Coming Soon: June 11th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This weekend brings us everything from a new high-powered musical to the latest MCU TV series, as well as a blockbuster streaming tentpole and even some local Pride Month movies! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of June 11th, 2021:

Featured Title: In the Heights

Last summer, Lin-Manuel Miranda was poised to come to the big screen with the splashy feature film adaptation of his first hit musical… until COVID struck, that is. And while we had a substitute of sorts that summer with Disney+’s release of the filmed performance of Hamilton, we’ve had to wait a full year for In the Heights… but now it’s finally here! Brought to the screen by director Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians, Now You See Me 2, G.I. Joe: Retaliation), it follows Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), a native Dominican Republic bodega owner in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. Also starring Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins, Melissa Barrera, Stephanie Beatriz, Marc Anthony, and Jimmy Smits. (Opens Thursday, June 10th 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 streaming on HBO Max.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4CRPvel2Vc

Opening in Theaters

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

In February of 2018, Sony scored a box office hit with the modern-day adaptation of the Beatrix Potter stories, starring James Corden as the voice of the beloved kids’-lit rabbit. So naturally, Sony found a way to see Peter in the theater again… to quote this movie’s super-awkward tagline! This time, Peter and his animal buddies leave the farm behind for the big city! Domhnall Gleason and Rose Byrne return, as does director Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends with Benefits, 2014’s Annie). (Opens Friday, June 11th 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, June 10th.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euGHcnyUo84

New to Streaming and VOD

Loki

As has become tradition here in Coming Soon, I’m highlighting the launch of the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe TV series… the third so far, following WandaVision in January and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in March. Fortunately, this new series is aiming for the weirdness of WandaVision… which has me amped! This 6-episode limited series follows Loki (Tom Hiddleston) after he disappears with the Tesseract in Avengers: Endgame… disrupting the space/time continuum in the process, and ultimately running into conflict with the Time-Keepers of the Time Variance Authority. Also starring Owen Wilson and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Of special note: With this Disney+ MCU series, new episodes will be dropping on Wednesdays, not Fridays… so be prepared, or risk being spoiled by the Internet! (Premieres Wednesday, June 9th on Disney+, with new episodes debuting each Wednesday through July 14th.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW948Va-l10

Infinite

A few months into the launch of Paramount+, the startup streaming service finally has its first exclusive movie… aa title that was supposed to be released in theaters last August by Paramount Pictures, before being shuttled off as a sacrifice to the streaming gods. This is a time-hopping action flick from director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen, The Equalizer 1 & 2), starring Mark Wahlberg as a man who discovers he’s somehow lived past lives… and discovers he’s not the only person with that ability. (Although I have my serious doubts as to whether Wahlberg can pull this premise off…) Also starring Dylan O’Brien, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Toby Jones and Jason Mantzoukas. (Premieres Thursday, June 10th on Paramount+.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zI2qbr99H64

Awake

A global event wipes out all electronics and prevents people from being able to sleep… and a former soldier (Gina Rodriguez) realizes that her daughter may have the cure. Also starring Finn Jones, Barry Pepper, Frances Fisher, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Directed and co-written by Mark Raso (Kodachrome). (Premieres Wednesday, June 9th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fuowcxdrYc

Wish Dragon

For their next animated effort, Netflix gives us this tale of a teenage boy (Jimmy Wong) who meets a wish-granting dragon (voiced by John Cho)! Other voices include Constance Wu, Jimmy O. Yang and Bobby Lee. (Premieres Friday, June 11th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWIRyU5fuzU

Returning to Theaters

My Fair Lady

After its late April run at the State Theatre, the “loverly” 1964 musical starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison comes back to Sioux Falls theaters via Fathom Events, to help promote the movie’s newly-released 4K Blu-ray edition! I’ve seen the movie in both its theatrical and 4K Blu-ray presentations… and the visual quality is absolutely top-notch, so if you haven’t seen this on the big screen, do not hesitate! (Playing Sunday, June 13th and Wednesday, June 16th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he6IOqDveMM

Children of the Sea

This weekend, GKIDS begins a monthly Fathom Events series bringing selected foreign animated flicks back to theaters! Kicking things off is this 2019 Japanese movie about a young girl who learns that she has a special supernatural connection to the ocean. (Playing Sunday, June 13th and Tuesday, June 15th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8JP05UMSco

Showing at the State!

Paris is Burning

The State starts off this weekend by kicking off their Pride Month programming! A recent inductee into the Criterion Collection, this legendary 1990 documentary follows drag queens in mid/late-1980s New York. If you’re familiar with the recently-concluded FX series Pose, this is a peek into the world that inspired that show! (Showing Thursday, June 10th and Saturday, June 12th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SqvD1-0odY

The Adventures of Robin Hood

On the classics front, the 1938 Technicolor version of the legendary tale starring Errol Flynn returns to the State, nearly 85 years after its original State run! Also starring Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains. Directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, White Christmas) and William Keighley. (Showing Friday, June 11th and Sunday, June 12th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uafYJY2ukeU

The Blues Brothers

The State begins its 15-week summer series of music-themed movies, with John Landis’ beloved 1980 action-comedy-musical! John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd play Jake & Elwood Blues, who embark “on a mission from God” to raise $5,000 to save their childhood orphanage! Also starring James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, John Candy, Carrie Fisher, Henry Gibson, and many more! (Showing Friday, June 11th and Sunday, June 13th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HCR4c1zPyk

Love, Simon

Also in the State’s Pride Month series is an inspired choice… in part because this is the movie we’ve covered on this week’s episode of the Back Lot 605 podcast! Nick Robinson plays Simon, a high-schooler who has yet to reveal to his friends and family that he’s gay. Also starring Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, and Tony Hale. Written and directed by TV guru Greg Berlanti, who gave us the CW ArrowVerse, among other things. (Showing Saturday, June 12th and Sunday, June 13th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0cbWdlQg_8

Moulin Rouge!

Finally, as if In the Heights and The Blues Brothers weren’t enough on the musical front this weekend… how about Baz Luhrmann’s high-energy 2001 jukebox musical to cap things off? Ewan MacGregor and Nicole Kidman star in this romance about a poet and a courtesan who meet at Paris’ legendary Moulin Rouge nightclub at the turn of the 20th century. Also starring Richard Roxburgh, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, and Kylie Minogue. (Showing Saturday, June 12th and Sunday, June 13th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVLjp3_MQIw

Moonlight Movies: Dolittle

Sioux Falls’ outdoor summer movie series continues with one of 2020’s “biggest hits”: Robert Downey Jr.’s already-infamous big-budget revival of the man who can talk to animals! Please check out the official event page on the Downtown Sioux Falls for more information on this and the season’s other movies! (Showing one night only, Saturday, June 12th, at Fawick Park in downtown Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjm6rDgKNMY

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • City of Lies (2021)
  • The Lovebirds (2020)
  • Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection (1981, 1984, 1989, 2008) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • A Haunted House 2 (2014) (premieres Thursday, June 10th)
  • Life of Crime (2013) (premieres Tuesday, June 15th)
  • Lowriders (2016) (premieres Wednesday, June 16th)

Hulu:

  • Dragonheart (1996) (premieres Sunday, June 13th)
  • Dragonheart: A New Beginning (2000) (premieres Sunday, June 13th)
  • Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse (2014) (premieres Sunday, June 13th)
  • Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire (2017) (premieres Sunday, June 13th)
  • Not Fade Away (2012) (premieres Sunday, June 13th)
  • Willy’s Wonderland (2021) (premieres Sunday, June 13th)
  • Gone Girl (2014) (premieres Tuesday, June 15th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Pinocchio (2020) (premieres Friday, June 11th)

Shudder:

  • Monstrous (2020) (premieres Monday, June 14th)
  • The Retreat (2020) (premieres Monday, June 14th)
  • Evilspeak (1981) (premieres Monday, June 14th)
  • The Conspiracy (2012) (premieres Tuesday, June 15th)
  • Housebound (2014) (premieres Tuesday, June 15th)
  • The Similars (2015) (premieres Tuesday, June 15th)

Disney+:

  • The Happiest Millionaire (1967) (premieres Friday, June 11th)

HBO Max:

  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) (premieres Saturday, June 12th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, June 10th: The Middleman (2020)
  • Friday, June 11th: Double Feature: Truth, Justice, and the Fonda Way: The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), 12 Angry Men (1957)
  • Saturday, June 12th: Saturday Matinee: A Cat in Paris (2010)
  • Monday, June 14th: Francisca (1981)
  • Monday, June 14th: True Stories: The Singing, Dancing Documentaries of George T. Nierenberg
  • Tuesday, June 15th: Short + Feature: City Girls: Me the Terrible (2012), Zazie dans le métro (1960)
  • Wednesday, June 16th: Women Filmmakers: Western (2017)

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About the Author
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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