Ah, November, the month when we all bury our heads in our duvets and try to pretend that the end of the year isn’t fast approaching. But the mince pies lining the supermarket shelves and the John Lewis Christmas advert are unavoidable reminders that December is racing towards us and the year is quickly departing. Also bidding farewell are a veritable stocking-full of Netflix titles.
This is your last chance to stream the following on Netflix UK:
Warrior – 15th November
Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton dial the intensity up to 11 in this MMA drama about two brothers who find redemption in the ring – even when it means going up against each other. Nick Nolte brings emotional weight as their recovering alcoholic father, while director Gavin O’Connor gives enough painful realism to the gritty, brutal fight sequences that the movie ducks heavy-handed cliches and swings straight for a powerful punch to the gut.
The Babadook – 16th November
As anybody who has tried to pretend that “there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo” will know, the best contemporary children’s stories are a conspiratorial, cheeky wink to the child whose imagination can summon up and cast aside monsters at will. In ye olden days, of course, fairytales were altogether more serious, a Grimm bloodbath of warnings against stranger danger and other real-world perils. The Babadook astutely unites the wry, modern storybook incarnation with the genre’s disturbing past. The result is one of the horror movies of recent years. (Read our full review.)
Muppets Most Wanted – 25th November
The follow-up to 2011’s The Muppets sees our fuzzy friends team up to make a sequel – only to have their plans scuppered by evil frog Constantine, who infiltrates the group disguised as Kermit. Genuine hilarity ensues, if you can get past the glut of celebrity cameos.
Radio Days – 27th November
Woody Allen goes back to his childhood days in this nostalgic, self-aware, semi-autobiographical comedy, which is full of wistful meditation on the passing of time.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – 30th November
Brad Bird jumps into the director’s chair for this fourth Mission: Impossible outing and the result is like a live-action cartoon, from a finale involving cars to a trick revolving around an iPad and, of course, the bit where Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt hangs off the tallest building in the world in Dubai. The trick to its success? You buy into all of it. The runtime is a little long, but this is one of the best, and most faithful, entries in the TV spin-off franchise.
The Apartment – 30th November
Is Billy Wilder’s 1960 masterpiece sad or sweet? That’s one of many reasons why The Apartment is a classic, as it tells the tale of an officer worker who lets his boss use his apartment for an affair – only to fall for the boss’ girlfriend himself. Wilder was no stranger to cynicism, but this romance is shot through with hope, which lights up the performances by Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine even now, more than 50 years later.
The Case Against 8 – 30th November
In 2008, California banned same-sex marriage. The response? A carefully planned and lovingly dedicated legal case to overturn the ruling, which unfolds with humour, heart – and, like all weddings, more than a few tears.
Obvious Child – 30th November
“You know what makes you special?” best friend Nellie (Gaby Hoffmann) asks Donna (Jenny Slate). “I’m really good at folding laundry?” comes the sad reply. “No, you’re unapologetically yourself on stage.” That’s the one thing you can definitely say about the heroine of Obvious Child: Donna, a stand-up comedian, is never sorry for being her. She farts in front of people. She tells strangers about her love life. The film takes the same matter-of-fact attitude. The result is a comedy that’s adorable, amusing and, crucially, a film in which every joke is character-driven. A delight.
Munich – 30th November
One of Spielberg’s most underrated films, this 2005 thriller follows five men, who are chosen to hunt down and kill the Palestinian terrorists responsible for taking 11 Israeli athletes hostage and murdering them following Munich’s 1972 Olympics.
Starter for 10 – 4th December
James McAvoy, Alice Eve and Rebecca Hall are caught in a lovely romantic triangle as he tries out for his university’s University Challenge team. Worth watching just for a scene-stealing Benedict Cumberbatch as the team’s uptight captain.
Damages – 15th December
Emmy winner Glenn Close stars as a morally challenged lawyer who rules the New York legal scene. If you binge-watched Netflix’s Bloodline, you’ll be gripped by Damages, the earlier show from creators Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman.
Other titles leaving Netflix UK in November and December 2016
Naked Among Wolves
Once Upon a Time in Mumbai
Once Upon a Time in Mumbai: Dobaara
Happily N’Ever After
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Life Without Dick
Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild
A Perfect Ending
Jumping the Broom
Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist
The Adventures of Food Boy
The Rage: Carrie 2
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome
Breaking the Taboo
Escape from Tomorrow
Wish I Was Here
The Good Doctor
The Butterfly Effect 2
The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations
Outpost II: Black Sun
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
We Were Soldiers
What Women Want
Life of Crime
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Kung Pow: Enter the Fist
It’s Such a Beautiful Day
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star
H2O: Just Add Water
With thanks to uk.newonnetflix.info for some of the information.