Coming Soon: November 6th, 2020

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! As we recover from Halloween and prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas, we’ve got the usual mix of theatrical releases (including one set partially in the Dakotas!), streaming premieres, and big-screen re-releases! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of November 6th, 2020:

Featured Movie: Let Him Go

As a South Dakota movie site, we can never ignore the impact that Kevin Costner has had on our state, when he filmed 1990’s epic Western Dances with Wolves in the Pierre and Rapid City areas. The movie went on to become not only a blockbuster box office hit with audiences, but also the winner of 7 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. So, whenever Costner returns to the Western aestethic – whether it be in olden times (Open Range) or in the modern day (Yellowstone) – we can’t help but pay attention. 🙂

And so, theaters this weekend are treating us to the reunion of Costner and Diane Lane, bringing our modern-day Ma and Pa Kent back together again… without Zack Snyder to ruin things in the process! Costner and Lane play a retired Montana sheriff and his wife, respectively, whose son has recently died. In the aftermath, their daughter-in-law ends up marrying into another family… one with a history of abuse. So, they venture to the family’s off-the-grid North Dakota home to take their daughter-in-law and their young grandson back. The movie’s villainous family is led by Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) as the ruthless matriarch, plus Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice, Honest Thief) and Will Brittain. Thomas Bezucha, whose main claim to fame is the 2005 Christmas classic The Family Stone, writes and directs this film. (Premieres Friday, November 6th in theaters nationwide.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE8pwEF-3TI

New to Streaming and VOD

Possessor

After a brief and limited theatrical run in October, we finally have the VOD premiere of the second feature film from writer/director Brandon Cronenberg! If that name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s David Cronenberg’s son… and he adheres to his dad’s body-horror aesthetic for his latest effort. Andrea Riseborough (Mandy, Oblivion) plays an assassin who’s implanted into the brains of other people’s bodies in order to take out her targets. Her latest gig requires her to enter the body of the target’s son (Christopher Abbott)… and suffice it to say, the upload doesn’t quite take. The movie also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and, as the latest person that Riseborough has to kill, the king of movie deaths himself, Sean Bean! (Premieres Tuesday, November 3rd on VOD services.)

https://youtu.be/ahn56QWkD0Y

Mortal

Last summer, writer/director André Øvredal (Trollhunter) scored a modest mainstream hit with the horror-movie adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. For his follow-up, Øvredal takes the fantasy-adventure route, with this tale of a young man (Nat Wolff) who discovers that he has god-like powers that are based in Norse mythology. (Premieres Friday, November 6th on VOD services.)

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

The Informer

Next, we have a movie that’s been shuffled around the American theatrical release schedule since August 2018… but which is now heading straight to VOD as a burn-off. Joel Kinnaman (the 2014 RoboCop) plays a convicted felon turned FBI informant, who’s trying to start a family and rebuild his life. But, his handler (Rosamund Pike) has other plans, sending him back into prison to take down a drug cartel. The stacked supporting cast includes Ana de Armas, Common, and Clive Owen; Andrea Di Stefano (Escobar: Paradise Lost) directs. (Premieres Friday, November 6th on VOD services.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgE3gWZWAJA

Operation Christmas Drop

Hot on the heels of last week’s Netflix hit Holidate, the streaming service is unfurling another holiday comedy upon us! And despite what the title would have you believe, this is unfortunately NOT a sequel to Disney’s inexplicable 1995 Vietnam War family comedy Operation Dumbo Drop. Instead, this is your typical Christmas TV rom-com, in which a congressional aide (Kat Graham) is sent to an Air Force base to decide whether or not the base should be closed, and falls in love with its charming captain (Alexander Ludwig). Oh, and that titular drop? It’s the Air Force guys doing fly-overs and dropping Christmas presents! Cue the studio audience “Awwwwwwws”… (Premieres Thursday, November 5th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTHWAQG6Gxw

Blood Vessel

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere: a World War II-themed horror flick set in 1945, which follows the survivors of a torpedoed hospital ship. Their crowded lifeboat comes across a German minesweeper ship… only to find out that it’s filled with bloodthirsty monsters! The movie is directed and co-written by Justin Dix, a special effects technician whose credits include Star Wars: Episodes II and III, as well as The Babadook. (Premieres Thursday, November 5th on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Frhq5texpY

Returning to Theaters

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

“It’s just a flesh wound!” “I’m not dead yet!” “We are the knights who say ‘Ni’!” “I fart in your general direction!” And so on and so forth… If you’re reading this, you probably can rattle off a bunch of Holy Grail quotes without breaking a sweat! And if you can’t, then you probably need to rewatch one of the greatest comedy movies of all time! Fortunately, it’s returning to the big screen this week in honor of its 45th anniversary! The movie is written by and stars all 6 members of the Monty Python troupe: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. Jones and Gilliam co-direct the movie as well. (Opens Friday, November 6th in Cinemark theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 and the Century East in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hcWCcxGZDY

Toy Story

Another movie milestone is upon us… because this month is the 25th anniversary of Pixar Animation Studios’ first full-length feature, Toy Story! As such, Disney is bringing the family classic back to theaters this weekend, as part of their weekly series of pandemic re-releases. The movie stars Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn, Annie Potts, and Jim Varney. (Opens Friday, November 6th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14, Century East and West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls.)

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

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

Cowabunga, dudes! This week, Fathom Events gives us a 30th anniversary big-screen presentation of the Ninja Turtles’ movie debut, which was a breakout box office hit in the spring of 1990. The cast includes Judith Hoag as April O’Neal and Elias Koteas as Casey Jones; Steve Barron (the 1993 Coneheads movie) directs. (Showing Thursday, November 5th and Saturday, November 7th in theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iTF5jWY5TU

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Finally, we have a TCM/Fathom Events 45th anniversary presentation of Milos Forman’s 1975 Best Picture-winning Jack Nicholson drama. For those of you wondering where Netflix’s recent Ratched prequel series with Sarah Paulson is derived from, look no further! The movie also stars Louise Fletcher, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Vincent Schiavelli, and Will Sampson. (Playing Sunday, November 8th and Monday, November 9th in select theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 and Century East in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xapvh0KvWgk

Cinema Falls Presents: The Donut King!

Last week’s Cinema Falls presentation of Sofia Coppola’s On the Rocks at the West Mall 7 wasn’t a one-off after all, as the Sioux Falls independent film group has announced that they’ll be bringing a new movie to town each week for at least the next couple of weeks! This week’s film is a documentary about Ted Ngoy, a Camdobian refugee who came to America in 1975, and ended up building a multi-million-dollar donut shop empire… employing hundreds of other refugees in the process. The movie will be playing at the West Mall 7 for one week only, November 6th-12th, 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=aLKugGKgJsQ

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Antebellum (2020) (available on 4K Blu-ray!)
  • Hard Kill (2020)
  • Misbehaviour (2020)
  • V for Vendetta (2005) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • The Late Bloomer (2016) (premieres Monday, November 9th)

Hulu:

  • Braking for Whales (2020) (premieres Thursday, November 5th)
  • The Nice Guys (2016) (premieres Monday, November 9th)
  • Vik the Viking (2020) (premieres Tuesday, November 10th)
  • The Girl Next Door (2004) (premieres Wednesday, November 11th)
  • Tonight You’re Mine (2012) (premieres Wednesday, November 11th)

Amazon Prime:

  • The Secret: Dare to Dream (2020) (premieres Friday, November 6th)
  • Retaliation (2017) (premieres Saturday, November 7th)
  • Tonight You’re Mine (2012) (premieres Wednesday, November 11th)

Shudder:

  • Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life and Ghastly Death of Al Adamson (2019) (premieres Monday, November 9th)
  • Cherry Tree (2015) (premieres Monday, November 9th)

Disney+:

  • A Christmas Carol (2009) (premieres Friday, November 6th)
  • Mr. Magoo (1997) (premieres Friday, November 6th)

HBO Max:

  • The Dead Don’t Die (2019) (premieres Saturday, November 7th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, November 5th: Guest of Honor (2019)
  • Friday, November 6th: Double Feature: The Wicked and the Weird – Mad Love (1935), The Devil-Doll (1936)
  • Saturday, November 7th: Saturday Matinee – The Canterville Ghost (1944)
  • Sunday, November 8th: Written by Harold Pinter – The Servant (1963), The Pumpkin Eater (1964), Accident (1967), The Go-Between (1971), The Homecoming (1973), Butley (1974), The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), The Comfort of Strangers (1990), The Handmaid’s Tale (1990)
  • Monday, November 9th: Dark Days (2000)
  • Tuesday, November 10th: Short + Feature: Lovers in Arms – Flores (2017), Beau travail (1973)
  • Tuesday, November 10th: Criterion Collection Edition #505 – Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
  • Wednesday, November 11th: Directed by Claire Denis – Chocolat (1988), No Fear, No Die (1990), Nenette and Boni (1996), Beau travail (1999), Towards Mathilde (2005), 35 Shots of Rum (2008), White Material (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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