Coming Soon: July 2nd, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This holiday weekend is jam-packed on all fronts, with sequels galore (and even the start of a horror trilogy!), plus an action franchise wannabe and some high-profile filmmakers also joining the mix! Here’s what coming soon for the week of July 2nd, 2021:

Featured Title: The Forever Purge

Back in the 1990s, the Fourth of July weekend meant that we were probably getting, say, a Will Smith movie! (And if you head down to the State section, Mr. Big Willie Style will indeed be making an appearance!) But nowadays, the closest thing we have to a Independence Day movie tradition is that paragon of American values… Blumhouse’s The Purge franchise! This year brings us the fifth Purge movie… and supposedly the final one!

This sequel’s title comes from the franchise’s new antagonists: An underground movement decides to ignore the 12-hour rule of The Purge and invoke endless Purge anarchy. A Texas ranch family (led by Josh Lucas and Will Patton) and their Mexican ranch hand’s family then team up to take on the rogues. And before you ask, this movie was filmed prior to the events of 2020 and January 2021… adding an eerie level of prescience to the proceedings! (Opens Friday, July 2nd 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 1st.)

Opening in Theaters

The Boss Baby: Family Business

In 2017, Alec Baldwin’s talking business-focused baby entertained family audiences to boffo box office… so, y’know, DreamWorks decided to make another one! This picks up where the first movie left off timeline-wise, as older brother Tim (James Marsden, replacing Tobey Maguire) is a new father, and former Boss Baby Ted (Alec Baldwin) is now a hedge fund CEO. Enter Tim’s newborn daughter Tina (Amy Sedaris), who reveals that she’s also a talking Boss Baby, and recruits Tim and Ted to de-age themselves for 48 hours to take down a mysterious schoolmaster (Jeff Goldblum). Of note: This will be a dual release in theaters and on the Peacock streaming service, where it will only be available on the service’s paid tiers. (Opens Friday, July 2nd 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 4PM on Thursday, July 1st, and also available on Peacock.)

Zola

A24’s first post-pandemic nationwide theatrical release is this comedic crime drama that’s based in an infamous 148-Tweet thread known as “#TheStory”. A stripper/waitress named Zola (Taylour Paige) meets a sex worker named Stefani (Riley Keough)… who convinces Zola to join her on a dangerous road trip to Miami. Also starring Nicholas Braun and Colman Domingo; directed and co-written by Janicza Bravo. (Opens Wednesday, June 30th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls.)

New to Streaming and VOD

The Tomorrow War

Amazon’s latest massive movie acquisition premieres on Amazon Prime this week, after purchasing it from Paramount for $200 million! After time travelers from 2051 arrive in the present day to warn about a looming alien war, a high school teacher (Chris Pratt) leads a group of folks who travel to the future to help fight the war… because that’s how defensive strategies work, I guess?!? Also starring Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson and Mary Lynn Rajskub. Directed by Chris McKay (The Lego Batman Movie). (Premieres Friday, July 2nd on Amazon Prime Video.)

Fear Street Part One: 1994

This weekend, Netflix kicks off the horror event of the summer: A connected trilogy of horror movies, based on the books by R.L. Stine (aka Mr. “Goosebumps”)… with a new movie premiering each Friday! Each installment focuses on a certain year of events in the small town of Shadyside. This first part, set in 1994, follows a group of teens who take on the evil force that’s roamed their town for centuries after a series of slayings. Part 2, set in 1978, will premiere July 9th, and the final part, set partially in 1666 (!!), drops on July 16th. Starring Maya Hawke, Ashley Zukerman, and Gillian Jacobs. (Premieres Friday, July 2nd on Netflix.)

No Sudden Move

Director Steven Soderbergh (the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy, Logan Lucky) once again returns to heist movies for this, his second exclusive HBO Max movie in the past 7 months! It follows a crew of criminals in 1955 Detroit try to figure out what’s going on when the job they’ve been hired for (involving new car technology) goes sideways! The high-caliber cast includes Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, David Harbour, Ray Liotta, Jon Hamm, Brendan Fraser, Kieran Culkin, Amy Seimetz, and Julia Fox. (Premieres Thursday, July 1st on HBO Max.)

Summer of Soul

Questlove makes his directorial debut with this documentary about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, featuring footage from the festival that had gone unseen for over 50 years, as well as new interviews with the surviving participants. Performers include Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, The 5th Dimenson, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Sly & the Family Stone, and more! (Premieres Friday, July 2nd on Hulu.)

America: The Motion Picture

This humorous and, umm, slightly inaccurate animated take on the founding of our country comes from longtime Archer producer/writer Matt Thompson. George Washington (voiced by Channing Tatum) assembles a team of Sam Adams, Thomas Edison, Paul Revere (Bobby Moynihan), and Geronimo (Raoul Max Trujillo) to defeat Benedict Arnold and King James (Simon Pegg) in the American Revolution. Other voices include Andy Samberg, Olivia Munn, Judy Greer, Will Forte, and Jason Mantzoukas. (Premieres Wednesday, June 30th on Netflix.)

Werewolves Within

Wrapping the new movies up this weekend is this horror-comedy riff on the “Werewolf” games, as a small-town forest ranger (Sam Richardson) has to determine which of the locals is indeed a werewolf that’s killing off folks! Also starring Cheyenne Jackson, Michaela Watkins, Milana Vayntrub, and Harvey Guillén. Directed by Josh Ruben (Scare Me). (Premieres Friday, July 2nd on VOD services.)

Showing at the State!

The Goonies

HEY, YOU GUYYYYSSS! The 1985 family perennial, produced by Steven Spielberg, written by Chris Columbus, and directed by Richard Donner (Superman, Lethal Weapon, Scrooged) is this week’s featured title at the State, with 5 screenings over the weekend! Starring Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Jeff Cohen, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, Ke Huy Quan, Robert Davi, Joe Pantoliano, and Anne Ramsey. (Showing Thursday, July 1st, Friday, July 2nd and Saturday, July 3rd at the State Theatre.)

A Hard Day’s Night

In August 1964, the State brought The Beatles’ first feature film, A Hard Day’s Night to frenzied sellout audiences in Sioux Falls… and this weekend, it returns to the State as part of the summer music series! Directed by Richard Lester (Superman II & Superman III), this comedy follows a couple of hilarious “days in the life” of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr! (Showing Friday, July 2nd, Saturday, July 3rd and Sunday, July 4th at the State Theatre.)

Independence Day

This weekend, we celebrate our Independence Day… by watching Roland Emmerich’s 1996 sci-fi classic about aliens invading Earth! This disaster flick is also celebrating its 25th anniversary this Saturday, so don’t pass up the opportunity to see it on the big screen again! Starring Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Randy Quaid, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Harvey Fierstein, and many more! (Showing Saturday, July 3rd and Sunday, July 4th at the State Theatre.)

Back Lot 605’s Pixar Countdown!

Finally, we must plug our next live event, which is happening this weekend: Our live countdown of the top 20 Pixar movies! The event will be held at Spellbound Magic Shop by 41st & Marion Road, on Saturday, July 3rd at 7PM! (It will also be live-streaming on YouTube and Facebook!) Please check out the official Facebook event page for more information!

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix (all movies premiering on Thursday, July 1st, except where noted):

  • Air Force One (1997)
  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
  • The Best of Enemies (2019)
  • Boogie Nights (1997)
  • Charlie’s Angels (2000)
  • Congo (1995)
  • Dennis the Menace (1993)
  • The Game (1997)
  • The Karate Kid (1984)
  • The Karate Kid Part II (1986)
  • The Karate Kid Part III (1989)
  • Kung Fu Panda (2008)
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
  • Life as We Know It (2010)
  • Love Actually (2003)
  • Mary Magdalene (2018)
  • Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
  • Midnight Run (1988)
  • Mortal Kombat (1995)
  • No Strings Attached (2011)
  • Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
  • Ophelia (2018)
  • She’s Out of My League (2010)
  • Spanglish (2004)
  • Star Trek (2009)
  • The Strangers (2008)
  • Stuart Little (1999)
  • Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby (2006)
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  • Underworld (2003)
  • Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)
  • Underworld: Awakening (2012)
  • What Dreams May Come (1998)
  • Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)
  • Zathura (2005)
  • Snowpiercer (2013) (premieres Friday, July 2nd)
  • Brick Mansions (2014) (premieres Wednesday, July 7th)

Hulu (all movies premiering on Thursday, July 1st, except where noted):

  • 127 Hours (2010)
  • 28 Days Later (2003)
  • 28 Weeks Later (2007)
  • 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene (2017)
  • The Adventures of Hercules (1985)
  • Australia (2008)
  • Bad Teacher (2011)
  • Band Aid (2017)
  • Beetlejuice (1988)
  • The Best Man (1999)
  • Better Living Through Chemistry (2014)
  • Big Fish (2003)
  • Blue Sky (1994)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
  • Breakdown (1997)
  • Bruno (2009)
  • Caddyshack (1980)
  • Caddyshack II (1988)
  • Candyman 3: Day of the Dead (1999)
  • Caveman (1981)
  • Chaplin (1992)
  • Chuck (2017)
  • The Chumscrubber (2005)
  • Cliffhanger (1993)
  • The Condemned (2007)
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
  • The Conversation (1974)
  • Coyote Ugly (2000)
  • Dangerous Minds (1995)
  • Dear White People (2014)
  • Dumb & Dumber (1994)
  • Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003)
  • Eliminators (2016)
  • Enemy at the Gates (2001)
  • Fargo (1996)
  • Fired Up! (2009)
  • Foxfire (1996)
  • Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)
  • From Paris with Love (2010)
  • Galaxy Quest (1999)
  • The Gift (2000)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
  • Gorp (1980)
  • Grandma (2016)
  • Graveyard Shift (1990)
  • Hideaway (1995)
  • House of the Dead (2003)
  • House of the Dead 2 (2006)
  • The House That Jack Built (2018)
  • Housesitter (1992)
  • Ice Age (2002)
  • In the Cut (2003)
  • Indignation (2016)
  • Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
  • Johnny English (2003)
  • Knowing (2009)
  • The Ladies Man (2000)
  • Let’s Be Evil (2013)
  • The Mask (1994)
  • Maximum Risk (1996)
  • Mercury Rising (1998)
  • Morning Glory (2010)
  • Mystic Pizza (1988)
  • The Natural (1984)
  • Open Range (2003)
  • Open Water (2004)
  • Open Water 2: Adrift (2006)
  • Personal Shopper (2017)
  • The Polar Express (2004)
  • Rabid Dogs (2016)
  • Reno 911: Miami (2007)
  • Revolutionary Road (2008)
  • RoboCop (1987)
  • RoboCop 2 (1990)
  • RoboCop 3 (1993)
  • Romeo + Juliet (1996)
  • Rookie of the Year (1993)
  • Seabiscuit (2003)
  • Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
  • Sleepwalkers (1992)
  • Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
  • Somewhere (2010)
  • Sorority Row (2009)
  • Space Jam (1996)
  • Stand by Me (1986)
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
  • Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
  • The Stepfather (2009)
  • Stonewall (2015)
  • Sunshine (2007)
  • Super Troopers (2002)
  • Taffin (1988)
  • Take Shelter (2011)
  • Taken (2009)
  • The Terminator (1984)
  • They Came Together (2014)
  • Thunderheart (1992)
  • Timeline (2003)
  • Tooth Fairy (2010)
  • Twisted (2004)
  • Underworld (2003)
  • Underworld: Evolution (2006)
  • Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)
  • Underworld: Awakening (2012)
  • Universal Soldier (1992)
  • Walking Tall (1973)
  • Whip It (2009)
  • White Nights (1985)
  • Bill & Ted Face the Music (premieres Friday, July 2nd)
  • Leave No Trace (premieres Sunday, July 4th)

Amazon Prime (all movies premiering on Thursday, July 1st, except where noted):

  • 30 Days of Night (2007)
  • 30 Minutes or Less (2011)
  • Abduction (2011)
  • Absence of Malice (1981)
  • Across the Universe (2007)
  • The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999)
  • Alien (1979)
  • Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)
  • The Animal (2001)
  • Awakenings (1990)
  • Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (2011)
  • Big Fish (2003)
  • Burlesque (2010)
  • Crimson Tide (1995)
  • An Education (2009)
  • The Family Stone (2005)
  • Fat Albert (2004)
  • Frozen River (2008)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
  • Green Lantern (2011)
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
  • Hellboy (2004)
  • I, Robot (2004)
  • The International (2009)
  • Irrational Man (2015)
  • Jack and Jill (2011)
  • Julie & Julia (2009)
  • The Lady in the Van (2016)
  • The Last King of Scotland (2006)
  • Madeline (1998)
  • Marie Antoinette (2006)
  • The Mask of Zorro (1998)
  • The Messengers (2007)
  • Midnight in Paris (2011)
  • Money Train (1995)
  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)
  • Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
  • On the Waterfront (1951)
  • Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)
  • Open Season (2006)
  • Patton (1970)
  • Philadelphia (1993)
  • Phone Booth (2003)
  • Premonition (2007)
  • Ramona and Beezus (2010)
  • Rear Window (1954)
  • Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
  • School Daze (1988)
  • Snatch (2001)
  • The Stepfather (2009)
  • To Rome with Love (2012)
  • Underworld: Evolution (2006)
  • Vertigo (1958)
  • When a Stranger Calls (2006)
  • The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)
  • Your Highness (2011)
  • Surf’s Up (premieres Monday, July 5th)

Shudder:

  • Manhunter (1986) (premieres Thursday, July 1st)
  • Near Dark (1987) (premieres Thursday, July 1st)
  • Burnt Offerings (1976) (premieres Thursday, July 1st)
  • Creepshow (1982) (premieres Thursday, July 1st)
  • Th13teen Ghosts (2001) (premieres Thursday, July 1st)
  • The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976) (premieres Tuesday, July 6th)
  • Terror Train (1980) (premieres Tuesday, July 6th)
  • Death Ship (1980) (premieres Tuesday, July 6th)
  • Pledge Night (1990) (premieres Wednesday, July 7th)
  • Sorority House Massacre (1986) (premieres Wednesday, July 7th)
  • Day of the Dead (1985) (premieres Wednesday, July 7th)
  • Horsehead (2014) (premieres Wednesday, July 7th)

Disney+:

  • The Sandlot (1993) (premieres Friday, July 2nd)
  • The Sandlot 2 (2005) (premieres Friday, July 2nd)

HBO Max (all movies premiering on Thursday, July 1st, except where noted):

  • 8 Mile (2002)
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)
  • Behind Enemy Lines (2000)
  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
  • Bio-Dome (1996)
  • Black Panthers (1968)
  • Blackhat (2015)
  • Brubaker (1980)
  • Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
  • Cousins (1989)
  • Daddy’s Little Girls (2007)
  • Dark Water (2003)
  • Darkness Falls (2003)
  • Demolition Man (1993)
  • Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
  • Dirty Work (1998)
  • Disturbia (2007)
  • Duplex (2003)
  • Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
  • Eve’s Bayou (1997)
  • Firestarter (1984)
  • For Colored Girls (2010)
  • For Greater Glory (2012)
  • Gandhi (1982)
  • Ghost in the Machine (1993)
  • The Good Lie (2014)
  • Gun Crazy (1950)
  • House on Haunted Hill (1999)
  • I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009)
  • Identity Thief (2013)
  • Ira & Abby (2007)
  • Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
  • Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)
  • Laws of Attraction (2004)
  • Lucky (2017)
  • Madea Goes to Jail (2009)
  • Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011)
  • Madea’s Family Reunion (2006)
  • Maid in Manhattan (2002)
  • Married to the Mob (1988)
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
  • Mississippi Burning (1988)
  • Monster-in-Law (2005)
  • Mousehunt (1997)
  • Planet of the Apes (1968)
  • Pleasantville (1998)
  • The Prince of Tides (1991)
  • Project X (1987)
  • The Punisher (2004)
  • Punisher: War Zone (2008)
  • Rambo (2008)
  • Reds (1981)
  • Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  • The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
  • Return of the Living Dead III (1993)
  • Rounders (1998)
  • Saturday Night Fever (1977)
  • Scream (1996)
  • Scream 2 (1997)
  • Scream 3 (2000)
  • Semi-Tough (1977)
  • The Sessions (2012)
  • Set Up (2012)
  • Snake Eyes (1998)
  • Staying Alive (1983)
  • Stuart Little (1999)
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
  • Trick ‘R Treat (2009)
  • The Watcher (2016)
  • The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007)
  • Westworld (1973)
  • White Chicks (2004)
  • The White Stadium (1928)
  • Won’t Back Down (2012)
  • Zero Days (2016)
  • Let Him Go (2020) (premieres Saturday, July 3rd)
  • Shiva Baby (2021) (premieres Wednesday, July 7th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, July 1st: Featured Series: Art-House Animation (31 films)
  • Thursday, July 1st: Featured Series: Neo-Noir (27 films)
  • Thursday, July 1st: Featured Series: World of Wong Kar Wai (7 films plus 2 shorts)
  • Thursday, July 1st: Featured Series: Paul Muni: An Actor Among Stars (8 films)
  • Thursday, July 1st: Criterion Collection Edition #864: Being There (1979)
  • Thursday, July 1st: Criterion Collection Edition #247: Slacker (1991)
  • Thursday, July 1st: Criterion Collection Edition #289: Hoop Dreams (1994)
  • Thursday, July 1st: Criterion Collection Edition #982: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
  • Thursday, July 1st: Criterion Collection Edition #775: A Room with a View (1985)
  • Thursday, July 1st: Criterion Collection Edition #870: Othello (1952)
  • Thursday, July 1st: Criterion Collection Edition #600: Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
  • Thursday, July 1st: Streaming Premiere: No. 7 Cherry Lane (2019)
  • Friday, July 2nd: Double Feature: Road Rage: Thelma & Louise (1991), The Living End (1992)
  • Saturday, July 3rd: Saturday Matinee: Ernest & Celestine (2012)
  • Monday, July 5th: True Stories: A Bigger Splash (1973)
  • Monday, July 5th: True Stories: A Day on the Grand Canal with the Emperor of China (1988)
  • Monday, July 5th: True Stories: Andrei Tarkovsky: A Cinema Prayer (2019)
  • Tuesday, July 6th: Short + Feature: Faces in the Crowd – Practice (2017), Sans Soleil (1983)
  • Wednesday, July 7th: Streaming Premiere: Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2020)

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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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