Coming Soon: June 18th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This weekend brings us a wide variety of titles, from the latest Pixar movie to an action/comedy sequel, and even an Edgar Wright music documentary! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of June 18th, 2021:

Featured Title: Luca

You may be aware that, earlier this week, we announced our latest live podcast event: a countdown of the top 20 Pixar movies, being held on July 3rd! In the lead-up to that event comes the next Pixar movie itself, which is debuting in the traditional Pixar June slot! (Although, like last Christmas’ Soul, this new film is no longer heading to theaters; rather, it will be premiering solely on Disney+, at no cost to subscribers.) This new movie is a coming-of-age flick about the friendship between two young males, set in Italy… and before you ask, no, this is not a remake of Call Me By Your Name. 🙂 Instead, the two boys in this movie, Luca and Alberto, have their own family-friendly secret: They’re actually sea creatures! Jacob Tremblay and Jack Dylan Grazer voice the characters of Luca and Alberto, respectively; other voices include Maya Rudolph, Jim Gaffigan, and Sacha Baron Cohen. This is the feature directing debut of Enrico Casarosa, who previously helmed the Pixar short film La Luna. (Premieres Friday, June 18th on Disney+, at no additional cost to subscribers.)

Opening in Theaters

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

Also coming this week is another Italian-set adventure… although this is one that is definitely not family-friendly! This is the sequel to 2017’s late-summer action-comedy hit The Hitman’s Bodyguard, in which disgraced bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) attempts to have a relaxing vacation… which is quickly interrupted when he’s recruited by Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek), the wife of his mortal enemy Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson). Before they know it, all three of them are recruited to stop a Greek hacker terrorist (Antonio Banderas). Other new faces in this installment include Frank Grillo as an Interpol agent, and Morgan Freeman as… well, I can’t tell you, or it would ruin the joke! Patrick Hughes, who directed the first movie (and before that, The Expendables 3), returns as director. (Opens Wednesday, June 16th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD, the Century East at Dawley Farm, and the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls.)

The Sparks Brothers

While we wait for Edgar Wright’s highly-anticipated Last Night in Soho to debut in October, we can tide ourselves over with this new Wright-directed documentary! This film covers the cult pop/rock duo Sparks, and breaks down their 50-plus-year career, album by album. It also features interviews with a truly stacked roster of fans, including Flea, Jane Wiedlin, Beck, Jason Schwartzman, Todd Rundgren, Neil Gaiman, Mike Myers, Patton Oswalt, “Weird” Al Yankovic, Fred Armisen, and many more! (Opens Friday, June 18th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls, with preview showings beginning at 7PM on Thursday, June 17th.)

12 Mighty Orphans

It may be summer, but that’s not stopping Sony from putting out an inspirational football drama this weekend! Based on a true story, this film is about a Depression-era high school football team from a Texas orphanage, who’s led to victory by their new coach (Luke Wilson)… who was an orphan himself! Also starring Vinessa Shaw, Wayne Knight, Robert Duvall, and Martin Sheen. (Opens Friday, June 18th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls, with preview showings beginning at 7PM on Thursday, June 17th.)

New to Streaming and VOD


When his wife dies after giving birth to their daughter, a newly widowed man (Kevin Hart) raises the girl as a single dad, in this comedy/drama whose release is perfectly timed for Father’s Day weekend! Also starring Lil Rel Howery, Anthony Carrigan, and Paul Reiser; directed by Paul Weitz (American Pie, About a Boy). Like many other movies released onto streaming services during the pandemic (like Greyhound on Apple TV+, Happiest Season on Hulu, and The Mitchells vs. the Machines on Netflix), this movie was originally set for theatrical release by Sony, before being sold to Netflix. (Premieres Friday, June 18th on Netflix.)


Hitting VOD this week is one of Sundance 2021’s buzziest titles: this horror flick that is set in the infamous 1980s “Video Nasties” era of London. It follows a British film censor (Niamh Algar) who watches a disturbing film with parallels to her own childhood… namely, the disappearance of her sister when she was young. (Premieres Friday, June 18th on VOD services.)

The Misfits

Wait, what’s this? A Pierce Brosnan heist movie directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, The Long Kiss Goodnight)? Sign me up! Brosnan plays a legendary thief who joins a group of modern-day “Robin Hoods” to steal millions in gold that’s located under a prison! Also starring Jamie Chung, Nick Cannon, and Tim Roth. (Premieres Tuesday, June 15th on VOD services.)


Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: A Russian horror film about a team of scientists and military personnel venture into a former USSR research facility located 7 miles underground! (Premieres Thursday, June 17th on Shudder.)

Returning to Theaters

Jerry Maguire

Cameron Crowe’s 1996 comedy drama, starring Tom Cruise as a sports agent, returns for a 25th anniversary Fathom Event; also starring Renee Zellweger, Jonathan Lipnicki, and Cuba Gooding Jr. in his Oscar-winning role (Playing Sunday, June 20th and Thursday, June 24th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls.)

The Birdcage at Full Circle Book Co-Op!

Our good friends at Full Circle are hosting a Pride Month screening of the 1996 comedy classic starring Robin Williams, Nathan Lane and Gene Hackman! This event is happening on Tuesday, June 22nd at 8PM; tickets are $10 each. For more information, check out Full Circle’s official event page on Facebook.

Showing at the State!

Field of Dreams

Leading off the State’s Father Day weekend is a movie that is truly appropriate for the holiday: 1989’s beloved tearjerker starring Kevin Costner as an Iowa farmer who builds a baseball field. This is the long-awaited staff pick of the State’s general manager, Steven Dahlmeier… and back in August, as part of our baseball series, we had Steven on to discuss this very movie! Also starring Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Timothy Busfield, and Burt Lancaster. Written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson (Sneakers, The Sum of All Fears). (Showing Thursday, June 17th, and Saturday, June 19th, and Sunday, June 20th at the State Theatre.)

Bicycle Thieves

Continuing the State’s series of Criterion Collection selections, here comes the legendary 1948 post-WWII Italian drama from director Vittorio De Sica. It follows a father and his son who set out across Rome to find the father’s stolen bike. (Showing Friday, June 18th and Sunday, June 19th at the State Theatre.)

8 Mile

This week’s entry in the Music Series is the 2002 Eminem star vehicle, from director Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential, The River Wild). Eminem plays “B-Rabbit”, a young Detroit man who’s aspiring to become a rapper. Also starring Brittany Murphy, Mekhi Phifer, and Kim Basinger, with early career appearances by Anthony Mackie and Michael Shannon. (Showing Friday, June 18th and Sunday, June 20th at the State Theatre.)

Father of the Bride

Another Father’s Day pick this weekend is the charming 1991 comedy remake starring Steve Martin as a loving father who has to learn to let go of his daughter (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) when she announces that she’s engaged. Also starring Diane Keaton, Martin Short, BD Wong, and Kieran Culkin. (Showing Saturday, June 19th and Sunday, June 20th at the State Theatre.)

Do the Right Thing

Finally, the State is celebrating Juneteenth with a special one-night-only screening of Spike Lee’s 1989 masterpiece about a Brooklyn community whose racial tensions explode on the hottest day of the summer. Be sure to listen to our episode on Do the Right Thing, which kicked off our February series on Spike Lee! Starring Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Danny Aiello, John Turturro, Giancarlo Esposito, and Samuel L. Jackson. (Showing one night only, Saturday, June 19th at the State Theatre.)

Moonlight Movies: A Goofy Movie

Sioux Falls’ outdoor summer movie series continues with the 1995 Disney favorite that stands out above the crowd! Head on down to Fawick Park to relive Goofy and Max’s legendary road trip! 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 19th, at Fawick Park in downtown Sioux Falls.)

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)
  • Voyagers (2021)

Older Movies New to Streaming


  • Silver Linings Playbook (2012) (premieres Thursday, June 17th)


  • Phobias (2021) (premieres Thursday, June 17th)
  • The Guilt Trip (2012) (premieres Sunday, June 20th)
  • Hostiles (2017) (premieres Monday, June 21st)
  • Monster Trucks (2017) (premieres Tuesday, June 22nd)

Amazon Prime:

  • Nothing for Amazon Prime this week. Sorry!


  • City of the Dead (1960) (premieres Monday, June 21st)
  • Homewrecker (2019) (premieres Monday, June 21st)
  • The Antenna (2019) (premieres Monday, June 21st)


  • Nothing for Disney+ this week. Sorry!

HBO Max:

  • The Little Things (2021) (premieres Thursday, June 17th)
  • Fatale (2020) (premieres Saturday, June 19th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, June 17th: Three by John Waters: Multiple Maniacs (1970), Pink Flamingos (1972), Female Trouble (1974)
  • Friday, June 18th: Double Feature: Leather Bound: Tom of Finland (2017), Daddy and the Muscle Academy (1991)
  • Saturday, June 19th: Saturday Matinee: Tales of the Night (2011)
  • Monday, June 21st: Three Starring Jane Russell: His Kind of Woman (1951), Macao (1952), The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956)
  • Tuesday, June 22nd: Short + Feature: Living for the Music: Love You More (2008), Gypsy 83 (2001)
  • Wednesday, June 23rd: Women Filmmakers: Aya of Yop City (2012)

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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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