Coming Soon: June 26th, 2020

Another week, another edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! We’ve got the lowdown on all the new VOD and streaming movies debuting this weekend, plus a bunch of special movie events in the Sioux Falls area. Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of June 26th, 2020:

New Streaming and VOD Premieres

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Leading off the week is Will Ferrell’s very first Netflix film… a comedy based on the long-running, wildly popular international singing competition Eurovision. Ferrell and Rachel McAdams play Lars and Sigrit, a pair of struggling musicians from Iceland who are given their big shot when they’re surprisingly asked to represent their country at Eurovision. The movie also stars Pierce Brosnan (as Ferrell’s “much more handsome father”!), Dan Stevens, and Demi Lovato. Directed by David Dobkin, who previously directed Ferrell and McAdams in Wedding Crashers (and who also helmed Fred Claus and The Judge). (Premieres Friday, June 26th on Netflix.)


Next, we have the sophomore writing/directing effort from one Mr. Jon Stewart! And unlike his debut feature, 2014’s Rosewater, this is an actual comedy! Steve Carell plays a Democrat political strategist who’s called in by the party to help a retired ex-Marine turned first-time political candidate (Chris Cooper) win a mayoral election in a small Wisconsin town, after a video by the candidate goes viral. But he soon meets his match when the Republicans bring in his ruthless nemesis (Rose Byrne) to run the incumbent mayor’s campaign. Mackenzie Davis co-stars as Cooper’s daughter. (Premieres Friday, June 26th on VOD services and select theaters…including Sioux Falls’ West Mall 7!)

My Spy

At long, long last, America is finally getting to see Dave Bautista’s long-delayed family comedy, in which he plays a CIA operative who has to watch a 9-year-old girl, leading to wacky kid-friendly situations. To recap this movie’s troubled history: This was originally supposed to hit theaters last summer, but was pulled weeks before its release when Dave Bautista’s previous comedy vehicle, Stuber, bombed at the box office. It was then rescheduled for a March 13th theatrical release, but was pulled from release the Saturday before it was to come out, due to COVID starting to break out… and then Amazon finally bought the movie to launch on their streaming service. The movie also stars Ken Jeong and Kristen Schaal, and it’s directed by comedy veteran Peter Segal (Tommy Boy, 50 First Dates, The Longest Yard). (Premieres Friday, June 26th on Amazon Prime Video.)

Force of Nature

And now, your periodic reminder that Mel Gibson is still making movies… although mostly in the straight-to-video sphere! Mel plays an ex-cop who, with the help of his daughter Kate Bosworth and current cop Emile Hirsch, take on a group of thieves (led by Dexter‘s David Zayas) who are attempting to rob a fellow occupant in their apartment building. But, there’s a twist: The entire movie takes place during… a hurricane! Yep, it’s a hurricane heist! (But not The Hurricane Heist!) Directed by Michael Polish, of the Polish brothers (The Astronaut Farmer, Twin Falls, Idaho). (Premieres Tuesday, June 30th on VOD services.)


Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere, a Belgian horror movie about a couple that heads to a sketchy Eastern European hospital for plastic surgery… and ends up encountering a deadly virus that leads to a zombie outbreak! Written and directed by Lars Damoiseaux. (Premieres Thursday, June 25th on Shudder.)

Stream Do the Right Thing for Free!

In the Coming Soon column these past few weeks, we’ve been tracking various black-led films that the major studios have been offering for free on various streaming services during the month of June. Now we have one more addition to this list, and it’s an important one: Spike Lee’s seminal 1989 race-relations drama Do the Right Thing, starring Lee, Danny Aiello, Giancarlo Esposito, Rosie Perez, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, and Samuel L. Jackson. The movie is being offered for free from now through June 29th, as part of the American Film Institute’s Movie Club. In addition, an AFI live discussion with Spike Lee will be held at 7PM Central this Thursday, June 25th; we’ve linked directly to that video below.

Ghostbusters Day Returns!

Last month, Sony was gearing up to hold special nationwide drive-in and theatrical screenings of the original 1984 Ghostbusters on the date of its anniversary, June 8th. However, due to the George Floyd protests and riots, Sony quickly cancelled the event, mere days before it was supposed to happen. However, Sony has now officially rescheduled the event for Wednesday, July 1st! Rumor has it that this screening will contain special bonus footage, some of which may be related to next spring’s highly-anticipated Ghostbusters: Afterlife… but we won’t know for sure until we know! In South Dakota, theaters confirmed to be holding the event as of press time include the Starlite Drive-In in Mitchell, and the Dakota Cinema in Madison… and the official South Dakota Ghostbusters group will be in Madison that night for the event!

Anchorman at the All-American Drive-In Movie!

For those who’ve wished that Sioux Falls would once again have a drive-in movie theater, your wish is coming true… for this weekend, at least! This Friday-Sunday, June 26th-28th at the Lake Lorraine retail area (the parking lot south of Hobby Lobby), the “All-American Drive-In Movie” will be showing 2004’s comedy classic Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy twice each night, at 9:00 PM and 11:15 PM. The Big Orange Food Truck will be on-premises serving up goodies as well. Only 70 cars will be allowed at each screening, so be sure to be on the ball! For more information on this special event, head on over to the event’s official Facebook page.

Moonlight Movies Presents James and the Giant Peach!

This Saturday night’s Moonlight Movie in downtown Sioux Falls’ Fawick Park is the 1996 Disney stop-motion animated flick James and the Giant Peach. Based on the book by Roald Dahl, this movie was director Henry Selick’s follow-up to The Nightmare Before Christmas, before segueing into such other projects as the infamous Monkeybone and the brilliant Coraline. For more information, check out the official event page on the Downtown Sioux Falls web site!

South Dakota Movie Theaters Update!

Yes, we’re still covering the currently open South Dakota movie theaters, as well as the classic (and in some cases, brand-new!) movies they’re showing! Check it out below, and please consult each theater’s web site (linked below) and/or Facebook page for showtimes and updates, as well as to find out each theater’s social distancing policies.

West Mall 7, Sioux Falls, SD (all movies playing Friday, June 26th-Thursday, July 2nd):

  • Irresistible (2020)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
  • Impractical Jokers: The Movie (2020)
  • Dances with Wolves (1990)
  • Jurassic Park (1993)
  • Harriet (2019)
  • Dolittle (2020)
  • Birds of Prey, or the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2020)
  • The Invisible Man (2020)
  • Trolls World Tour (2020)

Brookings Cinema 8, Brookings, SD (all movies playing Friday, June 26th-Sunday, June 28th):

  • Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
  • The Jerk (1979)
  • Bring It On (2000)
  • Shrek (2001)
  • The Avengers (2012)
  • Zootopia (2016)
  • The Greatest Showman (2017)
  • Knives Out (2019)

Verne Drive-In, Luverne, MN:

  • Zootopia (2016) (playing Friday, June 26th and Sunday, June 28th only)
  • The Avengers (2012) (playing Friday, June 26th and Sunday, June 28th only)
  • Trolls World Tour (2020) (playing Monday-June 29th-Thursday, July 2nd)
  • The Greatest Showman (2017) (playing Monday-June 29th-Thursday, July 2nd)

Starlite Drive-In Theatre, Mitchell, SD:

  • Twister (1996) (playing Friday, June 26th-Sunday, June 28th)
  • Ghostbusters (1984) (playing Wednesday, July 1st-Thursday, July 2nd)
  • Trolls World Tour (2020) (playing Friday, July 3rd-Sunday, July 5th)
  • Jurassic Park (1993) (playing Friday, July 10th-Sunday, July 12th)
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017) (playing Friday, July 17th-Sunday, July 19th)
  • Mulan (2020) (playing Friday, July 24th-Sunday, July 26th and Friday, July 31st-Sunday, August 2nd)

Dakota Cinema, Madison, SD:

  • The Goonies (1985) (playing Wednesday, June 24th-Friday, June 26th)
  • The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) (playing Wednesday, June 24th-Friday, June 26th)
  • Ghostbusters (1984) (playing Wednesday, July 1st only)

Odyssey Grand 8 Theatre, Watertown, SD (all movies playing Friday, June 26th-Sunday, June 28th):

  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
  • The Fast and the Furious (2001)
  • The Notebook (2004)
  • Batman Begins (2005)
  • The Hangover (2009)
  • The Avengers (2012)
  • Zootopia (2016)
  • The Greatest Showman (2017)

Hot Springs Theatre, Hot Springs, SD:

  • True Grit (1969) (playing Friday, June 26th-Sunday, June 28th)
  • The Quiet Man (1952) (playing Friday, June 26th-Sunday, June 28th)
  • Jaws (1975) (playing Friday, July 3rd-Sunday, July 5th)
  • Shrek (2001) (playing Friday, July 3rd-Sunday, July 5th)
  • Back to the Future (1985) (playing Friday, July 10th-Sunday, July 12th)
  • Despicable Me (2010) (playing Friday, July 10th-Sunday, July 12th)

State 123, Pierre, SD (all movies playing Friday, June 19th-Sunday, June 21st):

  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1993)
  • The Avengers (2012)
  • The Greatest Showman (2017)

Pheasant City Drive-In Theatre, Redfield, SD:

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) (playing Friday, June 26th and Sunday, June 28th only)

Winner Drive In Theatre, Winner, SD:

  • The Avengers (2012) (playing Friday, June 26th only)
  • The Greatest Showman (2017) (playing Monday, June 29th only)

The Elks Theatre, Rapid City, SD (all movies playing Friday, June 26th-Thursday, July 2nd):

  • The Avengers (2012)
  • Zootopia (2016)
  • The Greatest Showman (2017)
  • The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019)

Golden Ticket Cinemas Rushmore 7, Rapid City, SD (all movies playing Friday, June 26th-Thursday, July 2nd):

  • Irresistible (2020)
  • Dances with Wolves (1990)
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
  • The Avengers (2012)
  • Zootopia (2016)
  • The Greatest Showman (2017)
  • Harriet (2019)
  • The Addams Family (2019)
  • Trolls World Tour (2020)
  • The Wretched (2020)

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) (The Criterion Collection)

Older Movies New to Streaming


  • Straight Up (2019) (premieres Friday, June 26th)
  • Ride Like a Girl (2019) (premieres Saturday, June 27th)


  • Charlie’s Algens (2019) (premieres Thursday, June 25th)
  • Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2020) (premieres Thursday, June 25th)
  • Carrion (2020) (premieres Monday, June 29th)
  • The Gallows: Act 2 (2019) (premieres Tuesday, June 30th)
  • One for the Money (2012) (premieres Tuesday, June 30th)
  • Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011) (premieres Tuesday, June 30th)
  • 6 Souls (2013) (premieres Tuesday, June 30th)
  • That’s My Boy (2012) (premieres Tuesday, June 30th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Guns Akimbo (2020) (premieres Saturday, June 27th)
  • The Gallows: Act 2 (2019) (premieres Tuesday, June 30th)
  • One for the Money (2012) (premieres Tuesday, June 30th)
  • Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011) (premieres Tuesday, June 30th)
  • Spy Kids (2001) (premieres Tuesday, June 30th)
  • Spy Kids 3: Game Over (2003) (premieres Tuesday, June 30th)
  • Where the Wild Things Are (2009) (premieres Tuesday, June 30th)


  • Dig Two Graves (2014) (premieres Monday, June 29th)


  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018) (premieres Friday, June 26th)
  • Tarzan (1999) (premieres Friday, June 26th)
  • Tarzan 2 (2005) (premieres Friday, June 26th)
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) (premieres Friday, June 26th)


  • Doctor Sleep: Director’s Cut (2019) (premieres Saturday, June 27th)

HBO Max (includes everything from the above HBO/HBO GO section):

  • Scoob! (2020) (premieres Friday, June 26th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, June 25th: Criterion Collection Edition #1030 – Scorsese Shorts (1963-1978)
  • Friday, June 26th: Double Feature: Figures in Landscapes – Museum Hours (2012), Columbus (2017)
  • Saturday, June 27th: Saturday Matinee – Born Free (1966)
  • Sunday, June 28th: Czechoslovak New Wave – Uncle (1959), Footprints (1960), The Hall of Lost Footsteps (1960), Something Different (1963), Black Peter (1964), Courage for Every Day (1964), Diamonds of the Night (1964), The Junk Shop (1965), Intimate Lighting (1965), Loves of a Blonde (1965), The Shop on Main Street (1965), Closely Watched Trains (1966), Daisies (1966), Pearls of the Deep (1966), A Report on the Party and Guests (1966), The Firemen’s Ball (1967), Return of the Prodigal Son (1967), A Boring Summer (1968), Capricious Summer (1968), All My Good Countrymen (1969), The Cremator (1969), The Joke (1969), The Ear (1970), Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)
  • Monday, June 29th: The Loft Cinema Presents: Rumble: The Indians That Rocked the World (2017)
  • Tuesday, June 30th: Short + Feature: When Cyber Eyes Are Prying – Dirt Daughter (2019); Red Road (2006)

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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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