Coming Soon: September 18th, 2020

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This week, we’ve got one of 2020’s most anticipated horror movies, one of Netflix’s big prestige movies for the year, and much, much more. Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of September 18th, 2020:

Featured Movie: Antebellum

This week’s big title is one of 2020’s most anticipated (and most shrouded-in-mystery) horror movies, which comes to us from a producer of Get Out and Us… and no, that producer isn’t Jordan Peele. 🙂 In fact, this movie was originally supposed to open in theaters back in April, until the pandemic pushed it back to August, before Lionsgate finally decided to take this film straight to VOD. Janelle Monae stars as a highly successful modern-day author, who suddenly finds herself transported back to the 19th century, where she finds herself as a slave working on a plantation. Also starring Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Gabourey Sidibe, and Jena Malone, this is the feature directorial debut of the music video/short film team Bush + Renz. (Premieres Friday, September 18th on VOD services.)

https://youtu.be/7MPib67BDHY

Opening in Theaters

The Nest

In the wake of Disney/Fox’s last-minute pulling of The King’s Man from its September 18th release date (a trend that is only going to prevail over the next several weekends, thanks to the recent delays of Wonder Woman 1984 and Candyman, among others), theaters are scrambling to come up with new product to show in its place… and fortunately, the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls will be debuting two brand-new art-house flicks this weekend! And even better: Both of these movies actually look good! 🙂

The first film is The Nest, which is the big-screen return of writer/director Sean Durkin, who made a big splash in 2011 with the Elizabeth Olsen cult-themed drama Martha Marcy May Marlene… and who has only now made his film follow-up. The movie stars Jude Law as a 1980s businessman who decides to move his family from America to England for a new business opportunity, where they make their new home in an immense yet creepy mansion. However, his wife (Carrie Coon) begins to have serious doubts about his career plan and their financial stability. (Opens Friday, September 18th in select theaters nationwide, including the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svq5OzzT7s4

The Secrets We Keep

This week’s other semi-wide theatrical release is a small-scale thriller, set in 1960 and examining the fallout from WWII. It follows a Romanian woman (Noomi Rapace) who’s been rebuilding her life in America with her husband (Chris Messina) after she and a group of other women escaped a Nazi concentration camp at the end of the war. However, one day in her small suburb town, she spots a man (Joel Kinnaman) who she believes murdered her younger sister in the camps… and that’s when she decides to knock him out, put him in her car trunk, and tie him up in her basement, where she intends to get answers… and revenge. Also starring Amy Seimetz as Kinnaman’s wife, and directed by Yuval Adler (The Operative, Bethlehem). (Opens Wednesday, September 16th in select theaters nationwide, including the West Mall 7 in Sioux Falls.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGKX5rzRMho

New Streaming and VOD Premieres

The Devil All the Time

Netflix’s big offering this weekend is a Midwestern gothic tale with a truly impressive A-list cast, as it follows a group of sinister characters in 1960s Ohio, including: an unholy preacher (Robert Pattinson, rocking a wild Southern accent), a serial-killer couple (Jason Clarke and Riley Keough), a crooked sheriff (Sebastian Stan), and the young man (Tom Holland) who has to fend them all off. Also starring Bill Skarsgard, Haley Bennett, Eliza Scanlen, and Mia Wasikowska, this is directed and co-written by Antonio Campos (Afterschool; 2016’s Christine… and the producer of the aforementioned Martha Marcy May Marlene). Premieres Wednesday, September 16th on Netflix.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIzazUv2gtI

Spiral

Finally, we have this week’s Shudder premiere, which is not (I repeat, not) to be confused with the Chris Rock Saw spinoff of the same name. 🙂 In this movie, a same-sex couple and their 16-year-old daughter move to a new town in search of a better life… but behind the welcoming neighbors lurks something sinister! Directed by Kurtis David Harder (Incontrol). (Premieres Thursday, September 17th on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJvKDp54YjM

The 2020 South Dakota Film Festival!

One notable event that we want to draw your attention to this week is this year’s installment of the 2020 South Dakota Film Festival, which is typically held each year in Aberdeen. However, due to the coronavirus, this year’s SDFF will be held virtually online… and it will be free for everyone to access, via their website! As of press time, there are 58 entries in this year’s festival, including 3 feature films; in addition, the SDFF will hold online filmmaker Q&As for most of these films as well. This year’s festival will run from September 17th-26th; for more information on all the titles that will be shown, be sure to check out the official SDFF website!

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Becky (2020)
  • Weathering with You (2019)
  • Shivers (1975) (Vestron Video Collector’s Series)
  • Little Monsters (1989) (Vestron Video Collector’s Series)
  • Home Alone (1990) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • Hocus Pocus (1993) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • 21 Jump Street (2012) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • 22 Jump Street (2014) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • Waiting… (2005) (premieres Wednesday, September 23rd)

Hulu:

  • The Good Shepherd (2006) (premieres Thursday, September 17th)
  • Babyteeth (2019) (premieres Friday, September 18th)
  • Gemini Man (2019) (premieres Friday, September 18th)
  • The Fight (2020) (premieres Friday, September 18th)
  • The Haunted (2020) (premieres Sunday, September 20th)
  • The Addams Family (2019) (premieres Tuesday, September 22nd)

Amazon Prime:

  • Gemini Man (2019) (premieres Friday, September 18th)
  • The Addams Family (2019) (premieres Tuesday, September 22nd)

Shudder:

  • Rabbit (2017) (premieres Monday, September 21st)

Disney+:

  • Bend It Like Beckham (2003) (premieres Friday, September 18th)
  • Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998) (premieres Friday, September 18th)

HBO Max:

  • The Invisible Man (2020) (premieres Saturday, September 19th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, September 17th: Criterion Collection Edition #839 – Boyhood (2014)
  • Friday, September 18th: Double Feature: Paradises Lost – Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931), Tabu (2012)
  • Saturday, September 19th: Saturday Matinee – Charlotte’s Web (1973)
  • Sunday, September 20th: The Films of Agnes Varda – La Pointe Courte (1955), Du cotĂ© de la cĂ´te (1958), L’opera-mouffe (1958), O saisons, o chateaux (1958), Les fiancĂ©s du Pont Macdonald (1962), ClĂ©o from 5 to 7 (1962), Salut les cubains! (1964), Le bonheur (1965), Les crĂ©atures (1966), Elsa la rose (1966), Uncle Yanco (1968), Lions Love (. . . and Lies) (1969), Black Panthers (1970), RĂ©ponse de femmes (1975), DaguerrĂ©otypes (1975), One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (1977), Plaisir d’amour en Iran (1977), Mur Murs (1981), Documenteur (1981), Ulysse (1982), Les dites cariatides (1984), 7 p., cuis., s. de b. . . . (Ă  saisir) (1985), Vagabond (1985), T’as des beaux escaliers, tu sais (1986), Jane B. par Agnès V. (1988), Kung-Fu Master! (1988), Jacquot de Nantes (1991), The Young Girls Turn 25 (1993), One Hundred and One Nights (1995), The World of Jacques Demy (1995), The Gleaners and I (2000), The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later (2002), Le lion volatil (2003), Ydessa, les ours, et etc. . . . (2004), The Beaches of Agnes (2008), Agnès de ci de lĂ  Varda (2011), Les 3 boutons (2015), Varda by Agnès (2019)
  • Monday, September 21st: Streetwise (1984), Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell (2016)
  • Tuesday, September 22nd: Short + Feature: All by Myself – The Amateurist (1998), Je tu il elle (1975)
  • Wednesday, September 23rd: Thank You and Good Night (1992), plus Home Movie (1973) and A Comedy in Six Unnatural Acts (1975)

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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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