Coming Soon: November 13th, 2020

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! We’ve got the usual assortment of new titles to look at this week, including what’s in theaters and on streaming services… as well as several movies that are debuting in theaters before their streaming premieres! (Whaaaa?!?) Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of November 13th, 2020:

Featured Movie: Freaky

Just in time for Friday the 13th, Blumhouse is finally releasing their first movie in theaters following the re-opening of theaters nationwide. And fortunately, this looks to be an especially fun entry in the Blumhouse canon, as it’s the new horror-comedy from Christopher Landon, who’s already made a name for himself in this sub-genre as the director of the beloved Happy Death Day movies. This time, instead of Groundhog Day-based shenanigans, Landon opts for a Freaky Friday riff… and a bloody R-rated one at that!

Kathryn Newton from Blockers stars as a high school girl who inadvertently switches bodies with a serial killer (Vince Vaughn), thanks to a mystical dagger. She then has only 24 hours to fix things before the switch is permanent… all while Vaughn is using Newton’s body to continue his deadly rampage. The movie also stars Celeste O’Connor, Misha Osherovich, and Alan Ruck. Of note: Universal is using this movie to test the waters of its new deal with AMC Theatres, as this will have a shortened 21-day theatrical window before premiering on VOD on December 4th. (Premieres Friday, November 13th in theaters nationwide.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqPnIcDW9g0

Opening in Theaters

Hillbilly Elegy

From Netflix comes director Ron Howard’s latest attempt at Oscar glory… and a blatant attempt to finally garner Oscars for Amy Adams and Glenn Close. (But if the early reviews are any indication, this is currently in the running to be the worst film of Howard’s directorial career.) Based on the hit 2016 novel, this follows a former Marine and current Yale law student (Gabriel Basso) who has to return home and face his backwoods family, including his opioid-addicted mom (Adams) and the memories of his wild grandma (Close). (If nothing else, you should watch the trailer below, to see 7-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close give an impassioned monologue about, umm… Terminators.)

Now, for those of you wondering why a Netflix movie is in the theatrical section of this article, this is premiering in theaters two weeks before it’s available on the streaming service. Netflix has been apt to do this with their biggest awards contenders, such as The Irishman and Roma. But whether this movie will have a similar awards trajectory remains to be seen. (Opening Wednesday, November 11th in select theaters nationwide, including the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls; premiering Tuesday, November 24th on Netflix.)

https://youtu.be/KW_3aaoSOYg

Come Away

Next, we have a family film that’s based on a bizarre high-concept premise: What if Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland were… brother and sister?!? Hence, we’re getting a dual origin story for the two legendary characters, as the two children leave home on a journey to save their parents (Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo) from financial ruin. The star-studded supporting cast also includes Michael Caine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Derek Jacobi, Clarke Peters, David Gyasi, and Anna Chancellor. Taking the helm, in her live-action directing debut, is Brenda Chapman, who’s best known for co-directing The Prince of Egypt and Pixar’s Brave… the latter of which she won a Best Animated Feature Oscar for. (Opening Friday, November 13th in select theaters nationwide, including the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls, and on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXGL3uU0lxY

Wolfwalkers

Next, we have another theatrical debut of a streaming movie, as Fathom Events is giving an early 3-day theatrical preview of Apple TV+’s new animated film, from the folks who brought us Song of the Sea. Set in Ireland, it follows a young apprentice hunter who discovers a tribe of people that can turn into wolves at night. (Playing Friday, November 13th through Friday, November 15th in select theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 in Sioux Falls; premiering Friday, December 11th on Apple TV+.)

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

New to Streaming and VOD

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

This week’s entry in Netflix’s 2020 holiday movie marathon is a splashy Christmas musical from writer/director David E. Talbert (Almost Christmas, Baggage Claim). It stars Forest Whitaker as – and this is the character’s actual name – Jeronicus Jangle, a whimsical toymaker whose most prized creation is stolen by his apprentice (Keegan-Michael Key). This puts Jangle and his granddaughter on a quest to save Christmas! This also stars Hugh Bonneville, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, and Ricky Martin. (Premieres Friday, November 13th on VOD services.)

https://youtu.be/aYPUYVgwLWY

Jungleland

Hey, did you know that Henry Winkler’s son, Max, is a director? Well, now you do! His latest movie (which he also co-wrote) premieres on VOD this week. Charlie Hunnan and Jack O’Connell play brothers who are also bare-knuckle boxers… and who road-trip across the country to enter a tournament so they can pay back a dangerous crime boss (Lovecraft Country’s Jonathan Majors). (Premieres Tuesday, November 10th on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRVMe0GsdUg

Dreamland

Also dropping on VOD this week from Paramount: a drama set during the Great Depression, in which a bank robber (Margot Robbie) who’s on the run from the law convinces a Texas man (Finn Cole) to help her cross the border into Mexico. The movie is directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, who’s currently attached to a new movie version of Tank Girl! (Premieres Friday, November 13th on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agn4t4SOB_0

The Ride

Amazon’s dropping an inspirational sports movie this week, from feel-good director Alex Ranarivelo (Bennett’s War, American Wrestler). A troubled youth raised by white supremacists (Shane Graham) is placed with interracial foster parents (Ludacris and Sasha Alexander), and begins rebuilding his life via BMX extreme sports. (Premieres Friday, November 13th on Amazon Prime.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyLXkPJDs7c

Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds

Next, we have two documentaries competing for streaming viewers’ attention. For their latest prestige play, Apple brings us Werner Herzog’s newest documentary, which is about… meteorites! (C’mon, you can’t say you’re at least a little enticed…) In particular, Herzog is studying meteors’ impact on Earth… not just from a physical perspective, but also how it’s affected religions and other cultural aspects of our lives. (Premieres Friday, November 13th on Apple TV+.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4X9fQsiAOQ

I Am Greta

Meanwhile, Hulu is countering on the documentary front with a profile on teenage Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. The movie follows Greta from the first day that she began her 2018 school strike, as she travels around the world speaking on the dangers of climate change… culminating with her November 2019 sailing trip across the Atlantic Ocean to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid, Spain. (Premieres Friday, November 13th on Hulu.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDdEWkA15Rg

The Life Ahead

Netflix is making a quieter awards play this week, for the legendary actress Sophia Loren. She stars as a Holocaust survivor who runs a daycare business in Italy… and who takes in a 12-year-old street kid after he robs her. (Premieres Friday, November 13th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0ejncDxgCc

Lingering

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: a Korean horror film about a woman who returns to a family friend’s hotel, and who resides in the room her late mother lived in… a room where creepy stuff starts happening! (Premieres Thursday, November 12th on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us-_8VpdlLs

Returning to Theaters

Guardians of the Galaxy

This week’s Disney theatrical re-release is Marvel Studios’ surprise 2014 breakout hit.. the movie that made Chris Pratt an instant A-list star, made James Gunn an unlikely blockbuster director… and gave us Bradley Cooper & Vin Diesel as a raccoon and a tree, respectively. The movie also stars Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and Lee Pace. (Opens Friday, November 13th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 and Century East in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d96cjJhvlMA

Flash Gordon

Flash! (Ahh-ahhhhh!) The campy 1980 comic adaptation starring Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Timothy Dalton and Max Von Sydow (with music by Queen!) returns to theaters for its 40th anniversary, courtesy of Fathom Events. For those of you who only know of Flash Gordon via Seth MacFarlane’s Ted, here’s your chance to catch up! (Playing Sunday, November 15th in select theaters nationwide, including the Century East in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1M7B6kU-hQ

Cinema Falls Presents: The Climb!

Cinema Falls’ new weekly independent film series at the West Mall 7 continues this week, with this comedy about the lifelong friendship between two guys, which starts to fall apart when one guy reveals that he slept with the other’s fiance. Starring Michael Angelo Covino (who also co-wrote and directed), Kyle Marvin (who also co-wrote), and George Wendt.  The movie will be playing at the West Mall 7 for one week only, November 13th-19th, with one showing each day at 4:30 PM. Tickets are currently available at the West Mall 7’s web site!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr4MKhV5QVw

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Mulan (2020) (available on 4K Blu-ray!)
  • Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)
  • Guest House (2020)
  • Mortal (2020)
  • Mulan (1998) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • Fruitvale Station (2013) (premieres Thursday, November 12th)
  • Prom Night (2008) (premieres Thursday, November 12th)
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) (premieres Sunday, November 15th)
  • V for Vendetta (2005) (premieres Sunday, November 15th)
  • Loving (2016) (premieres Monday, November 16th)
  • Whose Streets? (2017) (premieres Monday, November 16th)

Hulu:

  • The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) (premieres Thursday, November 12th)
  • Sputnik (2020) (premieres Friday, November 13th)
  • The Dictator (2012) (premieres Saturday, November 14th)
  • 12 Pups of Christmas (2019) (premieres Sunday, November 15th)
  • Christmas Crush (2019) (premieres Sunday, November 15th)
  • A Christmas Movie Christmas (2019) (premieres Sunday, November 15th)
  • Cartel Land (2015) (premieres Sunday, November 15th)
  • A Nice Girl Like You (2020) (premieres Sunday, November 15th)
  • Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss (2018) (premieres Monday, November 16th)
  • Soul Surfer (2011) (premieres Tuesday, November 17th)
  • Body Cam (2020) (premieres Wednesday, November 18th)
  • McQueen (2018) (premieres Wednesday, November 18th)

Amazon Prime:

  • The Dictator (2012) (premieres Saturday, November 14th)
  • 12 Pups of Christmas (2019) (premieres Sunday, November 15th)
  • Christmas Crush (2019) (premieres Sunday, November 15th)
  • Cartel Land (2015) (premieres Sunday, November 15th)
  • Body Cam (2020) (premieres Wednesday, November 18th)

Shudder:

  • Saturday the 14th (1981) (premieres Saturday, November 14th)
  • Are We Not Cats? (2016) (premieres Monday, November 16th)
  • Blood of Wolves (2018) (premieres Monday, November 16th)
  • Coherence (2013) (premieres Monday, November 16th)
  • Let the Corpses Tan (2017) (premieres Monday, November 16th)

Disney+:

  • No new movies on Disney+ this week. Sorry!

HBO Max:

  • Dolittle (2020) (premieres Saturday, November 14th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, November 12th: Three by Bill Forsyth – Gregory’s Girl (1980), Local Hero (1983), Housekeeping (1987)
  • Friday, November 13th: Double Feature: Killer Kiddies – The Bad Seed (1956), Village of the Damned (1960)
  • Saturday, November 14th: Saturday Matinee – Lovers and Lollipops (1956)
  • Sunday, November 15th: 30 Years of The Film Foundation – The Broken Butterfly (1919), Trouble in Paradise (1932), The Fatal Glass of Beer (1933), It Happened One Night (1934), L’Atalante (1934), The Long Voyage Home (1940), The Chase (1946), The Red Shoes (1948), The River (1951), Moulin Rouge (1952), The Bigamist (1953), Ugetsu (1953), Senso (1954), The Big Country (1958), Shadows (1959), The Cloud-Capped Star (1960), Primary (1960), The Connection (1961), Salvatore Giuliano (1962), The Masque of the Red Death (1964), Uncle Yanco (1967), Black Panthers (1968), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), The Night of Counting the Years (1969), The Eloquent Peasant (1970), Soleil O (1970), The Mattei Affair (1972), Insiang (1976), Audience (1983), Xiao Wu (1997)
  • Monday, November 16th: Criterion Collection Edition #425: Antonio Gaudi (1984)
  • Tuesday, November 17th: Short Films by Sky Hopinka – Wawa (2014), Kunįkága Remembers Red Banks, Kunįkága Remembers the Welcome Song (2014), Venite et Loquamur (2015), Jáaji Approx. (2015), Visions of an Island (2016), I’ll Remember You as You Were, Not as What You’ll Become (2016), Anti-Objects, or Space Without Path or Boundary (2017), Dislocation Blues (2017), Fainting Spells (2018), When you’re lost in the rain (2018), Lore (2019)
  • Tuesday, November 17th: Short + Feature: Caribbean Journeys – Dadli (2018), Black Mother (2018)
  • Wednesday, November 18th: Directed by Ngozi Onwurah – Coffee Colored Children (1988), The Body Beautiful (1991), And Still I Rise (1993), Monday’s Girls (1993), The Desired Number (1995), Welcome II the Terrordome (1995)

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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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