Another month begins to draw to a close and, just as June looms on the horizon, so to does the departure of some real gems on Netflix. Whether you’re a Facebook addict, a kung fu enthusiast, a Barbara Streisand admirer or someone who just really likes Calvin & Hobbes, this is your last chance to stream the following on Netflix UK:
Kung Fu Hustle – 17th May
Stephen Chow’s fast-paced action comedy sees a wannabe gangster aspiring to join a notorious gang in 1940s Shanghai.
Dear Mr. Watterson – 17th May
Is there anyone who hasn’t heard of Calvin & Hobbes? This charming documentary by Joel Allen Schroeder aims to tell the story of the comic strip and its creator, Bill Watterson, from the perspective of its cultural impact.
Funny Girl – 17th May
William Wyler’s 1968 drama stars Barbara Streisand as comedienne Fannie Brice, from her early days in the Jewish slums of the Lower East Side to her peak with Ziegfeld Follies.
Catfish – 19th May
This mind-bending film is one of the great modern documentaries that shows just how much you can do with a non-fiction format. We follow photographer Nev as he makes (ahem) special friends with someone on Facebook. Is all as it seems? His journey to meet her in real life is a surprising, gripping and prescient drama that plays out like a B-side to The Social Network. Essential viewing for the Facebook generation.
Love Is Strange – 21st May
Alfred Molina and John Lithgow are sublime in Ira Sachs’ film about a gay couple who stay together despite losing their home. A beautiful tribute to the simple joy of commitment.
Force Majeure – 28th May
A superbly thought-out black comedy that dares to touch every nerve. Read our full review.
Still Alice – 3rd June
Julianne Moore delivers a powerhouse performance in this powerful drama about a woman diagnosed early-onset Alzheimer’s disease – and her fight to not let her condition define her.
Kevin & Perry Go Large – No Longer Being Removed
Harry Enfield’s comedy creation goes to the big screen in this likeable, if puerile, teen comedy.
Damsels in Distress – 5th June
Whit Stillman’s comedy is an acquired taste, but for those who have already acquired it, this is a delightfully witty, whimsical affair, with a new dance craze and Greta Gerwig on top form.
Double Indemnity – 7th June
“How could I have known that murder could sometimes smell like honeysuckle?” Billy Wilder’s noir classic, co-written with king of hard-boiled crime Raymond Chandler, sees an insurance salesman talked into a murder by Barbara Stanwyck’s femme fatale. Iconic, must-see cinema.
The Drop – 8th June
Tom Hardy is sensationally understated in this gripping, twisting crime drama about a barman who works in a place used by the local mob to stash cash.
X+Y – 14th June
How do you define love mathematically? It’s a challenge that’s almost as impossible as discovering the formula for a brilliant film. This absolutely charming film about a boy on the autism spectrum and his mother manages to do both. Watch it – and have tissues to hand.
Antichrist – 14th June
A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts, in Lars von Trier’s bold, experimental and divisive horror movie.
We Need to Talk About Kevin – 14th June
Lynne Ramsay’s adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s novel may not always be the psychological mystery that either set out to make, but Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller’s performances as troubled teen Kevin and his mother are horribly convincing.
Winter’s Bone – 14th June
Jennifer Lawrence delivers a star-making performance in this mystery, which sees a determined Ozark Mountain girl go on a dangerous search for her drug-dealing father, who has skipped bail. Cold and bleak, with a cracking supporting turn from John Hawkes, this is a frostbitten pleasure.
Wuthering Heights (2011) – 14th June
The shouts of swearing. The noise of wind. Andrea Arnold’s beautifully natural adaptation of Emily Bronte’s familiar novel sounds completely, breathtakingly modern in this searing take on the doomed romance between Heathcliff and Catherine. Kaya Scodelario is magnificent in the lead.
The Hunter – 14th June
Willem Dafoe stars in this Australian thriller as a professional assassin sent by a mysterious company to find the last Tasmanian tiger. Slow-paced and thoughtful, this is absorbing stuff.
It Happened One Night – 14th June
Frank Capra’s 1934 flick, which sees a spoiled heiress (Claudette Colbert) flee her controlling father, only to wind up stuck with a cynical newspaper reporter (Clark Gable). Their odd couple exchanges were not only laugh-out-loud funny and endearingly sweet, but also went on to define the romantic comedy for the whole of cinema.
Other titles leaving Netflix UK in May and June 2017:
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
The New Detectives
Jeff Who Lives At Home
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Boy Meets Girl
Brave Miss World
Trailer Park Boys: Don’t Legalize It
Get on Up
Requiem for a Dream
O Comeco da Vida
A Perfect Getaway
Pocketful of Miracles
The Town that Dreaded Sundown
I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
Men at Work
The Watchmaker’s Apprentice
A Royal Christmas
No Way Out
Hot Tub Time Machine 2
All This Mayhem
Art of Conflict
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money
From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter
The Eternal Zero
It’s a Boy Girl Thing
Comes a Bright Day
Lake Placid vs. Anaconda
The Darwin Awards
Dazed and Confused
The Grudge 3
I Know Who Killed Me
The Rules of Attraction
Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon
Woman on Top
21 and Over
The Final Girls
See No Evil, Hear No Evil
Shane Mauss: Mating Season
That’s My Boy
Total Recall (2012)
War Room (2015)
With thanks to uk.newonnetflix.info for some of the information.