Coming Soon: July 16th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This week brings us one of the biggest movie events of the summer – at least for a certain generation of moviegoers – as well as various genre movies crossing the lines of horror, action, and thrillers! Here’s what coming soon for the week of July 16th, 2021:

Featured Title: Space Jam: A New Legacy

When the original Space Jam came out in 1996, my brothers and I were fully in the tank for this movie. We loved Michael Jordan, and we avidly consumed Looney Tunes cartoons on Saturday mornings… so this movie team-up was already going to be one for the ages! (Plus, that soundtrack CD was constantly played in our childhood home!) Those nostalgic feelings are certainly fueling my excitement and sheer curiosity for this longtime-in-the-making sequel, which swaps out Jordan with the biggest basketball star we’ve had since MJ’s heyday: LeBron James!

The plot is straightforward LeBron and his son Dom are trapped in a virtual reality by a rogue AI (Don Cheadle) during a trip to the Warner Bros. studio, and must reunite the Tune Squad to play a high-stakes basketball game in order to escape! In the meantime, we’ll be subject to all sorts of movie parodies and cameos from all sorts of Warner Bros. movies… which will certainly turn this into a 2-hour Easter Egg hunt, if the trailer’s basketball courtside audience is any indication! Directed by Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip, The Best Man, Undercover Brother)… with a producing assist by Ryan Coogler! (Opens Friday, July 16th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD, the Century East at Dawley Farm, and the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls, and also available on HBO Max.)

Opening in Theaters

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions

I won’t lie: I’m a big fan of 2019’s genre mashup Escape Room… and when the ending of that movie announced its grand plan for an ongoing movie franchise, I was immediately in! And now, after some COVID delays, part 2 is here to rock the box office! This time, the survivors of the first movie (Taylor Russell and Logan Miller) are pulled into a new series of elaborately designed escape rooms, accompanied by other veteran players. (Did they consider caling this Escape Room: Catching Fire?) Adam Robitel (who directed the first movie, as well as Insidious 4) returns as director. (Opens Friday, July 16th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD, the Century East at Dawley Farm, and the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls, with preview showings beginning at 3PM on Thursday, July 15th.)

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

Rarely does a documentary movie garner a nationwide theatrical release… but this feature-length look on the life of the late celebrity chef, world traveler and TV personality is sure to find an audience! This comes to us from director Morgan Neville, who’s brought us such recent hit documentaries as the 2013 backup-singer profile 20 Feet from Stardom, and most recently, 2018’s Fred Rogers film Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Opens Friday, July 16th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls, with preview showings beginning at 7PM on Thursday, July 15th.)

New to Streaming and VOD

Gunpowder Milkshake

Headlining Netflix’s slate this weekend is this fun-looking female-driven John Wick-like riff! Karen Gillan stars as an elite assassin who reunites with her mother (Lena Headey) and her associates (Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett) to help save an 8-year-old girl. Also starring Paul Giamatti; directed by Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves). (Premieres Wednesday, July 14th on Netflix.)

Fear Street Part Three: 1666

Netflix’s trilogy of horror movies based on the R.L. Stine has been dominating the streaming service these past couple of weeks… and this Friday, the grand ending finally drops! This trilogy-capper takes us to 1666, when Shadyside’s terror first started… and also brings us back to the 1994 world of Part 1, as that movie’s teens try to defeat the evil once and for all! (Premieres Friday, July 16th on Netflix.)

How It Ends

Yes, folks, we’ve still got movies coming out that were inspired by and filmed during the pandemic… but this one has an all-star comedy cast! Set on the last day on Earth before an asteroid strikes, this stars Zoe Lister-Jones (who also co-wrote and co-directed this with Daryl Wein) as a woman who wants to attend one last party before she dies. Accompany her on her quest is… her younger self (Cailee Spaeny)?!? Also starring Helen Hunt, Bradley Whitford, Olivia Wilde, Colin Hanks, Fred Armisen, Charlie Day, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Nick Kroll, Lamorne Morris, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, and… drumroll, please… Pauly Shore! (Premieres Tuesday, July 20th on VOD services.)

A Classic Horror Story

Fear Street isn’t the only horror flick dropping on Netflix this week: They’ve also got this gory horror flick on tap, about a group of strangers who decide to carpool to southern Italy. But when the RV they’re in breaks down, they end up stranded in the woods… and must try to get out alive! Starring Matilda Lutz, Peppino Mazzotta, Yullia Sobol, Will Merrick, and Francisco Russo. (Premieres Wednesday, July 14th on Netflix.)

The Call

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: In 1987, a group of young friends wind up at the home of a creepy couple (Tobin Bell and Lin Shaye!!!) after a prank gone wrong, and must try to survive the night! Directed by Timothy Woodward Jr. (The Final Wish). (Premieres Thursday, July 15th on Shudder.)

Nosebleeds Film Festival!

Longtime Back Lot 605 followers know that we’ve been ardent supporters of the Dancing Spider Film Festival, which has occurred every August for the past 5 years in Luverne, Minnesota. Last month, the people behind Dancing Spider announced that they’ve decided to move their festival back to Sioux Falls, with a monthly festival being held every month at the White Wall Studios in the east-side Last Stop CD Shop! Their first Last Stop event will be held this Saturday, July 17th at 5PM, in conjunction with Last Stop’s Record Story Day festivities… and they will be showing an hour of locally-made and international short films! For more information, plus updates on future Nosebleed festival events, head over to (and like) Nosebleed’s Facebook page!

Returning to Theaters

The African Queen

This week’s throwback Fathom Event is a 70th anniversary presentation of director John Huston’s 1951 steamboat adventure flick, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn! Disney’s upcoming The Rock/Emily Blunt flick Jungle Cruise seems to be taking a few notes from this classic… so why not check it out and compare? (Showing Sunday, July 18th and Wednesday, July 21st in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD, and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)

Showing at the State!

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Anchoring the State’s weekend lineup is a true big-screen event: Peter Jackson’s 2001 epic fantasy adventure that kicked off the highly successful Lord of the Rings trilogy! Starring Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Sean Bean, Christopher Lee, and Ian Holm. (Showing Thursday, July 15th through Sunday, July 18th at the State Theatre.)

Jazz on a Summer’s Day

This week’s entry in the State’s ongoing summer music series is the 1959 concert film, covering the various performances at 1958’s Newport Jazz Festival. Recently remastered in 4K, this features such artists as Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Dinah Washington, Chico Hamilton, Anita O’Day, and Thelonious Monk. (Showing Friday, July 11th and Sunday, July 13th at the State Theatre.)

Mamma Mia!

Here we go again… as the State brings in the beloved 2008 film version of the ABBA jukebox musical! Amanda Seyfried stars as Sophie, who’s about to be married… and without telling her mother (Meryl Streep), she invites the three men (Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Stellan Skarsgard) who might be her father to her wedding, in the hopes that she’ll finally find out the truth. Also starring Dominic Cooper, Julie Walters, and Christine Baranski. (Showing Saturday, July 17th and Sunday, July 18th at the State Theatre.)

The Warriors

Finally, Late Night at the State returns with a movie highly-requested by the Back Lot crew… Walter Hill’s 1979 action flick about the titular New York City gang The Warriors! After being framed for a murder they didn’t commit, The Warriors must make their way from the Bronx all the way to their Coney Island turf… while trying to avoid 20,000 cops and 100,000 rival gang members, including the Gramercy Riffs, the Baseball Furies, the Lizzies, the Rogues, and the Punks! (Showing one night only, Saturday, July 17th at the State Theatre.)

Moonlight Movies: Abominable!

Fawick Park’s Moonlight Movies series continues with the 2019 DreamWorks animated movie about an aspiring teenage violinist who discovers a Yeti on the roof of her apartment! The movie begins at dusk this Saturday, July 10th; for more info, check out the event page on the Downtown Sioux Falls web site!

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Mortal Kombat (2021)
  • Wrath of Man (2021)
  • Separation (2021)
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2020)
  • Almost Famous (2000) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • Snatch (2000) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)

Older Movies New to Streaming


  • The Beguiled (2017) (premieres Friday, July 16th)
  • Twilight (2008) (premieres Friday, July 16th)
  • The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) (premieres Friday, July 16th)
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) (premieres Friday, July 16th)
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 (2011) (premieres Friday, July 16th)
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2 (2012) (premieres Friday, July 16th)


  • The Act of Killing (2012) (premieres Thursday, July 15th)
  • Cheap Thrills (2013) (premieres Thursday, July 15th)
  • The Congress (2013) (premieres Thursday, July 15th)
  • Men & Chicken (2015) (premieres Thursday, July 15th)
  • Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2015) (premieres Thursday, July 15th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) (premieres Friday, July 16th)


  • Everly (2014) (premieres Friday, July 16th)
  • She’s Allergic to Cats (2016) (premieres Monday, July 19th)
  • Here Comes Hell (2019) (premieres Monday, July 19th)
  • Vigilante (1982) (premieres Monday, July 19th)
  • Mass Hysteria (2019) (premieres Tuesday, July 20th)
  • ROT (2019) (premieres Tuesday, July 20th)


  • We Bought a Zoo (2011) (premieres Friday, July 16th)

HBO Max:

  • Tom & Jerry (2021) (premieres Thursday, July 15th)
  • The Empty Man (2020) (premieres Saturday, July 17th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, July 15th: You Will Die at Twenty (2019)
  • Friday, July 16th: Double Feature: Trials and Error: Knock on Any Door (1949), Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
  • Saturday, July 17th: Saturday Matinee: The Painting (2011)
  • Monday, July 19th: True Stories: American Movie (1999)
  • Tuesday, July 20th: Swimmer (2012)
  • Wednesday, July 21st: Women Filmmakers: Beyond the Visible – Hilma af Klint (2019)

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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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