Coming Soon: May 14th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This week brings us the most jam-packed weekend of theatrical releases since the pandemic started, including a horror franchise, and (gasp!) a Netflix movie! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of May 14th, 2021:

Featured Title: Spiral: From the Book of Saw

“If it’s Halloween, it must be Saw!” That’s how Lionsgate promoted their annual entries in the original 7-film Saw series, which had a new installment debut every pre-Halloween weekend between 2004 and 2010 (and which I dutifully attended back in the day). When the franchise was revived in 2017 with Jigsaw, it also assumed that hallowed pre-Halloween weekend. But now, Lionsgate is shaking things up with a mid-May release of their latest Saw movie… and that’s not all they’re shaking up!

As you may recall, this movie was announced two years ago with the participation of Chris Rock, who wrote the movie’s story and stars in it as well. (Cue the infamous quote from the head of Lionsgate: “When Chris Rock came to us and described in chilling detail his fantastic vision that reimagines and spins off the world of the notorious Jigsaw Killer, we were all-in!”) Rock stars as a police detective who encounters what appears to be a Jigsaw copycat… or is he? Also starring Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, and Samuel L. Jackson. Directed by Saw franchise veteran Darren Lynn Bousman, who helmed parts 2, 3 and 4. (Opens Friday, May 14th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD, the Century East at Dawley Farm, and the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls.)

Opening in Theaters

Those Who Wish Me Dead

Taylor Sheridan fever has only grown in the last few years, as the writer of Sicario and Hell or High Water has branched out into both television (co-creating the smash hit cable TV series Yellowstone, starring Kevin Costner) and entering the director’s chair himself with 2017’s Wind River. Now, he’s directing his second feature: a neo-Western set in Montana, starring Angelina Jolie as an ex-smoke jumper who’s protecting a murder witness that’s being hunted by a pair of assassins (Nicholas Hoult and Aiden Gillen), while a massive forest fire blazes on. Also starring Tyler Perry and Jon Bernthal. (Opens Friday, May 14th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD, the Century East at Dawley Farm, and the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls.)

Army of the Dead

Yes, you’re reading this correctly: Zack Snyder’s new Netflix zombie epic is actually opening in theaters this weekend, one week before its streaming debut! Thanks to deals with theater chains such as Cinemark, the Dave Bautista-starring Vegas heist flick will open in over 600 theaters, making it Netflix’s largest theatrical release ever… and in Sioux Falls, it will even grace the Cinemark XD auditorium at the Century 14! I’ll cover the movie in greater detail next week when it debuts on Netflix… but if you can’t wait, here’s your chance! (Opens Friday, May 14th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)


In the 2000s, director Timur Bekmambatov broke out with such over-the-top genre efforts as Night Watch, Day Watch, and Wanted. But in recent years, he’s become focused on the “screen life” filmmaking format, in which entire movies take place on computer screens… such as the two Unfriended movies and the excellent John Cho 2018 thriller Searching. Now, Timur is directing his own screen-life movie, about a British journalist (Valene Kane) who sets up a fake online profile in order to infiltrate a terrorist recruiter. (Opens Friday, May 14th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)

Finding You

Our fifth (!) and final theatrical release of the weekend is this romance about an aspiring New York violinist (Rose Reid) who’s studying abroad in Ireland. There, she meets a Hollywood heartthrob (Jedidiah Goodacre) who’s in the area shooting a medieval blockbuster. Also starring Katherine McNamara, Patrick Bergin, Judith Hoag, Tom Everett Scott, and Vanessa Redgrave. Written and directed by Brian Baugh (I’m Not Ashamed). (Opens Friday, May 14th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls.)

New to Streaming and VOD

The Woman in the Window

This week’s big streaming premiere is the long-delayed and extensively-reshot adaptation of the thriller novel, which is finally seeing the light of day after being scheduled for theatrical release in 2019 and 2020 by Fox, before Disney sold the movie to Netflix. Amy Adams plays an agoraphobic woman living in an NYC apartment, who receives a visit from her neighbor (Julianne Moore)… who subsequently disappears. The loaded cast also stars Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tracy Letts (who wrote the original version of the script). Directed by Joe Wright (2005’s Pride & Prejudice, Hanna, and most recently, the Gary Oldman-as-Winston Churchill movie Darkest Hour). (Premieres Friday, May 14th on Netflix.)


Also dropping on Netflix is the new thriller from genre master Alexandre Aja (High Tension, 2006’s remake of The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D… and most recently, 2019’s crocodile flick Crawl)! Set entirely within a cryogenic pod, it follows a woman (Mélanie Laurent) who wakes up in the pod with no memory of how she got there… and must escape within 90 minutes before she runs out of air. Also starring Mathieu Amalric as the voice of the onboard computer system. (Premieres Wednesday, May 12th on Netflix.)

The Reckoning

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: The latest genre effort from director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers, Doomsday). In the 1660s, after her husband commits suicide, a young woman (Charlotte Kirk) is accused of being a witch, and is tortured by an English witch hunter. (Premieres Thursday, May 13th on Shudder.)

Returning to Theaters

Mission: Impossible

While we wait for the seventh Mission: Impossible movie to open on Memorial Day weekend 2022, you can accept the original Mission, as Fathom Events is showing Brian De Palma’s 1996 franchise-starter to celebrate its 25th anniversary! Starring Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Beart, Ving Rhames, Jean Reno, and an uncredited Emilio Estevez. (Showing Sunday, May 16th, Monday, May 17th, and Wednesday, May 19th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)

Showing at the State!

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Week 2 of the State’s Wes Anderson Directors Series brings us his first foray into stop-motion animation: His 2009 adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel, following the titular Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney) as he defends his family from three farmers. Other voices include Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, and Owen Wilson. (Showing Thursday, May 13th and Saturday, May 15th at the State Theatre.)

The Graduate

Timed for graduation weekend is director Mike Nichols’ groundbreaking 1967 comedy, starring Dustin Hoffman as a recent college graduate who has an affair with the older Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), only to fall in love with her daughter (Katharine Ross) in the process. Also starring Mr. Feeny himself, William Daniels, and Murray Hamilton… and featuring the best-selling Simon & Garfunkel soundtrack which includes such hit songs as “Mrs. Robinson” and “The Sound of Silence”. (Showing Friday, May 14th and Saturday, May 15th at the State Theatre.)


Making his debut at the State this weekend is master director Akira Kurosawa, as his 1952 drama about a terminally ill businessman (played by Takashi Shimura) graces the screen. Of special note: If you are a member of the State, you can get into Ikiru for free… so don’t pass up your chance! (Showing Friday, May 14th and Sunday, May 16th at the State Theatre.)

Saturday Night Fever

Finally, get ready to hit the disco floor, with two showings of the 1977 drama that made John Travolta a movie star! Directed by John Badham (WarGames, Short Circuit), and featuring another legendary soundtrack, anchored by such Bee Gees songs as “Stayin’ Alive”, “You Should Be Dancing”, “Night Fever”, and “More Than a Woman”! (Showing Saturday, May 15th and Sunday, May 16th at the State Theatre.)

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • The Marksman (2021)
  • Land (2021)
  • The Mauritanian (2021)
  • Justice Society: World War II (2021)
  • Saw (2004) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • Shrek (2001) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • King Kong (1976) (new to Blu-ray!)

Older Movies New to Streaming


  • Layer Cake (2004) (premieres Thursday, May 13th)
  • Sleight (2017) (premieres Sunday, May 16th)
  • Sabotage (2014) (premieres Wednesday, May 19th)
  • Small Town Crime (2017) (premieres Wednesday, May 19th)


  • Saint Maud (2020) (premieres Thursday, May 13th)
  • Some Kind of Heaven (2020) (premieres Thursday, May 13th)
  • MLK/FBI (2021) (premieres Friday, May 14th)
  • The Mountain Between Us (2017) (premieres Saturday, May 15th)
  • Supernova (2020) (premieres Tuesday, May 18th)
  • Red Dawn (2012) (premieres Wednesday, May 19th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Saint Maud (2020) (premieres Thursday, May 13th)
  • Red Dawn (2012) (premieres Wednesday, May 19th)
  • Trumbo (2015) (premieres Wednesday, May 19th)


  • American Mary (2012) (premieres Monday, May 17th)
  • Time Lapse (2014) (premieres Monday, May 17th)
  • Found (2014) (premieres Monday, May 17th)


  • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) (premieres Friday, May 14th)

HBO Max:

  • Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) (premieres Thursday, May 13th)
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) (premieres Saturday, May 15th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, May 13th: Three Starring George Segal: King Rat (1965), The Hot Rock (1972), California Split (1974)
  • Friday, May 14th: Double Feature: Military Operations – Patton (1970), M*A*S*H (1970)
  • Saturday, May 15th: Saturday Matinee: A Night at the Opera (1935)
  • Monday, May 17th: True Stories: Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (2008)
  • Tuesday, May 18th: Short + Feature: Happy Birthday, Harvey – 575 Castro St. (2008), The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)
  • Wednesday, May 19th: Women Filmmakers – Directed by Lois Weber: Suspense (1913), Discontent (1916), The Dumb Girl of Portici (1916), Shoes (1916), The Blot (1921)

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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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