Coming Soon: June 4th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This weekend continues the revived summer movie season, with another high-profile horror sequel, an animated kids’ flick, and even a “lost” movie from a horror legend! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of June 4th, 2021:

Featured Title: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

For the third time in the past 4 weeks – following Spiral and A Quiet Place Part II – our featured title is a sequel to a high-profile horror movie! Yes, the ConjuVerse is revving back into action for the third true Conjuring installment, and the first movie in the overarching franchise since 2019’s Annabelle Comes Home. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who last appeared together in Annabelle Comes Home, are returning for their fourth stint as Ed and Lorraine Warren. This threequel revolves around a real-life murder court case, where the defendant claimed he was under… wait for it… demonic possession! Also starring Ruairi O’Connor, Eugenie Bondurant, and, in a particularly exciting casting choice, Fringe MVP John Nobie! Directed by Michael Chaves, who previously gave us 2019’s The Curse of La Llorona – aka the movie that Warner Bros. adamantly denied was part of the ConjuVerse until (surprise!) the movie revealed it was. (Opens Friday, June 4th 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=h9Q4zZS2v1k

Opening in Theaters

Spirit Untamed

During the pandemic, DreamWorks Animation has made a name for itself, with its groundbreaking VOD release of Trolls World Tour and the wildly successful (by pandemic standards) theatrical release of The Croods: A New Age. And now, they’re bringing one of their most quietly enduring properties back to theaters: the horse franchise Spirit, which debuted in a 2002 theatrical animated movie, but which has been best known in recent years for the Netflix animated TV series Spirit: Riding Free. This new movie takes its cues from the TV series; it follows a young girl (voiced by Isabela Moner, aka Dora from 2019’s Dora movie) whose late mother was a horse-riding stunt performer, and who moves back to her dad’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) small town, where she meets a wild Mustang named Spirit. Also featuring Mckenna Grace, Eiza González, Walton Goggins (as the bad guy, of course!), Andre Braugher, and Julianne Moore. (Opens Friday, June 4th 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, June 3rd.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5ysj1zfGVE

New to Streaming and VOD

The Amusement Park

This week, Shudder brings us one of their highest-profile premieres in recent memory… with the unearthing of a mythical long-lost movie by horror legend George A. Romero! This 52-minute 1973 movie was originally commissioned by the Lutheran Society, who wanted an educational film that delved into ageism and the dismissive treatment of elders in (then) modern-day society. However, Romero infamously decided to make a horror-esque movie along those lines… leading the Lutheran Society to completely shelve the film! Following the 2018 discovery of a finished print, and a 4K restoration, this movie is now seeing the light of day! (Premieres Tuesday, June 8th on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLw_CYP02lg

Changing the Game

Hulu kicks off Pride Month with this documentary that follows the lives, struggles, and competitive complexities of three high school transgender athletes. It follows Sarah, a skier in New Hampshire who’s also an activist for reforming transgender athletic rules in her state; Andrea, a track star in in Connecticut who’s unrestricted by her state’s rules; and Mack, a wrestler in Texas who identifies as male, but who had to wrestle girls in state wrestling meets due to state rules that forced athletes to complete based on their birth certificate’s listed gender. Directed by Michael Barnett (The Mars Generation). (Premieres Tuesday, June 1st on Hulu.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SogJSMhPqI0

Caveat

Finally, we have this week’s regularly scheduled Shudder premiere: A drifter accepts a job watching his landlord’s niece in her remote island home… but he’s required to wear a leather harness that traps him within the house! (Premieres Thursday, June 3rd on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoOkSYrf8ew

Returning to Theaters

Bridesmaids

This week’s Fathom Event is a 10th anniversary presentation of director Paul Feig’s breakout 2011 comedy hit, which garnered two Oscar nominations (Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay). Kristen Wiig (who was Oscar-nominated for co-writing the screenplay with Annie Mumolo) stars as a pastry chef who’s asked to be the maid of honor for her best friend (Maya Rudolph)… and ends up competing with a bridesmaid (Rose Byrne) for the bride’s attention. Also starring Ellie Kemper, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jon Hamm, Chris O’Dowd, and, in her breakout Oscar-nominated role, Melissa McCarthy. (Playing Sunday, June 6th, Wednesday, June 9th and Thursday, June 10th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLZ_uvp80sA

Showing at the State!

Bottle Rocket

The State’s wildly successful Wes Anderson Directors Series comes to a close with Anderson’s 1996 debut feature, about aspiring thieves who plan a series of heists. This has never been shown in a Sioux Falls theater before, so don’t miss it! (Fun fact: Martin Scorsese named this movie his 7th best film of the 1990s on a special episode of Roger Ebert’s TV show!) Starring Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson in their feature film debuts, along with Robert Musgrave and James Caan. (Showing one night only, Thursday, June 3rd, at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJPQ-NnjZR0

Tater Tot & Patton

This weekend, the State will feature its first movie made by a South Dakota filmmaker: writer/director Andrew Kightlinger’s 2017 drama about an aimless young woman (Jessica Rothe) who’s sent to her uncle’s (Bates Wilder) ranch. The movie was shown in a traveling roadshow across the state in the spring of 2019, but didn’t have a proper Sioux Falls theatrical engagement… which the State is now giving it! In addition, the premiere showing on June 4 will have a live Q&A with Kightlinger and producer Adam Emerson… and our good friend Andrew Heller (aka Fat Dude Digs Flicks) will be the moderator! For more information on the movie, be sure to listen to our 2019 interview with Andrew Kightlinger! (Showing Friday, June 4th, Saturday, June 5th and Sunday, June 6th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0TXrlpvlHI

Mirai

The State continues its series of GKIDS animated films, with this Oscar-nominated 2018 Japanese adventure-fantasy! It follows Kun, a young boy who isn’t fond of the attention that his newly-arrived baby sister Mirai is receiving. He then stumbles upon a garden with time-bending properties… where he meets his mother as a young girl, as well as the grown-up version of his sister Mirai. This English-dubbed version of the movie features the voices of Rebecca Hall, Daniel Dae Kim and John Cho. (Showing one day only, Saturday, June 5th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8-PW5wvt30

Alien & Aliens Double Feature!

Finally, an epic event grace the State this Saturday night… the theater’s very first double feature, which brings together the first two installments in the Ellen Ripley saga! First up is the 1979 Ridley Scott horror film that started it all, starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, Yaphet Kotto, Veronica Cartwright, John Hurt, and Ian Holm… which is being presented in its 2019 40th anniversary 4K restoration. After a 15-minute intermission, James Cameron’s 1986 action epic hits the screen, co-starring Carrie Henn, Bill Paxton (“Game over, man!”), Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, and Paul Reiser. This double feature will be introduced by the aforementioned Andrew Kightlinger, who considers these two of his favorite films of all time! In addition, both movies will be shown individually the following day, in case you only want to see one of them (or in case you had to miss Saturday’s event). Tickets are going fast… so don’t delay! (Showing Saturday, June 5th at the State Theatre as a double feature, and also showing individually on Sunday, June 6th.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQ5lPt9edzQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSeQQlaCZgU

Moonlight Movies: Trolls World Tour

Sioux Falls’ outdoor summer movie series returns for the 2021 season! Kicking things off is the 2020 animated sequel starring Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, and Rachel Bloom, which is the first of a series of adventure movies that will cover the month of June. 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 5th, at Fawick Park in downtown Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyTg7RIn-X8

Summer Kids Matinees at the West Mall 7!

Some late-breaking news arrived right after the Memorial Day holiday: Starting Wednesday, June 2nd (and running through August 11th), the West Mall 7 will be holding free weekly children’s matinees every Wednesday at 11:00 AM! Among the noteworthy titles that will be featured during the summer are: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; The Lego Movie; and 1984’s original The Karate Kid! As of press time, the WM7 will be showing these movies on 4 of their 7 screens each week, covering over 800 seats… so tickets will be plentiful! For information on the entire matinee lineup for the summer, head on over to the West Mall 7’s web site!

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • The Courier (2021)
  • Boogie (2021)
  • Rat Race (2001) (finally available on Blu-ray!)
  • Mommie Dearest (1981) (finally available on Blu-ray!)
  • Smokey and the Bandit (1977) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix (all movies premiering Tuesday, June 1st, except where noted):

  • Abduction (2011)
  • American Outlaws (2001)
  • Bad Teacher (2011)
  • The Best Man (1999)
  • The Big Lebowski (1998)
  • Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)
  • Flipped (2010)
  • Fools Rush In (1997)
  • I Am Sam (2001)
  • Love Jones (1997)
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  • Ninja Assassin (2009)
  • Stand by Me (1986)
  • Starsky & Hutch (2004)
  • Streets of Fire (1984)
  • Swordfish (2001)
  • The Wedding Guest (2005)
  • What Woman Want (2000)
  • The Wind (2018)
  • 2 Hearts (2020) (premieres Wednesday, June 2nd)
  • Vampire Academy (2014) (premieres Monday, June 7th)

Hulu (all movies premiering Tuesday, June 1st, except where noted):

  • 50/50 (2011)
  • Across the Universe (2007)
  • The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
  • Alive (1993)
  • Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)
  • Anaconda 3: Offspring (2008)
  • Anacondas: Trail of Blood (2009)
  • Arachnophobia (1990)
  • Batman Begins (2005)
  • The Big Chill (1983)
  • The Birdcage (1997)
  • Black and White (2000)
  • The Blair Witch Project (1999)
  • Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows (2000)
  • Bloody Sunday (2002)
  • Blue Streak (1999)
  • The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)
  • Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2012)
  • Charlotte’s Web (1973)
  • The Company You Keep (2013)
  • Conviction (2010)
  • Convicts (1991)
  • Convoy (1978)
  • The Cookout (2004)
  • The Dark Knight (2008)
  • Desperate Measures (1998)
  • Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005)
  • Dragonfly (2002)
  • Driven (2001)
  • El Dorado (1967)
  • Face/Off (1997)
  • The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
  • The Full Monty (1997)
  • Fun in Acapulco (1963)
  • Gamer (2009)
  • Get Smart (2008)
  • Hanging Up (2000)
  • Hud (1963)
  • The Hustler (1961)
  • Jennifer 8 (1992)
  • Jennifer’s Body (2009)
  • Just Wright (2010)
  • Kick-Ass (2010)
  • Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002)
  • Last Chance Harvey (2008)
  • The Last House on the Left (2009)
  • Little Women (1994)
  • The Long Goodbye (1973)
  • The Love Letter (1999)
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
  • A Most Wanted Man (2014)
  • Once Upon a Crime… (1992)
  • Ordinary People (1980)
  • Places in the Heart (1984)
  • A Prayer for the Dying (1987)
  • Primary Colors (1998)
  • Revolutionary Road (2008)
  • Richie Rich (1994)
  • Rules of Engagement (2000)
  • Sabrina (1995)
  • Savage State (2021)
  • Saving Silverman (2001)
  • Scorpio (1973)
  • Silence (2016)
  • Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  • The Soloist (2009)
  • Some Girls (1988)
  • Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
  • Soul Survivors (2001)
  • Still Waiting (2009)
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
  • Switchback (1997)
  • The Time Machine (2002)
  • To Die For (1995)
  • The Upside (2017)
  • Vanity Fair (2004)
  • Waiting… (2005)
  • Walking Tall (1973)
  • Wayne’s World 2 (1993)
  • Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)
  • Wilde (1998)
  • Wings of Courage (1995)
  • Witless Protection (2008)
  • Young Adult (2011)
  • A Glitch in the Matrix (2020) (premieres Thursday, June 3rd)
  • Night of the Kings (2021) (premieres Thursday, June 3rd)
  • Rams (2021) (premieres Saturday, June 5th)
  • Legion of Brothers (2017) (premieres Tuesday, June 8th)
  • The Croods: A New Age (2020) (premieres Tuesday, June 9th)

Amazon Prime (all movies premiering Tuesday, June 1st, except where noted):

  • 50/50 (2011)
  • Adaptation (2002)
  • Ali (2001)
  • Alive (1993)
  • An American Werewolf in London (1981)
  • Burn After Reading (2008)
  • Chicken Run (2000)
  • Colombiana (2011)
  • Courageous (2011)
  • Dear John (2010)
  • Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005)
  • Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
  • Fight Club (1999)
  • The Fisher King (1991)
  • The House Bunny (2008)
  • I Spy (2002)
  • Little Man (2006)
  • Madea’s Witness Protection (2012)
  • Mo’ Money (1992)
  • Rent (2005)
  • Revolutionary Road (2008)
  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
  • Seven Pounds (2008)
  • Signs (2002)
  • Spring Break (1983)
  • Step Brothers (2008)
  • Stomp the Yard (2007)
  • Take Shelter (2011)
  • Takers (2010)
  • Testament of Youth (2005)
  • This Means War (2012)
  • We Own the Night (2007)
  • The Wrestler (2008)

Shudder (all movies premiering Tuesday, June 1st, except where noted):

  • An American Werewolf in London (1981)
  • Burn, Witch, Burn! (1962)
  • Eve’s Bayou (1997)
  • Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004)
  • Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning (2004)
  • Der Samurai (2014) (premieres Wednesday, June 2nd)
  • Islands (2017) (premieres Wednesday, June 2nd)
  • Rift (2017) (premieres Wednesday, June 2nd)
  • Terror, Sisters! (2019) (premieres Wednesday, June 2nd)
  • Thirst (2009) (premieres Wednesday, June 2nd)
  • Beyond the Door III (1989) (premieres Monday, June 7th)
  • Night of the Living Dead (1968) (premieres Monday, June 7th)
  • Reunion (2020) (premieres Monday, June 7th)

Disney+:

  • Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) (premieres Friday, June 4th) (Note: This is now available for free on Disney+, instead of via Premier Access.)
  • Us Again (2021) (premieres Friday, June 4th) (Note: This is the Disney animated short that played before theatrical engagements of Raya and the Last Dragon.)
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) (premieres Friday, June 4th)
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) (premieres Friday, June 4th)

HBO Max (all movies premiering Tuesday, June 1st, except where noted):

  • The American President (1995)
  • The Aviator (2004)
  • Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
  • Black Rain (1989)
  • Bless the Child (2000)
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
  • Camelot (1967)
  • The Conjuring 2 (2016)
  • Corpse Bride (2005)
  • Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)
  • Dirty Pretty Things (2003)
  • Disaster Movie (2008)
  • Doctor Sleep (2019) (available in its Extended Cut)
  • Dr. Strangelove (1964)
  • Drillbit Taylor (2008)
  • Eight Men Out (1989)
  • El Cantante (2007)
  • Extract (2009)
  • Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
  • Fast Company (1979)
  • Feast of Love (2007)
  • The Green Mile (1999)
  • The Grifters (1990)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azbakan (2004)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
  • How to Be Single (2016)
  • Humboldt County (2008)
  • Iris (2001)
  • It Takes Two (1995)
  • Jerry Maguire (1996)
  • Just Married (2003)
  • Kajillionaire (2020)
  • Kung Fu Hustle (2005)
  • The Manhattan Project (1986)
  • Matchstick Men (2003)
  • Mindhunters (2005)
  • Miss Congeniality (2000)
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
  • National Lampoon’s Dorm Daze 2 (2013)
  • National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
  • Orange County (2002)
  • Other People’s Money (1991)
  • Pale Rider (1985)
  • The Pink Panther (1964)
  • The Pink Panther (2006)
  • The Pink Panther 2 (2009)
  • The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
  • Presumed Innocent (1990)
  • Rat Race (2001)
  • Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
  • Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
  • Shazam! (2019)
  • Sherlock Holmes (2009)
  • A Shot in the Dark (1964)
  • Son of the Pink Panther (1993)
  • Stoker (2013)
  • Take Me Home Tonight (2011)
  • This is 40 (2012)
  • Three Days of the Condor (1975)
  • Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)
  • True Romance (1993)
  • Victor/Victoria (1982)
  • Wedding Crashers (2005)
  • The Wedding Singer (1998)
  • Clueless (1995) (premieres Saturday, June 5th)
  • Killerman (2019) (premieres Tuesday, June 8th)
  • Young Hearts (2020) (premieres Wednesday, June 9th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Tuesday, June 1st: Carole Lombard: First Lady of Screwball (11 films)
  • Tuesday, June 1st: Adventures in Moviegoing with Justin Simien (7 films)
  • Tuesday, June 1st: Pride and Protest: The Films of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (8 films)
  • Tuesday, June 1st: Bad Spaniard: 11 Scathing Satires by Luis Garcia Berlanga
  • Tuesday, June 1st: Starring Judy Holliday (7 films)
  • Tuesday, June 1st: Fragments of Seeking: Short Films by Curtis Harrington (8 films)
  • Tuesday, June 1st: Criterion Collection Edition #836: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)
  • Tuesday, June 1st: Criterion Collection Edition #739: Safe (1995)
  • Tuesday, June 1st: Criterion Collection Edition #558: Topsy-Turvy (1999)
  • Tuesday, June 1st: Criterion Collection Edition #1043: Christ Stopped at Eboli (1979)
  • Tuesday, June 1st: Criterion Collection Edition #621: Rosetta (1999)
  • Tuesday, June 1st: Criterion Collection Edition #712: Scanners (1981)
  • Tuesday, June 1st: Criterion Collection Edition #66: The Orphic Trilogy: The Blood of a Poet (1932), Orpheus (1950), Testament of Orpheus (1960)
  • Tuesday, June 1st: Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project: Downpour (1972), Dos Monjes (1934)
  • Wednesday, June 2nd: Spoor (2017)
  • Friday, June 4th: Double Feature: French Connections: BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017), The Class (2008)
  • Saturday, June 5th: Saturday Matinee: The Mark of Zorro (1940)
  • Monday, June 7th: Queersighted: Breaking Taboos (10 films)
  • Monday, June 7th: True Stories: The Queen (1968)
  • Tuesday, June 8th: Short + Feature: Black Masculinity Reframed: Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regret) (1993), #Blackmendream (2014)
  • Wednesday, June 9th: Women Filmmakers: Mädchen in Uniform (1931)

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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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