Counting down the days until Luke Cage lands on Netflix UK? The good news is that there’s a whole heap of good stuff to pass the time on the site. The bad news? Some of it’s leaving soon, as their streaming rights expire. So whether you’re looking to get into the Christmas spirit early, catch up with an underrated role from the late Anton Yelchin or simply like puppets that look like Matt Damon, don’t miss the opportunity to catch the below.
This is your last chance to stream the following on Netflix UK:
It’s a Wonderful Life – 19th September
What would the world be like if you didn’t exist? Frank Capra’s seasonal classic not only tackles the subject of suicide but also manages to find time for topical anti-bankers commentary, angels and heart-warming family sentiment. It’s hard to think of a Christmas movie that’s more human. Seeing it leave Netflix is as disappointing as the supermarkets already starting sell mince pies.
Fright Night – 19th September
A remake of the 1985 cult favourite, the late Anton Yelchin brings oodles of charm to his role of everyteen Charley, who discovers his next door neighbour is a vampire. Colin Farrell has a whale of a time as the villain, full of menace, pointy teeth and sex appeal.
Election – 19th September
Alexander Payne’s satire about a high school election boasts a cracking turn from Reese Witherspoon as a successful student determined to win and Matthew Broderick as the teacher trying to stop her.
Two Days, One Night – 19th September
Written and directed by two-time Palme D’Or winners the Dardenne Brothers, Two Days, One Night is set in a small Belgian town and stars Marion Cotillard as Sandra, a working class mother of two, whose extended sick leave prompts her boss to decide that the factory can manage without her. He asks her co-workers to choose, via a show of hands, between keeping Sandra on and receiving an annual bonus of €1,000 each, albeit with extra hours involved. This powerfully emotional drama shows the Dardennes at the top of their game. Read our review.
Team America: World Police – 19th September
Friday Night Lights – 23rd September
This show isn’t that well-known on British soil, largely thanks to its focus on American Football. But there’s something universally enjoyable in Peter Berg’s high school sports drama, which boasts a cast that ranges from Kyle Chandler to Taylor Kitsch.
A Most Wanted Man – 29th September
Anton Corbijn’s spy thriller follows Gunther, a German agent who is assigned with gleaning intelligence from Hamburg’s local Muslim community. When an illegal refugee enters the city and is suspected to be a terrorist, the cogs of espionage gradually turn to arrange a sting operation. The deliciously slow pace may not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s driven by one of the best performances Philip Seymour Hoffman’s career.
The Grand Budapest Hotel – 29th September
“There is still a glimmer of civilisation in the barbaric slaughterhouse we know as humanity.”
That’s Monsieur Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) to his young bellboy protege Zero (Tony Revolori) at The Grand Budapest Hotel. Located halfway up a mountain in the tiny, war-torn Eastern European Republic of Zubrowka, it’s a frontier for wealth, sophistication, old women with large suitcases and fluffy pink pastries. Wes Anderson’s tribute to the lost decorum of the past as well as the act of storytelling itself feels almost like a summation of the director’s career; combining the naivety of Rushmore with the spot-motion anarchy of Fantastic Mr. Fox, it zips along with mechanical precision, a clockwork dainty that ticks relentlessly against the gloomy tide of fascism.
Trash – 30th September
Stephen Daldry and Richard Curtis team up for this Slumdog Millionaire-style thriller about three kids who discover a wallet in a rubbish dump in Brazil, only to find themselves chased by sinister adults…
War Horse – 30th September
Let’s face it. You don’t go into War Horse without knowing exactly what to expect. It’s a film by Steven Spielberg. About a horse. You’ll end up bawling your eyes out – and, while things may descend into sentimentality now and then, there’s no shame in that.
Harry Brown – 1st October
A pensioner turns vigilante against the troublesome youths on his council estate. Michael Caine brings gravitas to the role.
Other titles leaving Netflix UK in September and October 2016
The Heartbreak Kid
The Human Race
Isle of Dogs
A Walk Among the Tombstones
The Best of Me
Did You Hear About The Morgans?
Melina Comarcho: Hello!
League of Super Evil
A Night at the Roxbury
Agent Cody Banks
The Poisoner’s Handbook
Art & Copy
Bigger than T.Rex
Child’s Play 3
Emperor’s Ghost Army
Eve of Destruction
Fears of the Dark
First Man on the Moon
Frankie and Johnny
Here Comes the Devil
The Land Before Time
Daisie: A Hen into the Wild
The Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story
Nova: Ben Franklin’s Baloons
Nova: First Air War
Nova: Killer Landslides
Rise of the Hackers
The Odd Couple
The Original Kings of Comedy
Pretty in Pink
Richard Pryor: Icon
Ring of Fire
Robin Williams Remembered
Secrets of Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Starsky & Hutch
Which Way is the Front Line from Here?
Lie to Me
With thanks to uk.newonnetflix.info for some of the information.