Coming Soon: July 17th, 2020

Hello, and welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! We’re still letting you know what big new movies are debuting on your favorite streaming services. Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of July 17th, 2020:

New Streaming and VOD Premieres

Fatal Affair

Netflix is kicking things off by feeding your guilty-pleasure thriller needs: A loving mother and wife (Nia Long) runs into an old friend (Omar Epps) after 20 years, and they start a brief but passionate affair. However, when she breaks it off, he goes psycho… and given how rare it is to see Omar Epps go off the chain, that’s intriguing in and of itself! Directed by Peter Sullivan, a frequent TV-movie director whose IMDB page contains a whopping 14 Christmas movies for Hallmark and its ilk. (Premieres Thursday, July 16th on Netflix.)

Psych 2: Lassie Come Home

If you’re reading this on the day this article is published… Happy Peacock Day, I guess! Yes, this year’s umpteenth streaming service is debuting today, hoping to find some space in your life that already includes Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Shudder, HBO Max, Disney+, Crackle, Pluto TV, Tubi TV, Showtime, Starz… the list goes on and on. And while we won’t go into all the movies that are available on the service’s free and paid tiers (go here for more info on their offerings), the service is debuting with one original movie: the second reunion feature film of the beloved USA mystery series Psych!

All your favorite cast members return this time, including the newly renamed James Roday Rodriguez, Dule Hill, Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson, Corbin Bernsen… and most notably, Timothy Omundson, who only made a cameo in the first movie back in 2017 due to his then-recent stroke. He’s since recovered significantly, and his character anchors the new movie’s plot: Like Omundson, Detective Lassiter has also suffered a stroke, and weird goings-on at the facility where he’s recovering causes Shawn & Gus to get back on the case. Other cast members in this movie include Joel McHale, Sarah Chalke, Kadeem Hardison, and cameos from a few familiar faces that I won’t spoil here. (Premiered Wednesday, July 15th on Peacock.)

Showbiz Kids

We here at Back Lot 605 are huge fans of the Bill & Ted franchise… and while we wait patiently for the threequel to hit theaters, here is the latest documentary project from director Alex Winter (who previously gave us the Napster documentary Downloaded and the Dark Web profile Deep Web). Fittingly for a former child actor of Winter’s stature, this new film is indeed about child actors, and the tolls that entering Hollywood at an early age has taken on them. Winter has assembled an impressive group of interviewees, including Evan Rachel Wood, Mara Wilson, Wil Wheaton, Henry Thomas, Milla Jovovich, Jada Pinkett Smith, Todd Bridges, and the late Cameron Boyce. (Premiered Tuesday, July 14th on HBO and HBO Max.)

We Are Freestyle Love Supreme

Believe it or not, Disney+’s Hamilton isn’t the only Lin-Manuel Miranda streaming event this month: This weekend, Hulu is debuting this documentary on Freestyle Love Supreme, the hip-hop improv group co-founded by Miranda back in 2003, prior to his breakout successes In the Heights and, of course, Hamilton. The documentary, which premiered at Sundance, also contains copious amounts of archival footage of Miranda and his colleagues rapping up a storm. This movie was originally supposed to premiere in early June, but Miranda delayed its launch due to the George Floyd protests… and now, with Hamilton fever at a recent high, the delay might end up being quite beneficial to this film as well. (Premieres Friday, July 17th on Hulu.)

The Secret Society of Second-Born Royals

This week’s Disney+ movie premiere is, not gonna lie, a bit of a letdown, given the service’s previous high-profile premieres like Noelle, the Lady and the Tramp remake, and yes, even Artemis Fowl. Instead, this week’s movie looks like a Disney Channel Original Movie with a very slightly higher budget… and it seems to come from the Descendants mold, as we follow a group of second-born royalty who discover that they have superpowers that will allow them to protect their respective kingdoms. Skylar Astin (from Pitch Perfect franchise fame) co-stars as the team’s boss/mentor/teacher/utterer of one-liners. Directed by Anna Mastro (Walter). (Premieres Friday, July 17th on Disney+.)

Into the Dark: The Current Occupant

This month’s installment of the Blumhouse/Hulu anthology movie series has what I guess is a semi-patriotic theme in the wake of Independence Day: It follows a man who’s newly admitted into a mental institution… oh, and also, he might be the President of the United States?!? Directed by Julius Ramsay (Midnighters). (Premieres Friday, July 17th on Hulu.)

Lake of Death

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder offering: a Norwegian chiller in which a group of friends head down to a family cabin… only for their trip to go awry when they take a dip in the titular lake. Directed by Nini Bull Robsahm. (Premieres Thursday, July 16th on Shudder.)

Moonlight Movies: Rocky!

Yo, Adrian! If you want to re-experience one of the greatest sports movies of all time (or to prepare yourselves for our epic Arnie/Sly Top 20 countdown next month!), the 1976 Best Picture-winning Rocky will be playing in Fawick Park in downtown Sioux Falls this weekend, as part of the Moonlight Movies summer series. The movie screens this Saturday, July 18th, at dusk; for more information, check out the Downtown Sioux Falls web site.

South Dakota Movie Theaters Update!

Yes, we’re still covering the currently open South Dakota movie theaters… and even more theaters in the state are opening this weekend! Check the list out below, and please consult each theater’s web site (linked below) and/or Facebook page for showtimes and updates, as well as to find out each theater’s social distancing policies.

West Mall 7, Sioux Falls, SD (all movies playing Friday, July 17th-Thursday, July 23rd):

  • The Wretched (2020)
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
  • Iron Man (2008)
  • Ghostbusters (1984)
  • Bloodshot (2020)
  • Irresistible (2020)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
  • The Invisible Man (2020)
  • Trolls World Tour (2020)

Brookings Cinema 8, Brookings, SD (all movies playing Friday, July 17th-Sunday, July 19th):

  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
  • Iron Man (2008)
  • Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)
  • The Great Outdoors (1988)
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • Slap Shot (1977)
  • Irresistible (2020)

Starlite Drive-In Theatre, Mitchell, SD:

  • Beauty and the Beast (2017) (playing Friday, July 17th-Sunday, July 19th)
  • Wonder Woman (2017) (playing Friday, July 24th-Sunday, July 26th)
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) (playing Friday, July 31st-Sunday, August 2nd)

Logan Luxury 5 Cinemas, Mitchell, SD (all movies playing Friday, July 17th-Sunday, July 19th):

  • I Still Believe (2020)
  • Forrest Gump (1994)
  • Footloose (1984)
  • Beetlejuice (1988)

Huron Luxury Cinemas, Huron, SD (all movies playing Friday, July 17th-Sunday, July 19th):

  • I Still Believe (2020)
  • Trolls World Tour (2020)
  • Jurassic Park (1993)
  • Grease (1978)

The Dells Theatre, Dell Rapids, SD (all movies playing Friday, July 17th-Sunday, July 19th):

  • I Still Believe (2020)

Verne Drive-In, Luverne, MN:

  • Beauty and the Beast (2017) (playing Friday, July 17th-Thursday, July 23rd)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) (playing Friday, July 17th-Sunday, July 19th)
  • Iron Man (2008) (playing Monday, July 20th-Thursday, July 23rd)

The Lund Theatre, Viborg, SD (all movies playing Friday, July 17th-Sunday, July 18th):

  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Dakota Cinema, Madison, SD:

  • Currently booking private showings only; see website for details.

Odyssey Grand 8 Theatre, Watertown, SD (all movies playing Friday, July 17th-Thursday, July 23rd):

  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
  • Iron Man (2008)
  • The Breakfast Club (1985)
  • Mamma Mia! (2008)
  • Fast & Furious (2009)
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
  • Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)

Hot Springs Theatre, Hot Springs, SD:

  • Saving Private Ryan (1998) (playing Friday, July 17th-Sunday, July 19th)
  • Sing (2016) (playing Friday, July 17th-Sunday, July 19th)
  • Jurassic Park (1993) (playing Friday, July 24th-Sunday, July 26th)
  • The Secret Life of Pets (2016) (playing Friday, July 24th-Sunday, July 26th)
  • Forrest Gump (1994) (playing Friday, July 31st-Sunday, August 2nd)
  • Kung Fu Panda (2008) (playing Friday, July 31st-Sunday, August 2nd)

State 123, Pierre, SD (all movies playing Friday, July 17th-Sunday, July 19th):

  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
  • Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)

Pheasant City Drive-In Theatre, Redfield, SD:

  • Beauty and the Beast (2017) (playing Friday, July 17th only)
  • Cry-Baby (1990) (playing Saturday, July 18th only)
  • Urban Cowboy (1980) (playing Sunday, July 19th only)

Winner Drive In Theatre, Winner, SD:

  • Beauty and the Beast (2017) (playing Friday, July 17th and Saturday, July 18th)
  • Iron Man (2008) (playing Sunday, July 19th and Monday, July 20th)

The Elks Theatre, Rapid City, SD (all movies playing Friday, July 17th-Thursday, July 23rd, except where noted):

  • The Outpost (2020)
  • Curious George (2006)
  • The Greatest Showman (2017) (outdoor screening on Monday, July 13th only)
  • The Wedding Singer (1998) (outdoor screening on Monday, July 20th only)
  • Men in Black (1997) (outdoor screening on Monday, July 27th only)
  • Wild Hogs (2007) (outdoor screening on Monday, August 3rd only)

Golden Ticket Cinemas Rushmore 7, Rapid City, SD (all movies playing Friday, July 17th-Thursday, July 23rd):

  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
  • Iron Man (2008)
  • Irresistible (2020)
  • Trolls World Tour (2020)
  • The Wretched (2020)

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Marriage Story (2019) (The Criterion Collection)
  • Scoob! (2020; also available on 4K Blu-ray)
  • Capone (2020)
  • Spartacus (1960; new to 4K Blu-ray)

Older Movies New to Streaming


  • Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019) (premieres Tuesday, July 21st)


  • Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) (premieres Sunday, July 19th)
  • The Assistant (2019) (premieres Monday, July 20th)
  • The Last Full Measure (2020) (premieres Tuesday, July 21st)
  • Bolt (2008) (premieres Wednesday, July 22nd)

Amazon Prime:

  • Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) (premieres Sunday, July 19th)


  • Nina Forever (2015) (premieres Monday, July 20th)
  • The Pool (2018) (premieres Monday, July 20th)


  • X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) (premieres Friday, July 17th)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) (premieres Friday, July 17th)


  • Harriet (2019) (premieres Saturday, July 18th)

HBO Max (includes everything from the above HBO/HBO GO section):

  • No new HBO Max exclusive movies this week. Sorry!

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, July 16th: Three Starring Jane Fonda – Barbarella (1968), Fun with Dick and Jane (1977), California Suite (1978)
  • Friday, July 17th: Double Feature: Girls and the Gang – Mona Lisa (1986), Gloria (1980)
  • Saturday, July 18th: Saturday Matinee – Miss Annie Rooney (1942)
  • Sunday, July 19th: 100 Years of Olympic Films: 1912-2012
  • Monday, July 20th: 12 O’Clock Boys (2013)
  • Tuesday, July 21st: Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project: Soleil O (1967)
  • Tuesday, July 21st: Short + Feature: A Day in the Life – Fit Model (2019); Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)
  • Wednesday, July 22nd: Born in Flames (1983)

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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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