Coming Soon: May 21st, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This week is the calm before the Memorial Day wave of blockbusters… but there are still several notable movies, led by one of Netflix’s big 2021 action tentpoles! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of May 21st, 2021:

Featured Title: Army of the Dead

With all the chatter in recent years about #TheSnyderCut of Justice League, it can be easy to forget that Zack Snyder is still very much making new movie projects these days, instead of revisiting his old work! And so, this Friday, his first feature in 3.5 years makes its debut on Netflix, following a one-week theatrical run that I told you about in last week’s column. Plus, it brings Snyder’s career full-circle, as he revisits the territory that he started his career with in his first film, 2004’s Dawn of the Dead remake!

This epic action movie – which, in true Snyder fashion, clocks in at 148 minutes! – follows Scott Ward (Dave Bautista!), the leader of a group of mercenaries who’s recruited by a casino owner (Hiroyuki Sanada) to steal $200 million from the casino’s underground vault. Oh, and did I mention that this is all going down during a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas? And that Bautista’s team only has 24 hours to pull it off before the U.S. military nukes Vegas off the map? 🙂 Also starring Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Garret Dillahunt, and – in an All the Money in the World-type actor swap-out – Tig Notaro. (Premieres Friday, May 21st on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tI1JGPhYBS8

Opening in Theaters

Dream Horse

The only new theatrical release opening around here this weekend is this sports drama, based on the true story of a bored small-town British bartender/checkout clerk (Toni Collette) who decides to breed a racehorse… and gets a number of members of her community to chip in as well. This Sundance 2020 competitor also stars Damian Lewis, and is directed by British TV helmer Euros Lyn (Doctor Who). (Opens Friday, May 21st in theaters nationwide, including the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEK5MmxP620

Scoob!

No, you’re not hallucinating, readers! Yes, this is the same animated Scooby-Doo movie that went straight to VOD last May, in the early weeks of the pandemic, after COVID aborted the movie’s planned theatrical release that same month. But in a bizarre turn of events, Warner Bros. is not only giving Scoob! a big-screen release at long last, but is also putting it into thousands of theaters nationwide! With the voices of Frank Welker, Will Forte, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Gina Rodriguez, Tracy Morgan, and Mark Wahlberg. (Opens Friday, May 21st 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=GzlEnS7MmUo

New to Streaming and VOD

Seance

Hitting VOD this week is the feature directing debut of Adam Wingard’s frequent collaborator Simon Barrett, who co-wrote You’re Next, The Guest, and 2016’s Blair Witch. It follows the newest student (Suki Waterhouse) at an all-girls boarding school, who is invited by some of her fellow schoolmates to join them in a seance to contact a former student who died many years ago. I’m just gonna throw this out there… but I’m guessing this seance doesn’t go swimmingly. 🙂 (Premieres Friday, May 21st on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-CzTrBvRyg

Riders of Justice

We at the Back Lot continue to be mad about Mads Mikkelsen… and this week brings us his latest starring vehicle from Denmark! When his wife is killed in a train accident, a soldier (played by Mads) must return home to raise his teen daughter. But when he learns that said “accident” stemmed from a biker gang’s attempt to assassinate someone else, he sets out for revenge! Written and directed by frequent Mads collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen (who last teamed up for Men & Chicken). (Premieres Friday, May 21st on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9Okx5teGBQ

Pink: All I Know So Far

Amazon Prime’s second musician documentary of the month, following J Balvin’s The Boy from Medellin, follows Pink as she embarks on her Beautiful Trauma World Tour. (Premieres Friday, May 21st on Amazon Prime Video.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWcuGM8zjh0

Georgetown

It seems like every week or two in this article, I get to report on the directorial debut of a famous actor… and this week, that honor goes to two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz! (Or, if you look closely at his director’s credit on this movie… “C. Waltz”!) Waltz is also playing the lead role in this crime drama; he plays a wacky D.C. social climber whose rich, much older wife (Vanessa Redgrave) dies. However, her daughter (Annette Bening) suspects that Waltz has something to do with her mom’s death. Also starring Corey Hawkins. (Premieres Tuesday, May 18th on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ch3BdXOgyc

Four Good Days

Following her scene-stealing appearance in last month’s Oscars ceremony, what is Glenn “Da Butt” Close doing for an encore? Well, she’s re-teaming with frequent director Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs, Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her) for this mother-daughter recovery drama. Close plays a mom who watches over her opioid-addicted daughter (Mila Kunis) for four days to avoid a relapse. Also starring Stephen Root. (Premieres Friday, May 21st on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDDCulgiqs4

PG: Psycho Goreman

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: The gory horror-comedy about a deadly alien who’s hilariously befriended by a couple of kids! We covered this movie when it made its VOD debut back in January… and now you can stream it to your heart’s content! (Premieres Thursday, May 20th on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsLFidd2p9Y

Returning to Theaters

Stand by Me

“You guys wanna go see a dead body?” Yes, Rob Reiner’s beloved 1986 coming-of-age movie, based on the novella “The Body” by Stephen King, is this week’s Fathom Events retro screening, to celebrate the film’s 35th anniversary! Starring Will Wheaton, Jerry O’Connell, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Kiefer Sutherland and Richard Dreyfuss. (Showing Sunday, May 23rd and Wednesday, May 26th 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=FidWnmtO8eE

Showing at the State!

Moonrise Kingdom

Week 3 of the State’s Wes Anderson Directors Series brings us his charming 2012 romance about two young 12-year-old lovers – orphan scout camper Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) – who decide to run away… while their small town bands together to find them. Anderson and co-writer Roman Coppola were nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for this film. Also starring Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Lucas Hedges, and Bob Balaban. (Showing one night only, Thursday, May 20th, at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N8wkVA4_8s

RoboCop

Dead or alive, you’re coming with me… to the State Theatre to watch Paul Verhoeven’s incredible 1987 sci-fi satire! Peter Webber stars as Murphy, a Detroit cop who’s murdered by local crime lord Clarance Boddicker (a never-slimier Kurtwood Smith!)… and is revived as the newest advancement in law enforcement: RoboCop! Plus, this is a 4K presentation of the original unrated Director’s Cut, so get ready! Also starring Nancy Allen, Miguel Ferrer, Ronny Cox, Paul McCrane, and Ray Wise. (Showing Friday, May 21st and Saturday, May 22nd at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tC_5mp3udE

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

As a big fan of director Robert Zemeckis, I’m beyond pleased that one of his greatest movies is also showing at the State this week: His 1988 follow-up to Back to the Future, an incredible technical marvel that seamlessly combines live-action and animated characters into a sprawling 1940s hard-boiled mystery! Bob Hoskins stars as private detective Eddie Valiant, who’s recruited by cartoon star Roger Rabbit (Charles Fleischer) to prove that he didn’t kill Acme Corporation head honcho Marvin Acme. Also starring Joanna Cassidy, Kathleen Turner (as Roger’s stunning wife Jessica), and Christopher Lloyd, in an iconic villain turn as the ominous Judge Doom. (Showing Saturday, May 22nd and Sunday, May 23rd at the State Theatre.)

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

Gunda

Finally, the State switches things up, with a nature documentary the likes of which you’ve never seen before! Filmed in stunning black-and-white, and devoid of any narration whatsoever, this film from director Victor Kossakovsky follows a Norwegian sow named Gunda and her little piglets… as well as brief interludes involving a one-legged chicken and a herd of cows. (Showing Saturday, May 22nd and Sunday, May 23rd at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afZ6n7lwx48

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)
  • Tom & Jerry (2021)
  • Minari (2020)
  • The Father (2020)
  • Above Suspicion (2021)
  • The Nest (2020)
  • Last Action Hero (1993) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • The Sting (1973) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (2011) (premieres Thursday, May 20th)
  • Home (2015) (premieres Tuesday, May 25th)

Hulu:

  • Neat: The Story of Bourbon (2018) (premieres Saturday, May 22nd)
  • Supernova (2020) (premieres Tuesday, May 18th)
  • Red Dawn (2012) (premieres Wednesday, May 19th)

Amazon Prime:

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

Shudder:

  • Def by Temptation (1990) (premiered Tuesday, May 18th)
  • Black Roses (1988) (premiered Tuesday, May 18th)
  • Werewolf (2018) (premieres Monday, May 24th)
  • The Machine (2013) (premieres Monday, May 24th)
  • The Windmill (2016) (premieres Monday, May 24th)

Disney+:

  • Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2014) (premieres Friday, May 21st)

HBO Max:

  • Cinderella Man (2005) (premieres Tuesday, May 25th)
  • Curious George (2006) (premieres Wednesday, May 26th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Friday, May 21st: Double Feature: All Hail the King – A Touch of Zen (1971), The Fate of Lee Khan (1973)
  • Saturday, May 22nd: Saturday Matinee: An Inn in Tokyo (1935)
  • Monday, May 24th: True Stories: The Booksellers (2019)
  • Tuesday, May 25th: Short + Feature: Goya Gothic – The Fall (2019), Cronos (1995)
  • Wednesday, May 26th: Women Filmmakers – Hooligan Sparrow (2016)

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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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