Coming Soon: June 5th, 2020

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! Every week, we bring you up to date on what new movies are available to watch on streaming and VOD services, plus other pertinent movie info for South Dakota movie fans. Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of June 5th, 2020:

New Streaming and VOD Premieres

Becky

We begin this week with what may be the most left-field casting choice of 2020: Kevin James, white supremacist? Yes, Paul Blart himself sets aside the Segway to play a deadly neo-Nazi who escapes from prison with a group of fellow inmates. They descend upon a lake house where the titular young girl Becky (Lulu Wilson) is spending a weekend, trying to reconcile with her estranged dad (Joel McHale, in another offbeat casting choice). And that’s when Becky decides to take matters into her own hands. Becky is directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion, whose previous efforts include the Dave Bautista militia invasion flick Bushwick and the Elijah Wood outbreak comedy Cooties. (Premieres Friday, June 5th on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QezXTY6i3mE

Shirley

Hulu’s latest Neon offering is this unconventional biopic-of-sorts about Shirley Jackson, who’s best known as the writer of such horror works as The Haunting of Hill House and the short story “The Lottery”. Fresh off her star turn in The Invisible Man, Elizabeth Moss plays Jackson, and Michael Stuhlbarg plays her husband, Stanley Hyman. Logan Lerman and Odessa Young also star as a young couple that Stuhlbarg welcomes into his home… despite Moss’ objections. Directed by Josephine Decker, whose last film was 2018’s Madeline’s Madeline. (Premieres Friday, June 5th on Hulu.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxMtEean_V8

The Last Days of American Crime

Netflix’s big original movie this week comes from director Olivier Megaton (actual name), a protege of Luc Besson who cut his teeth on such sequels as Transporter 3, Taken 2, and Taken 3. Here is the actual plot of this 148-minute (!!) movie: When the United States government plans to turn on a signal that will prevent all Americans from committing crimes, a team of thieves plan one last big heist before the signal goes into effect. The cast includes Edgar Ramirez, Michael Pitt and Sharlto Copley. (Premieres Friday, June 5th on Netflix.)

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

We Are Freestyle Love Supreme (POSTPONED)

For you Lin-Manuel Miranda fans out there, consider this week’s first documentary to be a warm-up to next month’s Disney+ debut of Hamilton: It chronicles Freestyle Love Supreme, the hip-hop improv group co-founded by Miranda back in 2003, prior to his breakout successes In the Heights and Hamilton. The documentary, which premiered at Sundance, also contains copious amounts of archival footage of Miranda and his colleagues rapping up a storm. (Premieres Friday, June 5th on Hulu.)

(UPDATE 6/4/2020: This release was postponed late yesterday evening by Freestyle Love Supreme, who decided to delay the release in order to steer attention to the Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of George Lloyd’s death. No new release date has been announced.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWrOxKt9yQc

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street

Finally, Shudder is offering up an appropriate docuemtnary for Pride Month: This profile of Mark Patton, the star of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge – a film that’s developed a reputation as a queer horror classic, thanks to the film’s gay subtext and Patton’s anointing as horror’s first “final boy”. The movie also covers Patton’s post-Nightmare life, including everything performing on Broadway with Cher, to his battle with AIDS. It also follows Patton as he goes to horror conventions, as well as a one-on-one meeting with Nightmare 2‘s writer David Chaskin, whom Patton has had a grudge with because Chasking has long denied that he wrote gay elements into the movie. Other interview participants include Nightmare 2 director Jack Sholder, and of course, Robert Englund himself! (Premieres Thursday, June 4th on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia5togt44l8

Rent Just Mercy for Free!

This past January, Just Mercy, the latest film from director Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12, The Glass Castle), was released in theaters. It presents the true story of Bryan Stephenson (played by Michael B. Jordan), a young lawyer who founded the Equal Justice Institute in the late 1980s to help prisoners who were either wrongly convicted or weren’t provided fair legal representation… starting with Walter McMillan (Jamie Foxx), an Alabama man convicted of killing a white woman in 1986. The movie also stars Cretton’s Short Term 12 star Brie Larson as Stephenson’s EJI partner, Eva Ansley.

While Just Mercy received little fanfare during its theatrical run (and no attention from the Academy), its message is well worth hearing, especially during this period of protest in the wake of the murder of Minneapolis man George Floyd. Because of this, Warner Bros. has made Just Mercy free to rent from digital services such as Vudu, Google Play, and Fandango Now for the entire month of June. In addition, these same sites are also offering the movie to be purchased for as low as $3.99 during June as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVQbeG5yW78

South Dakota Movie Theaters!

We’re continuing to highlight which independent movie theaters in South Dakota are currently open, as well as what vintage movies they’re showing while we wait for new releases to start up! Check out what’s showing below, and please consult each theater’s web site (linked below) and/or Facebook page for showtimes, as well as to find out each theater’s social distancing rules.

West Mall 7, Sioux Falls, SD (all movies playing Friday, June 5th-Thursday, June 11th):

  • Jaws (1975)
  • Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
  • The Fast and the Furious (2001)
  • Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)
  • 1917 (2019)
  • Bad Boys for Life (2020)
  • Dolittle (2020)
  • I Still Believe (2020)
  • Trolls World Tour (2020)

Brookings Cinema 8, Brookings, SD (all movies playing Friday, June 5th-Sunday, June 7th):

  • Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
  • Flashdance (1983)
  • Purple Rain (1984)
  • Back to the Future Part II (1989)
  • Jurassic Park (1993)
  • Tommy Boy (1995)
  • True Grit (2010)

Odyssey Grand 8 Theatre, Watertown, SD (all movies playing Friday, June 5th-Sunday, June 7th):

  • National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
  • Purple Rain (1984)
  • Back to the Future (1985)
  • Jurassic Park (1993)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
  • Wonder Woman (2017)
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

Verne Drive-In, Luverne, MN:

  • Spies in Disguise (2019) (playing Friday, June 5th-Thursday, June 11th)
  • The Call of the Wild (2020) (playing Friday, June 5th-Thursday, June 11th)

Hot Springs Theatre, Hot Springs, SD:

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) (playing Friday, June 5th-Sunday, June 7th)
  • Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) (playing Friday, June 5th-Sunday, June 7th)
  • Singin’ in the Rain (1952) (playing Friday, June 12th-Sunday, June 14th)
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939) (playing Friday, June 12th-Sunday, June 14th)

State 123, Pierre, SD (all movies playing Friday, June 5th-Sunday, June 7th):

  • Grease (1978)
  • The Goonies (1985)
  • Dances with Wolves (1990)

Pheasant City Drive-In Theatre, Redfield, SD:

  • Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) (playing Friday, June 5th-Saturday, June 6th)
  • Crocodile Dundee (1986) (playing Sunday, June 7th only)

Starlite Drive-In Theatre, Mitchell, SD:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) (playing Friday, June 5th-Sunday, June 7th)
  • The Goonies (1985) (playing Friday, June 12th-Sunday, June 14th)
  • Jaws (1975) (playing Friday, June 19th-Sunday, June 21st)
  • Twister (1996) (dates TBD)

Winner Drive In Theatre, Winner, SD:

  • RV (2006) (playing Friday, June 5th-Monday, June 8th)

Dakota Cinema, Madison, SD:

  • Jaws (1975) (playing Wednesday, June 2nd-Friday, June 4th)
  • The High Note (2020) (playing Wednesday, June 2nd-Friday, June 4th)

Gem Theatre, Philip, SD (reopening Friday, May 29th):

  • The Sandlot (1993) (playing Friday, May 29th-Monday, June 1st)

The Elks Theatre, Rapid City, SD:

  • The Hunt (2020) (playing Friday, June 5th-Thursday, June 11th)
  • Back to the Future Part II (1989) (playing Friday, June 5th-Thursday, June 11th)
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) (playing Friday, June 5th-Thursday, June 11th)

Golden Ticket Cinemas Rushmore 7, Rapid City, SD (all movies playing Friday, June 5th-Thursday, June 11th):

  • The High Note (2020)
  • I Still Believe (2020)
  • Bloodshot (2020)
  • The Invisible Man (2020)
  • Trolls World Tour (2020)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
  • Dolittle (2020)
  • Grease (1978)
  • Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • One Cut of the Dead (2019; new to Blu-ray)
  • Parasite (2019; new to 4K Blu-ray)
  • Jaws (1975; new to 4K Blu-ray)
  • Tokyo Godfathers (2003; new to Blu-ray)
  • Urban Cowboy (1980; new to Blu-ray)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • Before I Fall (2017) (premieres Monday, June 8th)
  • Middle Men (2010) (premieres Wednesday, June 10th)

Hulu:

  • Miss Snake Charmer (2018) (premieres Thursday, June 4th)
  • Intrigo: Dear Agnes (2019) (premieres Friday, June 5th)
  • The Appearance (2018) (premieres Saturday, June 6th)
  • From Paris with Love (2010) (premieres Monday, June 8th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Equilibrium (2002) (premieres Sunday, June 7th)

Shudder:

  • Lyle (2014) (premieres Monday, June 8th)

Disney+:

  • No new movies on Disney+ this week. Sorry!

HBO/HBO GO:

  • Ad Astra (2019) (premieres Saturday, June 6th)

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

  • Nothing exclusive to HBO Max this week. Sorry!

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, June 4th: Criterion Collection Edition #277 – My Own Private Idaho (1991)
  • Friday, June 5th: Double Feature: A Pair of Jeans – The Talk of the Town (1942), The Whole Town’s Talking (1935)
  • Saturday, June 6th: Saturday Matinee – Spellbound (2002)
  • Sunday, June 7th: Directed by Chantal Akerman – Saute ma ville (1968), La chambre (1972), Hotel Monterey (1972), Je tu il elle (1975), Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975), News from Home (1976), Les rendez-vous d’Anna (1978), Dis-moi (1980), One Day Pina Asked… (1983), Golden Eighties (1986), Histoires d’Amérique: Food, Family and Philosophy (1989), From the East (1993), Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman (1997), South (1999), La captive (2000), From the Other Side (2002), Down There (2006), Almayer’s Folly (2011), No Home Movie (2015)
  • Monday, June 8th: The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018)
  • Tuesday, June 9th: Synonyms (2019)
  • Tuesday, June 9th: Short + Feature: Queer Through the Years – Call Your Father (2016); Parting Glances (1986)
  • Wednesday, June 10th: But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)

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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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