Coming Soon: February 25th, 2022

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This weekend is the calm before the storm, as the studios don’t want to open any major tentpoles in theaters that would then be crushed by next week’s debut of The Batman… but we still have some smaller one-off titles that are interesting in their own right! Here’s what coming soon for the week of February 25th, 2022:

Featured Title: Studio 666

This past November, movie and music fans were both taken by surprise when Foo Fighters announced that they had secretly filmed a movie… and that it was a horror/comedy mash-up! The band plays a version of themselves in the movie, as they rent a haunted mansion to record their new album… the same mansion, in fact, where they had recorded their recent album Medicine at Midnight! However, Dave Grohl becomes possessed by evil forces in the house… resulting in all sorts of gory and goofy mayhem! Also starring Whitney Cummings, Jenna Ortega, Will Forte, and Jeff Garlin; directed by BJ McDonnell (Hatchet III). (Opening in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls, on Friday, February 25th, with preview showings starting at 5PM on Thursday, February 24th.)

Opening in Theaters

Cyrano

This weekend, the ever-productive Joe Wright (2005’s Pride & Prejudice; Hanna; Darkest Hour) returns with this film adaptation of the 2018 stage musical that’s based on the classic tale of Cyrano de Bergerac, with songs written by The National. This time, Cyrano is played by Peter Dinklage, who helps Kelvin Harrison Jr.’s Christian woo Haley Bennett’s Roxanne! This movie recently scored an Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design, so if you’re a nomination-watching completist, take note! Also starring Ben Mendelssohn. (Opening in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls, on Friday, February 25th, with preview showings starting at 7PM on Thursday, February 24th.)

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

Now, you’re probably asking, “Hey, didn’t this movie premiere on Amazon Prime Video back in January?” It sure did! However, because of the massive drought in theatrical family-film releases, Amazon has decided to give this latest installment in the hugely successful animated franchise a full-blown nationwide theatrical release! (And if you’re so inclined, members of our $5 Patreon tier can listen to our bonus episode on this very movie!) As mentioned before, Adam Sandler and Kevin James famously didn’t return for this sequel… but the rest of the cast has, including Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, and more! (Opening in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls, on Friday, February 25th, with preview showings starting at 5PM on Thursday, February 24th.)

New to Streaming and VOD

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Homecoming

In January of 2020, after a nearly-fifteen-year-stint at Lionsgate, Tyler Perry made his first film for Netflix, the thriller A Fall from Grace. Since then, Perry hasn’t directed an actual movie… although he has appeared as an actor in movies as varied as Don’t Look Up, Those Who Wish Me Dead, and Paw Patrol: The Movie. But now, it seems like Perry’s all-in on Netflix… because he’s bringing back his most popular character to the streaming service, for the first Madea movie since 2019’s A Madea Family Funeral. This time around, Madea’s great-grandson is graduating from college… so naturally, the entire family’s coming to Madea’s house! And in a completely unexpected move, this movie features an appearance from another comedy crossdresser: Brendan O’Carroll, who’s best known as Mrs. Brown on the Irish TV sitcom Mrs. Brown’s Boys. (Premieres Friday, February 25th on Netflix.)

No Exit

Meanwhile, Hulu is debuting its latest movie produced by 20th Century Studios, as part of Disney’s initiative to have the former Fox studio deliver movie content to its streaming services! In this thriller, a young woman escapes rehab to see her mom in the hospital… but when she gets stranded at a rest stop with a group of strangers, she must figure out which one of them has kidnapped a girl that’s trapped in a van parked outside! Starring Havana Rose Liu, Danny Ramirez, Dale Dickey, and Dennis Haysbert. (Premieres Friday, February 25th on Hulu.)

Hellbender

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere, in which an isolated 16-year-old girl discovers her family’s ties to witchcraft! Written, directed, and starring the Adams family… no, not that Addams family! 🙂 (Premieres Thursday, February 24th on Shudder.)

Showing at the State!

The Worst Person in the World

From now until Oscar night, the State is going to be busy, as it brings at least a half-dozen nominated movies to its screen! This week, they’re bringing in the latest acclaimed film from Norwegian director Joachim Trier (Oslo, August 31st; Louder Than Bombs), which scored two Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film! Renate Reinsve, in a performance that won Best Actress at last year’s Cannes, plays Julie, a young woman who’s lost in both her career path and her love life. (Showing Friday, February 25th, Saturday, February 26th, Sunday, February 27th, and Thursday, March 3rd at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

American Pie

Next up, the State is hosting its latest in-person special event, for this 1999 raunchy teen comedy classic… with Kevin himself, Thomas Ian Nicholas, in attendance! He’ll introduce the movie and meet-and-greet attendees, as well as take part in a post-movie Q&A with friend of the show (and the State’s go-to MC) Andy Heller, of Fat Dude Digs Flicks! Also starring Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Seann William Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Mena Suvari, Tara Reid, Alyson Hannigan, Natasha Lyonne, and Eugene Levy as “Jim’s Dad”. Directed by Paul & Chris Weitz (About a Boy). (Showing one night only, Saturday, February 26th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

Rookie of the Year

“Pitcher’s got a big butt!” Since Thomas Ian Nicholas is coming to Sioux Falls, the State is also screening his most famous movie role as well! Yes, it’s the 1993 baseball comedy, in which he plays middle-schooler Henry Rowengartner, who finds that he’s able to throw 100-mile-per-hour fastballs after his broken arm heals… and is instantly signed as the Chicago Cubs’ pitcher! Also starring Gary Busey, Dan Hedaya, an uncredited John Candy (as the Cubs’ announcer), and Daniel Stern – who also made his feature directing debut with this movie! (Showing Saturday, February 26th and Sunday, February 27th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

The Pursuit of Happyness

Finally, the State’s Black History Month series comes to a close with Will Smith’s Oscar-nominated performance from 2006! He plays Christopher Gardner, a real-life salesman in 1980s San Francisco who embarks upon an unpaid stockbroker internship while he and his son (played by his real-life kid, Jaden Smith) deal with homeless life in the streets. Also starring Thandiwe Newton, Kurt Fuller, and Dan Castellaneta; directed by Gabriele Muccino, who re-teamed with Will Smith for 2008’s Seven Pounds. (Showing one day only, Sunday, February 27th, at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K UHD

  • House of Gucci (2021)
  • The King’s Man (2021)
  • American Underdog (2021)
  • The 355 (2022)
  • The Green Mile (1999) (new to 4K UHD!)
  • Escape from L.A. (1996) (new to 4K UHD!)
  • The Hurt Locker (2009) (new to 4K UHD!)
  • Alligator (1980) (new to 4K UHD from Scream Factory!)
  • Hard Target (1993) (new to 4K UHD from Kino Lorber!)
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011) (new to 4K UHD from Kino Lorber!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • No additional movies on Netflix this week. Sorry!

Hulu:

  • The Last Rite (2021) (premieres Thursday, February 24th)
  • Three Identical Strangers (2018) (premieres Sunday, February 27th)

Amazon Prime:

  • The Protégé (2021) (premieres Wednesday, February 25th)

Shudder:

  • The ABCs of Death 2 (2014) (premieres Monday, February 28th)
  • Across the River (2013) (premieres Monday, February 28th)
  • Sputnik (2020) (premieres Monday, February 21st)
  • V/H/S 2 (2013) (premieres Monday, February 21st)
  • V/H/S: Viral (2014) (premieres Monday, February 21st)

Disney+:

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

HBO Max:

  • The French Dispatch (2021) (premieres Friday, February 25th)

Peacock:

  • No additional movies on Peacock this week. Sorry!

Paramount+:

  • No additional movies on Paramount+ this week. Sorry!

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, February 24th: Observations on Film Art No. 46: Costume Design in The Taking of Power by Louis XIV (1966)
  • Friday, February 25th: Double Feature: Magnificently Maggie: Center Stage (1991), Irma Vep (1996)
  • Saturday, February 26th: Saturday Matinee: Sun Children (2020)
  • Monday, February 28th: True Stories: The Metamorphosis of Birds (2020)

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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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