Coming Soon: February 7th, 2020

Welcome to the return of the new and improved Coming Soon column! Each week, we’ll preview all of the new movie options for the upcoming weekend, from the major theatrical releases to the big new streaming offerings, and everything in between. Plus, we’ll also highlight special happenings for local movie fans in the Back Lot 605 area. Here’s what’s coming soon for the weekend of February 7th, 2020:

In Theaters Nationwide

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

Has it really been three-and-a-half years since Margot Robbie’s debut as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad? It sure has… and while we wait for the release of the official sequel, James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad (opening August 6th, 2021), Harley gets her own splashy spinoff movie, which has (as far as we know) no other returning Suicide Squad cast members… especially Jared Leto’s Joker, whom Harley “breaks up” with in grand fashion at movie’s start.

She then teams up with Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to take down Gotham crime lord Black Mask (Ewan McGregor). Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) makes her studio directing debut here. In addition, Chad Stahelski, director of the John Wick trilogy, is assisting in an uncredited role as the second-unit action director. (Opens in theaters nationwide Thursday night, February 6th, with previews beginning at 6:00 PM local time.)

New Streaming Premieres

Dogs Don’t Wear Pants

This week’s Shudder exclusive movie premiere is this Finnish film from director J.-P. Valkeapää (The Visitor, They Have Escaped), which won Best Picture in the Main Competition of Fantastic Fest 2019. It follows a traumatized man named Juha (Pekka Strang), whose wife died several years ago in a drowning accident… and whose road to recovery unexpectedly begins when he meets a dominatrix named Mona (Krista Kosonen, Blade Runner 2049). (Premieres Thursday, February 6th on Shudder.)

Into the Dark: My Valentine

The latest installment in Blumhouse’s monthly horror anthology film series is a Valentine’s Day-themed riff on recent stories of pop stars being exploited by their managers. Singer Valentine finds out that not only has her ex-boyfriend/manager stolen her songs… but he’s given them to his new ingenue/girlfriend, Trezzure. (Oh, and by the way, Trezzure just so happens to be the spitting image of Valentine.) Written and directed by Maggie Levin. (Premieres Friday, February 7th on Hulu.)

Honey Boy

After its blink-and-you’ll-miss-it theatrical run in early December, Amazon Studios is finally bringing Shia LaBeouf’s semi-autobiographical drama to Amazon Prime Video. Directed by Alma Har’el and written by Shia himself, the movie stars Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as the younger and older versions of a Shia-like child actor with a troubled upbringing. Shia gives a scene-stealing acting turn as his surrogate character’s complicated father. (Premieres Friday, February 7th on Amazon Prime.)

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

The latest Disney+ original feature film has a bizarre bit of trivia behind it: It is writer/director Tom McCarthy’s movie follow-up to his 2015 Best Picture Oscar winner Spotlight! (On top of that, this movie even premiered at Sundance!) The titular boy is an eccentric Portland kid (Winslow Fegley) who runs his own detective agency. Oh, and did I mention that his detective “partner” is a giant imaginary polar bear? Other cast members include Ophelia Lovibond, Kyle Bornheimer, Craig Robinson, and Wallace Shawn. (Premieres Friday, February 7th on Disney+.)

Horse Girl

Jeff Baena, writer/director of Life After Beth and The Little Hours, returns with this offbeat examination of mental health, which also premiered at Sundance. Alison Brie (who also co-wrote this film) stars as Sarah, a fabric store employee who loves crafts and horses, who soon finds that her dreams and reality are blurring together. Also starring Molly Shannon, Paul Reiser, John Reynolds, Meredith Hagner, and Debby Ryan. (Premieres on Netflix on Friday, February 7th.)

The Coldest Game

The Bill Pullman renaissance continues, in this espionage thriller set against the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. Pullman plays Joshua Mansky, an alcoholic former chess champion who’s abducted by the U.S. government to play chess in Warsaw, Poland against the reigning Soviet champion. The match is a cover for Mansky to contact a Russian defector who has information that may help the U.S. in their standoff with Cuba. Directed by Lucasz Kosmicki. (Premieres on Netflix on Saturday, February 8th.)

Road to “Roma”

As the Oscar campaigns for The Irishman, Marriage Story, and The Two Popes culminates this weekend with Sunday’s ceremony, Netflix will flash back to their previous Oscar champion Roma, with this 72-minute making-of documentary. Road to “Roma” premieres on Netflix on Tuesday, February 11th. It will also be available on The Criterion Collection’s Blu-ray and DVD releases of Roma, both of which street that same day.

For Oscar Fans

It’s Oscar weekend, which means that it’s your last chance to catch up on the nominees before Sunday night! Cinemark’s Oscar week continues through Sunday afternoon at the Century Stadium 14 and XD in Sioux Falls, featuring all 7 of the non-Netflix-produced Best Picture nominees, including: 1917, Ford v Ferrari, Jojo Rabbit (making its Sioux Falls theatrical debut), Joker, Little Women, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Parasite. In addition, the live-action and animated Oscar shorts will be screened as well. A full schedule of the Oscar Movie Week screenings can be found at: https://cinemark.com/oscar-movie-week

The West Mall 7 Re-Opens!

Good news, Sioux Falls area readers: the West Mall 7 theater is finally re-opening on Friday, February 7th! The theater has been closed since January 5th to make repairs due to a small fire in their lobby. The huge slate of movies for the re-opening includes Jojo Rabbit, Uncut Gems, Ford v. Ferrari, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Bombshell, Richard Jewell, The Good Liar, The Grudge, Like a Boss, and Playing with Fire. You can find showtimes, as well as future updates on the lobby remodeling (including digital signage, new carpeting, and a grand re-opening event in March), at https://westmall7.com.

Special Screenings

Love Story: 50th Anniversary (TCM Big Screen Classics)

The TCM Big Screen Classics 2020 series continues with an appropriate selection for Valentine’s Day week: the 1970 blockbuster weepie romance starring Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neal. Fathom Events will be showing the movie in select theaters on Sunday, February 9th at 1:00 PM, and Wednesday, February 12th at 7:00 PM. For more information on the entire 2020 TCM series (which includes a newly-added 40th anniversary screening of The Shining in May!), visit https://www.fathomevents.com/series/tcm-big-screen-classics.

Just Arrived on Blu-ray and DVD

Doctor Sleep (also available on 4K Blu-ray; includes Mike Flanagan’s brand-new 180-minute director’s cut!)
Last Christmas
The Good Liar
Playing with Fire
Arctic Dogs
Waves

Older Movies New to Streaming

Shudder:

Catcalls (2017 short) (premieres Monday, February 10th)
The Golden Glove (2019) (premieres Monday, February 10th)
The Hills Have Eyes (1977) (premieres Monday, February 10th)
Prom Night (1980) (premieres Monday, February 10th)
Prom Night 2: Hello Mary Lou (1987) (premieres Monday, February 10th)

Netflix:

The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017) (premieres Friday, February 7th)
Polaroid (2019) (premieres Sunday, February 9th)
Good Time (2017) (premieres Tuesday, February 11th)

Hulu:

Warrior (2011) (premieres Wednesday, February 5th)
Angel of Mine (2019) (premieres Thursday, February 6th)
Disaster Movie (2008) (premieres Thursday, February 6th)
Wrinkles the Clown (2019) (premieres Thursday, February 6th)
Alive (2019) (premieres Sunday, February 9th)

Amazon Prime:

Warrior (2011) (premieres Wednesday, February 5th)
Disaster Movie (2008) (premieres Thursday, February 6th)
Alive (2019) (premieres Sunday, February 9th)

Disney+:

Toy Story 4 (2019) (premieres Wednesday, February 5th)
Old Dogs (2009) (premieres Sunday, February 9th)

The Criterion Channel:

Daughters of the Dust (1991) (premieres Wednesday, February 5th)
Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2018) (premieres Thursday, February 6th)
The Grifters (1990) (premieres Friday, February 7th)
House of Games (1987) (premieres Friday, February 7th)
Frownland (2007) (premieres Friday, February 7th)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) (premieres Saturday, February 8th)
Some Like It Hot (1958) (premieres Monday, February 10th)

HBO GO:

Storks (2016) (premieres Thursday, February 6th)
Ma (2019) (premieres Saturday, February 8th)

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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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