Do you remember when Netflix had pretty much everything you could ask for in a streaming service? Those days are long gone, thanks to some intense competition from its rivals. Regardless, it’s still at the top of the mountain when it comes to streamers, simply because it has such a wide selection of classic and modern films from many other studios. Unfortunately, it can’t keep them all, and at the end of the month, several of these films are going away. Sometimes they come back, but why wait? There’s still time to watch some of your favorite flicks before their time runs out. And to help you make your plans, we’ve put together the best movies leaving Netflix at the end of July.
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Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of A Clockwork Orange has some very stunning visuals even 50 years after its release. Malcolm McDowell stars as Alex DeLarge, a young criminal in the near future. Alex and his friends are connoisseurs of “ultra violence” and many other horrible and antisocial activities. The short version is that they are completely amoral. However, Alex takes the fall for his gang’s crimes, and he pays the price by undergoing a morally questionable conditioning program that leaves him physically incapable of violence. Upon his release, Alex is defenseless in a world that he once terrorized.
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Adrienne Corri, Miriam Karlin
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Runtime: 136 minutes
Julia Roberts headlines the biopic adaptation of Elizabeth “Liz” Gilbert’s memoir Eat Pray Love. Roberts plays Liz, a woman who had the career of her dreams and a husband, Steven (Billy Crudup), whom she used to love deeply. When Liz gets divorced from Billy, she is forced to reevaluate her life. She also decides to take an international trip of self-discovery to find the happiness that she desires. Along the way, she romances David (James Franco) and Felipe (Javier Bardem). But the heart Liz really needs to tame is her own.
Rotten Tomatoes: 36%
Stars: Julia Roberts, James Franco, Richard Jenkins, Viola Davis, Billy Crudup, Javier Bardem
Director: Ryan Murphy
Runtime: 133 minutes
If you listen to the reviews, then Hook is one of the worst films that Steven Spielberg has ever directed. We’re here to tell you that the critics are wrong, and Hook is a terrific sequel to Peter Pan. And who better to play the boy who never grew up than Robin Williams? In the present, Peter is married to Moira Banning (Caroline Goodall) and is the father of two kids. He doesn’t even remember that he is Peter Pan. But when his old adversary Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) kidnaps Peter’s kids, it falls on Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts) to bring Peter back to Neverland and reclaim the wild heart within.
Rotten Tomatoes: 29%
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith
Director: Steven Spielberg
Runtime: 142 minutes
Do you think you know Mad Max? While Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the greatest action flicks of the last decade, the original film had a very different take on Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson). In this story, Max is a family man and an Australian police officer in the near future. Max is also very good at his job, and therein lies the problem. Max has made an enemy out of the Toecutter (Hugh Keays-Byrne) and his motorcycle gang. That’s why they target Max’s partner, his family, and, ultimately, Max himself. When Max is pushed to the limit, all hell breaks loose.
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley, Tim Burns, Roger Ward
Director: George Miller
Runtime: 93 minutes
We swear that we didn’t plan to have three Julia Roberts movies on this month’s list, it just happened to work out that way. My Best Friend’s Wedding is actually one of the best romantic comedies that Roberts has ever appeared in, largely because it’s the only one that lets her be the villain. Julianne Potter (Roberts) becomes despondent when she learns that her best friend, Michael O’Neal (Dermot Mulroney), is about to marry Kimberly “Kimmy” Wallace (Cameron Diaz). For her own sake, Julianne decides that she wants to steal Michael back for herself, and she schemes to break up the couple before they tie the knot.
Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Stars: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett, Philip Bosco
Director: P.J. Hogan
Runtime: 104 minutes
Don’t take The Patriot at face value. It’s definitely not a historical record. But it is an entertaining tale about the Revolutionary War that forged America. Mel Gibson stars as Benjamin Martin, a skilled soldier who is haunted by war crimes that he committed during previous conflicts. Although Benjamin tries to stay out of the war, the brutal tactics of Colonel William Tavington (Jason Isaacs) force him to take up arms to save the life of his son, Gabriel (Heath Ledger). After that, Benjamin and his men become a constant threat to the British forces. However, their success ultimately exacts a very high price for both Benjamin and his family.
Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
Stars: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs, Chris Cooper, Tchéky Karyo
Director: Roland Emmerich
Runtime: 164 minutes
Buckle up, buttercups. It’s time to revisit the rules of surviving the zombie apocalypse in Zombieland. In this action-comedy, a college student calling himself Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) partners up with Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), a hardened survivor. While the two make a great team, their unity is threatened when they encounter a pair of con artist sisters: Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin). Yet if this makeshift group doesn’t learn to accept each other, they will lose more than just their lives to the zombie horde.
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Runtime: 88 minutes
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