Coming Soon: July 9th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! You’ll notice that this column is fairly small this week, on account of there being few new movies… but that’s because our most pre-eminent blockbuster movie franchise is finally returning to theaters! Here’s what coming soon for the week of July 9th, 2021:

Featured Title: Black Widow

It may be hard to believe, but it’s been TWO WHOLE YEARS since the last theatrical entry in the MCU, 2019’s Spider-Man: Far from Home! Thanks (or no thanks?) to the pandemic, the theatrical kickoff of Phase 4 has been pushed back multiple times, with Disney+’s roster of MCU TV series filling in the gap to some extent. But now, Marvel Studios is not only resuming their movie output… but they’re releasing it at an unheard-of pace, with 4 movies due between now and the end of the year! Following the release of Black Widow this weekend, Marvel will release Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on Labor Day weekend (September 3rd), followed by Eternals on November 5th and Spider-Man: No Way Home on December 17th. Yep… the Marvel break is over!

Kicking off Phase 2 is, oddly, a prequel of sorts: the long-overdue Black Widow solo movie, which has been pushed off for many years due to, uhh, studio politics. Taking place in the aftermath of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, it follows Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff as she’s on the run from the U.S. government (represented here by MCU veteran William Hurt’s Thaddeus Ross), ultimately reuniting with her quasi-family unit: her faux parents (David Harbour and Rachel Weisz) and her sister figure Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), who’s also been trained as a Black Widow. She also faces down a threat from the organization who trained her, the Red Room… the mysterious Taskmaster! Also starring Ray Winstone, Olga Kurylenko, and O-T Fagbenle; directed by Cate Shortland (Berlin Syndrome). Of special note: This will be the one and only MCU movie that will be made available simultaneously on Disney+ Premier Access as well as in theaters. (Opens Friday, July 9th 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 5PM on Thursday, July 8th, and also available on Disney+ Premier Access.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybji16u608U

New to Streaming and VOD

Fear Street Part Two: 1994

Last Friday, Netflix kicked off their three-week Fear Street horror event, which they acquired from Disney/Fox… and this week is the middle installment in the series, as Gillian Jacobs’ character regales the 1994 teens from Part One with her own story of how she encountered the deadly Shadyside threat as a teenager. Flashback to 1978… and specifically, to the Camp Nightwing summer camp! There, young campers face off against a Shadyside citizen who’s been compelled to kill! (Premieres Friday, July 9th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eR2KSY1fipo

Son

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: After a cult attempts to abduct the 8-year-old son of a former member, the child becomes mysteriously ill… and his mom must decide how far she’ll go to protect him. Starring Andi Matichak, Emile Hirsch and Luke David Blumm. Written and directed by Ivan Kavanagh (Never Grow Old). (Premieres Thursday, July 8th on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxwA_E0ywUs

Showing at the State!

Easy Rider

This weekend is downtown Sioux Falls’ annual Hot Harley Nights event… and to tie in with the festivities, the State is playing the greatest big-screen motorcycle trip of all time! Dennis Hopper made his directorial debut with this feature about two bikers (Hopper and Peter Fonda) who are riding through the southern half of the United States. Also starring Jack Nicholson, Phil Spector, Karen Black, and Toni Basil. (Showing Thursday, July 8th and Saturday, July 10th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLdTZaKMQ9c

Selena

This week’s entry in the State’s ongoing summer music series is the hit 1997 biopic starring Jennifer Lopez in one of her breakout screen roles, as the Tejano star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, who was tragically murdered at the age of 23, just as she was about to cross over into American stardom. Also starring Edward James Olmos, Constance Marie, and Jon Seda; written and directed by Gregory Nava (El Norte, My Family). (Showing Friday, July 9th and Sunday, July 11h at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVMSuZXEz4s

Sing

For the kiddies, the State will be showing matinees of Illumination’s 2016 animated jukebox musical, starring the voice of Matthew McConaughey as a koala who decides to hold a singing competition to revive his struggling theatre. If you want to start preparing for this Christmas’ sequel, look no further! Other voices include Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Taran Egerton, Tori Kelly, Seth MacFarlane, Nick Kroll, and John C. Reilly. Directed by Garth Jennings (2005’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Son of Rambow). (Showing Saturday, July 10th and Sunday, July 11th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qPgK_u4vX8

Mean Girls

Finally, the State is bringing in the beloved 2004 teen comedy, starring Lindsay Lohan as Cady Heron, a homeschooled transfer student from Africa who’s thrust into the brutality of high school cliques… and ends up joining the mean girl group The Plastics, led by Regina George (Rachel McAdams), Gretchen Weiners (Lacey Chabert) and Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried). Written by and co-starring Tina Fey, the movie also stars fellow SNL Tim Meadows, Ana Gasteyer, and Amy Poehler, plus Neil Flynn, Lizzy Caplan, and Daniel Franzese. Directed by Mark Waters (Lohan’s 2003 Freaky Friday remake; this summer’s Netflix gender-flipped remake He’s All That). (Showing Friday, July 9th and Saturday, July 10th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDU84nmSDZY

Moonlight Movies: The War with Grandpa!

After taking a break for the Fourth of July weekend, Fawick Park’s Moonlight Movies series resumes with a brand-new action-themed month of programming! Kicking things off is last year’s pandemic theatrical hit, starring Robert De Niro as a grandpa who moves into his grandson’s room… setting off a prank war between the two to claim the room as their own! Also starring Christopher Walken, Cheech Marin, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, and Jane Seymour. Directed by Tim Hill (Alvin and the Chipmunks, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run). The movie begins at dusk this Saturday, July 10th; for more info, check out the event page on the Downtown Sioux Falls web site!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0K5cA2hS6g

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • Space Jam (1996) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • Howard the Duck (1986) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • Home Again (2017) (premieres Thursday, July 8th)
  • Midnight Sun (2018) (premieres Thursday, July 8th)
  • American Ultra (2015) (premieres Saturday, July 10th)

Hulu:

  • Papillon (2017) (premieres Thursday, July 8th)
  • Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) (premieres Friday, July 9th)
  • In a World… (2013) (premieres Friday, July 9th)
  • Moffie (2021) (premieres Friday, July 9th)
  • 47 Meters Down (2017) (premieres Saturday, July 10th)
  • My All-American (2015) (premieres Wednesday, July 14th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Our Friend (2021) (premieres Friday, July 9th)

Shudder:

  • Messiah of Evil (1973) (premieres Monday, July 12th)
  • Carnival of Souls (1962) (premieres Monday, July 12th)
  • Piranha (1978) (premieres Monday, July 12th)
  • Straight Edge Kegger (2019) (premieres Monday, July 12th)
  • White Girl (2019) (premieres Tuesday, July 13th)
  • Separation (2021) (premieres Tuesday, July 13th)

Disney+:

  • Flicka (2006) (premieres Friday, July 9th)

HBO Max:

  • Human Capital (2020) (premieres Thursday, July 8th)
  • The Hunt (2020) (premieres Thursday, July 8th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, July 8th: Three by Mani Ratnam: Nayakan (1987), Bombay (1995), Kannathil muthamittal (A Peck on the Cheek) (2002)
  • Friday, July 9th: Double Feature: Candid Camera: Living in Oblivion (1995), Delirious (2006)
  • Saturday, July 10th: Saturday Matinee: Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945)
  • Monday, July 12th: True Stories: Two Films by Nikolaus Geyrhalter: Homo Sapiens (2016), Earth (2019)
  • Monday, July 12th: True Stories: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)
  • Tuesday, July 13th: Short + Feature: Circles of Life – This Magnificent Cake! (2018), La ronde (1950)
  • Wednesday, July 14th: Clockwatchers (1997)

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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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