Coming Soon: May 22nd, 2020

Hello, and welcome back to Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This weekend, not only are we giving you a sneak preview of new VOD and streaming movie options, but we’re also giving you info on all the South Dakota movie theaters that are re-opening this weekend. Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of May 22nd, 2020:

New Streaming and VOD Premieres

The Lovebirds

This week’s big movie premiere has an intriguing pedigree behind it: It’s a reunion of Kumail Nanjiani and his The Big Sick director, Michael Showalter (best known as Coop from the Wet Hot American Summer franchise, which he co-wrote). However, while The Big Sick was a sweet, Oscar-nominated rom-com based on real events, The Lovebirds is the epitome of an R-rated studio comedy, as Nanjiani and Issa Rae play two young professionals in New Orleans who realize that their relationship has fallen apart. However, when they accidentally witness a murder, they end up on the run and trying to avoid being killed themselves. Hmm, I wonder if they’ll fall back in love? 😉

This movie, also starring Anna Camp and Kyle Bornheimer, has a storied release history behind it: It was originally supposed to premiere at this year’s South by Southwest festival, followed by a nationwide release in theaters by Paramount on April 3rd. However, SXSW was cancelled at the last minute, and it was subsequently also pulled off the release schedule.But recently, it was announced that Netflix had bought the movie from Paramount – the latest in a series of transactions between the two parties that has also included The Cloverfield Paradox. (Premieres Friday, May 22nd on Netflix.)


When lawyer Lily Collins’ super-rich father dies of a heart attack, he gifts her a most unusual kind of inheritance in his will: a secret underground bunker in the woods. And when she decides to enter said bunker, she finds a super-creepy man (Simon Pegg!) chained up inside. Cue the mysteries! Also starring Connie Nielsen, Chace Crawford, Michael Beach and Patrick Warburton, this movie is directed by Vaughn Stein, who previously teamed up with Pegg on 2018’s Terminal, which also starred Margot Robbie and Mike Myers. (Premieres Friday, May 22nd on VOD services.)

The Painter and the Thief

The latest movie in Hulu’s partnership with Neon is this documentary about about Barbora Kysilkova, a Czech artist who had two of her paintings stolen from an Oslo art gallery in 2015. While the thieves were captured, the paintings were never retrieved… leading Kysilkova to approach one of the thieves and ask him if she could paint him, as a way to make up for her losses. Thus begins this intriguing documentary in which the two people get to know each other, as a result of this unusual crossing of paths. Directed by Benjamin Ree. (Premieres Friday, May 22nd on Hulu.)

Blood Machines

This week’s Shudder premiere is an incredibly trippy-looking 50-minute space extravaganza from Seth Ickerman. Based on this trailer, it’s hard to know what the plot is… but it involves a couple of space hunters chasing the ghost version of an AI through space. (Premieres Thursday, May 21st on Shudder.)

Military Wives

Finally, we have another movie that migrated from theaters to home viewing, from The Full Monty director Peter Cattaneo (whose last big-screen endeavor was 2008’s forgotten Rainn Wilson comedy The Rocker). Kristen Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan star as two women whose husbands have been deployed to Afghanistan. To keep themselves occupied while their husbands are away, they gather a group of other military wives together to form a women’s choir. (Premieres Friday, May 22nd on Hulu.)

Movie of the Month Discussion: GoodFellas!

And now, here’s a friendly reminder that next Thursday, May 28th at 7:00 PM Central time, is the South Dakota Film Community Group’s monthly movie discussion night (currently happening via Zoom). Starting this month, we’re going to do a “book club”-type event where everyone watches the same movie, and then we talk about it! So, we wanted to give you all of next week to prepare… and the movie we’ll be discussing is 1990’s Martin Scorsese classic GoodFellas, which you can stream right now on Hulu! For more information, check out this event’s official Facebook page!

More South Dakota Theaters Re-Opening!

Just in time for the Memorial Day holiday, a number of South Dakota’s independently-owned movie theaters are re-opening this weekend… and in many cases, they’re opening with classic movies that you may want to check out on the big screen! Check out what’s showing below, and please consult each theater’s web site (linked below) and/or Facebook page for showtimes, as well as to find out each theater’s social distancing rules.

West Mall 7, Sioux Falls, SD (re-opens Friday, May 22nd):

  • Jaws (1975)
  • National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
  • The Fast and the Furious (2001)
  • Despicable Me (2010)
  • The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
  • 1917 (2019)

Brookings Cinema 8, Brookings, SD (re-opens Friday, May 22nd):

  • Grease (1978)
  • National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
  • Footloose (1984)
  • Dirty Dancing (1987)
  • Wonder Woman (2017)
  • Shazam! (2019)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
  • I Still Believe (2020)

Odyssey Grand 8 Theatre, Watertown, SD (re-opens Friday, May 22nd):

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • Forrest Gump (1994)
  • Tommy Boy (1995)
  • Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  • Despicable Me (2010)
  • The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2016)
  • Dolittle (2020)
  • I Still Believe (2020)

Verne Drive-In, Luverne, MN (re-opens Friday, May 22nd):

  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)
  • Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)

State 123, Pierre, SD (re-opens Friday, May 29th):

  • Dirty Dancing (1987)
  • Bombshell (2019)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
  • Bloodshot (2020)

Pheasant City Drive-In Theatre, Redfield, SD (re-opened Friday, May 1st):

  • Grease (1978) (playing Friday, May 22nd and Saturday, May 23rd)
  • Smokey and the Bandit (1977) (playing Sunday, May 24th)
  • Onward (2020) (playing Friday, May 29th-Sunday, May 31st)

Starlite Drive-In Theatre, Mitchell, SD (re-opened Friday, May 8th):

  • The Call of the Wild (2020) (playing Friday, May 22nd-Sunday, May 24th)
  • Tommy Boy (1995) (playing Friday, May 29th-Sunday, May 31st)
  • Ghostbusters (1984) (playing Friday, June 5th-Sunday, June 7th)

Winner Drive In Theatre, Winner, SD (re-opened Friday, May 1st):

  • The Secret Life of Pets (2016) (playing Friday, May 22nd-Monday, May 25th)
  • Grease (1978) (playing Friday, May 29th-Monday, June 1st)
  • RV (2006) (playing Friday, June 5th-Monday, June 8th)

The Elks Theatre, Rapid City, SD (re-opened Friday, May 8th):

  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) (playing Friday, May 22nd-Thursday, May 28th)
  • 1941 (1979) (playing Friday, May 22nd-Thursday, May 28th)
  • The Mummy (1932) (playing Friday, May 22nd-Thursday, May 28th)

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2020; also on 4K Blu-ray)
  • Onward (2020; also on 4K Blu-ray)
  • The Way Back (2020)
  • Emma. (2020)
  • Brahms: The Boy II (2020)
  • Downhill (2020)
  • The Blues Brothers (1980; new to 4K Blu-ray)
  • Top Gun (1986; new to 4K Blu-ray)
  • Days of Thunder (1990; new to 4K Blu-ray)
  • War of the Worlds (2005; new to 4K Blu-ray)

Older Movies New to Streaming


  • Just Go with It (2011) (premieres Friday, May 22nd)
  • Uncut Gems (2019) (premieres Monday, May 25th)
  • Ne Zha (2019) (premieres Monday, May 25th)


  • Rocketman (2019) (premieres Friday, May 22nd)
  • Premature (2019) (premieres Friday, May 22nd)
  • The Tracker (2019) (premieres Monday, May 25th)
  • I Still Believe (2020) (premieres Tuesday, May 26th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Rocketman (2019) (premieres Friday, May 22nd)
  • Come to Daddy (2020) (premieres Saturday, May 23nd)
  • The Tracker (2019) (premieres Monday, May 25th)


  • Turbo Kid (2015) (premieres Monday, May 25th)


  • Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) (premieres Friday, May 22nd)
  • Hello, Dolly! (1969) (premieres Friday, May 22nd)
  • The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story (2009) (premieres Friday, May 22nd)


  • Ready or Not (2019) (premieres Saturday, May 23rd)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, May 21st: Criterion Collection Edition #913 – The Age of Innocence (1993)
  • Friday, May 22nd: Double Feature: A Legacy and a Landmark – Losing Ground (1982), The Scar of Shame (1927)
  • Saturday, May 23rd: Saturday Matinee – Black Beauty (1971)
  • Sunday, May 24th: Tell Me: Women Filmmakers, Women’s Stories – Growing Up Female (1971), Janie’s Janie (1971), Betty Tells Her Story (1972), It Happens to Us (1972), Joyce at 34 (1972), Yudie (1974), Chris and Bernie (1976), Guerillere Talks (1978), Inside Women Inside (1978), Soft Fiction (1979), Dis-moi (1980), I Am Wanda (1980), Clotheslines (1981), Land Makar (1981), Audience (1982), Suzanne, Suzanne (1982), The Ties That Bind (1985), Conversations with Intellectuals About Selena (1999), Privilege (1990), The Salt Mines (1990), The Transformation (1995), Mimi (2003), No Home Movie (2015), Shakedown (2018)
  • Monday, May 25th: Criterion Collection Edition #619 – Le Havre (2011)
  • Tuesday, May 26th: Short + Feature: What a Woman Wants – The Field (2018); The Cloud-Capped Star (1960)
  • Wednesday, May 27th: Three by Nicole Holofcener – Lovely & Amazing (2001), Friends with Money (2006), Please Give (2010)

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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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