Coming Soon: March 6th, 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 6th, 2020:

In Theaters Nationwide

Onward

Typically, a new Pixar movie hits theaters every summer, in the mid-to-late June timeframe. This year, that movie will be Pete Docter’s follow-up to Inside Out, Soul, due June 19th. But this year is a rare animation feat: Pixar is giving us not one, but *two* animated films… and even more amazingly, neither of them is a sequel! (The only previous years where we had two Pixar movies were 2015, with Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, and 2017, which gave us Cars 3 and Coco.)

Hence, this weekend’s Onward, a charming-looking comedic fantasy riff starring Tom Holland and Chris Pratt as teenage elf brothers who are given a magic staff that allows them to spend 24 hours with their late father. But when the accompanying magic spell only brings back the lower half of their dad’s body, they’re on a race against time to figure out how to bring back the rest of Dad. Cue… the car chases?!? 🙂 Onward is directed and co-written by Dan Scanlon, who previously directed 2013’s Monsters University for Pixar. Other voices include Julia Louis-Dreyfus (as the boys’ mother) and Octavia Spenser. (Opens in theaters nationwide Thursday night, March 5th, with previews beginning at 6:00 PM.)

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

The Way Back

Ben Affleck’s been virtually absent from the big screen for the past couple of years, for a variety of reasons: his troubled stint as Batfleck; the box office failure of his directorial follow-up to Argo, Live by Night; and troubles with alcoholism that led to his divorce from Jennifer Garner, as well as stints in rehab. (All of which are covered in a fascinating recent New York Times profile.) Save for his brief and touching cameo in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, he’s only been visible on Netflix, with Triple Frontier and The Last Thing He Wanted (a movie we covered a couple of weeks ago in this very column!). But now, he mounts his big-screen comeback, with an entry into one of the most durable genres there is: The Inspirational Sports Movie.

Affleck plays a former high-school basketball phenom whose life ever since has culminated in alcoholism and divorce. (Hmm, sounds familiar…) But he’s given a chance to redeem himself when he’s offered the job of coaching the flailing basketball team at his old school. The movie is directed by Gavin O’Connor, who has experience in both sports drama (Disney’s Miracle with Kurt Russell; Warrior with Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton) and working with Affleck (their previous movie was 2016’s awesome The Accountant). (Opens in theaters nationwide Friday, March 6th.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhtTc7R8yBk

Emma.

Yep, folks, the time has come for yet another adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma! While most adaptations of Emma have been aimed for television, the two most famous versions hit the big screen in the mid-1990s: the 1996 Gwyneth Paltrow adaptation, and 1995’s then-present-day version Clueless. This new 2020 incarnation, starring Anya Taylor-Joy as Emma Woodhouse, while still an authentic period piece, has a decidedly modern energy to it. The movie also stars Johnny Flynn and Bill Nighy, and is directed by Autumn de Wilde, a photographer and profilic helmer of music videos for Beck, Rilo Kiley, and The Raconteurs who’s making her feature film debut. (Expands to theaters nationwide Thursday night, March 5th, with previews beginning at 7:00 PM.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsOwj0PR5Sk

New Streaming Premieres

Spenser Confidential

For those of you keeping score, this is the FIFTH film collaboration between Mark Walhberg and director Peter Berg… following Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon, Patriots Day, and Mile 22. This time, the duo heads to Netflix, for this action-comedy loosely based on Robert B. Parker’s Spenser novels (which also inspired a late-1980s ABC TV series starring Robert Urich and Avery Brooks). Wahlberg plays the titular Spenser, an ex-cop-turned-private eye, and Winston Duke plays his buddy Hawk, who team up to take down bad guys in Boston. Also starring Alan Arkin, Iliza Shlesinger, Bokeem Woodbine, Marc Maron, and, in what appears to be an awkward opening cameo, based on the trailer… Post Malone. The movie is also co-written by Brian Helgeland, who won an Oscar for co-writing L.A. Confidential before directing such movies as Mel Gibson’s Payback and A Knight’s Tale. (Premieres Friday, March 6th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgKEoHNi3Uc

Into the Dark: Crawlers

What does the latest installment in Hulu and Blumhouse’s monthly series of horror movies bring us for March? Not surprisingly, it’s a St. Patrick’s Day-themed installment, as three friends step up to save their college town from body-swapping aliens. The movie is directed by Brandon Zuck, making his feature film debut. (Premieres Friday, March 6th on Hulu.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8KOQE_Ybxc

Tater Tot & Patton

Last March, the film Tater Tot & Patton – directed by Pierre native Andrew Kightlinger, and filmed in Pierre as well – played in theaters across South Dakota. (Shameless plug for Back Lot 605’s interview with Andrew Kightlinger!) And now, you can view this comedy-drama, starring Jessica Rothe (of Happy Death Day franchise fame) and Bates Wilder, for free if you’re an Amazon Prime Video subscriber! Click here to check it out! (And if you don’t have Prime Video, the movie is also available for free on Vudu, with commercial breaks.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0TXrlpvlHI

Special Screenings

Tokyo Godfathers (2020 Restoration – Fathom Events)

The classic 2003 animated movie from director Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Paprika), about three homeless Tokyo men who find an abandoned baby in the street, is returning to theaters in a brand-new restoration, with bonus content after the presentation. The subtitled version will be shown in theaters nationwide one night only, on Monday, March 9th at 7:00 PM. The dubbed version will be shown on Wednesday, March 11th at 7:00 PM.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU033KUofVE

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:

  • Luciferina (2018) (premieres Monday, March 9th)
  • Frankenstein (2015) (premieres Monday, March 9th)

Hulu:

  • The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) (premieres Friday, March 4th)
  • Knives and Skin (2019) (premieres Friday, March 6th)
  • Monos (2019) (premieres Friday, March 9th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Show Dogs (2018) (premieres Sunday, March 8th)

Disney+:

  • Black Panther (2018) (premieres Wednesday, March 4th)
  • Bedtime Stories (2008) (premieres Thursday, March 5th)
  • The Finest Hours (2016) (premieres Friday, March 6th)
  • The Sandlot 2 (2005) (premieres Friday, March 6th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Wednesday, March 4th: Too Late to Die Young (2018)
  • Thursday, March 5th: Patton Oswalt’s Adventures in Moviegoing, featuring The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), The Warped Ones (1960), The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), A Colt Is My Passport (1967), Gimme Shelter (1970), Mikey and Nicky (1976), Old Joy (2006)
  • Friday, March 6th: Directed by Kelly Reichardt – River of Grass (1994), Old Joy (2006), Wendy and Lucy (2008), Meek’s Cutoff (2010)
  • Friday, March 6th: Double Feature: Going Nuclear – Fail-Safe (1964), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
  • Saturday, March 7th: Saturday Matinee: Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
  • Sunday, March 8th: Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky – The Steamroller and the Violin (1961), Ivan’s Childhood (1962), Andrei Rublev (1966), Solaris (1972), The Mirror (1975), Stalker (1979), Nostalghia (1983), The Sacrifice (1986)
  • Monday, March 9th: Criterion Collection Edition #739 – Safe (1995)
  • Monday, March 9th: Criterion Collection Edition #657 – 3:10 to Yuma (1957)
  • Tuesday, March 10th: Short + Feature: Get Thee to a Nunnery! – Aves (1994); The Nun (1966)
  • Tuesday, March 10th: Criterion Collection Edition #631 – Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Trilogy of Life (1971, 1972, 1974)

HBO GO:

  • Yesterday (2019) (premieres Saturday, March 7th)

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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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