Coming Soon: September 4th, 2020

Welcome to the Labor Day weekend edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! This week, we’re covering two of the summer’s biggest movies, which are being released in most unusual manners… as well as some Netflix movie premieres, a Sioux Falls drive-in event, and all the vintage movies that dropped on streaming services at the beginning of this month! Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of September 4th, 2020:

Opening in Theaters

Tenet

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, and the movie studios started moving their big summer flicks into the fall (and even into 2021), one film was hellbent on holding its ground and sticking to its original mid-July release date: Tenet, the new $200 million sci-fi/spy extravaganza from writer/director Christopher Nolan (the Dark Knight trilogy; Inception; Interstellar; Dunkirk). Nolan’s rationale was that he wanted to make sure that his film would be the first blockbuster to lead the charge in reviving movie theaters after months of COVID-enforced closures… unofficially christening him with the title of The Savior of Movie Theaters.

But even though its original July 17th release date didn’t stick, and Tenet continued to be delayed while waiting for theaters to reopen en masse, Nolan and Warner Bros. were still adamant about being The First Big Movie… to the extent that other studios opted to not open their movies until after whatever release date Tenet had committed to at that time. Well, as of this writing, Tenet has already began its American preview screenings in advance of this Thursday’s official opening day… and while some folks are excited to see this on the big screen, it remains to be fully seen whether Nolan has indeed pulled off his ambitious gambit.

So, umm… what’s this movie actually about? Having seen this twice thus far as of this writing, I’m not sure I can tell you exactly … but what I do know is that Tenet follows The Protagonist (John David Washington), a presumed-dead CIA agent who becomes the newest recruit into the super-secret spy organization Tenet. (And before you ask: No, Nolan has not given his lead character an actual name. Yes, I know.) There, he – along with his new partner Neil (Robert Pattinson) – is tasked with trying to stop wealthy Russian businessman Andrei Sator (Kenneth Branagh) from somehow initiating World War III, with the covert help of the Russian’s wife, Kat (Elizabeth Debicki). Oh, and also, there’s some bizarre time-twisting technology involved… but perhaps I’ve already said too much. 🙂

Aaron-Taylor Johnson and Clemence Poesy also star, and Nolan’s good-luck charm Michael Caine even drops by for a cameo. I can tell you that several members of the Back Lot 605 crew have seen this movie already, and a formal site review is already in progress. All I’ll say is that said review will not be as complementary about the movie as I’ve been… 🙂 (Opens Thursday, September 3rd in theaters nationwide.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZGcmvrTX9M

New Streaming and VOD Premieres

Mulan

In stark contrast to Tenet, the other big movie this weekend – Disney’s long-anticipated live-action remake of their 1998 animated classic Mulan – was one of the first casualties of the COVID-caused theater shutdown, as it was forced to give up its original March 27th release date two weeks before it was supposed to open. Since then, all eyes have been on what Disney would do with this tentpole, which, like Tenet, carries a $200 million budget… not just in America, but also in the Chinese market, which Disney was clearly aiming for success in (and to recoup a large chunk of the movie’s budget there).

After a couple of summer release dates in the USA were set and then cancelled, Disney ultimately took a new and risky approach toward getting this movie out: In countries that have the Disney+ streaming service, Disney will be making it available for a $29.99 premium purchase price, on top of your regular Disney+ subscription price. (Countries that do not have Disney+ will still get to see Mulan in regular theaters… including China, where the movie will be released on September 11th.) However, if you are uneasy about shelling out the $29.99 to see the movie, you should be aware that Mulan will be made available to all Disney+ subscribers on December 4th… so if you’re willing to wait three months to see it, you can.

But what about the movie itself? Well, it’s certainly intended to be an epic and sweeping version of this tale… and also a much more grounded and serious incarnation as well, so as to appeal more to Chinese audiences who weren’t fond of some of the creative choices taken by the 1998 version. (In other words… don’t expect any talking dragons voiced by Eddie Murphy this time around.) Yifei Liu stars as Mulan; other familiar faces in the cast include Tzi Ma, Gong Li, Jason Scott Lee, Donnie Yen, and Jet Li. Directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider, Disney’s McFarland, USA). (Premieres Friday, September 4th on Disney+.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KK8FHdFluOQ

i’m thinking of ending things

Lost in the shuffle of this weekend’s blockbusters is what will certainly be a true auteur effort: the return of Charlie Kaufman! You originally knew him for his surreal scripts for such movies as Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind… the latter of which netted him a Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 2005. Since then, he’s embarked on a sporadic directing career, giving us two films in the process: 2008’s wildly ambitious (and wildly depressing) Synecdoche, New York, and 2015’s stop-motion-animated Anamolisa. Now, here comes his third directing effort, which follows an unnamed young woman (Jessie Buckley) whose boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) takes her to his family’s farm to meet his parents (Toni Collette and David Thewlis)… and who begins losing her grip on reality. (Premieres Friday, September 4th on Netflix.)

https://youtu.be/cDTg62vsV4U

Love, Guaranteed

Another week, another Netflix rom-com… but this one’s for the adults! She’s All That‘s Rachel Leigh Cook plays a hard-working lawyer who takes a case from a client (Damon Wayans Jr.) who wants to sue a matchmaking website that guarantees love, because he’s apparently gone on hundreds of dates and none of them have resulted in true love. (Hoo, boy…) Hmm, I wonder if these two folks will become soulmates? Heather Graham co-stars as the CEO of the website in question. Curiously, this movie is directed by Mark Steven Johnson, whose best-known directing credits are actually in the comic-book genre: the 2003 Ben Affleck Daredevil, and the 2007 Nicolas Cage Ghost Rider! (Premieres Thursday, September 3rd on Netflix.)

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

Color Out of Space

Finally, this week’s Shudder premiere is the recent Nicolas Cage horror flick, based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft. It stars Cage as the father of a farm family who encounter a strange meteorite that lands on their property. Also starring Joely Richardson and Tommy Chong, this movie is written and directed by Richard Stanley, who previously gave us Hardware (and was infamously the original director of the 1996 Marlon Brando/Val Kilmer version of The Island of Dr. Moreau). (Premieres Thursday, September 3rd on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kOhbUa7IJo

Family Fun and Movie Night at Lake Lorraine!

This week, we have a special Sioux Falls movie event to let you know about! This is the second parking lot drive-in movie event being held this summer at the Lake Lorraine shopping area… this time in partnership with DJ Jer Events. Unlike their first-go-round (in which they showed the original Anchorman), this time they are showing 2 family-friendly movies, as chosen by Facebook polls! This year’s Scoob! will be shown at 6:00 PM, and the beloved baseball classic The Sandlot will start at 8:00 PM. Gates open at 5:30 PM, and admission is $10 per car; food and beverage trucks will be available on-site. For more information, visit the official Facebook page for this event.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzlEnS7MmUo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pz8mbHxBWE

New This Week to Blu-ray and 4K

  • Irresistible (2020)
  • Rogue (2020)
  • The Goonies (1985) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • Beetlejuice (1988) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)
  • Pitch Black (2000) (new to 4K Blu-ray!)

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix (all movies premiering September 1st, unless noted):

  • Adrift (2018)
  • Anaconda (1997)
  • Back to the Future (1985)
  • Back to the Future Part II (1989)
  • Back to the Future Part III (1990)
  • Barbershop (2002)
  • Children of the Sea (2019)
  • Coneheads (1993)
  • Glory (1989)
  • Grease (1978)
  • Magic Mike (2012)
  • The Muppets (2011)
  • Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
  • Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
  • Pineapple Express (2008)
  • Possession (2002)
  • The Producers (2005)
  • Puss in Boots (2011)
  • Red Dragon (2002)
  • Sex Drive (2008)
  • The Smurfs (2011)
  • Wildlife (2018)
  • Zathura (2005)
  • Midnight Special (2016) (premieres Monday, September 7th)

Hulu (all movies premiering September 1st, unless noted):

  • 50 First Dates (2004)
  • Absolute Power (1997)
  • Aeon Flux (2005)
  • American Dragons (1998)
  • An American Haunting (2006)
  • Any Given Sunday (1999)
  • Anywhere but Here (1999)
  • Back to School (1986)
  • Bad Girls from Mars (1991)
  • The Bank Job (2008)
  • Because I Said So (2007)
  • The Birdcage (1997)
  • Call Me (1988)
  • Carrington (1995)
  • Club Dread (2004)
  • The Cold Light Of Day (2012)
  • Cool Blue (1990)
  • Criminal Law (1989)
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
  • De-Lovely (2004)
  • Demolition Man (1993)
  • Desperate Hours (1990)
  • Deuces Wild (2002)
  • Employee of the Month (2006)
  • The End of Violence (1997)
  • Evil Dead II (1987)
  • Extreme Justice (1993)
  • The Festival (2019)
  • The Hanoi Hilton (1987)
  • Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)
  • Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (2004)
  • Hoosiers (1986)
  • The House on Carroll Street (1988)
  • I Feel Pretty (2018)
  • The Impossible (2012)
  • Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
  • Jessabelle (2014)
  • Julia (1977)
  • The Last Boy Scout (1991)
  • The Last House on the Left (1972)
  • The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)
  • Love Is All There Is (1996)
  • Mad Money (2008)
  • Man of La Mancha (1972)
  • The Mechanic (1972)
  • Mississippi Burning (1988)
  • Mr. North (1988)
  • Music Within (2007)
  • Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
  • Notorious (2009)
  • The Omen (2006)
  • Outbreak (1995)
  • Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
  • Pieces of April (2003)
  • Practical Magic (1998)
  • Rambo (2008)
  • Reasonable Doubt (2014)
  • Religulous (2008)
  • Slow Burn (2007)
  • Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
  • Stargate (1994)
  • The Terminator (1984)
  • Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her (2001)
  • This World, Then the Fireworks (1997)
  • Top Gun (1986)
  • Trolls World Tour (2020)
  • Turkey Bowl (2019)
  • Twilight (2008)
  • The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)
  • Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls (2007)
  • The Weight of Water (2002)
  • Wanted (2008)
  • The Woods (2006)
  • Hell on the Border (2019) (premieres Wednesday, September 2nd)
  • Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016) (premieres Thursday, September 3rd)
  • Awoken (2019) (premieres Sunday, September 6th)

Amazon Prime (all movies premiering September 1st, unless noted):

  • 1/1 (2018)
  • 1 Million Happy Nows (2018)
  • Abe & Phil’s Last Poker Game (2018)
  • Addicted To Fresno (2015)
  • Alex Cross (2012)
  • American Dragons (1998)
  • Bachelor Lions (2020)
  • The Bank Job (2008)
  • Barney Thomson (2016)
  • Beach Party (1963)
  • Bewitched (2005)
  • Big Time (1988)
  • The Billion Dollar Hobo (1977)
  • The Birdcage (1997)
  • A Birder’s Guide To Everything (2014)
  • Bitter Melon (2018)
  • Bully (2019)
  • C.O.G. (2013)
  • Carrington (1995)
  • Casino Royale (2006)
  • Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
  • Dark Matter (2007)
  • De-Lovely (2004)
  • Defense Of The Realm (1986)
  • Die, Monster, Die! (1965)
  • Don’t Talk To Irene (2018)
  • Dr. Goldfoot And The Bikini Machine (1965)
  • The Dunning Man (2018)
  • Eaten By Lions (2020)
  • Employee Of The Month (2006)
  • Enemy Within (2019)
  • Extreme Justice (1993)
  • Face 2 Face (2017)
  • The Festival (2019)
  • Gas-s-s-s (1970)
  • The Go-Getters (2018)
  • The Graduate (1967)
  • The Hanoi Hilton (1987)
  • The Haunted Palace (1963)
  • The House On Carroll Street (1988)
  • I’d Like To Be Alone Now (2019)
  • I’m Not Here (2019)
  • Kart Racer (2003)
  • Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979)
  • Lakeview Terrace (2008)
  • The Last House On The Left (1972)
  • Lord Love A Duck (1966)
  • Man Of La Mancha (1972)
  • The Mechanic (1972)
  • Microbe and Gasoline (2016)
  • Miss Nobody (2010)
  • Muscle Beach Party (1964)
  • Music Within (2007)
  • No Way To Live (2017)
  • Patriots Day (2016)
  • Rambo (2008)
  • The Ring Thing (2018)
  • Sex And The City: The Movie (2008)
  • Sex And The City 2 (2010)
  • Slash (2007)
  • Slow Burn (2007)
  • Snapshots (2018)
  • Sunlight Jr. (2013)
  • To Keep The Light (2018)
  • The Turkey Bowl (2019)
  • Twice-Told Tales (1963)
  • Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls (2007)
  • The Video Dead (1986)
  • The Visitors (1972)
  • Warrior Road (2017)
  • Weather Girl (2009)
  • The Weight Of Water (2002)
  • What Children Do (2018)
  • What If It Works? (2018)
  • The White Bus (1967)
  • Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1972)
  • The Woods (2006)
  • The Yes Men (2004)
  • Yongary: Monster From The Deep (1967)
  • Zoom (2016)

Shudder (all movies premiering September 1st, unless noted):

  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
  • Countess Dracula (1971)
  • The Vampire Lovers (1970)
  • Victor Crowley (2017)
  • Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s The Island of Dr. Moreau (2014) (premieres Wednesday, September 2nd)
  • Fade to Black (1980) (premieres Monday, September 7th)
  • Southbound (2015) (premieres Monday, September 7th)

Disney+:

  • D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994) (premieres Friday, September 4th)
  • D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996) (premieres Friday, September 4th)
  • Never Been Kissed (1999) (premieres Friday, September 4th)
  • Strange Magic (2015) (premieres Friday, September 4th)
  • The Wolverine (2013) (premieres Friday, September 4th)

HBO Max (all movies premiering September 1st, unless noted):

  • 93Queen (2018)
  • All The Right Moves (1983)
  • The Astronaut Farmer (2007)
  • Badlands (1973)
  • Bandidas (2006)
  • Barnyard (2006)
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)
  • Blood Diamond (2006)
  • The Bodyguard (1992)
  • Butterfield 8 (1960)
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
  • Caveman (1981)
  • Charlotte’s Web (1973)
  • The Cider House Rules (1999)
  • City Of God (2003)
  • Clara’s Heart (1988)
  • Clerks (1994)
  • Cold Creek Manor (2003)
  • Congo (1995)
  • The Conversation (1974)
  • Cop Out (2010)
  • The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)
  • Date Movie (2006) (Unrated Version)
  • Dave (1993)
  • The Devil Inside (2012)
  • Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
  • Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  • Dolores Claiborne (1995)
  • Election (1999)
  • Fatal Attraction (1987)
  • Father of the Bride (1950)
  • Final Destination 5 (2011)
  • Flight Of The Phoenix (2004)
  • Going the Distance (2010)
  • A Good Year (2006)
  • Grease (1978)
  • Harlem Nights (1989)
  • Heartbreakers (2001)
  • A Hidden Life (2019)
  • Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)
  • Idlewild (2006)
  • Impractical Jokers: The Movie (2020)
  • In Good Company (2004)
  • Jackson (2016)
  • JFK (1991)
  • Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)
  • Joyful Noise (2012)
  • A Kiss Before Dying (1991)
  • The Lake House (2006)
  • Lassie Come Home (1943)
  • Lean on Me (1989)
  • Life with Father (1947)
  • Little (2019)
  • Little Women (1949)
  • Lost in Space (1998)
  • A Man Apart (2003)
  • Marathon Man (1976)
  • The Mexican (2001)
  • Midnight Run (1988)
  • Miracle At St. Anna (2008)
  • Miss Congeniality (2000)
  • Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005)
  • Murder by Numbers (2002)
  • Netizens (2018)
  • Observe and Report (2009)
  • An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
  • The Operative (2019)
  • The Outsiders (1983)
  • Over The Hedge (2006)
  • Point Break (1991)
  • Private Benjamin (1980)
  • Prometheus (2012)
  • PT 109 (1963)
  • Red Riding Hood (2011)
  • The Replacements (2000)
  • Replicas (2019)
  • Reversal of Fortune (1990)
  • A Room With A View (1986)
  • See No Evil (2006)
  • Shrek Forever After (2010)
  • Sin Cielo (2018)
  • The Sitter (2011) (Unrated Version)
  • Snakes on a Plane (2006)
  • Son of the Mask (2005)
  • Star 80 (1983)
  • Sunrise at Campobello (1960)
  • Tennessee Johnson (1942)
  • Three Kings (1999)
  • Too Beautiful: Our Right to Fight (2018)
  • Two Weeks Notice (2002)
  • V for Vendetta (2006)
  • Victoria and Abdul (2017)
  • The Wedding Singer (1998)
  • Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)
  • When We Were Kings (1996)
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
  • The Wind and the Lion (1975)
  • Spies in Disguise (2019) (premieres Saturday, September 5th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Tuesday, September 1st: Sátántangó (1994)
  • Tuesday, September 1st: Short + Feature: Super Bowles – You Are Not I (1981), The Sheltering Sky (1990)
  • Wednesday, September 2nd: Two by Dorothy Arzner – Working Girls (1931), Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)
  • Thursday, September 3rd: Criterion Collection Edition #974 – The Heiress (1949)
  • Friday, September 4th: Double Feature: Spaghetti alla Samurai – Yojimbo (1961), A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
  • Saturday, September 5th: Saturday Matinee – Duck Soup (1933)
  • Sunday, September 6th: Pre-Code Joan Blondell – Blonde Crazy (1931), Millie (1931), Night Nurse (1931), The Public Enemy (1931), Big City Blues (1932), The Crowd Roars (1932), Lawyer Man (1932), Three on a Match (1932), Union Depot (1932), Blondie Johnson (1933), Footlight Parade (1933), Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), Dames (1934), He Was Her Man (1934)
  • Monday, September 7th: Three by Robert Greene – Actress (2014), Kate Plays Christine (2016), Bisbee ’17 (2018)
  • Tuesday, September 8th: Short + Feature: Through Her Eyes – Nettles (2018), It Felt Like Love (2013)
  • Wednesday, September 9th: Four Films by Janicza Bravo – Gregory Go Boom (2013), Pauline Alone (2014), Woman in Deep (2016), Man Rots from the Head (2017)

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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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