Coming Soon: March 18th, 2022

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This week, we’ve got lots of movies on tap, both in theaters and on streaming… and covering a variety of genres! Here’s what coming soon for the week of March 18th, 2022:

Featured Title: X

This weekend kicks off with A24’s latest horror flick, which is the first film from writer/director Ti West (The House of the Devil; The Innkeepers) since 2016’s Western In the Valley of Violence. Set in 1970s rural Texas (but filmed in New Zealand in early 2021), it follows a group of filmmakers who set out to make a porno at a remote farm… but when their creepy hosts find out what they’re up to, the crew starts dying off! The cast includes Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Martin Henderson, Brittany Snow, and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi. Of special note: A surprise prequel, Pearl, was secretly filmed back-to-back with X using the same sets (and also starring Mia Goth), and was announced at X‘s South by Southwest premiere earlier this week! (Opening in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls, on Friday, March 18th, with previews starting at 7PM on Thursday, March 17th.)

New to Streaming and VOD

The Outfit

For older audiences, we have this new crime drama starring Mark Rylance as a Chicago tailor who squares off against mobsters in a long night at his shop. Also starring Zoey Deutch, Johnny Flynn, and Dylan O’Brien; this is the directorial debut of Graham Moore, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for 2014’s The Imitation Game. (Opening in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls, on Friday, March 18th, with previews starting at 7PM on Thursday, March 17th.)

Umma

Not to be outdone by A24, Sony unfurls their latest Sam Raimi-produced horror movie this weekend… about a mother (Sandra Oh) and daughter (Fivel Stewart) who live on a farm, where they receive the remains of Oh’s mother from Korea… causing Oh to fear that she’ll turn into her mother. (Funny how this is the second mother/daughter movie starring Oh in as many weeks, following Turning Red…) Written and directed by Iris K. Shim. (Opening in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls, on Friday, March 18th, with previews starting at 7PM on Thursday, March 17th.)

Jujutsu Kaisen 0

Finally, we have the latest high-profile theatrical anime debut: This film adaptation of the prequel to the Jujutsu Kaisen manga series, which shows how Yuta Okkotsu first came to Jujutsu High School to moderate the power of the Cursed Spirit that follows him. As with other recent anime debuts, this movie will be shown in both its original Japanese-language audio (with English subtitles) and an English dub. (Opening in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls, on Friday, March 18th, with previews starting at 7PM on Thursday, March 17th.)

New to Streaming and VOD

Deep Water

This week, Hulu brings us the cinematic return of director Adrian Lyne, whom you know from such erotically charged box office hits as 9 1/2 Weeks, Flashdance, Fatal Attraction, and Indecent Proposal. (This is, in fact, his first movie in 20 years, following 2002’s Oscar-nominated Unfaithful.) The movie itself has had a long and arduous journey to our screens, as it filmed in late 2019, where stars Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas began a high-profile off-screen relationship that has since ended… and since then, its theatrical release had been delayed several times due to COVID, before Disney finally sent it to premiere quietly on Hulu. Affleck plays a husband who lets his wife have extramarital affairs… but when one of her lovers disappears, Affleck becomes the prime suspect! Also starring Tracy Letts, Rachel Blanchard, Lil Rel Howery, and Finn Wittrock. (Premieres Friday, March 18th on Hulu.)

Cheaper by the Dozen

Disney+ is continuing their rebooting of various Fox family properties, with this latest movie version of the tale that was first told on-screen in 1950 (and remade with Steve Martin in 2003, which became a box office hit and netted a 2005 sequel). This time around, Zach Braff and Gabrielle Union are the parents of the blended Baker family, with 10 chaotic kids in tow. Co-written by black-ish creator Kenya Barris, this new take also stars Erika Christensen. (Premieres Friday, March 18th on Disney+.)

Windfall

The first of Netflix’s original films this weekend is this housebound thriller about a wealthy couple (Jesse Plemons, Lily Collins) who arrive at their vacation home to get away from it all… only to find that a robber (Jason Segel) is currently breaking into their house! Directed by Charlie McDowell (The One I Love, The Discovery… and Collins’ real-life husband). (Premieres Friday, March 18th on Netflix.)

Master

Fresh from Sundance comes this horror flick that has garnered comparisons to Get Out! Set at a mostly-white East Coast college, it follows three Black women – two professors (Regina Hall and Amber Grey) and a new freshman (Zoe Renee) – who encounter casual racism as well as supernatural forces on the college campus. Written and directed by Miriama Diablo, in her debut feature. (Premieres Friday, March 18th on Amazon Prime Video.)

Rescued by Ruby

Netflix’s latest family film offering is this man-and-his-dog drama about a state trooper (TV’s The Flash himself, Grant Gustin) who bonds with a shelter dog. (Premieres Thursday, March 17th on Netflix.)

Black Crab

In this Swedish action-adventure, 6 soldiers transport a mysterious package through a frozen archipelago in a post-apocalyptic world! Starring Noomi Rapace, this is directed and co-written by Adam Berg, who’s currently attached to the in-development remake of David Cronenberg’s Videodrome! (Premieres Friday, March 18th on Netflix.)

The Bunker Game

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: The staff of a LARP game set in an underground bunker are trapped inside as they try to find the game master… while creepy accidents begin to happen! (Premieres Thursday, March 17th on Shudder.)

Oscar Movie Week at Cinemark!

As of this writing, we are less than two weeks away from this year’s Academy Awards… which means that it’s also time for Cinemark’s annual Oscar Movie Week, which runs this year from March 21st-27th! As in past years, selected Cinemark theaters nationwide, including Sioux Falls’ Century Stadium 14 & XD, will be bringing the Best Picture nominees back to the big screen… and this year, all 10 Best Picture nominees (including those from Netflix and Apple) will be shown, including (in alphabetical order) Belfast, CODA, Don’t Look Up, Drive My Car, Dune, King Richard, Licorice Pizza, Nightmare Alley, The Power of the Dog, and West Side Story! In addition, they’ll also be showing the annual Best Live-Action Short Films program on Oscar weekend, March 25th-27th! (And with Cinema Falls not screening the Oscar programs this year, this will be your only chance to see the live-action shorts on the big screen here in town!) For more details and showtimes, head over to Cinemark’s official Oscar Movie Week webpage!

Showing at the State!

Barry Lyndon

The Stanley Kubrick Director’s Series continues on, with the director’s 1975 period epic, which won 4 Oscars, including Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, and Best Music Score/Adaptation. Ryan O’Neal stars as Raymond Barry, an 18th-century Irish man whose eventful life takes him from a pistol duel to the Seven Years War, ultimately marrying the rich widow Lady Lyndon (Marisa Berenson). (Showing Wednesday, March 16th and Saturday, March 19th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

Belfast

Also continuing this week is the State’s showcase of recent Oscar nominees… and this week, perfectly timed with St. Patrick’s Day, the State brings us writer-director Kenneth Branagh’s nostalgic memoir of growing up as a child in Belfast, Ireland during The Troubles of the late 1960s. This film is nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Starring Caitriona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Ciaran Hinds, and Jude Hill as Branagh’s young on-screen avatar, “Buddy”. (Showing Thursday, March 17th, Friday, March 18th, Saturday, March 19th, and Sunday, March 20th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

The Secret of Kells

Another St. Patrick’s Day weekend offering is this 2009 Oscar-nominated animated feature, from Cartoon Saloon, the studio that would later bring us Song of the Sea and Wolfwalkers! Set in 9th century Ireland, it follows Brendan (Evan McGuire), a young boy living in an abbey, who discovers the unfinished Book of Kells, which supposedly carries special powers. Other voices include Brendan Gleeson, Christen Mooney, and Mick Lally. (Showing Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

Evil Dead 2

Finally, Late Night at the State continues their journey through the Evil Dead franchise, with Sam Raimi’s crazy horror-comedy sequel from 1987! Bruce Campbell returns as Ash Williams, who once again heads to a remote cabin with his girlfriend, and once again plays a recording of recitations, and once again unleashes a slew of demons! (Showing one night only, Friday, March 18th, at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K UHD

  • West Side Story (2021)
  • Red Rocket (2021)
  • Dream a Little Dream (1989) (new to Blu-ray from Lionsgate’s Vestron Video series!)
  • Touch of Evil (1958) (new to 4K UHD from Kino Lorber!)
  • An American Werewolf in London (1981) (new to 4K UHD from Arrow Video!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013) (premieres Thursday, March 17th)

Hulu:

  • Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (2021) (premieres Thursday, March 17th)
  • I Know Who Killed Me (2007) (premieres Saturday, March 19th)
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) (premieres Saturday, March 19th)
  • Wrath of Man (2021) (premieres Wednesday, March 23rd)

Amazon Prime:

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

Shudder:

  • Siege (1983) (premieres Monday, March 21st)
  • Birth of the Living Dead (2013) (premieres Monday, March 21st)
  • Await Further Instructions (2018) (premieres Monday, March 21st)

Disney+:

  • Step (2017) (premieres Friday, March 18th)

HBO Max:

  • Halloween Kills (2021) (premieres Friday, March 18th)

Peacock:

  • No additional movies on Peacock this week. Sorry!

Paramount+:

  • Summer Days, Summer Nights (2018) (premieres Wednesday, March 23rd)
  • Wrath of Man (2021) (premieres Wednesday, March 23rd)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, March 17th: Exclusive Streaming Premiere: Arrebato (1979)
  • Friday, March 18th: Double Feature: Drama Kings: All That Heaven Allows (1955), Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
  • Saturday, March 19th: Saturday Matinee: Seasons (2015)
  • Monday, March 21st: True Stories: Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream (2019)
  • Tuesday, March 22nd: Short Film Programs: 14 Animated Films by Faith and John Hubley
  • Wednesday, March 23rd: Women Filmmakers: Danzón (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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