Coming Soon: March 26th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This week brings us a John Wick-like action-comedy, a TV series continuation of a 1990s family franchise, and much more! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of March 26th, 2021:

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As a Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul fan, I’ve been surprised and amazed by the emergence of sketch-comedy veteran Bob Odenkirk into a bona fide actor and leading man. So, when I first heard that Odenkirk was teaming up with two of the guys that brought us John Wick – writer Derek Kolstad and producer David Leitch – for his own action movie vehicle, I was ecstatic from the word “go”. 🙂 And if you watch the trailer below, you’ll see that this movie is extremely in the John Wick vein… but with a very un-Keanu-like lead, and a lot more blatant comedy. 🙂

This action-comedy is about a loving suburban family man (Odenkirk) who toughens up after he fails to defend his family in a home invasion. In the process, he dredges up his crime-filled past… and ends up being pursued by a vengeful drug lord! Also starring Connie Nielsen, RZA, Christopher Lloyd, and Michael Ironside. Directed by Ilya Naishuller, whom you may remember from 2016’s just-as-ridiculous first-person action movie Hardcore Henry! (Premieres Friday, March 26th in theaters nationwide, with an expected VOD launch on Thursday, April 15th.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZti8QKBWPo

New to Streaming and VOD

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers

We at Back Lot 605 are unabashedly Midwestern kids of the 1990s… and as such, you’d better believe that we’re huge fans of the premier Minnesota kids’ hockey movie franchise, the Mighty Ducks trilogy! And we’re just as excited to see that Disney+ is reviving the franchise for a new TV series incarnation, with Steven Brill and Jordan Kerner, the writer and producer of the original movies, returning to bring the Flying V to a new generation! Except there’s a twist: The Mighty Ducks are the bad guys now! [Gasp!]

As the show opens, the Mighty Ducks team is far more selective and elite in who makes its roster these days… and a bunch of local kids end up being rejected for the team. When her son fails to make the cut, a concerned mom (Lauren Graham) starts up their own team filled with other underdogs… with a little help from Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez)! And if you want some spoilers, he’s not the only returning face… (Premieres Friday, March 26th on Disney+, with one new episode every Friday until May 28th.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OD3UhmRy4lg

Bad Trip

Netflix’s showcase movie this weekend is a hidden-camera prank comedy from Eric Andre and his [adult swim] series director Kitao Sakurai (with an assist from Jackass producer Jeff Tremaine). The movie follows two buddies (Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery) who get involved in shocking pranks as they road trip to New York City for a life-changing opportunity. This was originally slated for theatrical release by MGM/Orion back in April 2020, before being sold to Netflix. Tiffany Haddish co-stars. (Premieres Friday, March 26th on Netflix.)

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

A Week Away

Netflix’s other movie premiere this weekend is a Christian musical about a teen boy who agrees to attend a weeklong church camp, in order to avoid going to juvie. There, he falls in love… and also, he sings and dances a lot! Starring Kevin Quinn, Bailee Madison, and David Koechner. Directed by music video director Roman White, who’s made multiple videos with both Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. (Premieres Friday, March 26th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpLaoYw8xug

Tina

HBO is debuting this feature-length documentary on the life of singer Tina Turner, focusing on both her abusive days with Ike Turner and her venture into a blockbuster solo career. This doc features new interviews with Tina herself, as well as Angela Bassett (who gave an Oscar-nominated performance as Turner in 1993’s What’s Love Got To Do With It), Oprah Winfrey, Kurt Loder, and more. Directed by Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin (LA 92, Undefeated). (Premieres Saturday, March 27th on HBO and HBO Max.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9IkVtLvflU

The Vault

In this heist movie, an engineer (Freddie Highmore) is recruited to help steal priceless sunken treasure from the Bank of Spain’s underground vault during Spain’s World Cup final match. Also starring Famke Janssen. Of note, horror fans: This is directed by Jaume Balagueró, the writer/director of the original [REC] and two of its sequels! (Premieres Friday, March 26th on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L41IJiageyg

The Seventh Day

Do you want to see Guy Pearce in a horror movie, playing a character described in the trailer as “the best exorcist there is”? You probably do now! 😀 The plot is basically “Training Day” with demons, as Pearce is brought in to school a rookie priest (Vadhir Derbez) in the realm of exorcisms! Also starring Keith David and Stephen Lang; written and directed by Justin P. Lange (The Dark). (Premieres Friday, March 26th on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV4f9ELo9gg

Six Minutes to Midnight

In 1939 Nazi Germany, a teacher at a finishing school for girls sees the future war that’s coming. This historical drama stars Eddie Izzard, James D’Arcy, Jim Broadbent, and Judi Dench; from British TV director Andy Goddard. (Premieres Friday, March 26th on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-x9aGWLKzY

Into the Dark: Blood Moon

Here comes the season finale of Hulu & Blumhouse’s Into the Dark horror anthology film series! A mother and her son move to a small desert town… but their lives are threatened by the locals when a full moon comes! Directed by Emma Tammi (The Wind). (Premieres Friday, March 26th on Hulu.)

https://youtu.be/ay7QymPRTco

Violation

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: A woman on the edge of divorce returns to her hometown… but when her sister and brother-in-law betray her, she sets out for revenge! This is the feature directing debut of Dusty Mancinelli and Madeleine Sims-Fewer. (Premieres Thursday, March 25th on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Otu7hGMgmcQ

Returning to Theaters

The Ten Commandments

Just in time for Easter, here comes this TCM/Fathom Events 65th anniversary presentation of Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 Biblical epic, starring Charlton Heston as Moses. Also starring Yul Brynner and Ann Baxter. (Showing Sunday, March 28th and Wednesday, March 31st 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=vSIY8A2V0kQ

Showing at the State!

North by Northwest

The State’s Hitchcock Series for the month of March concludes with this 1959 mistaken-identity thriller starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint. It includes a famous climax set atop Mount Rushmore… which might explain why the State quickly had to add a second matinee showing to handle the demand! (Showing Thursday, March 25th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ek7T9Gyl_J4

Batman (1989)

Tim Burton’s seismic adaptation of the DC comic book hero is the centerpiece of this weekend’s State schedule! Michael Keaton plays the Dark Knight of Gotham City, who squares off against Jack Nicholson’s Joker! Also starring Kim Basinger, Jack Palance, Robert Wuhl, and Billy Dee Williams… and featuring a soundtrack by the one and only Prince! (Showing Friday, March 26th, Saturday, March 27th and Sunday, March 28th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgC9Q0uhX70

Clueless

Also lighting up the State is the 1995 teen comedy classic, starring Alicia Silverstone in her breakout role as Cher, a Beverly Hills high school who decides to become a matchmaker. Written and directed by Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), and based on Jane Austen’s Emma. Also starring Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, and Dan Hedaya. (Showing Saturday, March 27th and Sunday, March 28th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mgjwq1ZzdPQ

Life is Beautiful

Finally, this weekend winds down with the Oscar-winning 1997 Holocaust comedy-drama, starring Roberto Bengini in his Oscar-winning role as a Jewish-Italian waiter who is taken along with his son to a concentration camp. Bengini also wrote and directed the film, which also won Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. (Showing Saturday, March 20th and Sunday, March 21st at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAYEQP8gx3w

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Soul (2020)
  • News of the World (2020)
  • World of Wong Kar Wai (1988-2004) (Criterion Collection)
  • Godzilla (2014) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • Gattaca (1997) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • Event Horizon (1997) (Scream Factory Collector’s Edition)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • Croupier (1998) (premieres Friday, March 26th)
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) (premieres Monday, March 29th)
  • At Eternity’s Gate (2018) (premieres Wednesday, March 31st)

Hulu:

  • Collective (2020) (premieres Thursday, March 25th)
  • The Hurricane Heist (2018) (premieres Friday, March 26th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Renegades (1989) (premieres Monday, March 29th)
  • The Ghost Writer (2010) (premieres Tuesday, March 30th)

Shudder:

  • No other new movies on Shudder this week. Sorry!

Disney+:

  • Gnomeo & Juliet (2011) (premieres Friday, March 26th)

HBO Max:

  • Hotel Coppelia (2020) (premieres Friday, March 26th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, March 25th: Essential Fellini – Variety Lights (1950), The White Sheik (1952), I vitelloni (1953), La strada (1954), Il bidone (1955), Nights of Cabiria (1957), 8 1/2 (1963), Juliet of the Spirits (1965), Amarcord (1973), City of Women (1980), And the Ship Sails On (1983), Intervista (1987)
  • Friday, March 26th: Double Feature: Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets – The Blue Angel (1930) and Lola (1961)
  • Saturday, March 27th: Saturday Matinee: Naal (2018)
  • Sunday, March 28th: Starring Dirk Bogarde – The Sea Shall Not Have Them (1954), Cast a Dark Shadow (1955), Victim (1961), The Servant (1963), Darling (1965), Accident (1967), The Damned (1969), Death in Venice (1971), The Night Porter (1974), Despair (1978), Daddy Nostalgia (1990)
  • Monday, March 29th: Giuseppe Makes a Movie (2014)
  • Tuesday, March 30th: Short + Feature: Gone Girls – Mary Last Seen (2010), The Vanishing (1988)
  • Wednesday, March 31st: Directed by Ursula Meier – Home (2008), Sister (2012)

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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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