Coming Soon: February 26th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! It’s a week mixed with different sorts of movies, from cartoon hijinks to multiple Wars On Drugs to some very different takes on rural life! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of February 26th, 2021:

Featured Title: Tom & Jerry

It’s hard to fathom that the beloved cartoon cat-and-mouse duo of Tom & Jerry have been around now for 80 years! And while their cartoon shorts have become legendary as time has gone on, their attempts at feature films… have not. Remember the 1993 animated movie, where Tom & Jerry actually talked? And the less said about their direct-to-video movies, the better… but I will mention that this unfortunately exists… and this, too. But now, we have a brand-new big-budget live-action/animation hybrid movie, which will almost certainly clear the low bar for T&J movies… I hope. ūüôā

As the movie starts out, Tom & Jerry are now homeless… so they pair up and travel to the big city, where they end up occupying a swanky hotel. When the hotel staff interprets Jerry’s presence at the hotel as a “mouse problem”, they have their newest hire (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) fix the problem by having Tom chase Jerry. You can guess where this goes from here! Also starring Michael Pena, Rob Delaney, Colin Jost, and Ken¬†Jeong; directed by Tim Story (Ride Along 1 & 2, the Chris Evans/Jessica Alba Fantastic Four movies; 2019’s Shaft). (Premieres Friday, February 19th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls, and on HBO Max.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kP9TfCWaQT4

New to Theaters

Minari

A24’s big contender for awards season is getting its nationwide rollout this month, which includes both theatrical and VOD releases. This is a semi-autobiographical film from writer/director Lee Isaac Chung, which follows a South Korean family who moves from California to Arkansas in the 1980s to start a farm. Starring Steven¬†Yeun (of The Walking Dead and Burning fame), Han Ye-Ri, Alan Kim, and Will Patton. (Showing Friday, February 26th through Sunday, February 28th at the State Theatre in Sioux Falls, and also available on VOD via A24’s website starting Friday, February 26th.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ0gFidlro8

Crisis

Getting a theatrical release this week before heading to VOD next week is this all-star drama about the national opioid crisis, following multiple plotlines including a architect/former addict (Evangeline Lilly) searching for her missing son, a university professor (Gary Oldman) who finds his school has unsavory ties with a pharmaceutical company; and a cartel smuggling operation that catches the attention of a DEA agent (Armie Hammer… uh-oh!). Also starring Greg¬†Kinnear, Luke Evans, Michelle Rodriguez, and Kid¬†Cudi; written and directed by Nicolas¬†Jarecki¬†(Arbitrage). (Premieres Friday, February 26th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls, and Friday, March 5th on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36ACqc0OHGQ

New to Streaming and VOD

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

From director Lee Daniels (Precious, The Butler) comes this biopic of the legendary singer Billie Holiday (played here by singer, and acting newcomer,¬†Andra¬†Day). Its specific focus is on her life during the 1940s, when the U.S. government targeted Holiday and her drug abuse to amplify the national war on drugs. Also starring¬†Trevante¬†Rhodes, Garrett¬†Hedlund, Natasha¬†Lyonne, and¬†Da’Vine¬†Joy Randolph. Of note: This is yet another movie that was originally set as a Paramount theatrical release, before being sold off to a streaming service, alongside The Trial of the Chicago 7, next week’s Coming 2 America, Without Remorse, and many more. (Premieres Friday, February 26th on Hulu.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USi-ppCfxEA

Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry

Continuing Apple’s partnership with Billie Eilish, the streaming service is releasing this new documentary, which follows the teenage singing sensation¬†as she records her hit debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?Directed by R.J. Cutler (If I Stay, The September Issue). (Premieres Friday, February 26th on Apple TV+.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JUQvUv7QxY

Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell

Not to be outdone, Netflix has a music documentary of their own: A new feature-length profile of The Notorious B.I.G., aka Christopher Wallace… featuring interviews with friends and family, as well as never-before-seen rare footage of the rap legend! (Premieres Friday, February 26th on Apple TV+.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRj2NxkM84U

The Vigil

IFC’s latest horror offering is this Jewish-themed chiller about a man who’s recruited by his rabbi to sit and watch a newly-deceased body overnight at the deceased’s house, as per Orthodox tradition. But the man soon learns that there is something sinister in this house! This is the feature writing/directing debut of Keith Thomas, who has since been recruited to direct Blumhouse’s remake of Stephen King’s Firestarter… so keep an eye on this guy! (Premieres Friday, February 26th on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsMcckth7oU

The Dark and the Wicked

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: the new horror movie from writer/director Bryan¬†Bertino¬†(The Strangers, The Monster). A brother and sister return home to their parents’ farm to help their mom after their dad dies… only to find an evil entity that’s consuming their family. (Premieres Thursday, February 25th on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcntHs-HUzQ

Returning to Theaters

Boyz N the Hood

TCM and Fathom Events brings us this 30th anniversary presentation of writer/director John Singleton’s landmark 1991 filmmaking debut about growing up in South Central L.A., which garnered Singleton Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Starring Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, “Larry¬†Fishburne”,¬†Nia¬†Long, Regina King, and Angela Bassett. (Showing Sunday, February 28th and Wednesday, March 3rd in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)

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

Get On Up

Fathom Events’ final Black History Month screening for February is Tate Taylor’s 2014 follow-up to his smash hit The Help: this unconventional time-hopping, fourth-wall-breaking biopic starring Chadwick¬†Boseman as singer James Brown. Also starring Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Craig Robinson, and Dan Aykroyd. (Showing Saturday, February 27th in theaters nationwide, including the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjIq4BP9h5c

Showing at the State!

Nomadland

In addition to the aforementioned Minari, the State is showing two other movies this weekend… including a second week of showings for Nomadland, which we covered in last week’s article. This movie sold out all three of last weekend’s shows… and it must end its run at the State this Sunday, so don’t delay! (Showing daily Thursday, February 25th through Sunday, February 28th at the State Theatre.)

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

The Wiz

The State’s final Black History Month presentation is the 1978 movie version of the 1970s Broadway remake of The Wizard of Oz, starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Lena Horne, and Richard Pryor. The movie’s main behind-the-camera talent is a one-of-a-kind mix: Sidney Lumet directed this movie after a sterling 1970s run that included Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, and Network; Rob Cohen (yes, of The Fast and the Furious and xXx fame) produced it; and tasked with adapting the stage musical into a screenplay was the recently-passed Joel Schumacher (The Lost Boys; Batman Forever; Batman & Robin). (Showing Saturday, February 27th and Sunday, February 28th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGtnHaEK66s

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • The Croods: A New Age (2020)
  • Wrong Turn (2021)
  • Silk Road (2021)
  • John Hughes 5-Movie Collection (includes 1986’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Pretty in Pink, 1987’s Planes, Trains and Automobiles, and the Blu-ray debuts of 1987’s Some Kind of Wonderful and 1988’s She’s Having a Baby)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix (all movies premiering Monday, March 1st, except where noted):

  • Captain Fantastic (2016) (premieres Friday, February 26th)
  • No Escape (2015) (premieres Friday, February 26th)
  • Our Idiot Brother (2011) (premieres Friday, February 26th)
  • Batman Begins (2005)
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
  • Dances with Wolves (1990)
  • The Dark Knight (2008)
  • I Am Legend (2007)
  • Invictus (2009)
  • Jason X (2002)
  • Killing Gunther (2017)
  • Nights in Rodanthe (2008)
  • The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
  • Rain Man (1988)
  • Step Up: Revolution (2012)
  • Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny (2006)
  • Training Day (2001)
  • Two Weeks Notice (2002)
  • Year One (2009)
  • Black or White (2015) (premieres Tuesday, March 2nd)
  • Parker (2013) (premieres Wednesday, March 3rd)
  • Safe Haven (2013) (premieres Wednesday, March 3rd)

Hulu (all movies premiering Monday, March 1st, except where noted):

  • Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) (premieres Friday, February 26th)
  • The 13th Warrior (1999)
  • 50/50 (2011)
  • As Good As It Gets (1997)
  • Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader (2012)
  • Attack the Block (2011)
  • Beloved (1998)
  • Blow (2001)
  • Brooklyn’s Finest (2010)
  • Cocktail (1988)
  • Demolition Man (1993)
  • The Descent (2006)
  • Dolphin Tale (2011)
  • Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)
  • Employee of the Month (2006)
  • Enemy of the State (1998)
  • The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
  • The Ghost Writer (2010)
  • The Great Debaters (2007)
  • I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009)
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
  • In the Line of Fire (1993)
  • Judge Dredd (1995)
  • The Last Face (2017)
  • Malcolm X (1992)
  • McClintock! (1963)
  • The Nanny Diaries (2007)
  • Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)
  • The Ninth Gate (1999)
  • Pandorum (2009)
  • Pretty Woman (1990)
  • Priceless (2016)
  • The Rolling Stones: Shine a Light (2008)
  • Rushmore (1998)
  • Scrooged (1988)
  • Silverado (1985)
  • Sliver (1993)
  • The Social Network (2010)
  • The Spirit (2008)
  • Stargate (1994)
  • Starsky & Hutch (2004)
  • The Terminal (2004)
  • Tokyo Rising (2020)
  • The Tourist (2010)
  • Traitor (2008)
  • Vertical Limit (2000)
  • A Very Brady Sequel (1996)
  • Wedding Crashers (2005)
  • The Whole Nine Yards (2000)
  • Young Frankenstein (1974)

Amazon Prime (all movies premiering Monday, March 1st, except where noted):

  • The Informer (2020) (premieres Friday, February 26th)
  • 48 HRS. (1982)
  • 50/50 (2011)
  • Another 48 Hours (1990)
  • As Good As It Gets (1997)
  • Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader (2012)
  • Attack the Block (2011)
  • Back to the Future (1985)
  • Back to the Future Part II (1989)
  • Back to the Future Part III (1990)
  • Beloved (1998)
  • Cocktail (1988)
  • Due Date (2010)
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  • Extract (2009)
  • For Colored Girls (2010)
  • The Full Monty (1997)
  • I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009)
  • In the Line of Fire (1993)
  • Meet the Browns (2008)
  • Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)
  • Patriot Games (1992)
  • Patriots Day (2016)
  • Priceless (2016)
  • Rain Man (1988)
  • Religulous (2008)
  • The Rolling Stones: Shine a Light (2008)
  • Rushmore (1998)
  • Silverado (1985)
  • Sliver (1993)
  • The Spirit (2008)
  • Sydney White (2007)
  • The Terminal (2004)
  • Tombstone (1993)
  • A Very Brady Sequel (1996)
  • W. (2008)
  • Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
  • The Whole Nine Yards (2000)
  • Out of Africa (1985) (premieres Wednesday, March 3rd)

Shudder:

  • The Burning (1981) (premieres Monday, March 1st)
  • Amityville II: The Possession (1982) (premieres Monday, March 1st)
  • The Devils (1971) (premieres Monday, March 1st)

Disney+:

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

HBO Max (all movies premiering Monday, March 1st, except where noted):

  • Blade Runner 2049 (2017) (premieres Friday, February 26th)
  • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) (premieres Saturday, February 27th)
  • Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991) (premieres Saturday, February 27th)
  • Adventureland (2009)
  • Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
  • Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)
  • Bandits (2001)
  • Barefoot (2014)
  • Blade (1998)
  • The Brothers Grimm (2005)
  • Bowfinger (1999)
  • Cesar Chavez (2014)
  • Charlotte’s Web (2006)
  • CHiPs (2017)
  • Constantine (2005)
  • Corpse Bride (2005)
  • The Doors (1991)
  • Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001)
  • Dream House (2011)
  • Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
  • Eulogy (2004)
  • Fierce People (2007)
  • Final Analysis (1992)
  • Finding Neverland (2004)
  • Gloria (2014)
  • Going in Style (2017)
  • Gone (2012)
  • Henry Poole is Here (2008)
  • House Arrest (1996)
  • Immigration Tango (2011)
  • Instructions Not Included (2013)
  • Just Before I Go (2015)
  • The King’s Speech (2010)
  • Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man (2006)
  • Live by Night (2016)
  • The Lost Boys (1987)
  • Machine Gun Preacher (2011)
  • Malice (1993)
  • Man on a Ledge (2012)
  • Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
  • Ocean’s Twelve (2004)
  • Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)
  • Our Brand is Crisis (2015)
  • Parental Guidance (2012)
  • Pitch Perfect (2012)
  • The Quiet Ones (2014)
  • The Raven (2012)
  • Red Dragon (2002)
  • The River Wild (1994)
  • Secretary (2002)
  • Stand Up Guys (2013)
  • Unforgettable (2017)
  • The Voices (2015)
  • Veronica Mars (2014)
  • Wedding Crashers (2005)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, February 25th: Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun – Abouna (2002), Daratt (2006), A Screaming Man (2010), Grigris (2013), A Season in France (2017)
  • Friday, February 26th: Double Feature: The Holy Trintignant – The Conformist (1970), Z (1969)
  • Saturday, February 27th: Saturday Matinee – The Ghost Goes West (1935)
  • Sunday, February 28th: Directed by Guy Maddin – Archangel (1990), Careful (1992), Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (2002), Cowards Bend the Knee (2003), The Saddest Music in the World (2003), My Dad is 100 Years Old (2005), My Winnipeg (2007), Glorious (2008), Spanky: To the Pier and Back (2008), How to Take a Bath (2009), Night Mayor (2009), Sinclair (2010), Louis Riel for Dinner (2012), Only Dream Things (2012), The Hall Runner (2014), The Forbidden Room (2015), Lines of the Hand (2015), The Green Fog (2017), Accidence (2018), The Rabbit Hunters (2020), Stump the Guesser (2020)
  • Monday, March 1st: The Twentieth Century (2019)
  • Tuesday, March 2nd: Short + Feature: Black on the Bayou – Boneshaker (2013), Cane River (1982)
  • Wednesday, March 3rd: A New Leaf (1971)

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