Coming Soon: September 25th, 2020

Welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This week, we’ve got a youth-themed twist on a classic mystery-solving character, an all-star assassin flick premiering on VOD, and a number of classic sci-fi movies getting theatrical re-releases this week. Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of September 25th, 2020:

Featured Movie: Enola Holmes

This week’s lead-off title is a movie that Netflix picked up during the very early days of the pandemic… quite possibly because it contains a couple of their biggest stars! Based on the series of popular YA novels, this movie stars Millie Bobby Brown (aka Eleven from Stranger Things) as the titular Enola Holmes, who’s also known as the younger sister of one Mr. Sherlock Holmes (played by The Witcher‘s Henry Cavill). She ends up embarking on a mystery of her very own, when she decides to find her disappeared mother (Helena Bonham Carter). The movie also stars Sam Claflin as Mycroft Holmes, and is directed by Fleabag series director Harry Bradbeer. (Premieres Wednesday, September 23rd on Netflix.)

Opening in Theaters

The Last Shift

In the quick scramble to find product to release in theaters nationwide during this post-Tenet drought, Sony Pictures Classics has slated their first such offering for this weekend. The great Richard Jenkins plays a graveyard-shift fast food worker who decides to retire after 38 years, and must spend his final shift training his replacement (Shane Paul McGhie), a talented but troubled young writer. Written and directed by Andrew Cohn (the 2016 documentary Night School), this also stars Dolemite Is My Name‘s breakout star Da’Vine Joy Randolph, as well as Ed O’Neill. (Opens Friday, September 25th in select theaters nationwide, including the Century East in Sioux Falls.)


The landmark 1988 Neo-Tokyo anime classic Akira is returning to theaters for an entire week, in a new 4K restoration! This was originally set to be released theatrically in early 2020, but the pandemic pushed its release out to September. FYI, unlike other theatrical anime presentations (like the Ghibli Fest screenings), Akira will only be shown in its original Japanese-language audio, with English subtitles; no dubbed option will be available. (Opens Thursday, September 24th in select theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD in Sioux Falls.)

The Empire Strikes Back: 40th Anniversary

Not to be outdone, Disney is unleashing its own genre re-release this weekend! They’re bringing the beloved 1980 Star Wars sequel back to theaters nationwide for a weeklong run, in celebration of its 40th anniversary! And before you ask… this is the same Special Edition-derived 4K edition that’s available on Disney+, so don’t go in expecting the actual original 1980 version. 🙂 (Opens Thursday, September 24th in select theaters nationwide, including the Century Stadium 14 & XD and the Century East in Sioux Falls.)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (TCM Big Screen Classics Series)

Get your mashed potatoes ready! Steven Spielberg’s 1977 alien classic, starring Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr and Francois Truffaut, is returning to theaters as a TCM-sponsored Fathom Event. Close Encounters will be screening on Sunday, September 27th, Tuesday, September 29th, and Thursday, October 1st.

New Streaming and VOD Premieres


On the VOD front this weekend, we’ve got an action movie with an astonishingly high-profile cast and crew! Jessica Chastain stars as Ava, a deadly assassin who ends up fighting for her life when her latest mission goes wrong. Rounding out the cast is John Malkovich, Colin Farrell, Common, and, in a rare appearance, Geena Davis! Directed by Tate Taylor, who broke out in 2011 with The Help, before following up with the Chadwick-Boseman-as-James-Brown biopic Get On Up, the best-selling novel adaptation The Girl on the Train, and most recently, last summer’s bananas Blumhouse movie Ma, starring Octavia Spencer! (Premieres Friday, September 25th on VOD services.)


This week’s Shudder premiere comes to us from an unusual source: It’s the directing debut of musician Glenn Danzig! On top of that, this movie is actually an anthology film… specifically, a trilogy of erotic horror stories derived from his adult comic-book publishing line Verotik. This movie premiered at Chicago’s Cinepocalypse Film Festival back in June of 2019… and reactions were, umm, wildly mixed. 🙂 (Premieres Thursday, September 24th on VOD services.)

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • The Secret: Dare to Dream (2020)
  • The Wind Rises (2012)
  • Whiplash (2014) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • Full Metal Jacket (1987) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)

Older Movies New to Streaming


  • Bad Teacher (2011) (premieres Wednesday, September 27th)
  • Welcome to Sudden Death (2020) (premieres Tuesday, September 29th)


  • Judy (2019) (premieres Friday, September 25th)
  • Inherit the Viper (2020) (premieres Monday, September 28th)
  • Trauma Center (2019) (premieres Tuesday, September 29th)
  • Southbound (2015) (premieres Wednesday, September 30th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Judy (2019) (premieres Friday, September 25th)
  • Force of Nature (2020) (premieres Monday, September 28th)
  • Inherit the Viper (2020) (premieres Monday, September 28th)
  • Trauma Center (2019) (premieres Tuesday, September 29th)


  • Nothing else added to Shudder this week. Sorry!


  • DisneyNature: Oceans (2010) (premieres Friday, September 25th)

HBO Max:

  • Just Mercy (2019) (premieres Saturday, September 26th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, September 24th: Corpus Christi (2019)
  • Thursday, September 24th: Directed by Volker Schlöndorff – Young Torless (1966), Baal (1970), The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975), Coup de grace (1976), The Tin Drum (1979), Circle of Deceit (1981), Swann in Love (1984), Death of a Salesman (1985), The Handmaid’s Tale (1990), Voyager (1991), The Ogre (1996), The Legend of Rita (2000), Diplomacy (2014)
  • Friday, September 25th: Double Feature: Mall Wonders – Golden Eighties (1986), Nocturama (2016)
  • Saturday, September 26th: Saturday Matinee – Pygmalion (1938)
  • Sunday, September 27th: By the Book – 63 movies based on books
  • Monday, September 28th: The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (2016)
  • Tuesday, September 29th: Short + Feature: All This Jazz – When It Rains (1995), Ornette: Made in America (1985)
  • Wednesday, September 30th: The Loveless (1981)

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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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