Coming Soon: March 13th, 2020

Welcome back to Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! As always, we’ll be previewing all of the weekend’s new movie options, from the new theatrical releases to what’s on streaming services, plus special screenings and much more. Here’s what’s coming soon for the weekend of March 13th, 2020:

In Theaters Nationwide

Bloodshot

If you look at Vin Diesel’s in-the-flesh (i.e. non-Groot) big-screen appearances during the 2010s, you may end up noticing a trend: He usually only made movies in “his” franchises. I’m not just talking about the Fast & Furious series that’s his bread and butter, but also the revivals of the Riddick and xXx series that he willed into being thanks to his F&F successes. In fact, he only appeared in *two* non-franchise movies during the 2010s: 2015’s The Last Witch Hunter (a movie inspired by, I kid you not, Vin’s Dungeons & Dragons character!), and a rare serious turn in 2016’s Ang Lee technical experiment Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. All of which is to say that this weekend’s release of his latest non-sequel, Bloodshot, is very special, indeed. 🙂

Based on the Valiant Comics character, Vin plays Ray Garrison, a Marine whose return home to his wife ends abruptly when they’re both killed – only for Ray to be reanimated by Dr. Guy Pearce and turned into an indestructible, nanotechnology-equipped killing machine. But Ray soon remembers more about his past civilian life, and finds that not everything is as it seems. Bloodshot also stars Eiza Gonzalez, Sam Heughan, Toby Kebbell, and Lamorne Morris, and is directed by Dave Wilson, a former visual effects supervisor at Blur Studios who’s making his movie directing debut. Also, the screenplay is an odd mash-up of talent: It comes from Jeff Wadlow, the man who brought us Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island last month, and Eric Heisserer, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Arrival! (Opens in theaters nationwide Thursday, March 12th, with previews beginning at 5:00 PM.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F95Fk255I4M

The Hunt

Last summer, Blumhouse’s new film The Hunt – about a group of strangers who wake up in a Most Dangerous Game-like scenario orchestrated by rich liberals – caused a storm of controversy in the wake of several mass shootings, and was suddenly pulled from its end-of-September release date. This weekend, it finally hits theaters, with a pointed tagline: “The most talked-about movie of the year is one that no one has actually seen yet!” The Hunt carries a notable pedigree: It’s co-written by Damon Lindelof, who skyrocketed to fame as co-creator and co-showrunner of Lost, before moving to HBO to make The Leftovers and, most recently, last fall’s Watchmen limited series. The ensemble cast is loaded as well: Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts, Ike Barinholtz, and Ethan Suplee are among the hunted, while Hilary Swank and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Glenn Howerton watch the festivities from on high. Directed by Craig Zobel (Compliance, Z for Zachariah). (Opens in theaters nationwide Thursday, March 12th, with previews beginning at 7:00 PM.)

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

I Still Believe

The Erwin Brothers, the current box office champions of Christian cinema, return this weekend with their follow-up to 2018’s breakout hit I Can Only Imagine. The Erwins are once again sticking to the Christian musician biopic formula, with Riverdale‘s Archie Andrews, KJ Apa, playing singer Jeremy Camp, and Britt Robertson as his first wife, Melissa, who was fighting ovarian cancer during their courtship. Also co-starring as Jeremy Camp’s parents: the unlikely couple of Gary Sinise and Shania Twain! (Opens in theaters nationwide Thursday, March 12th, with previews beginning at 7:00 PM.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Za7-Q8YURM

New Streaming Premieres

The Room

No, folks, we’re not talking about *that* The Room! (Oh hai, readers!) Instead, this is Shudder’s newest original movie, about a young couple (Quantum of Solace‘s Olga Kurylenko and Kevin Janssens) who move into a new house and discover a secret room that can make anything they wish appear – from material possessions to, umm, other humans. Directed by Christian Volckman, whose most prominent credit prior to this was the 2006 animated movie Renaissance. (Premieres Thursday, March 12th on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9gOYRf5vm4

Lost Girls

Amy Ryan stars in this crime drama based on a true story, as a mother whose daughter suddenly disappears. When the local police department (represented here by Gabriel Byrne and Dean Winters) fail to make any progress, Ryan begins her own investigation, and uncovers a series of murders involving sex workers. This movie – which premiered at this year’s Sundance festival – also stars Jojo Rabbit‘s breakout young actress Thomasin McKenzie, and is directed by documentarian Liz Gabrus (What Happened, Miss Simone?), making her feature narrative film debut. (Premieres Friday, March 13th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJzGE00wncU

Stargirl

Disney continues to hire intriguing behind-the-scenes talent for their Disney+ original movies: In this instance, it’s Fast Color director/co-writer Julia Hart, who helms and co-scripts this adaptation of the Jerry Spinelli high-school romance novel. It follows Leo (Graham Verchere), who becomes fascinated by “Stargirl” (Grace VanderWaal), the nickname for a formerly-homeschooled teen girl who joins his school… and who makes no attempt to hide her quirkier aspects. (She’s got an ukelele, folks!) And to top it off, this movie also has Gus Fring himself, Giancarlo Esposito, as Leo’s mentor, to toss off occasional bits of wisdom! (Premieres Friday, March 13th on Disney+.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE-e7v4bvxw

Go Karts

Well, umm, what can we say about Netflix’s other new original movie this weekend? Well, it’s called Go Karts, and it’s about… go karts! (Don’t worry, there’s more to say…) This is a family flick that Netflix acquired from Australia (where it was originally released under the title Go!), and it’s about a 15-year-old boy who moves to a new town with his mother, and ends up becoming obsessed with go kart racing, to the extent that he ends up competing for the National Go Kart Championship. In summary… go karts. 🙂 The movie stars William Lodder, Richard Roxburgh (as the seasoned coach with A Secret Past), and Frances O’Connor, and is directed by Top Gear veteran Owen Trevor. (Premieres Friday, March 13th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do99iDsfnJY

Special Screenings

King Kong (1933) (TCM Big Screen Classics)

All hail the Eighth Wonder of the World! The game-changing 1933 classic about the titular big ape, starring Fay Wray, is returning to theaters as part of TCM’s Big Screen Classics series. King Kong will be shown in theaters one day only, on Sunday, March 15th at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjIi3uNN5rQ

Just Arrived on Blu-ray and DVD

  • Uncut Gems
  • Bombshell
  • Charlie’s Angels (also available on 4K Blu-ray)
  • Spies in Disguise (also available on 4K Blu-ray)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Shudder:

  • Red Christmas (2016) (premieres Monday, March 16th)
  • Howl (2015) (premieres Monday, March 16th)

Netflix:

  • Aftermath (2017) (premieres Sunday, March 15th)
  • Search Party (2016) (premieres Monday, March 16th)
  • Silver Linings Playbook (2012) (premieres Monday, March 16th)
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011) (premieres Monday, March 16th)
  • The Young Messiah (2016) (premieres Monday, March 16th)

Hulu:

  • 4 Lovers (2013) (premieres Sunday, March 15th)
  • Always Shine (2016) (premieres Sunday, March 15th)
  • Hello I Must Be Going (2012) (premieres Sunday, March 15th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019) (premieres Wednesday, March 13th)
  • Pet Sematary (2019) (premieres Tuesday, March 19th)

Disney+:

  • G-Force (2009) (premieres Sunday, March 15th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Wednesday, March 11th: Orlando (1993)
  • Thursday, March 12th: Three by Peter Bogdanovich – Targets (1968), The Last Picture Show (1971), Paper Moon (1973)
  • Friday, March 13th: Double Feature: Read All About It! – The Front Page (1931), His Girl Friday (1940)
  • Saturday, March 14th: Saturday Matinee: Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
  • Sunday, March 15th: Starring Rita Hayworth – Only Angels Have Wings (1939), Angels over Broadway (1940), The Strawberry Blonde (1941), You’ll Never Get Rich (1941), You Were Never Lovelier (1942), Cover Girl (1944), Gilda (1946), The Lady from Shanghai (1947), Down to Earth (1947), Affair in Trinidad (1952), Salome (1953), Pal Joey (1957), Separate Tables (1958)
  • Monday, March 16th: Observations on Film Art No. 35: In the Service of Horror—The Lyrical Cinematography of Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
  • Tuesday, March 17th: Short + Feature: Express Yourself – Would You Look at Her (2017); Tomboy (2011)

HBO GO:

  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) (premieres Saturday, March 14th)

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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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