Coming Soon: May 7th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This week, we’ve got the big-screen return of one of our biggest action heroes, as well as some perfectly-timed treats for Mother’s Day! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of May 7th, 2021:

Featured Title: Wrath of Man

Can you believe that it’s been nearly two years since we’ve had a Jason Statham action movie graceus with its presence? (Specifically, August 2019’s Hobbs & Shaw!) So it’s with great excitement that I await the new Statham vehicle… and even more intriguingly, this movie re-teams him with director Guy Ritchie, the man who first brought him to our screens with Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, for the first time since 2005’s Revolver! (This is also the third Guy Ritchie movie to come out within the past two years, following 2019’s Aladdin remake and last January’s The Gentlemen.)

This particular movie is a remake of the 2004 Jean Dujardin French film Le Convoyeur. Statham stars as a mysterious man who joins a cash truck company in Los Angeles… for secret ulterior reasons which involve the murder of his son. Also starring Holt McCallany, Josh Hartnett, Scott Eastwood, Jeffrey Donovan (!!!), Eddie Marsan, and Post Malone. (Opens Friday, May 7th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD, the Century East at Dawley Farm, and the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFYEni2gsK0

Opening in Theaters

Here Today

Also in theaters this weekend is the first movie directed by Billy Crystal in 20 years! (Specifically, since his 2001 Mickey Mantle/Roger Maris home-run record drama 61*.) He stars as a longtime writer for an SNL-like TV show, who meets with a New York singer (Tiffany Haddish) for a lunch date that her ex-boyfriend won in a charity auction. They soon begin a surprising friendship, as he begins to depend on her due to a recent dementia diagnosis. Also starring Penn Badgely, Laura Benanti, and Louisa Krause… and according to IMDB, this features cameo appearances by Sharon Stone, Kevin Kline and Barry Levinson as themselves! (Opens Friday, May 7th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3v8n_8-QqA

Silo

Getting a regional release in the Midwest this week is what’s described on the movie’s web site as “the first-ever feature film about a grain entrapment!” This is a race-against-time thriller about a small farming community’s efforts to save a young man who’s trapped in a grain bin filled with corn. Starring Jim Parrack, Danny Ramirez, and Chris Ellis. (Opens Friday, May 7th in regional theaters, including the Brookings Cinema 8 in Brookings as well as Pierre, Watertown, Platte, Milbank, and Wagner.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6qSGKN42Gc

New to Streaming and VOD

Monster

In this week’s big Netflix movie, a film-school student from Harlem (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) is charged with a murder stemming from a robbery, and fights uphill against the justice system for his innocence. Also starring Jennifer Ehle, Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, Tim Blake Nelson, Nas, ASAP Rocky, and John David Washington. Directed by Anthony Mandler. (Premieres Friday, May 7th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA-lmaz4AM8

The Water Man

It’s time for another actor to step into the director’s chair, as David Oyelowo helms his first movie this weekend! This family adventure is about a young boy (Lonnie Chavis) whose mother (Rosario Dawson) suddenly becomes ill. He then sets out into the forest to find the mythic titular “Water Man”, who apparently has the secret to immortality! Also starring Maria Bello, Alfred Molina, and Oyelowo himself. (Premieres Friday, May 7th on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu8IcplAr4M

The Boy from Medellín

One of two Amazon Prime music documentaries debuting this month, this follows Reggaeton singer J Balvin as he prepares for a concert in his hometown of Medellín, Colombia… hence the title! Directed by Matthew Heineman (A Private War, Cartel Land). (Premieres Friday, May 7th on Amazon Prime Video.)

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

Fried Barry

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: This bizarre-looking South African horror/sci-fi/comedy hybrid about a druggie named Barry who’s abducted by aliens… only to have one of the aliens take control of his body and return to Earth! From music video director Ryan Kruger. (Premieres Thursday, May 6th on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCu6ge0LLto

Returning to Theaters

Fried Green Tomatoes

Just in time for Mother’s Day, here comes this TCM/Fathom Events 30th anniversary presentation of the 1991 hit drama about female friendship. Starring Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Louise Parker & Mary Stuart Masterson. Directed by Jon Avnet (The War, Up Close and Personal). (Showing Sunday, May 9th, Wednesday, May 12th, and Thursday, May 13th 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=mH6Ri5RFfLI

Showing at the State!

The Grand Budapest Hotel

This weekend begins the State Theatre’s second Director’s Series, featuring 5 films from the one and only Wes Anderson! Kicking things off is his 2014 masterpiece (which won 4 Oscars) about the titular hotel, its masterful concierge (brilliantly performed by Ralph Fiennes), and the loyal lobby boy (Tony Revolori) who lived to tell the hotel’s tales. The stacked cast (even by Anderson standards!) includes Saiorse Ronan, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, and many more! As of press time, this one-time-only showing is already sold out… so don’t delay grabbing your tickets for future entries in this series! (Showing one night only, Thursday, May 6th, at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Fg5iWmQjwk

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

The State is also bringing in one of the biggest blockbusters of all time this weekend: Steven Spielberg’s 1982 tale about the friendship between a boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas) and the alien he discovers in his backyard, who’s trying to find his way home. Also starring Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton, and Drew Barrymore. (Showing Friday, May 7th, Saturday, May 8th and Sunday, May 9th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7-2PB4jj2o

Terms of Endearment

The State’s Mother’s Day offerings begin with writer-director James L. Brooks’ 1983 comedy-drama, which won 5 Oscars, including Best Picture! Shirley MacLaine (in an Oscar-winning performance) and Debra Winger star as a mother and daughter whose relationship is… well, complicated. 🙂 Also starring Jack Nicholson (who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for this), Jeff Daniels, John Lithgow, and Danny DeVito. (Showing Saturday, May 8th and Sunday, May 9th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSY3YUrdSJI

The Court Jester

On the golden-age classics side, the State is screening a 4K restoration of Danny Kaye’s 1955 medieval comedy showcase! Also starring Angela Lansbury, Glynis Johns, and Basil Rathbone. (Showing Friday, May 7th, Saturday, May 8th and Sunday, May 9th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt37TRvU_Mw

Mother

Finally, Late Night at the State returns with Bong Joon Ho’s 2009 crime drama, which is being shown for the first time in a Sioux Falls movie theater! It follows a mother whose adult son is charged with horrifically murdering a girl… and she takes it upon herself to clear her son’s name. (Showing one night only, Saturday, May 8th at the State Theatre.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq1plAzHXw4

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • The Little Things (2021)
  • Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)
  • The Virtuoso (2021)
  • Speed (1994) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • Big Fish (2003) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • Dead Man Down (2013) (premieres Thursday, May 6th)
  • Sleepless (2017) (premieres Saturday, May 8th)

Hulu:

  • The Unicorn (2018) (premieres Thursday, May 6th)
  • Little Fish (2021) (premieres Friday, May 7th)
  • Robot & Frank (2012) (premieres Sunday, May 9th)
  • Wander Darkly (2020) (premieres Monday, May 10th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Breach (2007) (premieres Friday, May 7th)
  • Robot & Frank (2012) (premieres Sunday, May 9th)

Shudder:

  • Sator (2019) (premieres Monday, May 10th)
  • Climate of the Hunter (2019) (premieres Monday, May 10th)
  • The Funeral Home (2020) (premieres Monday, May 10th)

Disney+:

  • Everyone’s Hero (2006) (premieres Friday, May 7th)
  • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) (premieres Friday, May 7th)
  • Flicka 2 (2010) (premieres Friday, May 7th)
  • Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken (1991) (premieres Friday, May 7th)

HBO Max:

  • Greenland (2020) (premieres Friday, May 7th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, May 6th: What Happened Was… (1994)
  • Friday, May 7th: Double Feature: More Than a Mother – Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (2015), Stories We Tell (2012)
  • Saturday, May 8th: Saturday Matinee: Aparajito (1956)
  • Monday, May 10th: True Stories: Dina (2017), Mala mala (2014)
  • Tuesday, May 11th: Short + Feature: Ramblin’ Women – Stray (2013), Wanda (1970)
  • Wednesday, May 12th: Women Filmmakers – The House is Black (1963)

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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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