With the end of December on the horizon, nobody will be sad to see the back of 2016 – unless they have a Netflix subscription, in which case the annual calendar switchover spells the inevitable departure of films and TV shows from the streaming service.
We’ll be keeping the below list of imminent removals updated to prepare you for the impending puge, from the unmissable Firefly and unconventional Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side to the masterpiece that is Oscillating Fan for Your Home.
This is your last chance to stream the following on Netflix UK:
Invasion of the Body Snatchers – 24th December
Phil Kaufman’s classic 1970s horror proves that remakes can be as good – and as scary – as the original. Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy star.
Oscillating Fan for Your Home – 24th December
It’s with sadness that we bid farewell to the spiritual cousin to Fireplace for Your Home. (Read our full review.)
Jimi: All Is By My Side – 26th December
“I should be able to take any song and do it in a way you haven’t heard before.” That’s Jimi Hendrix in Jimi: All Is By My Side, a film about the musician that, famously, doesn’t have his music in it. But that bizarre shortcoming turns out to be the movie’s biggest blessing. Read our full review.
The Talented Mr. Ripley – 1st January
Anthony Minghella’s adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel, The Talented Mr. Ripley, is sumptuous stuff, with a stellar performance from Jude Law as rich boy Dickie Greenleaf and Matt Damon as the lower-class fraud who envies his life.
Pi – 1st January
Darren Aronofsky’s directorial debut remains one of the best films of his career. Following a mathematician trying to calculate the formula that explains the whole of nature, the low-budget thriller manages to combine everything from arithmetic and religion to mind-bending visuals. Breathtaking.
Small Soldiers – 1st January
Joe Dante’s sci-fi action flick about toy soldiers that come to life, leaving two kids (including a young Kirsten Dunst) caught in the middle of an ancient war between two plastic races is unexpectedly charming stuff.
Tim Minchin and The Heritage Orchestra Live – 1st January
The Australian comedian is on superb form in this live show featuring support from the playful musicians of The Heritage Orchestra. Combined with his special Ready for This?, also departing on Netflix on New Year’s Day, this is several hours of smart, silly, side-splittingly good musical comedy.
Touch of Evil – 1st January
Orson Welles’ 1958 classic isn’t just a technical masterpiece, but a dark slice of thrilling noir to boot, featuring an explosive opening scene (shot in one take) that is worth watching for alone.
Wayne’s World – 1st January
Schwing! It’s always a risk taking an SNL skit and blowing it up for the big screen, but Mike Myers and Dana Carvey – aka. Wayne and Garth, who run their own TV show in Wayne’s parents’ basement – prove that it can pay off. The duo find themselves battling a sleazy TV exec (Rob Lowe) to save their homegrown series from the professional industry. The result is funny, silly and endearing – and is responsible for countless Bohemian Rhapsody car singalongs since.
Zoolander – 1st January
Because sometimes, you need a reminder that there’s nothing more important in life than being really, really ridiculously good-looking.
Life After Beth – 1st January
Zach’s girlfriend, Beth, dies – then comes back to life. Can they still have a relationship? Dane DeHaan and Aubrey Plaza are clearly enjoying themselves in this likeable zom-rom-com.
Coming to America – 1st January
The great John Landis directs this romantic comedy based on a story by Eddie Murphy, which sees the crown prince of a fictional African nation come to the US in the hope of finding a wife.
The Duellists – 1st January
Ridley Scott’s wide and varied career has a great many films which people talk of often, but his first film – the Palme d’Or-nominated, and Best First Work-winning, The Duellists – is quite unlike any of his others. A small-scale conflict between two men played out over decades with a vein of absurdity running throughout? This is an underrated, impressive debut.
Hot Rod – 1st January
Second-generation stuntman Rod Kimble (Andy Samberg) must perform a death-defying feat in order to save, and subsequently kick the ass of, his ailing stepfather (Ian McShane) in this underdog comedy.
House – 1st January
Hugh Laurie plays an abrasive, intelligent doctor with a knack for solving obscure medical conditions and falling out with as many people as possible. Amusing, dramatic, scientific. What more do you need?
Ghost in the Shell – 2nd January
A government cyborg is tasked with apprehending a hacker who’s taking over the minds of computer-enhanced humans in this cyberpunk anime classic – don’t miss the chance to see it before Scarlett Johansson’s remake.
Firefly – 5th January
“Take my love, take my land…” If you haven’t seen Joss Whedon’s sci-fi series – and if you really liked Serenity – then don’t miss the chance to watch this sadly cancelled sci-fi gem. Treating the final frontier as the Wild West, the series sets up Captain Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion channelling Han Solo) as everyone’s favourite outlaw with a beautiful ship, a dangerous cargo and a band of lowlives to look after it. Some of them play with plastic toy dinosaurs. What’s not to love? (Read: Why Firefly is the greatest TV show of all time.)
Belle – 6th January
The brilliant Gugu Mbatha-Raw delivers a star-making performance in Amma Asante’s excellent period drama, inspired by the true story of the illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of a British admiral, who played an important role in the campaign to abolish slavery in England.
Pineapple Express – 5th January
Seth Rogen and James Franco star in this enjoyably funny stoner action comedy.
Other titles leaving Netflix UK in November and December 2016
The Other Woman
The Care Bears Movie
The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue (1998)
Yours, Mine and Ours
The Bounty Hunter
The King of the Streets
Meet the Mormons
Meet the Patels
10 to Midnight
The Addams Family
Alan Carr: Spexy Beast
All Over the Guy
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman
An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars
Angry Birds Toons
Balto 3: Wings of Change
Barbie: Princess Charm School
Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
Better Luck Tomorrow
Big Trouble in Little China
Brothers on the Line
Children of Heaven
The Counterfeit Traitor
Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!
Dance for Me
Death Wish 4: The Crackdown
Deliver Us from Evil
The Fly 2
Friday the 13th: Part 4: The Final Chapter
Frontline: My Brother’s Bomber
The Good Road
The Gospel of John
Happily N’Ever After 2: Snow White
Hector and the Search for Happiness
It’s Not Over
Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects
The Land before Time XI: The Invasion of the Tinysauruses
The Land before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers
Lee Evans: Roadrunner: Live at The O2
LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers
Let It Ride
Main Aur Charles
Michael McIntyre: Showtime!
Music for Mandela
Na Maloom Afraad
Nate and Hayes
National Lampoon’s Pledge This!
The Rat Race
The Sex Monster
Shuruaat Ka Interval
Sword of the Valiant
The Thing Called Love
Van Helsing (2004)
View from the Top
What’s Love Got to Do with It?
The World of Suzie Wong
Attack on Titan
High School of the Dead
Against the Current
Best Laid Plans
Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny
Paul Blart: Mall Cop
Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
Meet the Spartans
Can We Get Married?
This Is My Love
With thanks to uk.newonnetflix.info for some of the information.