Coming Soon: July 23rd, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This week brings us the return of M. Night Shyamalan, plus some action flicks, some great throwback movies at the State, and more! Here’s what coming soon for the week of July 23rd, 2021:

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The narrative of M. Night Shyamalan’s career is truly one for the ages: After breaking out with his early blockbusters like The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs, his rapid downfall began: The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender, culminating in Will Smith’s After Earth, a movie in which Sony hid all mentions of M. Night from the movie’s marketing. And then, in conjunction with the low-budget masters at Blumhouse, M. Night began self-financing his own projects, starting with 2015’s found-footage riff The Visit. That was a minor success, allowing M. Night to bet on himself once again with 2017’s Spilt, which led into 2019’s surprise Unbreakable/Split trilogy capper Glass. It’s a wild ride… and in fact, the Back Lot 605 podcast will be devoting the month of August to M. Night’s movies! More info to come… 🙂

The reason for this series, of course, is the imminent release of M. Night’s newest flick, a blockbuster thriller infused with all sorts of fun body horror! Filmed last fall during the pandemic, it follows a family whose tropical vacation goes awry when they find out (the hard way) that the beach they’re on ages people their entire lives in a single day! Starring Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Ken Leung, Alex Wolff, Embeth Davidtz, Eliza Scanlen, and Thomasin McKenzie. (Opens Friday, July 23rd 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 7PM on Thursday, July 22nd.)

Opening in Theaters

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

Paramount and Hasbro are sure adamant about trying to keep the G.I. Joe movies coming, aren’t they? 2009 gave us Stephen Sommers’ The Rise of Cobra, followed in 2013 by Jon M. Chu’s Retaliation… and now, we have a new spinoff giving us the backstory of the most mysterious character in the franchise, Snake Eyes (played by Henry Golding). (Because, yes, let’s Judge Dredd this and have a movie where Snake Eyes is only in the mask for 5 minutes.. I’m guessing.) 🙂 The movie also features fellow characters Scarlett (Samara Weaving) and Storm Shadow (Andrew Joji). Directed by Robert Schwentke (Red, Flightplan, and most recently, the Divergent sequels Insurgent and Allegiant) .(Opens Friday, July 23rd 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 7PM on Thursday, July 22nd.)

Joe Bell

Bringing some seriousness to theaters this weekend is… Mark Wahlberg? He plays a father whose son reveals he’s gay… but when the pressures of high-school bullying lead his son to kill himself, Wahlberg begins walking across America to raise awareness and speak to other high schoolers about bullying. (Oh, and did I mention that Wahlberg is accompanied on his walking tour by his son’s ghost?) Also starring Reid Miller, Connie Britton and Gary Sinise; directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green (Monsters and Men, the upcoming Will Smith holiday drama King Richard), with a script by Diana Ossana & Larry McMurtry (who adapted Brokeback Mountain to the screen in 2005). (Opens Friday, July 23rd in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls, with preview showings beginning at 7PM on Thursday, July 22nd.)

New to Streaming and VOD


It’s been a long while since Kate Beckinsale has headlined an action movie… but Amazon is rectifying that this weekend! She plays an angry bouncer who uses shock treatment on herself to keep in check (shades of Crank 2?!?)… but when her lover is murdered, she goes on a rampage of revenge! Also starring Jai Courtney, Bobby Cannavale, Laverne Cox, Susan Sarandon, and Stanley Tucci; directed by Tanya Wexler (Hysteria, Buffaloed).(Premieres Friday, July 23rd on Amazon Prime Video.)

The Last Letter from Your Lover

Netflix brings us an epic dual-timeline romance based on the novel from JoJo Moyers (Me Before You). In present-day London, a journalist (Felicity Jones) reads a series of 1960s love letters (portrayed in flashback by Shailene Woodley and Callum Turner). Also starring Joe Alwyn and Nabhaan Rizwan; directed by Augustine Frizzell (Never Goin’ Back). (Premieres Friday, July 23rd on Netflix.)


From Magnolia Pictures come the latest bizarre flick from French director Quentin Dupieux… who’s probably best known for the 2010 killer-tire movie Rubber, as well as Wrong, Reality, and Deerskin. Described by one critic as “The Fly meets the Farrelly brothers”, it follows two bumbling friends find a giant dog-sized fly in their trunk, and decide to train it in the hopes that it will make them money! (Premieres Friday, July 23rd on VOD services.)

Blood Red Sky

When a group of terrorists hijack their international flight, the mother of a 10-year-old son tries to save them both by unleashing her dark secret… [wait for it…] She’s a vampire!!! (Gasp!) Starring Peri Baumeister, Dominic Purcell, and Graham McTavish; directed by Peter Thorwarth. (Premieres Friday, July 23rd on Netflix.)


Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: After being assaulted by an ex-boyfriend, a teenage girl summons a powerful demon… who then starts going on a killing spree! Written and directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Inside, Livid, 2017’s Leatherface). (Premieres Thursday, July 22nd on Shudder.)

Returning to Theaters

Weathering with You

This week’s Fathom Events, courtesy of GKIDS, is the 2019 anime flick about a high school boy who meets a girl who can control the weather! The English-dubbed version, starring Alison Brie, Riz Ahmed, and Lee Pace, will play this Sunday, while the original Japanese-language version will play on Tuesday. (Showing Sunday, July 25th and Tuesday, July 27th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls.)

Showing at the State!

A League of Their Own

Leading off the State’s weekend lineup is Penny Marshall’s beloved 1992 comedy-drama about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, where ladies played ball while the men were serving in World War II. Last summer, Back Lot covered the movie as part of our month-long series of baseball movies; be sure to check out our discussion, if you haven’t already! Starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna, and Rosie O’Donnell. (Showing Thursday, July 22nd, Friday, July 23rd, and Saturday, July 24th at the State Theatre.)

Stop Making Sense

This week’s entry in the State’s ongoing summer music series is a real treat: Jonathan Demme’s legendary 1984 concert film featuring David Byrne and the Talking Heads. Break out your big suits and head on down to the State for this rare big-screen opportunity! (Showing Friday, July 18th and Sunday, July 20th at the State Theatre.)

American Graffiti

This Saturday night is the annual Hot Classics Night classic car show in downtown Sioux Falls… and to tie in with that event, the State has booked George Lucas’ 1973 nostalgia trip, covering the final night of the summer of 1962 before two recent high school graduates (Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard) leave for college. Also starring Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Harrison Ford, and Wolfman Jack. (Showing Saturday, July 24th and Sunday, July 25th at the State Theatre.)

Chariots of Fire

Finally, with the Summer Olympics kicking off this weekend, what better time to show the 1981 Best Picture winner about two athletes who compete on Britain’s track team in the 1924 games! Featuring the iconic Oscar-winning instrumental theme by Vangelis, this stars Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Ian Holm, John Gielgud, and Alice Krige in her film debut. Directed by Hugh Hudson (Greystoke). (Showing Saturday, July 24th and Sunday, July 25th at the State Theatre.)

Moonlight Movies: Ghostbusters!

Fawick Park’s Moonlight Movies series continues with the 1984 comedy about three newly-fired college professors (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis) who decide to start their own business removing and containing ghosts from all over New York City! Also starring Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, and William Atherton, and directed by Ivan Reitman (Kindergarten Cop, Twins). Get ready for this November’s long-awaited threequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife by seeing the original under the stars! The movie begins at dusk this Saturday, July 24th; for more info, check out the event page on the Downtown Sioux Falls web site!

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021)
  • Jakob’s Wife (2021)
  • The Wraith (1986) (new to Blu-ray, courtesy of the Vestron Video Collector’s Series!)
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • Dead and Buried (1980) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)

Older Movies New to Streaming


  • Django Unchained (2012) (premieres Saturday, July 24th)
  • The Operative (2019) (premieres Tuesday, July 27th)


  • The Artist (2011) (premieres Monday, July 26th)

Amazon Prime:

  • No additional movies coming to Amazon Prime this week. Sorry!


  • They Remain (2018) (premieres Monday, July 26th)
  • Der Bunker (2015) (premieres Monday, July 26th)
  • Adoration (2019) (premieres Tuesday, July 27th)


  • Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) (premieres Friday, July 23rd)
  • Walking with Dinosaurs (2013) (premieres Friday, July 23rd)

HBO Max:

  • Freaky (2020) (premieres Saturday, July 24th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, July 22nd: Observations on Film Art No. 43: Flash Cuts and Long Takes in Le bonheur (1965)
  • Friday, July 23rd: Double Feature: Musante Mayhem: The Incident (1967), The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
  • Saturday, July 24th: Saturday Matinee: Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962)
  • Monday, July 26th: True Stories: Film (1965) and Notfilm (2015)
  • Tuesday, July 27th: Short + Feature: Respect Your Elders: The Backseat (2016), Thank You and Good Night (1991)
  • Wednesday, July 28th: Women Filmmakers: The Grand Bizarre (2018)

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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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