Coming Soon: February 21st, 2020

Welcome once again to Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! As always, we’ll be previewing all of the weekend’s new movie options, from theatrical releases to streaming premieres, plus special events and much more. Here’s what’s coming soon for the weekend of February 21st, 2020:

In Theaters Nationwide

Brahms: The Boy II

Brahms, America’s third-favorite creepy movie doll behind Chucky and Annabelle, returns! In this sequel to 2015’s The Boy, Katie Holmes plays the matriarch of the latest family to occupy Brahms’ home… and of course, her little boy takes a shining to the doll with a seeming life of his own. Given how the ending of the first movie made it very clear as to what was going on with Brahms, what will this sequel add to the table? Heck if I know… 🙂 (Opens in theaters nationwide Thursday, February 20th, with previews beginning at 7:00 PM.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6caADGf8mw

The Call of the Wild

Jack London’s classic novel, about a dog named Buck who’s stolen and sent to the Yukon, gets the feature film treatment once more… but this time with a twist: While this is a live-action film, with an all-star cast including Harrison Ford (in super-grizzled mode), Dan Stevens, Omar Sy, Karen Gillan, and Bradley Whitford, all of the animals are CGI creations. (Buck was portrayed on-set by Terry Notary, whose previous motion-capture performances include Kong in Kong: Skull Island, and Rocket in the recent Planet of the Apes movies.) This is the live-action directing debut of Chris Sanders, who previously helmed such animated movies as Lilo & Stitch, How to Train Your Dragon, and The Croods. Also of note: This is the first feature film to bear the newly-renamed “20th Century Studios” moniker. (Opens in theaters nationwide Thursday night, February 20th, with previews beginning at 6:00 PM.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P8R2zAhEwg

Impractical Jokers: The Movie

If the Jackass crew could turn their show into a series of $100-million-grossing hits, then why not Impractical Jokers? Thus, this feature-length incarnation of the TruTV series, which still features all the shots of guys laughing behind a TV that you’re accustomed to at home. The movie’s “plot” involves Joe, Sal, Q, and Murr inexplicably being invited by Impractical Jokers super-fan Paula Abdul to a party she’s having in Miami… but she only gave the guys 3 tickets, thus kicking off a cross-country competition between the guys to determine who gets to go and who gets left out. Directed by Funny or Die co-creator (and occasional Will Ferrell collaborator) Chris Henchy, in his feature directing debut. (Opens in theaters nationwide Thursday night, February 20th, with previews beginning at 7:00 PM local time.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQQ8_VVR4TA

New Streaming Premieres

Jessica Forever

This week’s Shudder exclusive premiere is a 2018 French film set in a dystopian future, where the titular Jessica (Aomi Muyock) and her “family” fend for themselves against assorted violent characters. Directed by Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel. (Premieres Thursday, February 20th on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBF6CZGIgeo

The Last Thing He Wanted

Director Dee Rees’ last film for Netflix, Mudbound, was an awards breakthrough for the streaming service, netting four Oscar nominations a couple of years ago. Now, here comes her follow-up flick, which is also going straight to streaming… and which is getting decidedly less fanfare, despite having some very big stars. Set in 1984, the movie follows a journalist (Anne Hathaway) who is recruited by her father (Willem Dafoe) to become a gunrunner, with U.S. official Ben Affleck hot on her trail. Also starring Rosie Perez, Mel Rodriguez, and Toby Jones. (Premieres Friday, February 21st on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmrU6gMc1Lc

Special Screenings

Citizen K (Cinema Falls)

The latest film from uber-documentarian Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief; The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley; Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) is the subject of Cinema Falls’ next local event. Citizen K follows Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who became the richest man in Russia in the 1990s through financing and oil production… but who was arrested, imprisoned and exiled for speaking out against Putin’s regime. Cinema Falls will be screening this film on Sunday, February 23rd at 6:30 PM at the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls. For more information on this and Cinema Falls’ other programming, visit https://cinemafalls.com/.

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

The Color Purple: 35th Anniversary (TCM Big Screen Classics)

The TCM Big Screen Classics 2020 series continues with Steven Spielberg’s 1985 adaptation of the Alice Walker novel. Nominated for 11 Oscars, it features the film debuts of both Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, and also stars Danny Glover. Fathom Events will be showing the movie in select theaters nationwide for one day only, on Sunday, February 23rd at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM. For more information on the entire 2020 TCM series, visit https://www.fathomevents.com/series/tcm-big-screen-classics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XP8MJIHg5B8

Just Arrived on Blu-ray and DVD

  • Jojo Rabbit (also available on 4K Blu-ray)
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (also available on 4K Blu-ray)
  • Midway (also available on 4K Blu-ray)
  • 21 Bridges

Older Movies New to Streaming

Shudder:

  • Dog Soldiers (2002) (premieres Monday, February 24th)
  • Empathy, Inc. (2018) (premieres Monday, February 24th)
  • Wendigo (2018) (premieres Monday, February 24th)

Netflix:

  • A Haunted House (2013) (premieres Friday, February 21st)
  • System Crasher (2020) (premieres Friday, February 21st)
  • Girl on the Third Floor (2019) (premieres Saturday, February 22nd)
  • Full Count (2019) (premieres Saturday, February 22nd)
  • Every Time I Die (2019) (premieres Tuesday, February 25th)

Hulu:

  • Getaway (2013) (premieres Wednesday, February 19th)
  • The Prince (2014) (premieres Saturday, February 22nd)
  • Run the Race (2019) (premieres Tuesday, February 25th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Ice Princess Lily (2018) (premieres Friday, February 21st)
  • Run the Race (2019) (premieres Tuesday, February 25th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Wednesday, February 19th: Directed by Allison Anders – Border Radio (1987), Gas Food Lodging (1992)
  • Thursday, February 20th: Starring Wendy Hiller – Pygmalion (1938), Major Barbara (1941), I Know Where I’m Going! (1945), Separate Tables (1958), A Man for All Seasons (1966), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)
  • Friday, February 21st: Double Feature: How Great Thou Art (Garfunkel) – The Graduate (1967), Bad Timing (1980)
  • Saturday, February 22nd: Saturday Matinee – Playtime (1967)
  • Sunday, February 23rd: Directed by Jean-Luc Godard – Breathless (1960), A Woman Is a Woman (1961), Vivre sa vie (1962), Le petit soldat (1963), Contempt (1963), Band of Outsiders (1964), A Married Woman (1964), Pierrot le fou (1965), Alphaville (1965), Masculin feminine (1966), Made in U.S.A (1966), 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967), La Chinoise (1967), Weekend (1967), Le gai savoir (1969), Tout va bien (with Jean-Pierre Gorin, 1972), Every Man for Himself (1980), Hail Mary (1985), For Ever Mozart (1996), Film socialisme (2010), Goodbye to Language (2014), The Image Book (2018)
  • Sunday, February 23rd: Starring Anna Karina – A Woman Is a Woman (1961), Vivre sa vie (J1962), Le petit soldat (1963), Band of Outsiders (1964), Alphaville (1965), Pierrot le fou (1965), Made in U.S.A (1966), The Nun (1966)
  • Monday, February 24th: Three Starring Montgomery Clift – Red River (1948), A Place in the Sun (1951), From Here to Eternity (1953)
  • Tuesday, February 25th: Short + Feature: Dance, Dance, Dance! – Night Journey (1960), Pina (2011)

HBO GO:

  • Annabelle Comes Home (2019) (premieres Saturday, February 22nd)

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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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