With summer here, who’s going to spend their time indoors watching things on the Internet? The answer: Anyone who has seen the list of films leaving NOW TV and Sky Movies in July 2016 and doesn’t want to miss out on Penny Dreadful, The Jinx, Veep and The Enfield Haunting.
This is your last chance to stream the following…
Penny Dreadful: S3 – 21st July
Eva Green, Timothy Dalton and co. return for a final season of John Logan’s hauntingly beautiful monster story mash-up. If you haven’t caught up yet, do it now.
The Jinx – 27th July
HBO’s six-part documentary, directed and produced by Andrew Jarecki and produced and shot by Marc Smerling, exposes long-buried information discovered during a seven-year investigation of a series of unsolved crimes, and the man at their centre: Robert Durst, scion of New York’s billionaire Durst family.
Long suspected in the 1982 disappearance of his young wife in New York, the 2000 murder of the key witness in the case in Beverly Hills, and the subsequent murder and dismemberment of a neighbour in Texas, Durst has consistently maintained his innocence.
If you liked Serial or Making a Murderer, you’ll love this.
Veep S5 – 27th July
Armando Iannucci’s political comedy returns for a fifth season, but with Curb Your Enthusiasm’s David Mandel replacing the Brit in the role of showrunner.
The Enfield Haunting – 31st July
Not impressed by The Conjuring 2, Sky’s mini-series telling the same true story is wonderfully spooky stuff. The three-part drama is a dramatisation of the terrifying and bizarre events that took place at an ordinary house in Enfield during the autumn of 1977. Timothy Spall plays Maurice Grosse, a paranormal researcher who strikes up a connection with Janet (Eleanor Worthington-Cox), when he investigates the strange happenings at the Hodgson family home. Matthew Macfadyen plays Guy Lyon Playfair, Grosse’s sceptical co-investigator, while Juliet Stevenson plays his wife, who is struggling to come to terms with his all-encompassing obsession with the investigation.
Broad City S3 – 6th August
Abbi and Ilana return for a third run of the odd-couple comedy about two best friends navigating their 20s in New York City. As Season 3 begins, Abbi and Ilana experience wardrobe malfunctions, and set out on a desperate search for a public bathroom.
Other TV box sets leaving Sky and NOW TV in July / August 2016
Artists in Love Season 1 – 20th
Doctor Finlay S1 to S4 – 20th
The Borgias S2
The Force: Manchester S1
DCI Banks S1
Strike Back S2
Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom S2
Angelina Ballerina S3 to S6
Little Princess S2
Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew S1
Bradford Shorts S1
The British Invasion S1
The Return of Sherlock Holmes S1 to S4
Drunk History S1 to 2
Seann Walsh World S1
Workaholics S3 to S4
100 Miles from Nowhere S1
Bear Grylls: Breaking Point S1
Ed Stafford: Into the Unknown S1
Idris Elba: No Limits S1
Sean Conway – Running Britain S1
Tony Robinson’s World War 1 S1
Wayward Pines S2
Always and Everyone S1 to S4
Home Fires S1
Scott and Bailey S3
MTV Suspect S1
Gladiator – 22nd July
Ridley Scott’s historical epic, starring Russell Crowe, is as good now as it was 16 years ago.
Cold In July – 26th July
Michael C Hall stars as a man who shoots a low-life burglar in 1989 Texas. He’s hailed as a hero by the town, but his father is soon out for revenge…
Chicago – 29th July
Bill Condon’s adaptation of the classic musical is a toe-tapping affair that even Richard Gere singing can’t derail. Razzle-dazzle, indeed.
A Streetcar Named Desire – 31st July
If you’ve only seen The Simpsons’ musical version, don’t miss the chance to catch Elia Kazan’s swelteringly good take on Tennessee Williams’ intense play.
Batman – 31st July
Tim Burton dials up the Gothic style in his take on the DC hero, which proves that Michael Keaton is one of the most underrated actors around and that Jack Nicholson always looks good, even in purple.
Batman Returns – 31st July
Tim Burton likes Christmas almost as much as Shane Black. Here, his superhero sequel sees Gotham wrapped in a deep, crisp and even frost – one that only brings out the eerie beauty in Danny DeVito’s villainous Penguin.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – 31st July
Ang Lee’s martial arts epic is a stunning, action-packed affair that impresses precisely because of how tender and low-key it is.
Ghostbusters – 31st July
If you’re afraid of women or you ain’t afraid of no women, catch up on Ivan Reitman’s original comedy before going to see the remake in cinemas.
Mrs Doubtfire – 31st July
One of Robin Williams’ best.
My Best Friend’s Wedding – 31st July
The moment I wake up, before I put on my makeup, I say a little prayer for you…
The Maze Runner – 1st August
Ever wished that someone had remade 90s horror Cube for kids? Meet The Maze Runner, another young adult novel series that has been turned into a film franchise – but unlike the others, this sees our teens wake up trapped in a gigantic maze, where new boys arrive via a mysterious elevator. Until one day, a girl turns up. The cast (including Thomas Sangster and Will Poulter) face the sci-fi premise with straight faces, while the creatures scuttling through the labyrinth are genuinely unsettling.
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang – 8th July
Iron Man 3. Lethal Weapon. Shane Black seriously likes Christmas. His best December-set outing, though, is easily this post-modern film noir, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a wannabe detective, who untangles a conspiracy worthy of Chinatown in a snow-covered LA. Darkly funny and boasting a stellar turn from Val Kilmer, this is a buddy comedy that will leave you with a festive smile on your face.
Other movies leaving Sky and NOW TV in July / August 2016
Reign of Fire
Lilo & Stitch 2
Million Dollar Arm
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
The Mighty Ducks
You’re Not You
Clash of the Titans (2010)
Aladdin and the King of Thieves
Alex Zane’s Cinecast Ep. 1
13 Going on 30
Black Snake Moan
El Dorado (1966)
Escape from Alcatraz
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
In Harm’s Way
In the Name of the Father
Little Miss Sunshine
Never Been Kissed
One In The Chamber
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
The Green Mile
The High and the Mighty
The Jewel of the Nile
The Package (2012)
The Patriot (2000)
The Witches of Eastwick
Three Night Stand
xXx2: The Next Level
A Goofy Movie
Deliver Us From Evil
Meet the Robinsons
Father of the Bride Part II
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Journey To Dinosaur Island
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
The Nut Job
The Book Of Life
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas