Coming Soon: March 12th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! After last week’s avalanche of new movies, this weekend is much quieter… led by Apple TV+’s latest high-profile movie! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of March 12th, 2021:

Featured Title: Cherry

The last time we saw directors Joe & Anthony Russo behind the camera, they had just completed the insane feat of making Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame back-to-back… with Endgame becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time worldwide! So… what the heck do you do for an encore? After producing such movies as 21 Bridges and Extraction, the Russos have finally returned to the directors’ chairs for this crime drama, based on the quasi-autobiographical novel by Nico Walker.

For their turn to serious drama, the Russos have recruited one of their Avengers, Tom Holland, as their star… and we have certainly never seen our current Spidey like this before! Holland plays a former Army medic who returns from Iraq with severe PTSD… and in order to cope with it, he quickly turns to opioids. But when he becomes addicted, he begins robbing banks to pay for his drugs. Also starring Ciara Bravo, Jack Reynor, and Thomas Lennon. (Premieres Friday, March 12th on Apple TV+.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5bH6O0bErk

New to Theaters

The Father

Opening in theaters this weekend is this drama that just might score a Best Actor Oscar nomination this Monday! Anthony Hopkins plays an 80-year-old widower who’s beginning to lose his memory. Unable to care for him daily, his daughter (Olivia Colman) tries to move him out of his apartment… but as expected, he’s fairly reluctant to do so. This is the feature directing debut of French playwright Florian Zeller; also starring Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, and Olivia Williams. (Opening Friday, March 12th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TZb7YfK-JI

Long Weekend

Next is Sony’s latest quiet theatrical release, which they only started marketing two weeks ago! This rom-com-drama is about two lost souls (Finn Wittrock and Zoë Chao) who meet by accident… and make an instant connection. They then decide to spend the titular long weekend together. The supporting cast is comprised of TV sitcom all-stars… including Damon Wayans Jr., Casey Wilson, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Jim Rash. Directed, written by, and co-starring Stephen Basilone, whose most prominent credit is a 5-year writing/producing stint on The Goldbergs. (Opening Friday, March 12th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HphL31Hw2x8

New to Streaming and VOD

Yes Day

Netflix’s new movie offering this weekend is a family comedy from director Miguel Arteta, who previously made 2014’s Disney comedy adaptation of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Jennifer Garner and Edgar Ramirez play a couple of parents who start thinking that they’re coming off to their kids as scolds who are always saying “No”. So, they decide to give their kids a “Yes Day”, in which they must do whatever the kids want for 24 hours. Also starring Jenna Ortega, June Diane Raphael, Fortune Feimster, and Nat Faxon. (Premieres Friday, March 12th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-3Vr8Ut8d0

Kid 90

On the heels of last year’s Alex Winter HBO film Showbiz Kids, here comes another look at the whirlwind world of being a child actor. This documentary stars Soleil Moon Frye (aka the once and newly-revived Punky Brewster), who revisits the home movies she took with her camcorder in the 1990s, reflecting on the moments she captured of her other child-actor friends… a number of which have since tragically passed on. This also includes new interviews with the surviving members of her friend circle, including Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Stephen Dorff, Brian Austin Green, and David Arquette. (Premieres Friday, March 12th on Hulu.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kbgWzN0OWc

Stay Out of the F***ing Attic

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: a group of ex-cons-turned-movers pull an all-nighter packing up their weird client’s home… only to find evidence of Nazi monsters and human experimentation! Written and directed by Jerren Lauder. (Premieres Thursday, March 11th on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I0pQaXFhl0

Showing at the State!

Rear Window

The State’s Hitchcock Series for the month of March continues, with a one-night-only showing of 1954’s legendary home-bound thriller! James Stewart plays a photographer who’s stuck in his apartment with a broken leg. He then begins observing his neighbors through his window with his camera… and soon believes that one of his neighbors may have murdered his wife! Also starring Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, and Raymond Burr. Of note: This particular screening is available to State Theatre members only… so get your memberships today if you haven’t already! (Showing Thursday, March 11th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9fz8q962Dc

9 to 5

This weekend’s featured title, timed for this year’s International Women’s Day, is the 1980 comedy smash hit about the workplace! Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton (in her acting debut!) play three employees who have finally had enough with their chauvinistic boss (Dabney Coleman)… and decide to kidnap him to get their revenge! Written and directed by Colin Higgins (Foul Play, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), and featuring Dolly’s hit title song “9 to 5”. (Showing Friday, March 12th through Sunday, March 14th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qni6HOyPNBA

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

This March, the State is also kicking off a Staff Picks series, featuring State employees’ favorite films! This week’s Staff Pick is 1985’s hilarious big-screen debut of Pee-Wee Herman… which was also the feature directorial debut of Tim Burton! When Pee-Wee’s beloved bike is stolen, he travels across America to get it back! Also starring Elizabeth Daily as Dottie, Mark Holton as Francis, and Jan Hooks as the Alamo tour guide… and co-written by the late, great Phil Hartman! (Showing Saturday, March 13th and Sunday, March 14th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhBxbUEIq1g

Drive

Finally, the State brings us a one-night-only screening of Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 cult classic, full of stylish visuals and with an instant-classic soundtrack! Ryan Gosling stars as a stuntman who has a lucrative side gig as a getaway driver. Also starring Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Oscar Isaac, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, and Albert Brooks in his Oscar-nominated role. (Showing Saturday, March 13th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khI-05xwMco

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Vanguard (2020)
  • Rent-a-Pal (2020)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • Audrey (2020) (premieres Sunday, March 14th)
  • The BFG (2016) (premieres Monday, March 15th)
  • The Last Blockbuster (2020) (premieres Monday, March 15th)
  • Savages (2012) (premieres Tuesday, March 16th)

Hulu:

  • Buddy Games (2020) (premieres Sunday, March 14th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Honest Thief (2020) (premieres Friday, March 12th)
  • Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (2016) (premieres Monday, March 15th)
  • The Dilemma (2011) (premieres Tuesday, March 16th)

Shudder:

  • Hosts (2020) (premieres Monday, March 15th)
  • It Cuts Deep (2020) (premieres Monday, March 15th)
  • Game of Death (2017) (premieres Monday, March 15th)
  • Shakma (1990) (premieres Monday, March 15th)
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1921) (premieres Tuesday, March 16th)
  • Nosferatu (1922) (premieres Tuesday, March 16th)
  • The Great Gabbo (1929) (premieres Tuesday, March 16th)
  • White Zombie (1932) (premieres Tuesday, March 16th)

Disney+:

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016) (premieres Friday, March 12th)

HBO Max:

  • Speed (1994) (premieres Saturday, March 13th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, March 11th: Criterion Collection Edition #1065 – Mandabi (1968)
  • Thursday, March 11th: Creative Marriages: Jean-Luc Godard & Anna Karina
  • Friday, March 12th: Double Feature: Commedia alla Pietrangeli – The Visitor (1963), I Knew Her Well (1965)
  • Saturday, March 13th: Saturday Matinee – Shane (1953)
  • Sunday, March 14th: Directed by Preston Sturges – The Great McGinty (1940), Christmas in July (1940), The Lady Eve (1941), Sullivan’s Travels (1941), The Palm Beach Story (1942), The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944), Hail the Conquering Hero (1944), Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
  • Monday, March 15th: Directed by Rodney Evans – Brother to Brother (2004), Vision Portraits (2019)
  • Tuesday, March 16th: Hawai’i Shorts – Lāhainā Noon (2014), Kalewa (2018), The Moon and the Night (2018), Other People (2018), The Pit Where We Were Born (2018), Down on the Sidewalk in Waikīkī (2019), Moloka‘i Bound (2019)
  • Wednesday, March 17th: Directed by Nelly Kaplan – A Very Curious Girl (1969), Papa the Little Boats (1971), Charlies and Lucie (1979), The Pleasure of Love (1991)

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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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