Coming Soon: September 11th, 2020

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This coming weekend may not have any titles as huge as Tenet or Mulan… but we’ve still got plenty of films worth covering, including: a Netflix horror sequel, some wildly different takes on friendship, and the return of one of the 1990s’ most influential comedic figures, buuuuuuuhdy! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of September 11th, 2020:

Opening in Theaters

The Broken Hearts Gallery

This week’s only major theatrical release is this romantic comedy, which is executive-produced by Selena Gomez. But she’s not in the movie, though; instead, it stars Geraldine Viswanathan (from Blockers and Bad Education). as an art gallery assistant who, after a bad breakup, decides to put together a gallery exhibit composed entirely of mementos from people’s past romantic relationships. Hmm, I wonder if she’ll fall in love in the process? 🙂 The movie also stars Dacre Montgomery (of Stranger Things fame) as Viswanathan’s new beau, Utkarsh Ambudkar as her ex, and Bernadette Peters. Written and directed by Natalie Krinsky, in her feature film debut. (Opens Friday, September 11th in theaters nationwide; previews begin Thursday, September 10th at 7:00 PM.)

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

New Streaming and VOD Premieres

The Babysitter: Killer Queen

Netflix’s big movie this week is the sequel to their 2017 horror-comedy hit The Babysitter, with the infamously-named McG (Charlie’s Angels; Terminator: Salvation) returning to the director’s chair. Set two years after the events of the first movie, the movie follows Cole (Judah Lewis), who’s now in high school, but is still haunted by what he experienced previously. But, when he’s invited to a lake party, some folks Cole thought had died return to make life hellish once again! Hana Mae Lee, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Andrew Bachelor, Emily Alyn Lind, Leslie Bibb and Ken Marino also return for this sequel. But as of this writing, it remains to be seen whether Samara Weaving will make any sort of appearance. The trailer below is even keeping it frustratingly vague… 🙂 (Premieres Thursday, September 10th on Netflix.)

https://youtu.be/8WzUYkzRgBE

Unpregnant

Right around the time that COVID-19 kicked in stateside, a small independent drama came out called Never Rarely Sometimes Always, which followed two teenage girls who travel across state lines so that one of them can get an abortion without their parents’ consent. Well, here’s the comedy version of that premise…?!? The movie follows a Missouri high school senior (Haley Lu Richardson) who gets pregnant, and who enlists her friend (Barbie Ferreira) to travel with her to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Breckin Meyer and Giancarlo Esposito also star. This movie is directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg, who also gave us the long-awaited Valley Girl remake this past May. (Premieres Thursday, September 10th on HBO Max.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDulv-J1bEs

Rent-a-Pal

It’s time for another IFC Midnight horror movie… and this one looks fairly unsettling! Set in 1990, it stars Brian Landis Folkins as David, a 40-year-old bachelor who’s living with (and taking care of) his mother… and who decides to get into the then-exciting world of video dating! While doing so, he stumbles upon a videotape with the title “Rent-a-Pal”, and plays it… which contains a virtual best friend. (And who plays that friend? The one and only Wil Wheaton!) And while this video friendship starts off fine, it quickly turns sour and creepy. This flick is written and directed by Jon Stevenson, in his feature film debut. (Premieres Friday, September 11th on VOD.)

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

Guest House

And now, time to play VOD catch-up, because in all the Tenet and Mulan hype last week, I overlooked Pauly Shore’s return to movie comedy! It stars Mike Castle and Aimee Teegarden (whom you know best as Julie Taylor from Friday Night Lights) as a newly engaged couple who have just bought their first home. However, they come to find that there’s a surprise occupant in their guest house (guess who?) that won’t leave. But you’ve gotta check out the cast for this movie: Billy Zane, Steve-O, Bobby Lee, Erik Griffin (Montez from Workaholics), Lou Ferrigno Sr. and Jr., and Chris Kattan as “Delivery Guy Ricky”. The movie is directed and co-written by Sam Macaroni (is that a real name?!?)… but the big surprise here is that one other co-writer of this movie is the infamous Troy Duffy, of Boondock Saints franchise fame! (Premiered Friday, September 4th on VOD.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoXFhob6AmI

Coastal Elites

Finally, the HBO mothership is giving us a quickly-produced Zoom movie, directed by Jay Roach (the Austin Powers trilogy; Meet the Parents) and written by Paul Rudnick (Addams Family Values, In & Out). It appears to be an anthology film of some sort, featuring confessional and humorous monologues delivered to the camera by 5 characters during the 2020 pandemic. Bette Midler, Sarah Paulson, Kaitlyn Dever, Issa Rae, and Schitt’s Creek‘s Dan Levy star. (Premiered Friday, September 12th on HBO and HBO Max.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nE2lCR9bRiw

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • First Cow (2020)
  • Bad Education (2020)
  • Superman: Man of Tomorrow (2020)
  • The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection (new to 4K Blu-ray!; contains Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), Psycho (1960), and The Birds (1963))
  • Ghost in the Shell (1995) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) (premieres Friday, September 11th)
  • The Smurfs 2 (2013) (premieres Tuesday, September 15th)

Hulu:

  • Prisoners (2013) (premieres Thursday, September 10th)

Amazon Prime:

  • No additional Amazon Prime movies this week. Sorry!

Shudder:

  • Starfish (2018) (premieres Monday, September 14th)

Disney+:

  • Christopher Robin (2018) (premieres Friday, September 11th)

HBO Max:

  • No additional HBO Max movies this week. Sorry!

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, September 10th: Christo and Jeanne-Claude – Christo’s Valley Curtain (1974), Running Fence (1977), Islands (1987), Christo in Paris (1990), Umbrellas (1994), The Gates (2008), Walking on Water (2019)
  • Friday, September 11th: Double Feature: Tears of a Clown – Lenny (1974), Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling (1986)
  • Saturday, September 12th: Saturday Matinee – The Phantom Tollbooth (1970)
  • Sunday, September 13th: Directed by Albert Brooks – Real Life (1979), Modern Romance (1981), Lost in America (1985), Defending Your Life (1991), Mother (1996)
  • Monday, September 14th: Art and Craft (2014)
  • Tuesday, September 15th: Short + Feature: The Dakar Connection – A Thousand Suns (2013), Touki Bouki (1973)
  • Wednesday, September 16th: Three by Lucrecia Martel – La Cienaga (2001), The Headless Woman (2008), Zama (2017)

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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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