Coming Soon: March 19th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This week brings us new adventures from both DC and Marvel, plus new horror, cult classics, and more! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of March 19th, 2021:

Featured Title: Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Well, folks… it’s finally here! For the past 3-and-a-half years, the Internet has been abuzz about the mythical “Snyder Cut”: director Zack Snyder’s original 4-hour rough cut of his 2017 DC team-up Justice League, before Snyder stepped away and Joss Whedon was brought in for last-minute rewrites and reshoots. (Whedon was also tasked with cutting Justice League down to a studio-mandated runtime of no more than 2 hours… which meant that much of Snyder’s scenes were thrown away.) You can read the entire story of the movie’s troubled history here, in this fascinating Vanity Fair piece.

After an extensive fan campaign on social media that ultimately gained the support of Snyder and the cast, Warner Bros. gave Snyder $70 million to finish his version of the movie, making it an HBO Max exclusive to get people to sign up to the fledging streaming service. And so here we have this new cut, which officially clocks in at 242 minutes… so get comfy! 🙂 It includes tons of new visual effects, plus brand-new reshoots done in fall 2020 that included most of the original cast… as well as some folks that weren’t in the theatrical version, namely Jared Leto’s Joker (last seen in Suicide Squad) and ultra-villian Darkseid. As of this writing, the Snyder Cut has a promising 76% on Rotten Tomatoes (versus the 40% score of the theatrical cut)… so maybe this whole endeavor will pay off after all? (Premieres Thursday, March 18th on HBO Max.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrdQSAX2kyw

New to Theaters

The Courier

This weekend’s lone theatrical release is this spy thriller set in early-1960s London. It follows a businessman (Benedict Cumberbatch) who’s recruited by MI-6 and a CIA operative (Rachel Brosnahan) to befriend a Soviet officer in order to get intel that could stop the Cuban missile crisis. Also starring Jessie Buckley; directed by Dominic Cooke (On Chesil Beach). (Opening Friday, March 19th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qeo8qs9xohM

New to Streaming and VOD

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Not to be outdone by DC, Marvel Studios has their own big streaming event this weekend: The launch of their second Disney+ TV series the day after The Snyder Cut drops! This new 6-episode series follows The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) after the events of Avengers: Endgame, with The Falcon now wielding Cap’s shield. Other returning characters from the Captain America franchise include Zemo (Daniel Brühl) and Sharon Carter (Emily Van Camp). Kari Skogland, a TV director whose prominent credits include episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Loudest Voice, directs all 6 episodes. (Premieres Friday, March 19th on Disney+, with one new episode every Friday until April 23rd.)

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

Happily

This dark rom-com follows a happily married couple (Joel McHale and Kerry Bishé) whose lives go sideways after a visit from a mysterious stranger (Stephen Root). The excellent supporting cast includes Natalie Zea, Paul Scheer, Al Madrigal, Natalie Morales, Jon Daly, Charlene Yea, and Breckin Meyer. Written and directed by BenDavid Grabinski, who is the creator of Nickelodeon’s new Are You Afraid of the Dark? revival series. (Premieres Friday, March 19th on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nagyNvw5Dmk

Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal

This week, Netflix is giving us this part-documentary, part-re-enactment hybrid of the college admission scandal that swept the media back in 2019… and which took down such famed names as Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman in the process. Matthew Modine stars in the re-enactment portions as the scheme’s orchestrator, Rick Singer. Directed by Chris Smith, who previously helmed the classic documentary American Movie before making such Netflix docs as the Fyre Festival exposé Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened and Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, which profiled Jim Carrey’s infamous disappearance into the role of Andy Kaufman for 1999’s Man on the Moon. (Premieres Wednesday, March 17th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFHj8e7mU_I

Slaxx

Typically, Shudder gives us one new horror movie premiere each Thursday. But this week, guess what? They’re giving us TWO! And this first movie has a doozy of a premise: A fashion company’s flagship store unveils a new line of jeans… but a possessed pair of jeans (yes, that’s right!) threatens to kill all the staff that’s inside!!! Admit it: You’re intrigued. 🙂 (Premieres Thursday, March 18th on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbQ4Ak8HFlg

Koko-di Koko-da

In this weekend’s second Shudder premiere, an unhappy couple trying to rebuild their relationship via a camping trip encounter a creepy sideshow artist and his entourage. (Premieres Thursday, March 18th on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Iy1MYgC-ho
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Iy1MYgC-ho

Showing at the State!

Psycho

The State’s Hitchcock Series for the month of March continues on, with the 1960 Anthony Hopkins/Janet Leigh chiller that made America afraid to get in the shower! Of note: This is the new 2020 4K restoration of the original 1960 theatrical version, with 20 seconds of footage that disappeared in the 1960s. And for funsies, help yourself to the original six-and-a-half-minute theatrical trailer below, where Hitchcock himself gives you a tour of the set! (Showing Thursday, March 18th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTJQfFQ40lI

Donnie Darko

The State is proud to present Arrow’s 2017 4K restoration of Richard Kelly’s 2001 cult classic, about a high schooler (Jake Gyllenhaal) who’s visited by a creepy man-sized bunny named Frank. Also starring Jena Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Patrick Swayze, and Drew Barrymore. If you’re reading this, there’s a very good possibility that you haven’t seen this in a theater before, due to it breaking out on home video… so don’t pass up the chance to see this on the big screen! (Showing Friday, March 19th and Saturday, March 20th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPeGaos7DB4

Sing Street

The State is also bringing in the beloved 2016 high school musical, about a 1980s Dublin teen (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who starts up a band to impress a girl (Lucy Boynton). Featuring such show-stopping tunes as “Drive It Like You Stole It”, this movie placed at #3 in our very own Top 20 Movies of the 2010s list! Written and directed by John Carney (Once, Begin Again); also starring Jack Reynor, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Aiden Gillen. (Showing Saturday, March 20th and Sunday, March 21st at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYk2Vx1z6lk

Trolls

Finally, this weekend’s State Staff Pick is the 2016 animated musical starring Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, with songs that will have kids dancing in the aisle, including “Can’t Stop the Feeling”! Other voices include Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Baranski, James Corden, and John Cleese. Directed by Mike Mitchell (Sky High, The Lego Movie 2). (Showing Saturday, March 20th and Sunday, March 21st at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyjm5VQ11TQ

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Promising Young Woman (2020)
  • Songbird (2020)
  • Money Plane (2020)
  • Don’t Tell a Soul (2020)
  • Dark Web: Cicada 3301 (2021)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • The Fluffy Movie (2014) (premieres Thursday, March 18th)
  • Skylines (2020) (premieres Thursday, March 18th)
  • Deadly Illusions (2021) (premieres Thursday, March 18th)
  • Jiu Jitsu (2020) (premieres Saturday, March 20th)
  • Philomena (2013) (premieres Monday, March 22nd)

Hulu:

  • Identity (2003) (premieres Thursday, March 18th)
  • Hunter Hunter (2020) (premieres Friday, March 19th)
  • 100% Wolf (2020) (premieres Tuesday, March 23rd)

Amazon Prime:

  • Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) (premieres Friday, March 19th)
  • No Strings Attached (2011) (premieres Tuesday, March 23rd)

Shudder:

  • Let’s Scare Julie (2019) (premieres Monday, March 22nd)
  • White of the Eye (1987) (premieres Monday, March 22nd)
  • The Untamed (2016) (premieres Monday, March 22nd)

Disney+:

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

HBO Max:

  • Beverly Hills Cop (1984) (premieres Saturday, March 20th)
  • Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) (premieres Saturday, March 20th)
  • Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) (premieres Saturday, March 20th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, March 18th: Charlie Chaplin: The Mutual Comedies – The Floorwalker (1916), The Fireman (1916), The Vagabond (1916), One A.M. (1916), The Count (1916), The Pawnshop (1916), Behind the Screen (1916), The Rink (1916), Easy Street (1917), The Cure (1917), The Immigrant (1917), The Adventurer (1917), plus Chaplin’s Goliath (1996) and The Birth of the Tramp (2013)
  • Thursday, March 18th: Observations on Film Art #41: The Viewer Who Knew Just Enough – Point of View in Blood Simple
  • Friday, March 19th: Double Feature: Reading, Writing, and Rebellion – Cooley High (1975) and Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979)
  • Saturday, March 20th: Saturday Matinee: Georges Méliès: Fairy Tales in Color – The Pillar of Fire (1899), Joan of Arc (1900), A Trip to the Moon (1902), Robinson Crusoe (1903), The Kingdom of Fairies (1903), The Infernal Cauldron (1903), The Impossible Voyage (1904), Rip’s Dream (1905), The Inventor Crazybrains and His Wonderful Airship (1905), The Merry Frolics of Satan (1906), The Witch (1906), The Diabolic Tenant (1906), Whimsical Illusions (1910)
  • Sunday, March 21st: Directed by Bimal Roy – Do bigha zamin (1953), Devdas (1955), Madhumati (1958), Sujata (1960), Bandini (1963)
  • Monday, March 22nd: Don’t Blink – Robert Frank (2015)
  • Tuesday, March 23rd: Marcello Mastroianni: I Remember (1997)
  • Wednesday, March 24th: Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2017)

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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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