It's that time of the month for Netflix: The online streaming service will drop 54 movies and TV shows beginning next Friday, July 1, adding another 60 or so titles in the process. This cyclical transition marks the end of an era for titles like Reading Rainbow: Volume 1 and Rubber, which will likely retire into a post-Netflix pseudo-existence in the absence of VHS and DVD players. Others, like Jessica Alba's Honey and Batman: The Movie, will see the dawn of a new day, nobly serving as background noise for a new cohort of "Netflix and chill" daters.
In light of the upcoming weekend, we're giving you a list of must-see titles on the brink of Netflix extinction, in addition to another, more uplifting list of what's to come. Because you didn't have plans tonight anyway.
Here's what's leaving Netflix at the end of June:
Nothing inspires secondhand embarrassment quite like Ben Stiller's many faux pas in the 2004 rom-com Along Came Polly. Catch the hilariously cringe-worthy Ethiopian food scene (among many others) on-demand before it's too late.
This mind-blowing documentary follows five New York City teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of a horrendous crime back in 1989. The film provides an unvarnished glimpse into our flawed criminal justice system that's both devastating and enlightening; catch it before it's gone.
This star-studded film is an irrefutable classic and a must-see for all Netflix aficionados. The perfect summer flick follows an all-female baseball team's meteoric rise to fame in World War II America. Stream it on-demand today.
This 1968 science-fiction film from the brilliant mind of Stanley Kubrick is a mind-bending classic. 2001: A Space Odyssey is just as much a visual masterpiece as it is an intergalactic journey through time and space. It's well worth a Friday night in.
This late-'90s film featuring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts is an uplifting romantic comedy perfect for a Friday girls' night in (complete with rosé). Catch it before it's gone!
Here's what's coming to Netflix on July 1:
Arguably the best movie on this entire list, this work of art from comedic genius Tina Fey and accomplished director Mark Waters needs no introduction. How many times can you watch Mean Girls in one summer? The limit does not exist.
All three Back to the Future movies will grace the Netflix airwaves come July, giving you the opportunity to watch the entire sci-fi series from start to finish (possibly in one sitting).
If the pile of awards isn't any indication, The Big Short is a captivating film offering a previously unseen view of the 2008 financial crisis that derailed our postgraduate plans and toppled the American economy. This is a must-see for anyone born between 1980 and 1995.
While not famous for its feminist rhetoric, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is the 1953 romantic comedy that purported a then-obscure Marilyn Monroe to superstardom. Watch for Monroe's iconic rendition of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend."
From the writer who brought you the book Lucky comes the screenplay adaptation of her award-winning novel The Lovely Bones. While not for the faint of heart, this part-thriller, part-drama offers a strangely uplifting outlook on life after death.
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