two Towers, and 2003’s The Return of the King. The large cast includes Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, John Rhys-Davies, and so many more! (Showing Friday, February 12th through Saturday, February 18th in Cinemark XD theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8K8-c_9oGo

Showing at the State!

City Lights

In addition to the aforementioned Nomadland, the State is bringing in three older movies as well… starting with writer/director/star Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 masterpiece. Chaplin plays his “Little Tramp” character, who falls in love with a blind flower girl (Virginia Cherrill). (Showing Thursday, February 18th and Sunday, February 21st at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2NTUnujk1I

Annie (2014)

Next up is the modern-day remake of the beloved Broadway musical (which was first adapted into a movie in 1982), about an orphaned girl who’s taken in by a wealthy tech tycoon as a publicity play for his run as Mayor of New York City. Starring Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Cameron Diaz (in her final acting role before her retirement), and Beasts of the Southern Wild‘s QuvenzhanĂ© Wallis as Annie. Directed by Will Gluck (Friends with Benefits, Peter Rabbit 1 & 2). (Showing Saturday, February 20th and Sunday, February 21st at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nasLuiP-1E0

Get Out

Finally, the State continues their Black History Month series with a special one-night-only showing of Jordan Peele’s 2017 directing debut… which went on to make $176 million at the box office, and ended up being nominated for 4 Oscars, including Best Picture… ultimately winning Peele an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Daniel Kaluuya stars as a young man whose girlfriend (Allison Williams) brings him home to introduces him to her parents (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener)… only to learn the shocking underlying reason for why he’s been brought there in the first place. Also starring Lil Rel Howery, LaKeith Stanfield, Caleb Landry Jones, and Stephen Root. (Showing Saturday, February 20th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRfnevzM9kQ

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • The Informer (2020)
  • Fear of Rain (2020)
  • Random Acts of Violence (2020)
  • The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee (2020)
  • Archenemy (2020)
  • Horizon Line (2021)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • The Conjuring (2013) (premieres Sunday, February 21st)
  • The Conjuring 2 (2016) (premieres Sunday, February 21st)

Hulu:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) (premieres Thursday, February 18th)
  • Dredd (2012) (premieres Tuesday, February 23rd)

Amazon Prime:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) (premieres Thursday, February 18th)

Shudder:

  • One Missed Call (2003) (premieres Monday, February 22nd)
  • Open 24 Hours (2018) (premieres Monday, February 22nd)
  • Psychomania (1973) (premieres Monday, February 22nd)

Disney+:

  • Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) (premieres Friday, February 19th)
  • Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) (premieres Friday, February 19th)
  • The Book of Life (2014) (premieres Friday, February 19th)

HBO Max:

  • Argo (2012) (premieres Saturday, February 20th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, February 18th: Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project – After the Curfew (1954)
  • Friday, February 19th: Double Feature: Oh My Godfrey! – Watermelon Man (1970), Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)
  • Saturday, February 20th: Saturday Matinee – Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955)
  • Sunday, February 21st: Wyatt Cenac’s Adventures in Moviegoing – All Night Long (1962), Borom sarret (1963), Playtime (1967), Putney Swope (1969), Trafic (1971), Pressure (1976), Mur Murs (1981), Bamboozled (2000), In the Mood for Love (2000)
  • Monday, February 22nd: Nationtime (1972)
  • Tuesday, February 23rd: Black Fire: 5 Short Films by Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold – Sugarcoated Arsenic (2014), We Demand (2016), Fastest Man in the State (2017), How Can I Ever Be Late (2017), Black Bus Stop (2019)
  • Wednesday, February 24th: Directed by Nina Menkes – The Great Sadness of Zohara (1983), Queen of Diamonds (1991), Phantom Love (2007), Dissolution (2010)

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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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