Hello, and welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! As always, we’re bringing you all the information on the movies that are debuting on your favorite streaming services and VOD providers… and this week, we also have a bunch of news related to various South Dakota movie theaters! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of May 8th, 2020:
New Streaming and VOD Premieres
This week features a couple of high-profile VOD debuts for movies that have long been awaiting to be released. First up, we have the latest movie starring Venom/Bane/Mad Max himself, Tom Hardy! Here, he’s fulfilling one of his lifelong acting dreams: to play gangster Al Capone. Specifically, this covers the later years of his life, when Capone was released from prison after 8 years due to his failing health (namely, syphilis and dementia). Other cast members include Linda Cardellini (as Capone’s wife Mae), Matt Dillon, and Kyle MacLachlan.
But for movie geeks, there’s something else that’s much more notable about this movie: It’s the long-awaited return of director Josh Trank (Chronicle)! Yes, this is Trank’s first film since the infamous 2015 reboot of Fantastic 4 crashed and burned in theaters. And if you have the time, Polygon published a lengthy, fascinating profile on Trank’s life and what he’s been up to since the Fant4stic fallout, as well as the struggles to get Capone made the way he wanted. (Premieres Tuesday, May 12th on VOD retail services.)
Also out this week on VOD is a high-profile remake that’s been in release limbo for the past couple of years: This re-do of the classic 1983 rom-com starring Deborah Foreman and Nicolas Cage. This time around, Jessica Rothe (the Happy Death Day movies; Tator Tot & Patton) plays the titular valley girl Julie, who falls in love with rebellious Randy (Josh Whitehouse), only to face objections from friends and family. However, not only does this remake retain the original’s 1980s setting… but it’s also now a jukebox musical! Let’s just hope this doesn’t turn out like the last 1980s-themed jukebox musical, Rock of Ages… 🙂
Now, this movie was originally supposed to be released in theaters back in June of 2018, hot on the heels of Rothe’s breakout role in the first Happy Death Day. However, this movie was pulled from the schedule in early 2018, due to the various controversies involving one of the movie’s co-stars, infamous YouTube personality Logan Paul. But now, it’s finally seeing the light of day! Other cast members include Mae Whitman, Judy Greer, Rob Heubel, and Alicia Silverstone as the older Julie, who narrates the movie to her daughter in a framing device. This movie is directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg, a Funny or Die veteran and sitcom director whose feature film credits include the infamous 2015 Will Ferrell/Kristen Wiig Lifetime movie A Deadly Adoption. (Premieres Friday, May 8th on VOD retail services.)
The Wrong Missy
Say what you will about the oeuvre of Adam Sandler, but one of the notable hallmarks of his movie company Happy Madison Productions is how the Sandman frequently produced starring vehicles for his various comedy friends. Sometimes, those movies conquered the box office (the Paul Blart: Mall Cop franchise, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Benchwarmers)… and sometimes they did not (The Master of Disguise, Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star). But even though Sandler has had a longtime movie deal with Netflix, he hasn’t yet produced a Netflix movie that he hasn’t starred in… until now!
David Spade stars as Tim Morris, a businessman who encounters his dream girl, Missy (Molly Sims), in an airport during a business trip. He then starts texting her, and decides to invite her to his company’s lavish corporate retreat in Hawaii. However, right before takeoff, Tim realizes that he’s been texting the wrong “Missy” in his phone this whole time… and the Missy that actually boards the plane (Lauren Lupkus) is actually a crazy blind date from many years past. Cue the wacky shenanigans! Other cast members include fellow Sandler buddy Nick Swardson, Scrubs‘ Sarah Chalke, Geoff Pierson, and according to IMDB, one Mr. Vanilla Ice! The director, Tyler Spindel, previously helmed Spade’s previous Netflix movie Father of the Year. (Premieres Wednesday, May 13th on Netflix.)
You know who else has a massive Netflix movie deal besides Sandler? President Barack and Michelle Obama, that’s who! Their latest contribution to the streaming service is this documentary on the former First Lady, inspired by her 2018 memoir Becoming. And in addition to the requisite chronicling of Obama’s life (including rare new interviews with her daughters), the documentary covers her epic 34-city speaking tour that she embarked on to promote her book during 2018 and 2019. Directed by Nadia Hallgren. (Premieres Wednesday, May 6th on Netflix.)
Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics
On the complete opposite end of the Netflix documentary spectrum, here’s a flick in which celebrities talk about their experiences with psychedelic drugs. What’s probably notable is the roster of talent this documentary assembles: Nick Offerman, Adam Scott, Sarah Silverman, Paul Scheer, Sting, Adam Horovitz, Nick Kroll, Rob Cordry, Rosie Perez, A$AP Rocky, Robert Ben Garant & Thomas Lennon, Ben Stiller, Adam Devine, Blake Anderson, Reggie Watts, and many more. This is written and directed by Donick Cary, a former staff writer on such shows as Letterman, The Simpsons, New Girl, and Parks & Recreation. (Premieres Monday, May 11th on Netflix.)
This week’s Shudder Original movie premiere follows a young couple (Keegan Connor Tracy and Sean Rogerson) who becomes terrorized by their 8-year-old son Joshua’s new imaginary friend Z. Jett Klyne, Sara Canning, and Stephen McHattie also star. This movie comes to us from the team behind 2017’s Still/Born: director/co-writer Brandon Christensen, and co-writer Colin Minahan. (Premieres Thursday, May 7th on Shudder.)
This week’s final new release is another documentary, courtesy of Neon’s partnership with Hulu. And given our current quarantine situation, this has some surprising relevance! It chronicles Biosphere 2, a self-contained closed-living facility built in Arizona in the 1980s that was purportedly intended to prepare humanity for living in outer space. It follows the eight-person crew that lived inside Biosphere 2 for two full years between 1991 and 1993, as well as the myriad of struggles they encountered: continual hunger; lack of oxygen; warring factions within the group; and general cult-like behavior. If you’re wondering what inspired Pauly Shore’s 1996 “classic” Bio-Dome, look no further. 🙂 Directed by Matt Wolf, whose previous documentary was 2019’s Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project, about a woman who obsessively recorded TV 24 hours a day for over 35 years. (Premieres Friday, May 8th on Hulu.)
The State Theatre’s Virtual Cinema!
All of us are Back Lot 605 are excited to see the State Theatre in Sioux Falls re-open later this year! While we wait, the State has offered up an awesome opportunity to provide at-home movie entertainment, by spinning up a weekly Virtual Cinema of independent movies. In return, the State will receive between 40-50% of the proceeds from each transaction. Current notable titles include Extra Ordinary with Will Forte, The Etruscan Smile with Brian Cox, and the 2020 Best International Feature Film Oscar nominee Corpus Christi. New titles are being added every Friday, so head here to see the State’s current lineup!
SD Theaters Re-Opening!
As South Dakota begins to return to normal, some of the state’s theaters are beginning to re-open. Most of these theaters are drive-ins who are trying to provide a social-distancing-friendly option to folks who are wanting to see a movie on the big screen again. In one case (the Starlite in Mitchell), their drive-in is reopening after a 7-year closure to provide a safe moviegoing environment. Here is what’s on the docket this weekend, as of press time; please be sure to visit each theater’s Facebook page (linked below) for information on their current rules and regulations:
- Starlite Drive-In (Mitchell, SD) – showing Grease (1978) May 8th-10th, and Onward (2020) May 15th-17th
- Pheasant City Drive-In Theatre (Redfield, SD) – showing Trolls World Tour (2020) May 8th-10th
- Winner Drive-In (Winner, SD) – showing Back to the Future (1985) May 8th-11th, and Wonder Woman (2017) May 15th-18th
- Elks Theatre (Rapid City, SD) – showing I Still Believe (2020), Jaws (1975), and Dracula (1931) May 8th-14th
Older Movies New to Streaming
- Sleepless (2017) (premieres Friday, May 8th)
- No other movies this week. Sorry!
- The Hustle (2019) (premieres Thursday, May 7th)
- The Goldfinch (2019) (premieres Friday, May 8th)
- Jack and Jill (2011) (premieres Sunday, May 10th)
- Devil’s Mile (2014) (premieres Monday, May 11th)
- Parasomnia (2008) (premieres Monday, May 11th)
- Hellraiser (1987) (premieres Monday, May 11th)
- Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) (premieres Monday, May 11th)
- No new movies this week. Sorry!
- Downton Abbey (2019) (premieres Saturday, May 9th)
The Criterion Channel:
- Thursday, May 7th: Three by Tsai Ming-liang – Rebels of the Neon God (1992), The Wayward Cloud (2005), Stray Dogs (2013)
- Friday, May 8th: Double Feature: Mama Drama – Stella Dallas (1925), Stella Dallas (1937)
- Saturday, May 9th: Saturday Matinee – Good Morning (1959)
- Sunday, May 10th: Saul Bass Turns 100! – The Big Knife (1955), The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), Around the World in 80 Days (1956), Storm Center (1956), Bonjour Tristesse (1958), The Big Country (1958), Cowboy (1958), Anatomy of a Murder (1959), The Facts of Life (1960), Ocean’s 11 (1960), Something Wild (1961), West Side Story (1961), Walk on the Wild Side (1962), It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Bunny Lake is Missing (1965), Grand Prix (1965), Seconds (1966), Phase IV (1974), The Human Factor (1979), The Age of Innocence (1993)
- Monday, May 11th: The Documentaries of Louis Malle – Vive le Tour (1962), Phantom India (1969), Calcutta (1969), Humain, trop humain (1973), Place de la Republique (1974), God’s Country (1985), …And the Pursuit of Happiness (1986)
- Tuesday, May 12th: Cannes ’68: Cinema in Revolt – The Firemen’s Ball (1967), Peppermint Frappe (1967), Capricious Summer (1968), Kuroneko (1968), A Report on the Party and Guests (1968), Toby Dammit (1968), Langlois (1970); plus other Cannes Palme d’Or Winners: Brief Encounter (1945), Rome Open City (1945), Miss Julie (1951), Gate of Hell (1953), The Wages of Fear (1953), The Cranes Are Flying (1957), Black Orpheus (1959), Viridiana (1961), The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978), The Tin Drum (1979), Paris, Texas (1984), Under the Sun of Satan (1987), Secrets & Lies (1996), Taste of Cherry (1997), 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010), Dheepan (2015)
- Tuesday, May 12th: Short + Feature: Youthquakes – Tremors (2018); The Fits (2015)
- Wednesday, May 13th: Eliza Hittman’s Early Works – It Felt Like Love (2013), Second Cousins Once Removed (2010), Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight (2011)
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