Summer’s here, and there’s no better time to run and frolic outside, but before you do, make sure you won’t miss the departure of your favourite film or TV show from Netflix UK, as another month ends and rights expire. This July, that means bidding farewell to cute animated minions, sobering action from Edgar Wright, a brilliant BBC costume drama, an impressive anime and one of the UK’s funniest comedians.
This is your last chance to stream the following on Netflix UK:
Despicable Me 2 – 24th July
The Minions seize centre stage in this sequel to DreamWorks’ animated comedy, which sees Steve Carell’s Gru go undercover to catch another super-villain, but its adopted daughter Agnes who makes this as adorable as it is funny.
The World’s End – 24th July
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright team up once again for the final entry in their Cornetto trilogy, as a bunch of old friends reunite for a pub crawl in their sleepy hometown, just as aliens invade.
Hard Eight – 26th July
Don’t miss the chance to see the very beginning of Paul Thomas Anderson’s career with his 1996 debut, Hard Eight, which sees a gambler show a stranger how to make a living in Las Vegas.
Little Dorrit – 31st July
Claire Foy and Matthew Macfadyen are on fine form in Andrew Davies’ slick, compelling BBC series based on the classic Dickens novel.
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic – 31st July
Set in a world of magic, genies (known as Djinn) and treasure-filled castles (known as Dungeons), Magi is an entertaining take on the lore of Arabian Nights.
Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle – 31st July
Stewart Lee’s smug tirades and educated, middle-class opinions are all designed to ruin stand-up comedy as we know it. For those who don’t like his intellectual concerns and patronising tone, he’s impossible to tolerate. For those who do, he makes it impossible to tolerate other comedians. That’s the brilliance of Stewart Lee’s stand-up: either way, everyone ends up miserable. His BBC series delivers exactly what you’d expect from the comedian, tackling everything from wealth and Graham Norton to racism and whether his own jokes count as entertainment or not.
Miss Sloane – 11th August
Jessica Chastain stars in this drama about Elizabeth Sloane, who remains one of the most sought-after lobbyists in Washington, D.C. When asked to help oppose a bill that imposes regulations on firearms, she instead joins a small firm that represents the backers of the law – a stance that earns her powerful new enemies and puts her career in jeopardy.
Testament of Youth – 13th August
The always-excellent Alicia Vikander stars in this moving film based on the memoir of Vera Brittain, which depicts her fight to carry on living amid a seemingly endless wave of loss, as her brother and friends go off to fight in World War I.
The Five-Year Engagement – 14th August
Jason Segel and Emily Blunt generate charming sparks in Nicholas Stoller’s comedy, about a couple whose relationship struggles to make the jump from dating to getting hitched. Funny, realistic and unafraid of tackling honest obstacles, this is a delightful bit of cinema romance. Alison Brie’s impression of Elmo steals the whole show.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army – 14th August
Hellboy II cements Del Toro’s position as a phenomenal force of cinema and imagination: uncompromising, uncanny and unbelievable.
Liar Liar – 14th August
Jim Carrey is on blistering form in this comedy drama about a lawyer who finds himself only able to tell the truth
20th Century Women – 16th August
Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig are superb in drama about Dorothea Fields, a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie, at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women – Abbie, a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie, a savvy and provocative teenage neighbour – to help with his upbringing.
Life – 16th August
Other titles leaving Netflix UK in July and August 2019:
Big Dreams, Small Spaces
Loins of Punjab
Monty Don’s French Gardens
Monty Don’s Italian Gardens
The Great Escape (2016)
Ithihas Ki Tali Se
Kissa Currency Ka
Maz Jobrani: Brown and Friendly
Samagri, Sampatti Aur Sauda
The Conjuring 2
Fifty Shades Darker
April Fool’s Day
The Burning Plain
It Started in Naples
Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce
Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23
World War II In Colour
The Gods of Wheat Street
Great Interior Design Challenge
How Clean Is Your Crime Scene
Man & Beast with Martin Clunes
Precision: The Measure of All Things
Small Animal Hospital
Worst Cooks in America
The Evolution of Us
Sex: My British Job
Banking on Bitcoin
An Off-Day Game
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Minimalism: A Documentary
The Mystery of Sleep
Sex and the City 2
Six Feet High
Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery
Look at Huh!
The Last Heist
The Legend of Tarzan
Not Another Teen Movie
Selling Houses with Sarah Beeney