Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This weekend, we have yet another long-awaited COVID-delayed blockbuster, plus the return of Will Smith and much more! Here’s what coming soon for the week of November 19th, 2021:
Featured Title: Ghostbusters: Afterlife
To give you an idea of how long we’ve been waiting for this flick: The trailer below dropped online on December 9th, 2019, and was attached to showings of Sony’s Jumanji: The Next Level. Alas, its June 2020 release was pulled due to COVID… and nearly 18 months later, we’re finally getting to see what the Reitmans (director/co-writer Jason and his dad, producer Ivan) have up their sleeves! This installment eschews New York City for small-town Oklahoma, where a mom (Carrie Coon) and her two kids (Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace) have just moved to, thanks to a farm owned by the kids’ late grandfather: Egon Spengler! Before you know it, all sorts of ghosts are out and about in the world, and the kids have to save the day… with the help of the local science teacher (Paul Rudd) and some, umm, familiar faces! (Opens Friday, November 19th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD, the Century East at Dawley Farm, and the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls, with previews starting Thursday, November 18th at 4PM.)
Opening in Theaters
Will Smith’s latest attempt at awards glory also arrives this weekend, after filming was interrupted due to COVID in March 2020. Smith plays Richard Williams, the father and coach of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams (Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton). Also starring Aunjanue Ellis, Jon Bernthal, Tony Goldwyn, and Dylan McDermott; directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green (Joe Bell, Monsters and Men). (Opens Friday, November 19th 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 HBO Max.)
New to Streaming and VOD
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In a filmmaking year that’s already given us In the Heights and Vivo, Lin-Manuel Miranda has one more flick on the docket: His feature directing debut, which is based on the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, who went on to create Rent before his unexpected death at age 35 in 1996. Andrew Garfield stars as Larson, joined by Vanessa Hudgens, Alexandra Shipp, Bradley Whitford, and Judith Light. (Premieres Friday, November 19th on Netflix.)
The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star
Watch out, The Christmas Prince trilogy! Netflix has another holiday rom-com series that’s now reached its third installment: The Vanessa Hudgens star vehicle in which she plays a baker-turned-princess, a duchess-turned-queen, and said queen’s sinister cousin! But this time, we’re not adding a fourth Hudgens character; instead, all three Hudgens team up to retrieve a priceless Vatican artifact that’s been stolen by a wealthy businessman for his private collection. (Premieres Thursday, November 18th on Netflix.)
Prisoners of the Ghostland
Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: The streaming debut of this fall’s gonzo Nic Cage flick, which Cage himself has proclaimed as “the wildest movie I’ve ever made”! He plays a bank robber who’s recruited to rescue an abducted girl… and if he fails, his explosive-lined leather suit will explode! Also starring Sofia Boutella, Nick Cassavetes, and Bill Moseley; directed by Sion Sono. (Premieres Thursday, November 18th on Shudder.)
Nosebleeds Film Festival: November Edition
Just a quick heads-up that the next installment of the Nosebleeds Film Festival is happening right before Thanksgiving! The latest round of local and international short films will be held on Tuesday, November 23rd at 6PM, over at the east-side Last Stop CD Shop! For more info, head over to the official Facebook event page!
Showing at the State!
Staring off the State’s eventful weekend is arguably the greatest film of all time: Orson Welles’ stunning 1941 directorial debut, which he also starred in and co-wrote (with Mank!), covering the life of publishing tycoon William Ran– I mean, Charles Foster Kane! (Showing Wednesday, November 17th, Saturday, November 20th and Sunday, November 21st at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)
And now, a movie that couldn’t be any different from Citizen Kane: 1995’s beloved Chris Farley vehicle, in which he plays Tommy Callahan, who’s finally graduated from college after seven years, only to have to save his late father’s (Brian Dennehy) auto parts company by going on the road with company veteran Richard (David Spade). Also starring Julie Warner, Bo Derek, Rob Lowe, and Dan Aykroyd; directed by Peter Segal (Anger Management, 50 First Dates, 2005’s remake of The Longest Yard). (Showing Thursday, November 18th, Saturday, November 20th and Sunday, November 21st at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)
Also at the State this weekend: Arguably the Citizen Kane of bad movies… Tommy Wiseau’s powerful (??) 2003 drama about friendship, seduction, and… footballs. 🙂 What makes this evening special, however, is that Mark himself, Greg Sestero, will be in attendance at the State Theatre! The 7:00 PM showing on Friday night is sold out… but as of this writing, there are still about 40 tickets left for the 10:30 PM showing, so don’t miss your chance to see this infamous movie with a crowd of fans! And, of course, be sure to listen to the promotional interview that Greg Sestero did with our good friend Andy Heller of Fat Dude Digs Flicks! (Showing one night only, Friday, November 19th, at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)
Finally, the State’s latest Staff Pick is a delight: The 1999 Stephen Sommers action blockbuster starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, and Arnold Vosloo! Wash out the taste of the failed Dark Universe by watching the Raiders riff that delighted audiences back in the day! (Showing Saturday, November 20th and Sunday, November 21st at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)
New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K UHD
- Jungle Cruise (2021)
- Candyman (2021)
- The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)
- Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021)
- The Road Warrior (1981) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
- Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
- Ran (1985) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
- Mulholland Drive (2001) (the Criterion Collection’s inaugural 4K Blu-ray title!)
Older Movies New to Streaming
- No additional movies on Netflix this week. Sorry!
- Mandibles (2020) (premieres Thursday, November 18th)
- Beverly Hills Ninja (1997) (premieres Monday, November 22nd)
- Here Comes the Boom (2012) (premieres Saturday, November 20th)
- The Exorcist III (1990) (premieres Monday, November 22nd)
- The Pixar Story (2007) (premieres Friday, November 19th)
- No additional movies on HBO Max this week. Sorry!
- No additional movies on Peacock this week. Sorry!
- No additional movies on Paramount+ this week. Sorry!
The Criterion Channel:
- Thursday, November 18th: Twenty-First Century Cinema: Discomfort Zone: Three Films by Ruben Östlund: The Guitar Mongoloid (2004), Involuntary (2008), Play (2011)
- Friday, November 19th: Double Feature: Troubled Walters: A Face in the Crowd (1957), The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
- Saturday, November 20th: Saturday Matinee: The Naughty Nineties (1945)
- Monday, November 22nd: True Stories: Stations of the Elevated (1981)
- Tuesday, November 23rd: Short-Film Programs: Open-City Mixtape: Short Films by A.V. Rockwell (10 files)
- Wednesday, November 24th: Women Filmmakers: Go Fish (1994)
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