Summer’s here and, as the rays of yellow hit this green and pleasant land like glowing shards of happiness, storm clouds gather to wash away a new wave of films and TV shows from Netflix.
When Netflix’s rights to a title expire, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll never see it again – the streaming giant may renew its deal with the programme provider or movie studio in a matter of days. But more often than not, they simply get replaced with something else, with new titles arriving every month.
So if you’re a fan of superheroes or space operas, take heed: this is your last chance to stream the following…
This list will be kept up to date as we confirm more removal dates.
Captain America: The First Avenger – 18th July
If Thor showed the world that comic book movies can have a sense of humour, Captain America confirmed it. Joe Johnston’s smart decision to set events during WWII allowed Alan Silvestri to invent a delightfully camp theme tune for the hero, a self-aware pastiche of 1940s propaganda that not only made audiences smile but also set the tone for Cap’s idealistic values – and cheesy costume.
Saving Mr. Banks – 24th July
“That’s not a word,” declares Mrs. Travers during the writing of Disney’s Mary Poppins, based on her books. “We made it up,” say the Sherman brothers, halfway through singing a song. “Then un-make it up,” comes the curt reply. Featuring a hilariously abrupt turn from Emma Thompson, and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney himself, John Lee Hancock’s drama may be formulaic, but it has a merry tune to toot, one that wins you over, animated penguins, tuppence and all.
And Now for Something Completely Different – 31st July
Monty Python’s feature-length compilation of its best sketches is a perfect introduction to the comedy troupe.
Big Bad Wolves – 31st July
In what scenario is torture ok? It isn’t. That’s it. It’s an easy question to answer. But Big Bad Wolves asks more difficult questions. What if the victim is a pedophile? What if you think they’ve captured your daughter? That a film can even make you consider an alternative is chilling. The fact that it’s gripping and funny too is scarily impressive.
Frank – 31st July
We all know the story. Guy joins unknown band. Guy discovers his inner creative self. Unknown band becomes famous.
Frank is not that story.
Inspired by the persona of Frank Sidebottom, Lenny Abrahamson’s film isn’t a straight-out biopic. It isn’t a comedy either. Or a drama. Or a musical. It’s a mix of all three – and, as a result, manages that to be that rare thing: original and unpredictable.
Funeral in Berlin – 31st July
Michael Caine is on stellar form as Harry Palmer in Guy Hamilton’s classic spy thriller, based on Len Deighton’s novel.
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 – 31st July
The second part of Quentin Tarantino’s revenge flick may not be as stylish as the first, but it packs a gritty Western punch – not least because of the performance by David Carradine as our titular villain, whose relationship with Uma Thurman’s Bride is filled with surprisingly understated emotion. Daryl Hannah brings the violence as the one-eyed Elle Driver.
Stake Land – 31st July
Jim Mickle’s take on vampires is suitably idiosyncratic, creating a post-apocalyptic story that’s as much about character as it is chomping people’s necks off. Quiet, tense and made on an impressively low budget, Stake Land is a classy bit of indie horror.
The House I Live In – 31st July
Eugene Jarecki’s documentary charts America’s wars on drugs – a war that the country is losing.
Space Dandy – 31st July
A look at the cover art should tell you every you need to know about the latest from Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe and Shingo Natsume. The space opera follows decked-out alien hunter Dandy, who, with help from space cat Meow and faithful robot QT, combs the galaxy in search of unregistered life forms.
Other titles leaving Netflix UK in June and July 2016
It’s a Lot
Gabriel Iglesia: I’m Not Fat… I’m Fluffy
Back to School
The Cutting Edge
Dead Like Me: Life After Death
Into the Blue 2: The Reef
Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style
The Legend is Born: Ip Man
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
180 degrees South
A Day Without Cancer
American Experience: The Amish: Shunned
The Central Park Five
Cutie and the Boxer
The Education of Little Tree
Escape from Zahrain
Hello I Must Be Going
Just a Kiss
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains
Let the Bullets Fly
The Magic of Belle Isle
Mission to Lars
MTV’s Wuthering Heights
On the Double
Papa’s Delicate Condition
Queer Duck: The Movie
Robinson Cursoe on Mars
Schultze Gets the Blues
Spark: A Burning Man Story
Such Good Friends
Switchfoot: Fading West
Where Love Has Gone
Whispers in the Dark
Space Station 76
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Clifford’s Puppy Days
Art & Music
Harry the Bunny
Tillie Knock Knock
With thanks to uk.newonnetflix.info for some of the information.