Coming Soon: March 11th, 2022

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! Last week, everyone’s attention was on movie theaters, thanks to the huge debut of The Batman… but this week, with no new nationwide big-screen releases, it’s streaming services’ time to shine, with Disney+ and Netflix each rolling out a major blockbuster release! Here’s what coming soon for the week of March 11th, 2022:

Featured Title: Turning Red

The highlight of this weekend is the debut of Pixar’s first movie of 2022… and this one looks like a lot of fun! (Pixar’s other 2022 flick is June 17th’s Lightyear.) Set in the early 2000s, it follows a preteen Toronto girl who discovers first-hand her family’s Teen Wolf-like secret: that she, like the women in her family, can randomly turn into a giant red panda! Starring Rosalie Chiang and Sandra Oh, this is written and directed by Domee Shi (the 2018 Pixar short Bao – the one about the dumpling that comes alive), making this the first Pixar movie to be directed solely by a woman! (Also, as part of the movie taking place during the height of the boy-band era, Billie Eilish & Finneas have contributed three original songs for the movie’s fake boy band 4-Town.) Finally, you’re no doubt aware that, much like Soul and Luca, this Pixar movie is going straight to Disney+ as a free (non-Premier Access) release; in fact, this was indeed originally set for a theatrical release this weekend, until Disney announced in the first week of January that it would go straight to streaming. (Premiering Friday, March 11th on Disney+.)

New to Streaming and VOD

The Adam Project

Post-Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds has without a doubt become one of our most productive actors working today… and he’s quickly developed a significant relationship with Netflix, starting with 2019’s Six Underground and continuing with last November’s Red Notice, which success has led to not one, but two upcoming sequels! And now, Reynolds is reuniting with his is now kicking off a full-blown trilogy), Reynolds is reuniting with his Free Guy director Shawn Levy for this time-travel sci-fi family drama! He plays a pilot who must journey into the past to save the future… and to do so, he has to work with his younger self (Walker Scobell) and his late father (Mark Ruffalo). Also starring Jennifer Garner, Zoe Saldana, and Catherine Keener. (Premieres Friday, March 11th on Netflix.)

The Seed

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: A trio of aspiring social media influencers road-trip to the Mojave Desert for a meteor shower… but when an alien lands in their motel pool, they begin exhibiting weird behavior! Starring Lucy Martin, Sophie Vavasseur, and Chelsea Edge; written and directed by Sam Walker, in his feature film debut. (Premieres Thursday, March 10th on Shudder.)

Returning to Theaters

The Quiet Man

TCM & Fathom Events’ classic movie series continues with a selection timed perfectly for St. Patrick’s Day: This 70th anniversary presentation of John Ford’s 1952 Irish-set romance, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara! (Showing Sunday, March 13th and Thursday, March 17th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)

Showing at the State!

Paths of Glory

The Stanley Kubrick Director’s Series continues with this 1957 film set during World War I. Kirk Douglas plays a colonel who’s forced to defend his men in a court-martial after they’re accused of cowardice for refusing to attack the enemy. (Showing Wednesday, March 9th and Saturday, March 12th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

Parallel Mothers

Two more Oscar contenders are screening at the State this weekend… starting with Pedro Almodovar’s latest, which is up for 2 Academy Awards! Penelope Cruz, in her Best Actress-nominated performance, plays a photographer who unexpectedly becomes pregnant… and while in the hospital to give birth, she befriends another new mother: a young woman (Milena Smit) having her first child, who’s terrified of what’s to come. They begin a friendship that carries on long after they’ve left the hospital… for reasons I won’t spoil here. This film is also nominated in the Best Original Score category. (Showing Thursday, March 10th, Friday, March 11th, Saturday, March 12th, and Sunday, March 13th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

Flee

This weekend’s other Oscar nominee has pulled off a surprising trifecta of nominations: Best Animated Feature Film, Best Documentary Feature Film, and Best International Feature Film! It tells the story of Amin Nawabi, a gay man who’s about to marry the love of his life… and finally decides to tell him the story of how he became a refugee from Afghanistan and fled to Denmark. (Showing Saturday, March 12th and Sunday, March 13th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

Romancing the Stone

Finally, the State is bringing us their latest 1980s throwback: Robert Zemeckis’ 1984 romance-adventure-comedy, starring Kathleen Turner as a famous romance novelist who has to travel to Colombia to rescue her kidnapped sister, joining forces with – and falling in love with – an exotic bird smuggler (Michael Douglas). The upcoming release of Sandra Bullock & Channing Tatum’s The Lost City is clearly indebted to this classic… so why not watch the original to prepare? Also starring Danny DeVito, Alfonso Arau, and Mary Ellen Trainor. (Showing Saturday, March 12th and Sunday, March 13th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K UHD

  • The Matrix Resurrections (2021)
  • A Journal for Jordan (2021)
  • Redeeming Love (2022)
  • National Champions (2021)
  • Coming 2 America (2021)
  • The Apartment (1960) (new to 4K UHD from Kino Lorber!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • Dunkirk (2017) (premieres Saturday, March 12th)
  • London Has Fallen (2016) (premieres Sunday, March 13th)
  • A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) (premieres Wednesday, March 16th)

Hulu:

  • All Good Things (2010) (premieres Tuesday, March 15th)

Amazon Prime:

  • No additional movies on Amazon Prime this week. Sorry!

Shudder:

  • Triangle (2009) (premieres Monday, March 14th)
  • Trauma (1993) (premieres Monday, March 14th)
  • Home with a View of the Monster (2019) (premieres Monday, March 14th)
  • Hounds of Love (2016) (premieres Monday, March 14th)
  • Tragedy Girls (2017) (premieres Monday, March 14th)

Disney+:

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

HBO Max:

  • Dune (2021) (premieres Thursday, March 10th)

Peacock:

  • Big Daddy (1999) (premieres Wednesday, March 16th)

Paramount+:

  • No additional movies on Paramount+ this week. Sorry!

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, March 10th: Twenty-First Century Cinema: Directed by Radu Jude (5 films)
  • Friday, March 11th: Double Feature: Watch the Road: Radio On (1979), Alice in the Cities (1974)
  • Saturday, March 12th: Saturday Matinee: Jitterbugs (1943)
  • Monday, March 14th: True Stories: Ingrid Caven: Music and Voice (2012)
  • Tuesday, March 15th: Short + Feature: Reimagining Representation: America (2019), Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018)
  • Wednesday, March 16th: Women Filmmakers: Three Films by Nouchka van Brakel

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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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