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Coming Soon: November 12th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This weekend is a bit quiet in the wake of Eternals… but we’ve still got a major high-profile streaming title, along with a couple of new family flicks and much more! Here’s what coming soon for the week of November 5th, 2021:

Featured Title: Red Notice

This weekend’s big blockbuster comes to us not from one of the major Hollywood studios… but from Netflix, which is bringing us their supposed most expensive movie ever, with a budget of $200 million! (Granted, all those digital de-aging effects supposedly puts the budget for The Irishman up to as much as $250 million… but they won’t publicly admit that.) 🙂 But how do you rack up a $200 million tentpole on Netflix to begin with? Well, that’s what happens when you have to pay upfront for three major A-list stars: Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot… all of whom are supposedly getting at least $20 million for starring in this flick! (And since The Rock is an official credited producer on this movie, through his Seven Bucks company, he’s certainly getting more moolah than that!)

Hence, we have Red Notice, an action-comedy art caper starring The Rock as the FBI’s top profiler… who becomes aware that the most brilliant art thief in the world, “The Bishop” (Gadot), is working to steal Cleopatra’s three eggs, which are scattered around the globe. So, The Rock recruits the world’s second-best art thief (Ryan Reynolds) to buddy up with him and beat Gadot at her own game! And thus, we get all sorts of fun Johnson/Reynolds buddy banter… fulfilling the promise of that diner scene in 2019’s Hobbs & Shaw when The Rock ate a hundred pancakes. 🙂 Also starring Rita Arya and Chris Diamantopoulos; written and directed by one of Johnson’s go-to directors, Rawson Marshall Thurber, who helmed such hit studio comedies as Dodgeball and We’re the Millers before The Rock recruited him to make 2016’s Central Intelligence and 2018’s Skyscraper. (Premieres Friday, November 12th on Netflix.)

Opening in Theaters

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Yes, kids, the beloved storybook dog is finally getting a big-screen feature film, with this live-action flick featuring a haunting giant red CGI dog that disturbed the Internet when the first footage debuted many months ago! You may recall that this was set to be released in September, but was pulled from the theatrical schedule by Paramount in July due to delta variant concerns… but now it’s back as a dual release in theaters and on Paramount+, not unlike how Paramount released Paw Patrol: The Movie a few months back!

Set in New York, this follows a young girl (Darby Camp) who discovers an adorable red puppy… and thanks to mysterious magic, her huge amount of love turns the puppy into, well, a big red dog… much to the surprise of her and her single father (Jungle Cruise‘s Jack Whitehall)! The long list of comedic cameos includes John Cleese, Kenan Thompson, and Tony Hale; this is directed by Walt Becker, whose myriad of comedy credits includes Wild Hogs, Old Dogs, and Van Wilder. (Opens Wednesday, November 10th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD, the Century East at Dawley Farm, and the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls, and also streaming on Paramount+.)

New to Streaming and VOD

Home Sweet Home Alone

Less than a year after the Disney/Fox merger closed, Disney had already somehow managed to put a new Home Alone movie into production, to bolster their Disney+ lineup. Are you surprised? 🙂 This time around, our intrepid young hero is played by Archie Yates, whom you best know as the sidekick in Jojo Rabbit. He’s left home alone when his family travels to Japan for Christmas vacation… but he has to defend his family’s house from a married couple (Ellie Kemper *and* Rob Delaney!!!) who are trying to retrieve a priceless heirloom from the home! Also starring Kenan Thompson (man, Kenan is having quite a week!!!), Pete Holmes, Chris Parnell… and, returning as Buzz McAllister, Devin Ratray! Directed by Dan Mazer (who gave the far-from-family-friendly Dirty Grandpa), and written by SNL‘s Mikey Day & Streeter Seidell. (Premieres Friday, November 12th on Disney+.)

Passing

Netflix’s Oscar contenders are starting to ramp up now as well… and this week, we’re getting the directing debut of actress Rebecca Hall! Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga star as two Black women in late-1920s New York who knew each other in high school, and have now just reunited. However, they live wildly different lives… in particular, because Negga’s character has been successfully “passing” as a white woman, to the extent that she’s even married to a rich white man (Alexander Skarsgard). Filmed in stunning black-and-white, this also stars Andre Holland and Bill Camp. (Premieres Wednesday, November 10th on Netflix.)

 

Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago

Last week, we highlighted the one-night-only theatrical screening of Stallone’s new director’s cut… and this week, we’re profiling the digital VOD release! This is the recut of the 1985 fourquel that features 40 minutes of new footage… and if you want to hear more insights from Sly himself during the re-editing process, check out this ninety-three-minute making-of documentary on YouTube! (Premieres Friday, November 12th on digital VOD services.)

 

Great White

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: When a seaplane goes down, its five passengers are stranded on a life raft… and guess what: They’re surrounded by sharks! Starring Katrina Bowden (Cerie from 30 Rock). (Premieres Thursday, November 11th on Shudder.)

Returning to Theaters

High Society

This week’s Fathom Events/TCM retro screening is a 65th anniversary presentation of the 1956 musical starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly (in her final film), and Frank Sinatra! It’s a musical retelling of the 1941 Katharine Hepburn/Cary Grant/James Stewart rom-com The Philadelphia Story, with a guest appearance by Louis Armstrong! (Showing Wednesday, November 10th and Sunday, November 14th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls.)

ParaNorman

Back in August, Fathom Events brought the debut film from stop-motion animation studio Laika, 2009’s Coraline, back into theaters to promote Shout Factory’s new Blu-ray re-releases of Laika’s catalog. Now, they’re bringing another beloved Laika film back to the big screen: This 2012 movie about Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a young boy who can communicate with ghosts in his Massachusetts town! Other voices include Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin and John Goodman. (Showing one day only, Tuesday, November 16th, in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls.)

 

Castle in the Sky

Studio Ghibli Fest 2021 continues with this 35th anniversary screening of their very first feature: the 1986 film directed by Hayao Miyazaki himself! Follow Pazu and Sheeta as they search for the titular castle! The American cast for the dubbed version includes James Van Der Beek, Anna Paquin, Cloris Leachman, and Mark Hamill! (Showing Sunday, November 14th (dubbed), Monday, November 15th (subtitled) and Thursday, November 18th (dubbed) in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls.)

Showing at the State!

Stripes

As you may be aware, November is Ivan Reitman Month on the Back Lot 605 podcast… and in a fortuitous bit of timing, the movie we’re covering on the November 18th episode of the podcast, Stripes, is playing at the State this very weekend! Bill Murray and Harold Ramis star as best friends who trade their dead-end jobs for exciting (and hilarious!) careers in the U.S. Army! Also starring John Candy, P.J. Soles, Warren Oates, and John Larroquette. (Showing Wednesday, November 10th, Saturday, November 13th and Sunday, November 14th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

The Princess Bride

“As you wish!” “Inconceivable!” “My name is Intigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!” You know all the lines… and you’ll be tempted to recite them all during the State’s screenings of Rob Reiner’s beloved 1987 fairy-tale comedy! Starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Fred Savage, and Peter Falk. (Showing Thursday, November 11th, Saturday, November 13th and Sunday, November 14th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

Mass

Continuing its nearly-weekly series of new releases, the State brings this powerhouse drama to Sioux Falls for the first time. In the wake of a school shooting, the parents of one of the victims (Jason Isaacs and Martha Plimpton) agree to meet with the parents of the shooter (Reed Birney and Ann Dowd) to reconcile their differences. Written and directed by Fran Kranz (yes, the stoner dude from The Cabin in the Woods!), making his acclaimed behind-the-camera feature film debut. (Showing Friday, November 12th, Saturday, November 13th and Sunday, November 14th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

Stagecoach

Finally, one of the most seminal Westerns returns to the big screen: This 1939 John Wayne/John Ford classic Western! Wayne plays The Ringo Kid, an infamous outlaw who’s just one of many passengers in a stagecoach that’s heading right in the direction of Geronimo’s warpath! Also starring Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine, and, in an Oscar-winning performance, Thomas Mitchell as the alcoholic Doc Boone. (Showing Friday, November 12th and Saturday, November 13th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K UHD

  • Respect (2021)
  • Reminiscence (2021)
  • The Hills Have Eyes (1977) (new to 4K UHD from Arrow Video!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • No additional movies on Netflix this week. Sorry!

Hulu:

  • Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) (premieres Sunday, November 14th)
  • Deadpool (2016) (premieres Monday, November 15th)
  • Deadpool 2 (2018) (premieres Monday, November 15th)
  • The Boss Baby 2: Family Business (2021) (premieres Monday, November 15th)
  • The Master (2012) (premieres Tuesday, November 16th)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) (premieres Wednesday, November 17th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Finding You (2021) (premieres Friday, November 12th)

Shudder:

  • Honeydew (2020) (premieres Monday, November 11th)
  • Kill List (2011) (premieres Monday, November 15th)
  • A Dark Song (2016) (premieres Monday, November 15th)
  • The Hallow (2015) (premieres Monday, November 15th) 
  • Pyewacket (2017) (premieres Monday, November 15th)
  • The Island (2018) (premieres Monday, November 15th)
  • Fender Bender (2016) (premieres Monday, November 15th)
  • Blood Rage (1987) (premieres Tuesday, November 16th)

Disney+:

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) (premieres Friday, November 12th)
  • Jungle Cruise (2021) (premieres Friday, November 12th)
  • Enchanted (2007) (premieres Friday, November 12th)

HBO Max:

  • Boogie (2021) (premieres Saturday, November 13th)

Peacock:

  • Liar Liar (1997) (premieres Monday, November 15th)
  • Cowboys & Aliens (2011) (premieres Tuesday, November 16th)
  • One Day (2011) (premieres Tuesday, November 16th)
  • Safe House (2012) (premieres Tuesday, November 16th)

Paramount+:

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) (premieres Wednesday, November 17th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, November 11th: Twenty-First Century Cinema: Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi: Happy Hour (2015), Asako I & II (2018)
  • Friday, November 12th: Double Feature: A Tennessee Heat Wave: The Night of the Hunter (1955), This Property is Condemned (1966)
  • Saturday, November 13th: Saturday Matinee: Jazztime Tale (1991), The Marzipan Pig (1990)
  • Monday, November 15th: True Stories: The Exiles (1961)
  • Tuesday, November 16th: Short-Film Programs: Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma (2021)
  • Wednesday, November 17th: Women Filmmakers: Short Films by Caroline Monnet (10 shorts)

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About the Author
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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