Netflix is losing some big movies in September
It’s the end of August. You know what that means. Not only are we about to kiss summer goodbye, but we’ve also got to do the same for a handful of movies leaving Netflix in September. While summer will live in our hearts for a little while longer (at least, as long as the weather continues to stay HOT), the same can’t be said for some of our favorite movies. Once they’re gone from the streaming site, they’re gone.
Not only a slew of movies leaving the site, but there’s a reason for them leaving this time around. Netflix has just ended its partnership with cable channel, Epix. That means, that any movie licensed to stream on Netflix via Epix will be NO MORE. As Ted Sarandos, the Chief Content Officer at Netflix, writes on Netflix’s blog, “If you want to see [these movies] on Netflix US, now is the time.”
One thing to note is that these movies aren’t disappearing entirely from the internet. Netflix and Epix might have parted ways, but now Epix movies are going to go hang out over on Hulu. So you’ll be able to check out all these movies over there (once you’ve bought that Hulu subscription you’ve been meaning to buy so you can watch the new season of The Mindy Project). Netflix could also strike up its own licensing deal for certain movies, but as it stands right now, if it’s on Epix, it’ll no longer be on Netflix.
OK, but let’s get things rolling. You’ve only got 30 days to watch all these movies before they disappear.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire
WHAT. NO. But yes, it’s true. Two months before Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 opens, Netflix is pulling Catching Fire from its site. At least it’s adding Mockingjay Part 1 to its roster. It would have been nice to have a double-feature set up for a few months to really gear us up for the last installment of Katniss’ journey.
The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolf of Wall Street might be one of the most over-the-top movies of the last decade. It’s also one of the most gif-able movies of the last decade, so if you haven’t check this one out yet, you should. Besides, Leonardo DiCaprio wears a suit for a good portion of it, and Matthew McConaughey hums for a while.
Star Trek Into Darkness
When you think of the current Star Trek, you probably immediately think of Chris Pine playing Captain James T. Kirk. But let’s not forget that Benedict Cumberbatch plays the villain in this movie. Reason enough to watch it alone. It also appears as if all the Star Trek movies will be leaving Netflix by the end of September, and that includes the OG Star Trek movies with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.
World War Z
We’re never going to get sick of zombies, whether on TV or in the movies. With this movie, we’ve got Brad Pitt trying to save the world from a zombie invasion, as he travels the globe looking for a cure to zombie stuff. There’s a planned sequel in the works for this one, too.
Let’s be honest with ourselves, and admit that nothing will ever be able to live up to the original Anchorman. This one certainly tries, and it comes close, and in the end it’s worth watching just to see the epic newscaster fight with a thousand cameos.
In A World
It feels like In A World was JUST added to Netflix and now it’s already gone. Pencil in some time to check out Lake Bell’s directorial debut. She also just happens to have written the movie, and she stars in it too. She’s a triple threat.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Another Chris Pine movie. This one has him stepping into a role originated by Tom Cruise, playing a CIA analyst who gets caught up in a government conspiracy. Obviously, Jack Ryan’s got to save the day, and Keira Knightley is along for the ride, too.
They Came Together
Amy Poehler + Paul Rudd + director David Wain of Wet Hot American Summer fame = magic. This is your month warning to check this movie out.
Want a full list of the hundreds of movies disappearing from Netflix? Basically, if it’s listed on the Epix site, and it’s still currently streaming on Netflix RIGHT NOW, it won’t be after September 30th. Happy binging!
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