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Coming Soon: November 24th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s early Thanksgiving weekend edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! We’ve got so many movies to be thankful for this weekend… including everything from Hollywood epics to animation to genre fun, plus loads of holiday cheer (both new and old), and – because I’m in the generous Thanksgiving spirit – a couple of TV series with ties to the movie world! Here’s what coming soon for the week of November 24th, 2021:

Featured Title: House of Gucci

It’s been less than six weeks since the release of Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel… so naturally, it’s time to talk about his next movie! 🙂 This 157-minute soap-operatic epic delves into the history of the family behind the Italian fashion house… in particular, focusing on Patrizi Reggiani (Lady Gaga), who married her way into the family through Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) in 1972, and whom begins fighting for power of the Gucci fashion brand… ultimately ending in divorce, as well as Maurizio’s murder in 1995. Also starring Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek, and Al Pacino. (Opens Wednesday, November 24th 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 Tuesday, November 23rd at 7PM.)

Opening in Theaters

Encanto

Hot on the heels of March’s Raya and the Last Dragon, here comes the second animated feature of 2021 from Walt Disney Animation Studios. We’re introduced to the Madrigals, who lives in the mountains of Colombia, and who all have magical powers… well, except for their one “normal” teenage daughter, Mirabel (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz of Brooklyn Nine-Nine). However, when a threat arrives at the Madrigals’ house, Mirabel may be the only one who can save them all! Features eight songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, this is directed by Byron Howard & Jared Bush, the team who brought us 2016’s mega-hit Zootopia! Of note: This movie will have a 30-day exclusive theatrical window… and then, on Christmas Eve, Disney+ will offer the movie as a free non-Premier Access offering, as a “Christmas gift” of sorts to subscribers… not unlike Soul last year. (Opens Wednesday, November 24th 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 Tuesday, November 23rd at 6PM.)

 

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

It hasn’t even been 5 years since the release of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter… so it’s time for a reboot of the venerable movie franchise based on the video games! And just to be clear, this new movie has no involvement whatsoever from director Paul W.S. Anderson & star Milla Jovovich. Instead, this is an origin story, which is set in 1998, and follows a group of survivors in the titular city who must survive while trying to find the truth behind the mysterious Umbrella Corporation. Starring Kayla Scodelario, Hannah John-Kamen, Robbie Amell, Neal McDonough, and Donal Logue; written and directed by Johannes Roberts (the 47 Meters Down movies; The Strangers: Prey at Night). (Opens Wednesday, November 24th 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 Tuesday, November 23rd at 4PM.)

Belfast

The ever-productive actor/writer/director Kenneth Branagh keeps plugging away, whether it be acting roles like the villain of Tenet, directing tentpole movies like last year’s Disney would-be-hit Artemis Fowl, or serving as a triple threat in his next Hercule Poirot turn, Death of the Nile, which is due in February. In between all of that, he squeezed in this new semi-autobiographical black-and-white drama set in the late 1960s, which has finally made its way to Sioux Falls after two weeks in semi-wide release. This is a coming-of-age story inspired by his childhood in Belfast… and which was the winner of the People’s Choice Award at TIFF (Toronto), which has set up the movie for a prosperous awards-season run. Starring Jude Hill as the young Branagh analogue, plus Jamie Dornan, Caitriona Balfe, Ciaran Hinds, and (because this is a Branagh film, of course) Judi Dench! (Opens Wednesday, November 24th at the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls, with previews starting Tuesday, November 23rd at 7PM.)

 

New to Streaming and VOD

Hawkeye

As always, I tend to make an exception in this article to cover new Disney+ series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe… and this one looks like a lot of fun! And, it’s also seasonally-themed, as we get to watch Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Kate Burton (Hailee Steinfeld) having Christmas-y adventures in New York City. This six-episodes series also stars Vera Farmiga and – eventually – Florence Pugh, following up on the info revealed to her in the post-credits scene of Black Widow. (Premieres Wednesday, November 24th on Disney+ with two episodes, with a new episode debuting each following Wednesday until December 22nd.)

The Beatles: Get Back

Another series I’m profiling this week is a new documentary on the Beatles directed by Peter Jackson… which is a fly-on-the-wall look at the 21-day recording process for the Let It Be album that would ultimately be the band’s last album, as well as the band’s January 1969 rooftop concert at Apple Corps that was their final public performance. (Savvy movie fans will recognize this footage as what was also originally used for the 1970 Let It Be documentary, which has since become very hard to find.) Part of the reason I’m featuring this series in this week’s article is because this was originally supposed to be a feature-length documentary which was to be released in theaters in September 2020 by Disney. However, when COVID first struck in March 2020, Peter Jackson was still in the editing room for this doc… and it started to grow and grow and grow, with Disney & Jackson ultimately revealing that it had now become a 3-part, 6-hour documentary that would stream on Disney+. (And per intel revealed just days ago, this will actually now clock in at just under 8 hours!) The entire series will not be available at once: Instead, Disney will drop one part each day starting on Thanksgiving itself. (Premieres Thursday, November 25th on Disney+, with a new episode debuting each day through Saturday, November 27th.)

8-Bit Christmas

So… what if A Christmas Story took place in the 1980s? That’s pretty much what we’re getting in this delightful-looking holiday comedy! In the present day, a dad (Neil Patrick Harris) tells his family the story of when he was a kid in the late 1980s (Winslow Fegley), and the only thing he wanted for Christmas was a classic Nintendo system! Also starring June Diane Raphael, David Cross, and Steve Zahn; directed by Michael Dowse (Goon, Stuber, Coffee and Kareem). (Premieres Wednesday, November 24th on HBO Max.)

Black Friday

Also on the holiday front, we’re getting a fun-looking horror-comedy mashup, dropping right in time for the titular holiday! A toy store’s Black Friday event is turned upside down when the shoppers become infected with an alien parasite! Starring Devon Sawa, Michael Jai White, and a bow-tied, mustachioed Bruce Campbell! (Premieres Tuesday, November 23rd on digital VOD services.)

Bruised

This week’s Netflix prestige offering is Halle Berry’s directorial debut, in which she also stars as disgraced MMA fighter who’s coaxed back into the octagon by way of an underground fight… all while the son she gave up as an infant boy returns into her life. Also starring Shemier Anderson and Stephen McKinley Henderson. (Premieres Wednesday, November 24th on Netflix.)

The Humans

Next, we have a surprising team-up between A24 & Showtime, the latter of which will have an exclusivity window for this awards contender on their channel. A family gathers for Thanksgiving in a downtown Manhattan apartment, only to encounter family tensions and “bumps in the night”. Starring Richard Jenkins, Jayne Houdyshell, Amy Schumer, Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yeun, and June Squibb; written and directed by Stephen Karam, a playwright who’s adapting his own play into his feature film debut. (Premieres Wednesday, November 24th on Showtime.)

 

A Castle for Christmas

We just talked about Love Hard earlier this month, and now we’ve got yet another Netflix 2021 holiday rom-com to highlight! (Fair warning: It won’t be the last!) An American author (Brooke Shields) travels to Scotland and wants to buy a castle there… but squares off against the dreamy duke (Cary Elwes!!!) who owns it. Hmm… I wonder if they will resolve their differences and fall in love? 🙂 Directed by Mary Lambert (the 1989 version of Pet Sematary). (Premieres Friday, November 26th on Netflix.)

A Boy Called Christmas

Netflix is also giving us an epic British holiday adventure for the entire family, which serves as an origin story of sorts for Father Christmas. A boy (Henry Lawfull), his pet mouse, and a reindeer head out on a quest to find his father. Featuring Sally Hawkins, Maggie Smith, Michiel Huisman, Toby Jones, Stephen Merchant, Jim Broadbent, and Kristen Wiig. (Premieres Wednesday, November 24th on Netflix.)

The Strings

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: A musician travels to a remote cottage during wintertime to work on new songs, but finds herself under attack from a dark presence! (Premieres Tuesday, November 23rd on Shudder.)

Returning to Theaters

West Side Story

In a couple of weeks, we’ll be covering the theatrical release Steven Spielberg’s splashy new remake of the Jets/Sharks musical in Coming Soon… so conveniently, this week’s Fathom Event retro screening is a 60th anniversary presentation of the original filmed version from 1961, to help you prepare! Starring Natalie Wood as Maria, this version won a whopping 10 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress (Rita Moreno, who will also appear in Spielberg’s version). (Showing Sunday, November 28th and Wednesday, December 1st in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls.)

Showing at the State!

The Power of the Dog

Kicking off their Thanksgiving weekend lineup, the State is bringing in the new period drama from acclaimed writer/director Jane Campion, who won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for 1993’s The Piano (where she also led Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin to Oscar wins). Benedict Cumberbatch is receiving raves for his transformative star turn as a rancher who responds most unfavorably when his brother (Jesse Plemons) returns home with a new wife (Kirsten Dunst) and her son (Kodi Smit-McPhee). Also starring Thomasin McKenzie, Keith Carradine, and Frances Conroy. I should mention that the State is among the theaters who are playing this during one of Netflix’s exclusive theatrical runs; it will not be available for streaming until December 1st… and I’ll remind you about its streaming debut in next week’s article. 🙂  (Showing Thursday, November 25th, Friday, November 26th, Saturday, November 27th and Sunday, November 28th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

Elf

This Friday, the State is kicking off their series of holiday classics, with all sorts of beloved favorites making their way back to the big screen! Kicking things off on Friday afternoon is director Jon Favreau’s 2003 family classic starring Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf, joined by James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Ed Asner, and Zooey Deschanel! Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are virtually sold out, so the State has just added a Friday noon showing… but those tickets are going fast, too, so don’t delay! (Showing Friday, November 26th, Saturday, November 27th and Sunday, November 28th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

 

Scrooged

Playing Friday night after the downtown Parade of Lights is Bill Murray’s 1988 comedic take on A Christmas Carol, directed by the recently-departed Richard Donner! Murray plays Frank Cross, a workaholic network TV executive who’s visited, Dickens-style, by the three ghosts of Christmas! Also starring Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwait, Carol Kane, and many more! (Showing Friday, November 26th and Saturday, November 27th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

Meet Me in St. Louis

Finally, the State brings back a movie that they originally brought to town in February 1945: the Judy Garland 1944 musical set on the cusp of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, which gave us the holiday classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, as well as “The Trolley Song”! Directed by Vincente Minnelli (An American in Paris, Gigi). (Showing Saturday, November 27th and Sunday, November 28th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K UHD

  • Citizen Kane (1941) (new to 4K Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection!)
  • Uncut Gems (2019) (new to 4K Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection!)
  • Menace II Society (1993) (new to 4K Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection!)
  • The Addams Family (1991) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • No additional movies on Netflix this week. Sorry!

Hulu:

  • Ride the Eagle (2021) (premieres Thursday, November 25th)
  • Pig (2021) (premieres Friday, November 25th)
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) (premieres Tuesday, November 30th)

Amazon Prime:

  • No additional movies on Amazon Prime this week. Sorry!

Shudder:

  • Wake in Fright (1971) (premieres Monday, November 29th)

Disney+:

  • Ernest Saves Christmas (1988) (premieres Friday, November 26th)

HBO Max:

  • Inside Man (2006) (premieres Saturday, November 26th)
  • Anna Karenina (2012) (premieres Monday, November 28th)

Peacock:

  • No additional movies on Peacock this week. Sorry!

Paramount+:

  • No additional movies on Paramount+ this week. Sorry!

The Criterion Channel:

  • Friday, November 26th: Double Feature: The Mind Reels: The Snake Pit (1948), The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
  • Saturday, November 27th: Saturday Matinee: Big Fish & Begonia (2016)
  • Monday, November 29th: True Stories: Los Sures (1984)
  • Tuesday, November 30th: Short + Feature: Telling Mom: Little Potato (2017), Beautiful Thing (1996)

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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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