Summer’s here and, like creatures of the night scuttling away from natural light, Netflix is about to see another wave of films and TV shows vanish from its line-up. So if you’re a fan or robots, aliens, singers, time-travelling cops or meatballs, listen up.
This is your last chance to stream the following:
Real Steel – 19th June
Nothing says father-son bonding like a film about giant remote-controlled robots hitting each other. Hugh Jackman helps to make this familiar family drama an engaging, enjoyable watch.
Battlestar Galactica – 20th June
If you’re still to find who’s a Cylon and who isn’t, this reboot of the classic sci-fi series is well worth catching up with – particularly the first three seasons.
Thor: The Dark World – 23rd June
Marvel’s eighth instalment in its ever-expanding MCU sees Chris Hemsworth’s God of thunder team up with deceitful brother Loki to save the Nine Realms from the Dark Elves. Tom Hiddleston inevitably steals the show.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – 24th June
You may have seen meteor showers, but we bet you’ve never seen a MEATIER shower. Bumbling inventor Flynn creates a machine that turns water into food in this barmy animated comedy. What starts out as a cute, romantic tale of following your dreams soon descends into a nightmarish, surreal world of sentient pizza, overweight citizens and giant, evil roast chickens. It’s a smart, food-pun-filled festival of visual gags – and the perfect introduction to the brains of The LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
20 Feet from Stardom – 25th June
This documentary about backing singers is simply winning stuff.
All Is Lost – 27th June
The story of a man fighting to stay alive at sea, 70-year-old Robert Redford throws himself into All Is Lost like a masochistic pensioner. The result is a brutal 90 minute display of resilience that amazes as much as it hurts.
Venus in Fur – 27th June
Sexy, intelligent, daring and entertaining, Venus In Fur is a battle of wits between an actress (Emmanuelle Seigner) and a director (Mathieu Amalric), which unfolds almost entirely in a theatre. Gender roles, power, claustrophobia. This is Polanski’s best in years.
Jimmy’s Hall – 28th June
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Barry Ward’s Jimmy is a loving man, who comes home to his family and loved ones but soon, with mild cajoling, decides to re-open a hall he helped establish, where people can come together and learn, play, and enjoy each other’s company. This proves a problem for the powers that be, as director Ken Loach crafts a drama that seeks to touch the basic sense of humanity in all of us.
Life on Mars – 14th July
With Ashley Pharoah’s The Living and the Dead currently available on BBC iPlayer as a box set, what better time to go back and revisit his masterpiece, Life on Mars? John Simm is great in the role of Sam Tyler, a detective who finds himself transported to the 1970s. Philip Glenister is even better as Gene Hunt, a Manchester police detective who lives up to every stereotype of the period. And then some.
Other titles leaving Netflix UK in June and July 2016
3 Days to Kill
Katt Williams: The Pimp Chronicles: Pt. 1
Bettie Page Reveals All
Hasee Toh Phasee
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete
Mr. Morgan’s Last Love
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
Season of the Witch
FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman
Great Barrier Reef
Great Bear Stakeout
Stephan Hawking’s Universe
Not Another Happy Ending
A Guy Thing
The Best Man Holiday
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
The Brothers Grimm
The Ninth Gate
Crank 2: High Voltage
Short Term 12
The Wolf of Wall Street
Ken Burns: Prohibition
Ken Burns: The Civil War
Ken Burns: The War
Ken Burns: The West
Numbers Around the Globe
With thanks to uk.newonnetflix.info for some of the information.