Coming Soon: January 29th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! There’s a lot to talk about this week, in terms of new movies and re-releases, so let’s not delay! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of January 29th, 2021:

Featured Title: The Little Things

This week officially begins Warner Bros.’ big Streaming Wars gamble, in which all 17 of Warner’s 2021 theatrical releases will also debut simultaneously on HBO Max. Kicking things off is a crime thriller with a cast whose star power would be envied by any streaming service! Set in 1990 (!!!), this is a crime thriller starring Denzel Washington as a rural county sheriff (and former legendary profiler of serial killers) who heads to Los Angeles to retrieve evidence related to a murder of a young woman, one in a series of brutal deaths. There, he’s pulled into the case, teaming up with a young hotshot LAPD sergeant (Rami Malek) to find the killer. Their work ultimately leads them to a creepy prime suspect (played, naturally, by Jared Leto).

Oddly enough, this Fincher-esque throwback is written and directed by John Lee Hancock… who’s known primarily for his family-friendly box office hits, like The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks, and The Rookie. However, he also made the Netflix “dad movie” The Highwaymen, starring Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson… so he does have some history with crime films, at the very least. (Premieres Friday, January 29th on HBO Max and in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD, the Century East at Dawley Farms, and the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HZAnkxdYuA

New to Streaming and VOD

Palmer

No doubt you’ll recall how Justin Timberlake exploded on the cinematic scene in the early 2010s. (The Social Network! Friends with Benefits! Uhhhh, hoo-boy… In Time?) But lately, we haven’t seen JT on-screen… especially if you set aside his Trolls movies. (His last in-the-flesh movie appearance was in 2017’s Woody Allen movie Wonder Wheel… and before that, he made a brief cameo in 2016’s Popstar.) But here we are, on the precipice of Timberlake’s first major live-action role in 4 years… and it’s about time. 🙂

Timberlake plays an ex-con who’s just wrapped up a 12-year stint in prison, and ends up taking care of his meth addict neighbor’s crossdressing 8-year-old boy. The cast also includes Juno Temple, June Squibb, and Dean Winters. But what may catch your eyes is that this is directed by Fisher Stevens, whose career has progressed from starring in the Short Circuit movies and other cult faves of the ’80s and ’90s (Super Mario Bros., Hackers) to playing Kyle Chandler’s buddy on CBS’ Early Edition… and ultimately becoming a documentary filmmaker, which netted him an Oscar for producing 2009’s The Cove. (Premieres Friday, January 29th on Apple TV+.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jVuOheTNGQ

Supernova

Get ready for the waterworks, as Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci team up for this tearjerking drama, which has garnered some awards attention for these beloved actors. They play a pair of longtime lovers who decide to embark on a road trip across England to see family and friends after Firth’s character is diagnosed with dementia. Written and directed by Harry Mcqueen (Hinterland). (Premieres Friday, January 29th on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRz2hY6ykGE

The Dig

Netflix has a trio of movies on tap this week! First up, there’s this historical drama, which is based on a true story. In late 1930s England, a rich widow (Carey Mulligan) hires a self-taught archaeologist (Ralph Fiennes) to excavate her estate’s burial mounds. There, they end up discovering the Sutton Hoo medieval cemeteries that dated back to the 6th-7th century. Also starring Lily James, Johnny Flynn, and Ben Chaplin; directed by Simon Stone. (Premieres Friday, January 29th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZQz0rkNajo

Penguin Bloom

Next, we have this family drama starring Naomi Watts as a mom who has just been paralyzed as a result of a freak accident during a recent family vacation. She soon becomes aimless and lost in life… but she finds hope again when her family takes in an injured Magpie bird and try to nurse it back to health. (See the parallels, folks?!?) Also starring Andrew Lincoln and Jacki Weaver. (Premieres Wednesday, January 27th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D0PlwGIyW0

Finding ‘Ohana

The last new Netflix movie this week is a Goonies-like family adventure about two bored siblings whose have just moved from Brooklyn to Hawaii… and who set off on a quest to find long-lost treasure. The cast includes Kea Peahu, Alex Aiono, actual Goonie Ke Huy Quan, Kelly Hu, and Chris Parnell.  (Premieres Friday, January 29th on Netflix.)

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

The Queen of Black Magic

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: an Indonesian horror movie about a family who travels to the orphanage where their father was raised as a child, to visit its terminally ill director… only to encounter the orphanage’s dark secrets. (Premieres Thursday, January 28th on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uC7_PFQgCc

Returning to Theaters

Remember the Titans

The Little Things isn’t your only opportunity to see Denzel on the big screen this weekend! Disney’s latest theatrical re-release, timed for Super Bowl season, is the blockbuster 2000 drama about a newly racially integrated 1970s high school football team. The cast also includes Will Patton, Wood Harris, Donald Faison, Nicole Ari Parker, Ethan Suplee, Ryan Gosling, Kate Bosworth, and Hayden Panettiere. Directed by Boaz Yakin (Fresh, Uptown Girls). (Showing Friday, January 29th through Thursday, February 11th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 and XD and Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35MvdHBWjwU

Dr. No

This weekend’s Fathom Events retro screening is the very first James Bond movie, from 1962! In this installment, Agent 007 heads to Jamaica to investigate a fellow agent’s murder. Starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress. Directed by Terence Young (who also directed From Russia With Love and Thunderball). (Playing Sunday, January 31st and Monday, February 1st in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 and XD and Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pw61uyA0F8A

Showing at the State!

Roma

Alfonso Cuaron’s semi-autobiographical 2018 epic, which won three Oscars including Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography, leads off the State’s slate of movies this weekend. For those of you who have only seen Roma on your TV at home via your Netflix subscription, I can assure you that this is a film that demands to be seen in a theater, to best appreciate Cuaron’s epic visuals. (Showing Thursday, January 28th and Saturday, January 30th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIClGSY5_tY

Dazed & Confused

Next up is Richard Linklater’s 1993 cult hit, about the final day of high school in May of 1976. The movie features an incredible cast of future all-stars, including Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, Milla Jovovich, Joey Lauren Adams, Renee Zellweger, Adam Goldberg, and – in his iconic screen debut – Matthew McConaughey. (Showing Friday, January 29th, Saturday, January 30th, and Sunday, January 31st at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aQuvPlcB-8

Groundhog Day

Since Groundhog Day is this Tuesday, of course the State is showing the Bill Murray 1993 classic! He plays weatherman Phil Connors, whose trip to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover the annual Groundhog Day celebration leads to him reliving the same day over and over again. Also starring Andie McDowell, Chris Elliott, Brian Doyle-Murray, Rick Ducommun, and Stephen Tobolowsky. (“Bing!”) Directed by Harold Ramis (Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation). (Showing Saturday, January 30th and Sunday, January 31st at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSVeDx9fk60

The Greatest Showman

Finally, the State is kicking off a new Midco-sponsored family film series this weekend! To start, the State is showing the 2017 musical that became a surprise word-of-mouth blockbuster… featuring such hit songs as “This is Me”, “A Million Dreams” and “Rewrite the Stars”. Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum, who created one of the most legendary circus shows in history. Also starring Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya and Rebecca Ferguson. Directed by Michael Cieply… with a late-in-the-game assist by Jackman’s Logan and The Wolverine collaborator James Mangold. (Showing Saturday, January 30th and Sunday, January 31st at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXCTMGYUg9A

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Come Play (2020)
  • Fatman (2020)
  • Synchronic (2020)
  • Batman: Soul of the Dragon (2021 – also available on 4K!)
  • Southland Tales (2007 – new on Arrow Blu-ray, with both the theatrical and Cannes cuts!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

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

  • Fatima (2020) (premieres Sunday, January 31st)
  • The Bank Job (2008)
  • Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)
  • Eat Pray Love (2010)
  • Inception (2010)
  • My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
  • The Patriot (2000)
  • Rocks (2019)
  • Shutter Island (2010)
  • Zathura (2005)

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

  • 9 to 5 (198)
  • Affliction (1998)
  • American Psycho (2000)
  • American Psycho 2 (2002)
  • The Bellboy (1960)
  • Bug (1975)
  • Cinderfella (1960)
  • Crimes of the Heart (1987)
  • Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)
  • District 9 (2009)
  • Downhill Racer (1969)
  • Employee of the Month (2006)
  • Everything Must Go (2011)
  • From Hell (2001)
  • G.I. Jane (1997)
  • Garfield: The Movie (2004)
  • Gargoyles: Wings of Darkness (2004)
  • Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962)
  • Grosse Point Blank (1997)
  • Happy Tears (2010)
  • The Haunting of Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013)
  • Hello, My Name is Doris (2016)
  • Hitman’s Run (1999)
  • Jane Austen’s Mafia! (1998)
  • Jennifer 8 (1992)
  • John Grisham’s The Rainmaker (1997)
  • The Juror (1996)
  • Mars Attacks! (1996)
  • Me, Myself and Irene (2000)
  • National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (2002)
  • Ninja Assassin (2009)
  • The Omen (1976)
  • Damien: Omen II (1978)
  • Only God Forgives (2013)
  • The Patsy (1964)
  • Phase IV (1974)
  • Possessor (2020)
  • The Prince of Tides (1991)
  • Shirley Valentine (1989)
  • The Shootist (1976)
  • Sideways (2004)
  • Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
  • Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
  • The Tenant (1976)
  • Teresa’s Tattoo (1994)
  • Turbulence (1997)
  • Waking Ned Devine (1998)
  • Witness (1985)
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
  • You Laugh But It’s True (2011)
  • You’ve Got Mail (1998)

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

  • Chick Fight (2020) (premieres Friday, January 29th)
  • Mortal (2020) (premieres Friday, January 29th)
  • Antz (1998)
  • Australia (2009)
  • Coming to America (1988)
  • Courageous (2011)
  • Dazed and Confused (1993)
  • Down to Earth (2001)
  • The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
  • How She Move (2008)
  • The Ides of March (2011)
  • Imagine That (2009)
  • Just Wright (2010)
  • Moulin Rouge (2011)
  • Notes on a Scandal (2006)
  • The Prestige (2006)
  • Shanghai Noon (2000)
  • The Spy Next Door (2010)
  • There’s Something About Mary (1998)
  • The Village (2004)

Shudder:

  • Audrey Rose (1977) (premieres Monday, February 1st)
  • The Queen of Black Magic (1981) (premieres Monday, February 1st)
  • Vampire’s Kiss (1988) (premieres Monday, February 1st)
  • Head Count (2018) (premieres Tuesday, February 2nd)

Disney+:

  • Epic (2013) (premieres Friday, January 29th)
  • Ramona and Beezus (2010) (premieres Friday, January 29th)

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

  • The Mummy (1999) (premieres Saturday, January 30th)
  • The Mummy Returns (2001) (premieres Saturday, January 30th)
  • The Scorpion King (2002) (premieres Saturday, January 30th)
  • All Good Things (2010)
  • The Amityville Horror (1979)
  • The Amityville Horror (2005)
  • The Apparition (2012)
  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
  • Backdraft (1991)
  • Batman (1989)
  • Batman Returns (1992)
  • Batman Forever (1995)
  • Batman & Robin (1997)
  • Be Cool (2005)
  • Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982, 2007)
  • Butter (2012)
  • Captain Blood (1935)
  • Drumline (2002)
  • The Four Feathers (2002)
  • Get a Job (2016)
  • Get Shorty (1995)
  • Getting Even with Dad (1994)
  • Ghoulies (1985)
  • Ghoulies II (1987)
  • Giant (1956)
  • The Goonies (1985)
  • The Graduate (1967)
  • Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
  • Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
  • Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
  • The Last Exorcism (2010)
  • Lay the Favorite (2012)
  • Life of Pi (2012)
  • Love & Basketball (2000)
  • The Lucky One (2012)
  • Man of Steel (2013)
  • The Matrix (1999)
  • The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
  • The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
  • Monkey Shines (1988)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
  • My Bloody Valentine (2009)
  • The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter (1991)
  • Outbreak (1995)
  • Pathfinder (2007)
  • Presumed Innocent (1990)
  • Raw Deal (1986)
  • The Road Warrior (1981)
  • Safe House (2012)
  • Saw (2004)
  • Saw II (2005)
  • Saw III (2006)
  • Saw IV (2007)
  • Saw V (2008)
  • Saw VI (2009)
  • Saw: The Final Chapter (2010)
  • Selena (1997)
  • The Shadow (1994)
  • Sling Blade (1996)
  • Stop-Loss (2008)
  • Sunshine Cleaning (2009)
  • The Tank (2017)
  • This Must Be the Place (2012)
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)
  • Training Day (2001)
  • Unforgiven (1992)
  • Up in the Air (2009)
  • Wildcats (1986)
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, January 28th: 30 Years of the Film Foundation: Documentary Shorts by Vittorio De Seta – The Age of Swordfish (1954), Islands of Fire (1954), Solfatara (1954), Easter in Sicily (1954), Sea Countrymen (1954), Golden Parable (1954), Fishing Boats (1958), Orgosolo’s Shepherds (1958), A Day on Barbagia (1959), The Forgotten (1959)
  • Friday, January 29th: Double Feature: Ragin’ Pagans – The Wicker Man (1973), Kill List (2011)
  • Saturday, January 30th: Saturday Matinee – Supa Modo (2018)
  • Sunday, January 31st: Directed by John M. Stahl – Back Street (1932), Imitation of Life (1934), Magnificent Obsession (1935), When Tomorrow Comes (1939)
  • Monday, February 1st: Celebration (2007)
  • Monday, February 1st: Criterion Collection Edition #1057 – Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
  • Tuesday, February 2nd: The Killing Floor (1984)
  • Tuesday, February 2nd: Short + Feature: The Right Touch – The Touch Retouched (2002), The Touch (1971)
  • Wednesday, February 3rd: Three by Madeline Anderson – Integration Report 1 (1960), A Tribute to Malcolm X (1967), I Am Somebody (1970)

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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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