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YOUR CURATED GUIDE FOR OCTOBER 2020

LEAVING NETFLIX

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OUR NUMBER ONE PICK: THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

Synopsis: "Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into a case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out."

 

Our Take: Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins are beyond spectacular, performing off one another and gracing us with some of the greatest dialogue centric sequences in the history of cinema. Is that high praise? Yes. But Jonathan Demme absolutely earned it by directing one of the greatest thrillers of all time.

Leaves

October 31

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TIMELY ENTERTAINMENT: DISTRICT 9

Synopsis: "Thirty years ago, aliens arrive on Earth -- not to conquer or give aid, but -- to find refuge from their dying planet. Separated from humans in a South African area called District 9, the aliens are managed by Multi-National United, which is unconcerned with the aliens' welfare but will do anything to master their advanced technology. When a company field agent (Sharlto Copley) contracts a mysterious virus that begins to alter his DNA, there is only one place he can hide: District 9."

 

Our Take: For its budget and scope, District 9 is a technical marvel. More importantly, writer/director Neill Blomkamp brings a striking level of political awareness to the film that feels more relevant today than it could have in 2009.

Leaves

October 31

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MORE THAN JUST NOSTALGIA: THE FIRM (1993)

Synopsis: "A young lawyer joins a small but prestigious law firm only to find out that most of their clients are on the wrong side of the law. The company is helping to launder mob money, get clients off charges and even murder partners who threaten to blow their cover. But when the FBI come calling to gather evidence on the lawyer's colleagues, he is caught between a rock and a hard place, juggling his life and his liberty."

Our Take: Based on the novel by John Grisham, The Firm is a classic legal thriller with a script and ensemble cast that elevate it above traditional blockbuster fare. It's thrilling, filled with mature themes, and completely worth catching before it leaves Netflix.

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THE FULL LIST OF FILMS AND TV

LEAVING NETFLIX IN AUGUST

Leaving 1st

  • Emelie

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

  • Sleeping with Other People

 

Leaving 2nd

  • Cult of Chucky

  • Truth or Dare

 

Leaving 3rd

  • The Water Diviner

 

Leaving 7th

  • The Last Airbender

 

Leaving 17th

  • The Green Hornet

 

Leaving 19th

  • Paper Year

 

Leaving 22nd

  • While We're Young

 

Leaving 26th

 

  • Battle: Los Angeles

 

Leaving 30th

  • Kristy

 

Leaving August 31

  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

  • Burlesque

  • Charlotte’s Web

  • Clash of the Titans

  • District 9

  • The Firm

  • Fun with Dick & Jane

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • Grandmaster

  • Highway to Heaven: Seasons 1-5

  • The Interview

  • Just Friends

  • Magic Mike

  • Nacho Libre

  • The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

  • The NeverEnding Story

  • The NeverEnding Story 2: The Next Chapter

  • Nights in Rodanthe

  • The Patriot

  • Set Up

  • The Silence of the Lambs

  • Sleepless in Seattle

  • Sleepy Hollow

  • Spaceballs

  • The Taking of Pelham 123

  • The Ugly Truth

  • Underworld

  • Underworld: Evolution

  • Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

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