As autumn arrives, the nights begin to darker sooner, but all that means is more time to hunker down on the sofa and get on with the business of bingeing. The only bad news? Some of the best things on Netflix won’t be there forever, and this September is a particularly sad one, as it marks the departure one of the best horror movies of recent years, Marvel’s most entertaining film, a cracking Tom Hiddleston drama and an Oscar-winning comedy. And, if you’re wondering what might happen to The Expanse, now that it’s been snapped up by Amazon as a Prime Video original, the end of the month has your answer…
This month is your last chance to stream the following:
The Witch – 17th September
Never trust a goat. That could be the moral of the story in The Witch, which sees a Christian family head into the forest to live a more devout life in 17th century New England. Director Robert Eggers mounts an atmosphere of pure horror through chilling visuals, a haunting score and a palpable sense of unease. Across 90 slow yet beautiful, minutes, The Witch slips under your skin and leaves you squirming in discomfort. A genuinely creepy horror.
Django Unchained – 19th September
Quentin Tarantino’s violent Western is a lot of things, but one thing it isn’t is boring. Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz pair up as a freed slave and German dentist to exact revenge upon white folk (including Leonardo DiCaprio’s Calvin Candie) – but it’s away from the blood splattering that Django Unchained finds its unexpected depth, with Samuel L. Jackson stealing the show as Candie’s conflicted butler.
Guardians of the Galaxy – 19th September
Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga Ooga-Chaka… One of Marvel’s most entertaining flicks bids a sad farewell.
I Saw the Light – 21st September
Tom Hiddleston is on stellar form in this biopic of folk-singing legend Hank Williams.
The Big Short – 23rd September
The Big Short is a patronising, awkward and uneven Oscar-winning comedy about the financial crisis. And, against all the odds, that’s a very, very good thing.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – 24th September
Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer (and a scene-stealing Alicia Vikander) are on super-stylish form in Guy Ritchie’s period spy thriller, based on the classic TV series. Between the slick suits, snappy editing and super-cool soundtrack, this is a cool pastiche that isn’t ashamed to simply have fun. Sometimes, it’s not just about how well you do something: it’s about how good you look while doing it.
Captain America: Civil War – 29th September
Marvel assembles more than just The Avengers with this Captain America sequel that brings together a wealth of plots with a surprising burst of humour, wit, action and emotion.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – 29th September
Marvel embraces 70s paranoia with this political thriller that brings heft and weight to its superhero series.
Jaws – 30th September
Dummm dum. Dummm dum….
The Expanse – 30th September
SyFy’s series, which is based on the bestselling books by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, unfolds across a colonised solar system 200 years in the future, when two strangers become unwittingly swept up in a vast conspiracy. One of the best sci-fi series of the last decade, it’s little wonder that when SyFy cancelled the show this year, Amazon swooped to resurrect it as an Amazon Original. Ahead of its return, the series begins its migration to its new home.
Rick and Morty: Season 1 – 6th October
Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s irreverent, dark, twisted, dark, hilarious, dark, disturbing, dark animated comedy follows the misadventures of an alcoholic scientist and his grandson – think Back to the Future, but with more time-travelling, universe-hopping portals, aliens and rude jokes. The first season departs on Saturday, but the good news is you can still see Season 2 and 3 until 1st November – and you can buy Season 1 as a box set on Amazon Video.
The BFG – 7th October
Mark Rylance lends his dulcet tones to Steven Spielberg’s utterly charming adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic kids’ book.
Blair Witch (2016) – 8th October
After discovering a video showing what he believes to be his missing sister, a young man and his friends venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mystery of her disappearance. Is it connected to the legend of the Blair Witch? Given the title of Adam “You’re Next” Wingard’s latest entry in the franchise, we’ll leave you to work out that bit.
The Neon Demon – 14th October
Beguiling and intoxicating, Nicolas Winding Refn’s dark, disturbing satire of the modelling world is a masterpiece of mood. Read our full review.
Other titles leaving Netflix UK in September and August 2018:
Bill Burr: Why Do I Do This?
The Reef 2: High Tide
David Brent: Life on the Road
BBQ Pitmasters Collection
Deep Fried Masters
Eat Your Words
Extreme Animal Obsessions
Last Call Food Brawl
Meet the Hitlers
Portal to the Unknown
Untold Stories of the ER
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
Gods of Egypt
Flesh and Bone
Stephen King’s Thinner
Margaret Cho: Psycho
Full Force Nature
One Bad Choice
The Other Side of the Door
Capture the Flag
Dora the Explorer
The First Time
How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town
The Killing$ of Tony Blair
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
American Pie Presents: The Book of Love
American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile
The Blues Brothers
The Boomer List
Casper’s Haunted Christmas
Casper’s Scare School
Charlie St. Cloud
The Dick Van Dyke Show
How to Beat the High Cost of Living
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
Into the Night
It Looks Pretty from a Distance
Land of the Lost
The Latino List: Volume 1
The Latino List: Volume 2
The Legend of Frosty the Snowman
The Lesser Blessed
The Little Rascals
Man vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler
The Monkey King: Havoc in Heaven’s Palace
Motivation 2: The Chris Cole Story
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
The Pearl of Africa
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
The Boy with the Golden Pants
Too Much Stress from My Heart
To Kill a Mockingbird
So You Think You’d Survive?
Marc Maron: Thinky Pain
Now You See Me 2
So You Think You’d Survive?
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
The Huntsman: Winter’s War
Chapo: El Escape del Siglo
Gravity Is Just a Habit
History of the Eagles
National Lampoon’s Animal House
With thanks to uk.newonnetflix.info for some of the information.