Coming Soon: June 25th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! At long last, the first mega-blockbuster of the summer is finally here… along with a handful of new streaming movies, and a whole bunch of special theatrical events! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of June 25th, 2021:

Featured Title: F9: The Fast Saga

Full disclosure: I’m fully in the bag for the Fast & Furious franchise… and from the moment that the first F9 trailer dropped (via a massive live-streamed concert event held in Miami during Super Bowl weekend in 2020!), I was pumped to see the latest adventures of Vin Diesel and his “family”. And then, on March 12th, 2020, F9 was delayed from its Memorial Day 2020 opening due to COVID… and the announcement was one of the first major signs that this pandemic would be a long one, because Universal chose to delay the film nearly a full year, right off the bat, to Easter weekend of 2021. (Earlier this year, it was delayed again twice… first to Memorial Day weekend of 2021, and then to its current date.) But now, its release is being heralded as the first mega-blockbuster to revive theaters… to the extent that Cinema Week, the nationwide effort by movie theaters and studios to encourage people to head back to movie theaters post-pandemic, has been timed specifically to the release of F9!

So what’s happening with Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) this time? Well, he’s squaring off against his younger (and heretofore unmentioned) brother Jakob (John Cena), who’s been recruited by Cypher (Charlize Theron) to take out Dom after foiling her plans in The Fate of the Furious. Also, Han (Sung Kang) is back! How? I’ll be darned if I know, but he’s here! 🙂 Returning cast members include Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Lucas Black, and Helen Mirren… and they are joined by Michael Rooker and Cardi B. Directed by franchise veteran Justin Lin, who’s returned to the series after directing parts 3-6 (and who directed 2016’s Star Trek: Beyond during his Fast hiatus). (Opens Friday, June 25th 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, June 24th.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSiDu3Ywi8E

New to Streaming and VOD

The Ice Road

This week’s big Netflix movie is their first Liam Neeson flick… and in particular, it’s another wintry thriller from one of our hardest-working stars. (So don’t confuse this for Cold Pursuit or The Grey… or even Missile Tow!) In this particular movie, Neeson plays a Canadian ice road trucker who leads a rescue mission to save trapped diamond miners. Also starring Laurence Fishburne, Holt McCallany, and Amber Midthunder. Written and directed by Jonathan Hensleigh (2004’s The Punisher). (Premieres Friday, June 25th on Netflix.)

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

False Positive

From A24 comes this horror-thriller about a couple (Ilana Glazer and Justin Theroux) who’s trying to have a child. They finally achieve success with the help of a fertility doctor (Pierce Brosnan!)… but the mother-to-be begins to suspect the doctor’s motives. Also starring Sophia Bush and Gretchen Mol; directed by John Lee (who’s best known for directing most episodes of MTV’s bizarre Wonder Showzen). (Premieres Friday, June 25th on Hulu.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WtWjH8GGqE

Good on Paper

Netflix’s latest rom-com attempts to turn the genre on its ear. Iliza Shlesinger (who also wrote the screenplay) stars as a stand-up comic who meets a seemingly perfect guy (Ryan Hansen) on an airplane. But as their relationship deepens, she begins to wonder if he truly is the real deal. Also starring Margaret Cho; directed by Kimmy Gatewood. (Premieres Wednesday, June 23rd on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_-_hIuE1YA

An Unquiet Grave

Finally, we have two Shudder premieres to shout out this week! First up, in the regular Thursday premiere slot, is this flick about a man who loses his wife in a car crash… and on the one-year anniversary of her death, he recruits his sister to perform a creepy ritual on the site of the accident. (Premieres Thursday, June 24th on Shudder.)

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

Vicious Fun

The second Shudder premiere this week – which is dropping earlier to get a head start on the 4th of July weekend – is this 1983-set horror/comedy about a film critic for a horror magazine who winds up in a support group for serial killers! Also starring David Koechner. (Premieres Tuesday, June 29th on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xo4uoI4QBQo

Returning to Theaters

The Birdcage

In case you missed this past week’s Full Circle Book Co-Op screen, Fathom Events is bringing the 1996 comedy classic starring Robin Williams, Nathan Lane and Gene Hackman to theaters nationwide, in celebration of its 25th anniversary! (Playing Sunday, June 27th, Monday, June 28th and Wednesday, June 30th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7FcPlt8hHc

Showing at the State!

Jurassic Park

As I mentioned in my F9 write-up, this week is Cinema Week… and the State is participating all week, with a wide array of movies and special events on their docket. Kicking things off is Steven Spielberg’s beloved 1993 dinosaur blockbuster… which, if you wish, can also serve as a refresher course for next year’s Jurassic World: Dominion, which brings back Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum! I saw the OG Jurassic Park yesterday evening (Tuesday) at its State opening… and the 7.1 surround sound mix was loud, bass-filled and immersive, and well worth justifying seeing it again on the big screen! Also starring Wayne Knight, Samuel L. Jackson, and Richard Attenborough. (Showing Saturday, June 26th and Sunday, June 27th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IesovZQR4g

I Really Get Into It

Keeping things local as only an independent theater can do, the State is holding the exclusive theatrical premiere of this locally-produced documentary about Sioux Falls’ 1990s punk rock scene! The first showing on Thursday, June 24th will feature a post-film Q&A with several of the movie’s participants, once again moderated by our good friend, Mr. Andy “Fat Dude Digs Flicks” Heller! For more information, be sure to check out our interview from last year with the director of the documentary, Brian Bieber! (Showing Thursday, June 24th through Sunday, June 27th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpAq-bMjnzQ

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

This week’s entry in the Music Series is the hilarious Judd Apatow-produced 2007 parody of Walk the Line and other music biopics! John C. Reilly plays faux music star Dewey Cox, who has to think about his entire decades-spanning career before he heads on stage! Also starring Jenna Fischer, Tim Meadows, and Kristen Wiig… plus dozen of fun surprise cameos. Directed by Jake Kasdan (who’s perhaps best known these days for directing the Dwayne Johnson/Kevin Hart Jumanji movies). (Showing Friday, June 25th and Sunday, June 27th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uslQf10ez1s

Hairspray

Also coming to the State this weekend for the first time: John Waters! His crossover-hit 1988 musical comedy set in 1960s Baltimore, starring Ricki Lake as teenager Tracy Turnblad, will be screening… and if you’re a member of the State, you can attend for free! Also starring Divine, Jerry Stiller, Sonny Bono, and Debbie Harry. (Showing Saturday, June 26th and Sunday, June 27th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zgCEgeKoMk

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Finally, the State is offering not one, but TWO special Late Night at the State screenings this weekend! On Friday night, timed to coincide with Sioux Falls’ Pride parade and other related activities, they’ll be showing the 2001 musical-comedy starring John Cameron Mitchell as Hedwig, a genderqueer rock musician who tours various dives with her band, The Angry Inch. We covered Hedwig in last year’s Pride Month Series on the show (with special guest and friend of the show Cory Jacobsen), so be sure to listen if you haven’t already! (Showing one night only, Friday, June 25th, at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW2P1rbf1mk

Midsommar

The State’s other Late Night at the State screening is perfectly timed with the Swedish Midsummer Celebration: It’s Ari Aster’s disturbing 2019 horror flick, starring Florence Pugh as a young woman who accompanies her boyfriend (Jack Reynor) and his friends on a trip to experience a remote Swedish tribe’s midsummer festival, which happens only once every 90 years. But the locals have some unsettling secret plans up their sleeve… Also starring William Jackson Harper and Will Poulter. (Showing one night only, Saturday, June 26th, at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Vnghdsjmd0

Moonlight Movies: The Croods: A New Age

Sioux Falls’ outdoor summer movie series wraps up its Adventure month with last year’s pandemic box office hit, in which the prehistoric Croods meet a new family called the Bettermans, who live a more advanced and sophisticated life. Starring Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, the late Cloris Leachman, Peter Dinklage, Leslie Mann, and Kelly Marie Tran. 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 26th, at Fawick Park in downtown Sioux Falls.)

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

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Nobody (2021)
  • The Unholy (2021)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • The Seventh Day (2021) (premieres Thursday, June 24th)
  • Killing Them Softly (2012) (premieres Monday, June 28th)
  • Lying and Stealing (2019) (premieres Wednesday, June 30th)

Hulu:

  • An American Haunting (2006) (premieres Thursday, June 24th)
  • Safer at Home (2021) (premieres Sunday, June 27th)
  • Bratz: The Movie (2007) (premieres Tuesday, June 29th)
  • Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) (premieres Wednesday, June 30th)
  • Jack Reacher (2012) (premieres Wednesday, June 30th)
  • The Sweet Life (2016) (premieres Wednesday, June 30th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Nothing for Amazon Prime this week. Sorry!

Shudder:

  • Nothing for Shudder this week. Sorry!

Disney+:

  • Adventures in Babysitting (1987) (premieres Friday, June 25th)

HBO Max:

  • Nothing for HBO Max this week. Sorry!

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, June 24th: Robert Downey: Moment to Moment (2021) (plus 6 of Downey’s films)
  • Friday, June 25th: Double Feature: Japan Gone Wild: Funeral Parade of Roses (1969), Crazed Fruit (1956)
  • Saturday, June 26th: Saturday Matinee: Heidi (1937)
  • Tuesday, June 29th: Incoherence (1994)
  • Wednesday, June 30th: Women Filmmakers: Freak Orlando (1981)

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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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