What’s leaving Netflix UK in August / September 2016?
James R | On 18, Aug 2016
Between Stranger Things, Creed, Wolf Hall, Sicario and Brooklyn, you’d be forgiven for not noticing anything else on Netflix UK this month. But every wave of excellent new arrivals comes at the price of having to bid farewell to the titles whose rights have expired, to be renewed at a later date, or, often, never at all.
This is your last chance to stream the following on Netflix UK this summer:
Starman – 18th August
John Carpenter’s 1984 sci-fi romance stars Jeff Bridges as an alien who takes the form of a young widow’s husband.
Death at a Funeral (2007) – 24th August
Peter Dinklage steals the whole show in this British comedy about a funeral for the patriarch of a dysfunctional family, which is interrupted by a mysterious guest’s attempt to reveal a dark secret about the deceased. Matthew Mcfadyen is reliably deadpan in the lead, with support from Kris Marshall, Peter Vaughan, Andy Nyman, Alan Tudyk and the ever-excellent Keeley Hawes.
Hannah and Her Sisters – 24th August
Hannah and Her Sisters opens with a camera drifting through a house party, looking at an unsuspecting Barbara Hershey. Finally, it settles on Michael Caine. His voice is recognisable, but only just, as he stands there in his frumpy jumper and oversized specs. He plays Elliot, a man married to the titular Hannah (Mia Farrow) and also in love with her sister, Lee. Elliot’s rambling mid-life crisis takes us through this painful and brilliant drama, bringing with it all the confusion and chaos of human relationships. One of Woody Allen’s most mature pieces, it will leave you bewitched, bothered and bewildered.
Noah – 27th August
Examining what it takes to blindly follow instructions that will wipe out the rest of humanity, Darren Aronofsky’s version of Noah is bold and idiosyncratic, taking into account everything from fertility and sin to evolution itself. Russell Crowe and Ray Winstone go full pelt in this Biblical epic.
The Adventures of Tintin – 31st August
This 1992 US animated series based on the classic comics is enjoyably passionate about its source material, keeping the plots and simple line-drawing style of Herge’s illustrations – plus an impressively cinematic opening credits sequence. It’s occasionally a tad cheesy, but no less entertaining because of it.
Spies of Warsaw – 31st August
David Tennant stars in this BBC adaptation of Alan Furst’s novels, which sees Colonel Jean-François Mercier, the French military attache in Warsaw, drawn into a world of intrigue and abduction in the Polish capital – and falls into an affair with lawyer Anna Skarbek (Janet Montgomery) along the way. Classy stuff.
Cloverfield – 31st August
What is Clover? In short, it’s a giant monster. Where is it from? No idea. What’s its motivation? Not a clue. All we know for sure is it’s big, mean, and it can decapitate the Statue of Liberty from 50 paces. Matt Reeves’ thoroughly modern monster movie captures the immediate terror of destruction from ground level. Come for the thrills and fascinating creature design. Stay for the subtle, smart framing, which prevents us seeing too much of what’s going on.
Hobo with a Shotgun – 31st August
Rutger Hauer stars in this violent trashy revenge flick that does exactly what it says on the tin.
The House of the Devil – 31st August
Ti West’s breakout horror movie remains one of the genre’s best in recent years.
Lilting – 31st August
Ben Whishaw gives his most subtle performance to date as a young man struggling to come to terms with the death of Kai, his boyfriend. He ends up befriending Kai’s Chinese-speaking mother, Junn, who lives a mundane existence in a nearby nursing home. This debut feature from director Hong Khaou is a magnificent sigh of a movie. (Read our review.)
The Magnificent Seven – 31st August
Before the remake arrives, don’t miss the chance to catch the iconic original western.
Muscle Shoals – 31st August
A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed.
No Country for Old Men – 31st August
The Coen brothers’ Western, starring Josh Brolin and Kelly MacDonald, follows a Sheriff’s investigation into a psychopath’s trail of killings – and the hunter who finds himself with the killer on his tail. Tommy Lee Jones has never been better as the weary lawman nearing retirement, while Javier Bardem is chilling as the pneumatic cattle gun-wielding Anton.
Whip It – 31st August
Although both sports underdog stories and “kid wanting to do something parents don’t approve of” movies have already been done before, Whip It combines the two with a great cast – Elliot Page as 17-year-old Bliss and Alia “Maeby Funke” Shawkt” are her best friend, Pash. Together, they venture into the violence-and-fishnets world of Roller Derby. The directorial debut of Drew Barrymore, this is a chick flick with actual chicks – and it’s such a relief to see roles like this around.
The Crazies – 1st September
Remakes of horror movies don’t tend to turn out well, but this update of The Crazies is genuinely creepy stuff. As an infection spreads through a small US town, residents begin to, well, go crazy. The reaction of the locals gives this film some bite – and Timothy Olyphant as the sheriff elevates the whole production above generic B-movie – but it’s the sheer visceral thrills on offer that really grab your attention.
Other titles leaving Netflix UK in July and August 2016
Doing Hard Time
The Legend of Billie Jean
The Mountain Men
The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears
Art & Music
Harry the Bunny
Tillie Knock Knock
Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey
Just Like a Woman
A Family Thing
An All Dogs Christmas Carol
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
A Year in Burgundy
Airplane II: The Sequel
Along Came a Spider
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Asterix The Gaul
Asterix: The Twelve Tasks
The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song
St. George’s Day (Berlin Job)
The Cry of the Owl
Days of Thunder
Flame and Citron
Genius Party Beyond
Giggle and Hoot’s Best Ever!
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell
In the Electric Mist
Joanna Lumley: The Quest for Noah’s Ark
Life Below Zero
Love the Beast
The Magic Roundabout
Men at Lunch
Note to Self
Love & Other Impossible Pursuits
The Ramen Girl
Semisweet: Life in Chocolate
The Spiderwick Chronicles
Hey Arnold! The Movie
We Are the Freaks
The Expendables 3
1 Way Up: The Story of Peckham BMX
Kiss of Death
The Hungover Games
Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie
Jack & Diane
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
When I Walk
An Evening with Kevin Smith
Assault on Wall Street
Les Miserables (1998)
Friday Night Lights
With thanks to uk.newonnetflix.info for some of the information.