Coming Soon: November 5th, 2021

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This weekend, it’s all about the new Marvel Studios movie… but we’ve still got plenty of other titles to discuss, including long-awaited arthouse hits, huge streaming titles, and more! Here’s what coming soon for the week of November 5th, 2021:

Featured Title: Eternals

Yes, that’s right: We’re already up to our third Marvel Studios movie of 2021 (following July’s Black Widow and September’s Shang-Chi)… and this one, in particular, is shaping up to be one of the MCU’s biggest creative swings yet! For starters, we’re ushering in some of the most powerful characters we’ve seen yet in any MCU movie: the Eternals, a race of immortal beings who have lived quietly on Earth for centuries… until a great evil arises which require them to fight back! On top of that, we have one of the most noteworthy director selection to date for an MCU entry: Chloe Zhao, who won Best Director and Best Picture Oscars back in April for her drama Nomadland… and is entering the blockbuster filmmaking space for the very first time! Finally, we have a loaded ensemble cast playing the titular Eternals… including Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Kit Harrington, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie! (Opens Friday, November 5th 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 beginning at 6PM on Thursday, November 4th.)

Opening in Theaters

Red Notice

No, you’re not reading this wrong: This is yet another Netflix movie that’s making its debut in theaters prior to being available for streaming! And you can see why this is getting an early theatrical window: Because this is one of Netflix’s most expensive movies of all time, teaming up Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot in this action-comedy romp about an Interpol agent (Johnson) who tries to capture the world’s best art thief (Gadot)… by enlisting the help of the world’s second-best art thief (Reynolds)! Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence, We’re the Millers, Dodgeball). (Opens Friday, November 5th in Cinemark theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East at Dawley Farm in Sioux Falls, with previews beginning at 7PM on Thursday, November 4th., and streaming on Netflix on Friday, November 12th.)

The French Dispatch

For us Wes Anderson fans in South Dakota, we’ve been waiting patiently for his latest opus – not just the year-plus-long wait from its originally intended summer 2020 debut (pre-COVID), but also the movie’s gradual rollout across the nation this October. But now, it’s finally here! His new comedy is an anthology of stories from the final issue of The French Dispatch, a New Yorker-esque magazine published in France by American expatriates. As per usual, Anderson brings in a stacked cast, including Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Lea Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothee Chalamet, and (in a performance that’s already garnering awards attention) Jeffrey Wright. (Opens Friday, November 5th at the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls.)

Spencer

On a typical Sioux Falls moviegoing weekend, just the presence of The French Dispatch would satisfy local arthouse fans… but we’re far from done yet! We’re also getting the latest flick by Pablo Larrain (Jackie)… which stars Kristen Stewart in a buzzworthy performance as Princess Diana. Set during Christmas of 1991, it follows Diana as she decides to divorce Prince Charles. Also starring Jack Farthing, Sally Hawkins, Timothy Spall, and Sean Harris. (Opens Friday, November 5th at the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls, with previews beginning at 5PM on Thursday, November 4th.)

The Beta Test

Also debuting in Sioux Falls on its opening weekend is the latest endeavor from actor, writer, director, and Film Twitter favorite Jim Cummings… whose last film, 2020’s horror-comedy hybrid The Wolf of Snow Hollow, was quite beloved by the Back Lot crew! This time, Cummings puts a humorous modern comedic twist on the erotic thriller, as he plays a Hollywood super-agent who receives a mysterious invitation to an anonymous sexual encounter in a hotel… even though he’s weeks away from getting married. Cummings co-wrote and co-directed this movie with P.J. McCabe, who also co-stars as Cummings’ best friend. (Playing Friday, November 5th through Sunday, November 7th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre, and also premiering on VOD services on Friday, November 5th.

New to Streaming and VOD

The Harder They Fall

This week’s big Netflix original movie is a Western with an all-Black ensemble cast, in which an outlaw (Jonathan Majors) learns that his mortal enemy (Idris Elba) is getting out of prison… so he reunites his crew to get revenge on Elba! Also starring Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo, LaKeith Stanfield, Damon Wayans Jr., Deon Cole and Regina King. Directed by Jeymes Samuel. (Premieres Wednesday, November 3rd on Netflix.)

Finch

Hot on the heels of June 2020’s Greyhound, here comes another Apple TV+ movie starring Tom Hanks! (And like Greyhound, this weekend’s new title was originally intended to be released theatrically by a major studio – in this case, Universal – before it was sold to Apple during the pandemic.) This is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi from director Miguel Sapochnik (2010’s Repo Men), produced by one of Hanks’ frequent filmmaking buddies, Robert Zemeckis! Tom Hanks plays the titular Finch, one of the few survivors of a deadly solar event, who lives in an underground bunker with his dog Goodyear and a robot he’s built named Jeff (Caleb Landry Jones)… and they are forced to leave their home and go out into the desolated world. (Premieres Friday, November 5th on Apple TV+.)

One Shot

I know I don’t cover the world of direct-to-video action movies very much in this column… but this one stands out above the crowd, because – as the title indicates – this flick is designed to appear as if it was filmed in just one shot, 1917-style! DTV action hero Scott Adkins stars as the leader of a Navy SEAL squad that must retrieve a detainee from a CIA black site island prison… only to face an attack from insurgents! Also starring Ashley Greene Khoury and Ryan Phillippe; directed by James Nunn, who brought us The Marine 5 *and* The Marine 6! (Premieres Friday, November 5th on VOD services.)

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

This week’s Amazon premiere is an offbeat biopic starring Benedict Cumberbatch as eccentric artist Louis Wain, who garnered fame in the late 19th and early 20th century for his unusual paintings of cats, and who was confined to mental institutions and ultimately diagnosed with schizophrenia. Also starring Claire Foy and Richard Ayoade. (Premieres Friday, November 5th on Amazon Prime Video.)

Love Hard

Now that Halloween is past, it’s time to prepare for the onslaught of Christmas movies… and Netflix is wasting no time this week! Nina Dobrev stars in this rom-com as a woman who flies cross-country to visit the guy she met on a dating app… only to find out that she’s been catfished! Jimmy O. Yang plays the culprit… and hmm, I wonder if they’ll end up getting together nonetheless… 🙂 (Premieres Friday, November 5th on Netflix.)

Dead & Beautiful

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere, in which a group of spoiled, rich Asian twentysomethings become vampires after a hard-partying night out! Directed by David Verbeek (Full Contact). (Premieres Thursday, November 4th on Shudder.)

Returning to Theaters

Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago: The Ultimate Director’s Cut

While this title doesn’t come out until next weekend, we wanted to give you folks ample notice of this one-night-only theatrical event… because Sylvester Stallone is about to unveil his long-in-the-works brand-new director’s cut of his 1985 hit, in which he heads to the Soviet Union to take down Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) after Drago kills Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in the ring! This new cut features 40 minutes of unseen footage, including more of the Apollo/Drago fight… but Stallone is also making one judicious cut that already has some fans upset: He is completely removing Paulie’s robot from the film! The Fathom Events screening will be followed by a live Q&A with Stallone, as well as a featurette on the re-editing process. (Showing one night only, Thursday, November 11th, in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls… and premiering Friday, November 12th on VOD services.)

Showing at the State!

Fist of Fury

In addition to the aforementioned The Beta Test, the State is also firing up three classic flicks, with something for everyone! First up: This Bruce Lee classic in which he plays a martial arts student who gets revenge on a Japanese dojo when he finds out they’re responsible for poisoning his teacher! (Showing Wednesday, November 3rd and Friday, November 5th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

For the family, the State is bringing in one of the all-time greatest children’s movies: The 1971 Roald Dahl adaptation about a poor boy named Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum) who’s invited, along with four other distinctive children, to the magical chocolate factory of the reclusive candy genius Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder)! This is being presented in its newly-remastered 4K version, so as to best enjoy all those eye-popping colors! (Showing Thursday, November 4th, Saturday, November 6th and Sunday, November 7th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

Chicago

Finally, the State gets its song and dance on, with the return of 2002’s Best Picture-winning adaptation of the Broadway show, about two murderesses awaiting trial in 1920s Chicago: Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) and Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Also starring Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, Lucy Liu, and John C. Reilly. Directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods, Mary Poppins Returns). (Showing Saturday, November 6th and Sunday, November 7th at the Sioux Falls State Theatre.)

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K UHD

  • Pig (2021)
  • Paw Patrol: The Movie (2021)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • No additional movies on Netflix this week. Sorry!

Hulu:

  • Pain & Gain (2013) (premieres Monday, November 8th)
  • Emperor (2013) (premieres Monday, November 8th)

Amazon Prime:

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

Shudder:

  • Tailgate (2013) (premieres Monday, November 8th)
  • The World of Kanako (2014) (premieres Monday, November 8th)
  • The Visitor (1979) (premieres Monday, November 8th)
  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) (premieres Monday, November 8th) 
  • Darlin’ (2019) (premieres Monday, November 8th)

Disney+:

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) (premieres Friday, November 5th)
  • Jingle All the Way (1996) (premieres Friday, November 5th)
  • X-Men: First Class (2011) (premieres Friday, November 5th)

HBO Max:

  • Land (2021) (premieres Saturday, November 6th)

Peacock:

  • No additional movies on Peacock this week. Sorry!

Paramount+:

  • Pain & Gain (2013) (premieres Monday, November 8th)
  • Emperor (2013) (premieres Monday, November 8th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, November 4th: Exclusive Streaming Premiere: This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection (2019)
  • Friday, November 5th: Double Feature: Wonderful Leigh: Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994), Margot at the Wedding (2007)
  • Saturday, November 6th: Saturday Matinee: Please Vote for Me (2007)
  • Monday, November 8th: True Stories: The Mystery of Picasso (1956)
  • Tuesday, November 9th: Short + Feature: Trance-Formers: Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), Mulholland Dr. (2001)
  • Wednesday, November 10th: Women Filmmakers: Angels Wear White (2017), Bright Star (2009)

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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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