Coming Soon: January 1st, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! As we move on from 2020 and kick off a hopefully better 2021, we have a relatively quiet week for new movies… but we still have some notable theatrical re-releases, including a loaded State Theatre lineup, as well as all the vintage movies that will be dropping on streaming services on the 1st of the month! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of January 1st, 2021:

Featured Title: Death to 2020

This week’s only major new streaming-service release comes to us from Netflix: It’s a comedic mockumentary reviewing the many horrific events of 2020 with a panel of so-called know-nothing “experts”. And who better to navigate this dumpster fire of a year than the masterminds behind Black Mirror: Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones. The all-star cast of faux commentators includes Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant, Lisa Kudrow, Kumail Nanjiani, Leslie Jones, Cristin Milioti, Joe Kerry, Tracey Ullman, and many more! (Premiered Sunday, December 27th on Netflix.)

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

New to Streaming and VOD

Shadow in the Cloud

Chloë Grace Moretz stars in this WWII action/horror mash-up, as an Air Force captain who boards an B-17 bomber to transport a top-secret package. There, she faces off against a hostile all-male crew, fighter plane attacks… and a gremlin that’s scurrying around the plane! Also starring Nick Robinson, Callan Mulvey, and Taylor John Smith; directed and written by Roseanne Liang. (Premieres Friday, January 1st on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCToNAb7QGU

Returning to Theaters

Alien

Speaking of creature-on-a-ship movies… Disney’s series of nationwide theatrical re-releases during the pandemic continues in full force, with the 1979 Ridley Scott horror flick that birthed a 40-plus-year franchise! (And one that’s still potent, too, as FX announced a new Alien TV series from Fargo and Legion‘s Noah Hawley during this month’s Investor Day mega-event!) The movie stars Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Yaphet Kotto, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Veronica Cartwright, and Harry Dean Stanton. (Opens Friday, January 1st in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and Century East in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjLamj-b0I8

Showing at the State!

Grease

The Sioux Falls State Theatre has five movies on tap for New Year’s weekend… starting with the John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John 1978 musical that’s beloved by several members of the Back Lot crew! Featuring such classic songs as “Summer Nights”, “Greased Lightning”, and “Hopelessly Devoted to You”, this movie also stars Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, and a slew of guest stars. Directed by Randal Kleiser (The Blue Lagoon, Flight of the Navigator). (Showing Thursday, December 31st through Sunday, January 3rd at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNhZNp9GXb8

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Next up at the State is one of the greatest action blockbusters of all time: the 1981 Steven Spielberg/George Lucas team-up that created a franchise that is also still chugging along 40 years later, as was also confirmed during Disney’s Investor Day. Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Denholm Elliott, John Rhys-Davies, and Alfred Molina star. (Showing Friday, January 1st through Sunday, January 3rd at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkkzKHCx154

Wolfwalkers

The new Apple TV+ original animated film from the makers of Song of the Sea (and arguably the frontrunner for this year’s Best Animated Feature Oscar) returns to the big screen in Sioux Falls for family matinees this weekend, following a November run at the Century 14. (Showing Friday, January 1st and Saturday, January 2nd at the State Theatre.)

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

Jabberwocky

Attention Monty Python fans! The 1977 Python-adjacent medieval comedy, directed and co-written by Terry Gilliam (in his feature directorial debut) and starring Michael Palin, is showing at the State as a one-night-only Saturday late-night screening! And as the NSFW trailer below shows, the Python style of humor is very much intact! (Showing Saturday, January 2nd at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeLw0Pwwk7g

Metropolis

Finally, Fritz Lang’s visionary and visually dazzling 1927 silent classic will wrap up this weekend at the State, with a one-night-only screening on Sunday night. Of note: t newly-restored 153-minute full version will be presented. (Showing Sunday, January 3rd at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdtZv3XROnc

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Honest Thief (2020)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix (all movies premiering Friday, January 1st, except where noted):

  • 17 Again (2009)
  • 30 Minutes or Less (2011)
  • Blue Streak (1999)
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  • Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)
  • Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
  • Cool Hand Luke (1967)
  • The Creative Brain (2019)
  • The Departed (2006)
  • Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987)
  • Enter the Dragon (1973)
  • Gimme Shelter (2013)
  • Good Hair (2010)
  • GoodFellas (1990)
  • Gothika (2003)
  • Into the Wild (2007)
  • Julie & Julia (2009)
  • Mud (2012)
  • Mystic Pizza (1988)
  • The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
  • Sex and the City (2008)
  • Sex and the City 2 (2010)
  • Sherlock Holmes (2009)
  • Striptease (1996)
  • Superbad (2007)
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) (premieres Tuesday, January 5th)

Hulu (all movies premiering Friday, January 1st, except where noted):

  • 1900 (1977)
  • 1900 (Extended Cut) (1977)
  • American Gigolo (1980)
  • Arachnophobia (1990)
  • The Arrival (1996)
  • Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997)
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
  • Bad Company (2002)
  • Blade Runner: The Final Cut (2007)
  • Blood Diamond (2006)
  • Bloody Sunday (2002)
  • Blow (2001)
  • Boogie Nights (1997)
  • Breakdown (1997)
  • Broken Arrow (1996)
  • The Brothers McMullen (1995)
  • Bully (2001)
  • Changing Lanes (2002)
  • Chaplin (1992)
  • Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (2009)
  • Cloverfield (2008)
  • Coneheads (1993)
  • Constantine (2005)
  • The Cooler (2003)
  • The Core (2003)
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
  • Cujo (1983)
  • Dance Flick (2009)
  • Date Night (2010)
  • Dead Poets Society (1989)
  • Dead Presidents (1995)
  • The Dead Zone (1983)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
  • Donnie Brasco (1997)
  • The DUFF (2015)
  • Enemy at the Gates (2001)
  • Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
  • Eve’s Bayou (1997)
  • Face/Off (1997)
  • The Firm (1993)
  • The Foot Fist Way (2008)
  • Footloose (1984)
  • Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)
  • Frozen (2010)
  • The Gift (2000)
  • Girl Most Likely (2013)
  • Good Luck Chuck (2007)
  • Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
  • The Haunting (1999)
  • Hell or High Water (2016)
  • Hondo (1953)
  • Hot Shots! (1991)
  • How Do You Know (2010)
  • In & Out (1997)
  • Indecent Proposal (1993)
  • Internal Affairs (1990)
  • Kiss the Girls (1997)
  • The Ladies Man (2000)
  • The Last of the Mohicans: Director’s Cut (1992)
  • The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
  • Like a Boss (2020)
  • The Longest Yard (1974)
  • Look Who’s Talking (1989)
  • Look Who’s Talking Too (1990)
  • Look Who’s Talking Now (1993)
  • Lost in Space (1998)
  • Love and Basketball (2000)
  • Major League (1989)
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
  • The Mexican (2001)
  • More Than a Game (2008)
  • Mousehunt (1997)
  • My Best Friend’s Girl (2008)
  • New In Town (2009)
  • Night at the Museum (2006)
  • A Night at the Roxbury (1998)
  • Paycheck (2003)
  • The Peacemaker (1997)
  • Places in the Heart (1984)
  • Poseidon (2006)
  • Pride (2007)
  • The Princess Bride (1987)
  • Push (2009)
  • The Quick and the Dead (1995)
  • Regarding Henry (1991)
  • The Relic (1997)
  • The Rules Of Attraction (2002)
  • Salt (2010)
  • Save Yourselves! (2020)
  • Selena (1997)
  • Shrek (2001)
  • The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
  • Soul Plane (2004)
  • Species (1995)
  • Star Kid (1998)
  • Star Trek Beyond (2016)
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
  • Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
  • Starman (1984)
  • Stephen King’s Graveyard Shift (1990)
  • Super Dark Times (2017)
  • The Three Musketeers (2011)
  • The Truman Show (1998)
  • Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
  • Virtuosity (1995)
  • Walking Tall (1973)
  • War (2007)
  • Where Hope Grows (2015)
  • Wonder Boys (2000)
  • Young Adult (2011)
  • Mighty Oak (2020) (premieres Wednesday, January 6th)

Amazon Prime (all movies premiering Friday, January 1st, except where noted):

  • 1900 (1977)
  • Arachnophobia (1990)
  • Bloody Sunday (2002)
  • The Brass Legend (1956)
  • Broken Arrow (1996)
  • Brothers (2009)
  • The Brothers McMullen (1995)
  • Bully (2001)
  • Chaplin (1992)
  • Cloverfield (2008)
  • Coneheads (1993)
  • The Cooler (2003)
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
  • The Devil’s Own (1997)
  • Donnie Brasco (1997)
  • Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
  • Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
  • Eve’s Bayou (1997)
  • Face/Off (1997)
  • The Family That Preys (2008)
  • The Firm (1993)
  • Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)
  • Girl Most Likely (2013)
  • Good Luck Chuck (2007)
  • Gun Duel in Durango (1957)
  • Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
  • In & Out (1997)
  • The Interview (2014)
  • Kiss the Girls (1997)
  • The Last of the Mohicans: Director’s Cut (1992)
  • The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
  • Legion (2010)
  • Like a Boss (2020)
  • The Longest Yard (1974)
  • Love, the Coopers (2015)
  • Major League (1989)
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
  • The Peacemaker (1997)
  • Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
  • Places in the Heart (1984)
  • Premonition (2007)
  • Pride (2007)
  • Push (2009)
  • The Quick and the Dead (1995)
  • Regarding Henry (1991)
  • Ride Out for Revenge (1958)
  • Salt (2010)
  • Signs (2002)
  • The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
  • Soul Food (1997)
  • St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)
  • Starman (1984)
  • Star Trek Beyond (2016)
  • Stephen King’s Graveyard Shift (1990)
  • Super Dark Times (2017)
  • The Town (2010)
  • The Truman Show (1998)
  • Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
  • Virtuosity (1995)
  • Walking Tall (1973)
  • War (2007)
  • When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
  • Where Hope Grows (2015)
  • Wonder Boys (2000)
  • Mighty Oak (2020) (premieres Wednesday, January 6th)

Shudder:

  • Super Dark Times (2017) (premieres Monday, January 4th)
  • Fingers (2019) (premieres Monday, January 4th)
  • The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971) (premieres Tuesday, January 5th)

Disney+:

  • Horton Hears a Who! (2008) (premieres Friday, January 1st)
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins (2011) (premieres Friday, January 1st)
  • The Wolverine (2013) (premieres Friday, January 1st)

HBO Max (all movies premiering Friday, January 1st, except where noted):

  • The Champ (1979) (premieres Thursday, December 31st)
  • 42nd Street (1933)
  • All the President’s Men (1976)
  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974)
  • Batman Begins (2005)
  • Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000)
  • Batman: Bad Blood (2016)
  • Batman: Death in the Family (2020)
  • Batman: Hush (2019)
  • Blade (1998)
  • A Better Life (2011)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
  • Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  • Chinatown (1974)
  • The Color Purple (1985)
  • The Conjuring (2013)
  • The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002)
  • The Dark Knight (2008)
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
  • Dim Sum Funeral (2009)
  • The Electric Horseman (1979)
  • Escape from New York (1981)
  • The Exorcist (1973)
  • Flashpoint (1984)
  • The General’s Daughter (1999)
  • Green Lantern (2011)
  • Gremlins (1984)
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
  • Happily N’Ever After (2007)
  • Happily N’Ever After 2: Snow White (2009)
  • Happy Feet (2006)
  • Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
  • He Said, She Said (1991)
  • Heaven Help Us (1985)
  • The Infamous Future (2018)
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
  • Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (2020)
  • Kong: Skull Island (2017)
  • Ma (2019)
  • Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
  • Magic Mike (2012)
  • March of the Penguins (2005)
  • Margaret (2011)
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
  • Miss Firecracker (1989)
  • Mulholland Dr. (2001)
  • Mystic River (2003)
  • Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D (2012)
  • No Country for Old Men (2007)
  • The Notebook (2004)
  • Ocean’s 8 (2018)
  • Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
  • Ocean’s Twelve (2004)
  • Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)
  • Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
  • The Producers (1968)
  • Pulp Fiction (1994)
  • Purple Rain (1984)
  • Ready Player One (2018)
  • Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
  • Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987)
  • Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love (1994)
  • Rollerball (2002)
  • Se7en (1995)
  • Shallow Hal (2001)
  • A Star is Born (2018)
  • Superman: Doomsday (2007)
  • Superman: Man of Tomorrow (2020)
  • Superman Returns (2006)
  • Swimfan (2002)
  • This is Spinal Tap (1984)
  • The Three Stooges (2012)
  • TMNT (2007)
  • The Trouble with Spies (1987)
  • Underclassman (2005)
  • V for Vendetta (2005)
  • Van Wilder: Freshman Year (2009)
  • Walk of Shame (2014)
  • Willard (1971)
  • Worth Winning (1989)
  • You Can Count on Me (2000)
  • The High Note (2020) (premieres Saturday, January 2nd)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, December 31st: Criterion Collection Edition #579 – The Phantom Carriage (1921)
  • Friday, January 1st: Double Feature: Madcap Mirth with Katharine and Cary – Holiday (1938), Bringing Up Baby (1938)
  • Saturday, January 2nd: Saturday Matinee – The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
  • Sunday, January 3rd: Starring Peter Sellers – Let’s Go Crazy (1951), The Ladykillers (1955), I’m All Right Jack (1959), The Mouse That Roared (1959), Never Let Go (1960), Mr. Topaze (1961), Lolita (1962), Only Two Can Play (1962), Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), The Optimists (1973), The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2018)
  • Sunday, January 3rd: Criterion Collection Edition #132 – The Ruling Class (1972)
  • Monday, January 4th: Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (1995)
  • Tuesday, January 5th: Short + Feature: Bottoms Up! – The Pub (2012), Withnail and I (1986)
  • Wednesday, January 6th: Criterion Collection Edition #489 – Monsoon Wedding (2001)

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About the Author
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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