Coming Soon: March 25th, 2022

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! The new movie schedule continues to have its ebbs and flows… because whereas last week was jam-packed with new offerings, this weekend’s lineup is one of the lightest in recent memory! But still, there are some movies you won’t want to miss! Here’s what coming soon for the week of March 25th, 2022:

Featured Title: The Lost City

This weekend’s big theatrical release is a throwback in many ways… both in how it’s a classic star-powered vehicle, and in how its premise is not too dissimilar from 1984’s romance-adventure-comedy classic Romancing the Stone! This time, Sandra Bullock plays the mousy, reclusive writer of many hit romance novels… who’s convinced to attend the “Romancing the Page” fan conference (get it, guys?!? [nudges elbow]) to promote her latest work, along with the dim-witted Fabio-esque cover model for her books, played by Channing Tatum. But when Bullock is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who believes she can help him find a mythical jungle treasure, Tatum steps in to save the day… with hilarious results. Also starring Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Oscar Nunez, and – in an extended cameo – Brad Pitt (for whom Bullock will repay the favor with a similar cameo in July’s Bullet Train). (Opening in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD, the Century East at Dawley Farm, and the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls, on Friday, March 25th, with previews starting at 4PM on Thursday, March 24th.)

Opening in Theaters

Infinite Storm

Naomi Watts stars in this humans-against-nature drama based on true events, as a climber who’s descending Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, just as a massive blizzard sets in. On her way down, she discovers a stranded stranger (Billy Howle), and she works to get them both home safely. Also starring Denis O’Hare; directed by Polish helmer Malgorzata Szumowska, in her English-language debut. (Opening in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls, on Friday, March 25th, with previews starting at 7PM on Thursday, March 24th.)

New to Streaming and VOD

OLIVIA RODRIGO: driving home 2 u (a SOUR film)

Following its popular films on Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish’s latest albums, Disney+ brings us their latest music documentary, which profiles one of their own stars: Olivia Rodriga, who’s known for the hit Disney+ series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. This film chronicles the making of Rodrigo’s debut album Sour, featuring such hit songs as the breakout sensation “Driver’s License”, set against the framing device of Rodrigo driving from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. (Premieres Friday, March 25th on Disney+.)

The Spine of Night

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: An epic animated fantasy that harkens back to the rotoscoped adult-themed works of Ralph Bashki… in which a group of heroes join forces to take down an evil force and its dark magic. With the voices of Richard E. Grant, Lucy Lawless, Patton Oswalt, Betty Gabriel, and Joe Manganiello. (Premieres Thursday, March 24th on Shudder.)

Showing at the State!

Spartacus

“I am Spartacus!” The State’s Stanley Kubrick Director’s Series continues with the 1960 historical epic that re-team Kubrick with Kirk Douglas… which ultimately won 4 Oscars, including Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, and Best Art Direction! Douglas plays the titular Spartacus, a slave who becomes a gladiator and ultimately leads a slave uprising against the Roman Empire! Also starring Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov (in his Oscar-winning performance), and Tony Curtis. (Showing Wednesday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 26th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

Dune

With the Oscars airing this Sunday night, the State is wrapping up its March series of Oscar nominees… and they’re doing it in grand fashion, with the return of Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic, which is in the running for 10 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score! Take in the epic sounds and sights of Paul Atreides’ (Timothee Chalamet) journey one last time on the big screen! Also starring Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem. (Showing Thursday, March 24th, Friday, March 25th, and Saturday, March 26th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

Pretty in Pink

In the 15 months since the State reopened, they’ve brought us 8 classic movies written, produced, and/or directed by John Hughes… including The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off! For their ninth selection, they’re bringing in a heavy-hitter from the Hughes oeuvre: The 1986 rom-com starring Molly Ringwald as Andie, a high-schooler who must decide between rich kid Blane (Andrew McCarthy) or childhood friend Duckie (Jon Cryer)! Also starring Harry Dean Stanton, Annie Potts, and James Spader; directed by frequent Hughes helmer Howard Deutch (Some Kind of Wonderful; The Great Outdoors). (Showing Friday, March 25th, Saturday, March 26th and Sunday March 27th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

Remember the Titans

Finally, the State brings back the 2000 Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer sports crowdpleaser, starring Denzel Washington and Will Patton as high school football coaches who navigate their newly-integrated school’s football team in 1971 Virginia. Also starring Wood Harris, Donald Faison, Ethan Suplee, Ryan Gosling, and Hayden Panettiere. (Showing one night only, Friday, March 18th, at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K UHD

  • Nightmare Alley (2021)
  • The Godfather Trilogy (1972, 1974, 1990) (new to 4K UHD!)
  • Eastern Promises (2007) (new to 4K UHD from Kino Lorber!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • Blade Runner 2049 (2017) (premieres Saturday, March 26th)
  • King of Thieves (2018) (premieres Saturday, March 26th)
  • The Imitation Game (2014) (premieres Monday, March 28th)

Hulu:

  • Mass (2021) (premieres Saturday, March 26th)
  • Monsters and Men (2018) (premieres Monday, March 28th)
  • Death on the Nile (2022) (premieres Tuesday, March 29th)
  • Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa (2013) (premieres Tuesday, March 29th)
  • Killing Them Softly (2012) (premieres Wednesday, March 30th)

Amazon Prime:

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

Shudder:

  • Extra Ordinary (2019) (premieres Friday, March 25th)
  • Blood Conscious (2021) (premieres Monday, March 28th)
  • Minor Premise (2020) (premieres Monday, March 28th)
  • Eaten Alive (1976) (premieres Monday, March 28th)

Disney+:

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

HBO Max:

  • King Richard (2021) (premieres Thursday, March 24th)
  • Death on the Nile (2022) (premieres Tuesday, March 29th)

Peacock:

  • No additional movies on Peacock this week. Sorry!

Paramount+:

  • Jackass Forever (2022) (premiered Tuesday, March 22nd)
  • Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa (2013) (premieres Tuesday, March 29th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Friday, March 25th: Double Feature: Queer Today, Gone Tomorrow: These Three (1936), The Children’s Hour (1961)
  • Saturday, March 26th: Saturday Matinee: The Slipper and the Rose (1976)
  • Monday, March 28th: True Stories: Keep Rolling (2020)
  • Tuesday, March 29th: Short + Feature: Man’s Best Friend: We’re Leaving (2011), Umberto D. (1952)
  • Wednesday, March 30th: Women Filmmakers: Jinn (2018)

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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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