Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This is it… the official comeback weekend for movie theaters, and the start of the summer movie season! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of May 28th, 2021:
Featured Title: A Quiet Place Part II
To kick things off… let’s do a little flashback, shall we? It’s the morning of Thursday, March 12th, 2020, and the world is shifting rapidly in response to COVID-19. The night before brought us the dual announcements of the NBA suddenly cancelling the rest of their 2019-2020 season due to a player being infected, and of Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson having contracted the virus in Australia. And so, very early in the morning of the 12th – as in, before 8AM Central! – came the news that Paramount was pulling A Quiet Place Part II from its upcoming release. Sure, other movies had already announced delays due to COVID, like No Time to Die and Peter Rabbit 2. But what made this quite stunning was that A Quiet Place Part II was supposed to open in just 7 days, on the evening of Thursday, March 19th. (Or, for ticketholders like me that were going to see an advance double feature of both movies, the night before, on Wednesday, March 18th.)
But now, after three release delays (first to Labor Day weekend 2020, then to April 23rd, 2021, and now this upcoming weekend), the much-anticipated sequel to 2018’s breakout horror hit is finally going to hit movie screens, as the first major blockbuster of the summer 2021 movie season! Part II picks up where the first movie left off, as the surviving members of the Abbott family (mom Emily Blunt, daughter Millicent Simmonds, son Noah Jupe, and the newest child, who was born in the first movie) leave their farm to try and wield their new knowledge of the deadly aliens’ weakness. Cilian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou join the cast, as two men that the Abbotts encounter as they leave their home.
Returning to the director’s chair is John Krasinski, who also has sole writing credit on this sequel (after rewriting the first movie). Krasinski also makes a brief on-screen appearance as his (deceased) character from the first movie, in what appears to be this sequel’s bravura set piece: A flashback to the day that the aliens first descended on the Abbotts’ hometown. Finally, even though this movie is opening in theaters this weekend, you should know that the movie will debut on Paramount+ 45 days after its theatrical release, for no additional fee. But if you saw the original A Quiet Place in theaters back in the day, you know how well this movie plays in the silent darkness of the theater… so if you’re safely able to attend this sequel, don’t pass up this chance! (Opens Friday, May 28th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD, the Century East at Dawley Farm, and the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls, with preview showings beginning at 5PM on Thursday, May 27th.)
Opening in Theaters
Disney is also chipping into the theater recovery lineup this weekend, by unleashing their latest live-action movie based on one of their animated classics! (However, Disney is hedging their bets, as they are also releasing this as a same-day $30 Disney+ Premier Access offering.) This time, they’re giving us an origin story for 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella de Vil, with Emma Stone taking on the role that has twice been essayed by Glenn Close. Set in 1970s London, we follow Estella (Stone), a upstart fashion designer who catches the eye of fashion icon Baroness von Hellmann (Emma Thompson). But when the Baroness screws her over, it sets Estella down the path that will lead to her becoming… [dramatic pause] …Cruella! Paul Walter Hauser and Joel Fry co-star as Cruella’s hencemen Horace and Jasper… and Mark Strong is also in the house! Directed by Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya, Lars and the Real Girl, 2011’s remake of Fright Night). (Premieres Friday, May 28th on Disney+ Premier Access and in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD, the Century East at Dawley Farm, and the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls, with preview showings beginning at 6PM on Thursday, May 27th.)
New to Streaming and VOD
Borat Supplemental Reportings
Hey, did you like Borat Subsequent Moviefilm? Well, now Amazon is trotting out three new specials based on the sequel. The first special features a straightforward selection of outtakes from the movie. Special #2, Borat’s American Lockdown, is an extended version of the scene where Borat hunkers down with a couple of Southern conspiracy theorists when the COVID shutdown hits. The third and final special features a number of those two guys’ conspiracy theories shot down by experts. (Premieres Friday, May 28th on Amazon Prime Video.)
Netflix’s new movie this week is an inspirational drama that’s based on a true story. It follows the residents of a Mexican boys’ home, who try to save their orphanage by entering the world’s biggest fishing tournament! Starring Dennis Quaid, Bruce McGill, and Raymond Cruz. (Premieres Thursday, May 27th on Netflix.)
First came Never Rarely Sometimes Always. Then came Unpregnant. And now we have a third movie about teens dealing with pregnancy… and perhaps the raunchiest! This comedy follows two teenagers who race across the state so one of them can get birth control pills within 24 hours of her first sexual encounter. But there’s a twist: This movie is set entirely in South Dakota, and part of the premise revolves around our state’s actual “conscience clause” law in which pharmacists can refuse to give birth control pills to customers. (And before you ask: No, this movie was not filmed here in South Dakota at all! Instead, it was filmed in and around… Syracuse, New York?!?) Directed by actress Natalie Morales, in her feature film directing debut. (Premieres Friday, May 28th on Hulu.)
Skull: The Mask
Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: A Brazilian horror flick about a museum assistant and a policewoman who try to stop a supernatural serial killer trapped inside a mask, who commands its wearers to commit murders! (Premieres Thursday, May 27th on Shudder.)
Showing at the State!
Isle of Dogs
Week 4 of the State’s Wes Anderson Directors Series brings us his most recent theatrical release: His 2018 return to stop-motion animation, revolving around a group of dogs who live on “Trash Island” in Japan following a dog flu outbreak. There, they meet Atari, a young boy who’s looking for his dog Spots. The all-star voice cast includes Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldbum, Bob Balaban, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Scarlett Johannson, Harvey Keitel, and many more! (Showing one night only, Thursday, May 27th, at the State Theatre.)
The Great Outdoors
You could spend this Memorial Day weekend in the actual great outdoors… or you can spend it at the State seeing The Great Outdoors, the beloved 1988 John Hughes-produced vacation comedy starring John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, Robert Prosky, and (in her film debut) Annette Bening! Candy plays a loving whose hard-earned weeklong family vacation in Wisconsin is crashed by his brother-in-law (Aykroyd) and his family. (Showing Friday, May 28th, Saturday, May 29th and Sunday, May 30th at the State Theatre.)
Next up is Sam Mendes’ 2019 war movie, presented in two nearly hour-long “takes”, which will rock the State’s 7.1 sound system! Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay play two British soldiers who are tasked with sending a message to prevent hundreds of troops from walking into a deadly trap. This movie won 3 Oscars during last year’s ceremony, for Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, and (in Roger Deakins’ second Oscar win) Best Cinematography! Featuring cameo appearances by Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Richard Madden. (Showing Friday, May 28th, Saturday, May 29th and Sunday, May 30th at the State Theatre.)
Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion
The State’s jam-packed weekend continues with the 1997 comedy, starring Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow as two ditzy friends who try to impress their classmates at their high school reunion by creating an elaborate lie about them being “the creators of Post-It Notes”! Also starring Janeane Garofolo, Alan Cumming, and Justin Theroux. Directed by David Mirkin, whose TV credits include being the showrunner of Seasons 5 & 6 of The Simpsons, as well as the co-creator of Chris Elliott’s legendary Fox cult sitcom Get a Life. (Showing Saturday, May 29th and Sunday, May 30th at the State Theatre.)
My Life as a Zucchini
Finally, the State continues their journey through the Gkids animated catalog with this 2016 Oscar-nominated French stop-motion movie, about a boy named Zucchini who is sent to a foster home after losing his mother. This movie will be presented in its English-dubbed soundtrack, which features the voices of Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Elliot Page, and Amy Sedaris. (Showing one day only, on Saturday, May 29th at the State Theatre.)
New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K
- Chaos Walking (2021)
- Explorers (1985) (finally available on Blu-ray!)
- Super 8 (2011) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
- My Fair Lady (1964) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
Older Movies New to Streaming
(Note: June 1st premieres will be covered in next week’s article.)
- No additional movies premiering on Netflix this week. Sorry!
- The Vigil (2021) (premieres Friday, May 28th)
- The Donut King (2020) (premieres Monday, May 31st)
- The One I Love (2014) (premieres Monday, May 31st)
- The World to Come (2020) (premieres Monday, May 31st)
- No additional movies premiering on Amazon Prime this week. Sorry!
- No additional movies premiering on Shudder this week. Sorry!
- No additional movies premiering on Disney+ this week. Sorry!
- No additional movies premiering on HBO Max this week. Sorry!
The Criterion Channel:
- Friday, May 28th: Double Feature: Hopper vs. Hollywood – The Last Movie (1971), Along for the Ride (2016)
- Saturday, May 29th: Saturday Matinee: Oliver Twist (1948)
The Shameless Plugs
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