What’s Expiring From Netflix: May 2016
The best part of each new month is the stuff that gets added to Netflix. The worst part of each new month is the stuff that gets taken from Netflix. And this month’s list of expiring titles is actually pretty extensive; there’s a Ridley Scott double bill (Black Hawk Down and the theatrical cut of Blade Runner), Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (Bogus!), the terrific Polish drama Ida, and the surreal horror flick Escape From Tomorrow, which was shot on the grounds of Walt Disney World without the company’s permission.
If you want to watch any of those, you’ve got weeks (or, in some cases, days) to do so before they’re gone for a while. Here’s the full list of what’s getting raptured into the Netflix streaming afterlife next month.
The Animatrix (2003): From the creators of the Matrix trilogy, these short films fuse computer graphics and Japanese anime to provide the background of the Matrix universe.
Anna Karenina (1948): When a debonair army officer sweeps a married Russian noblewoman off her feet, the resulting scandal destroys her societal standing.
Author! Author! (1982): Before playwright Ivan Travalian can attend to his flailing career, he must deal with the unraveling threads of his personal life.
Beware of Mr. Baker (2012): Legendary and indestructible rock drummer Ginger Baker is the focus of this documentary, which recaps his turbulent history and many influences.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989): High school underachievers Bill and Ted will flunk out if they don’t ace a year-end history presentation, so they transport themselves back in time.
Broadway Idiot (2013): Join Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong as he prepares for the debut of American Idiot, the Broadway sensation based on the band’s 2004 album.
Bus Stop (1956): A loutish cowboy kidnaps a beautiful nightclub singer, intending to bring her home to his Montana ranch and make her his wife.
Election (1999): Tracy Flick appears to have the election for student council president sewn up until a teacher rounds up a worthy opponent: a popular football player.
The Good Life (2012): A seemingly perfect couple risks losing their marriage when they begin to sacrifice their vows for growing career and personal ambitions.
Holiday Engagement (2011): Hilary’s plan to hire a good-looking guy to act as her boyfriend backfires when she brings him home for the holidays to try and fool her family.
Kiss of Death (1995): An ex-con tries to distance himself from his past but reluctantly agrees to help his loser cousin with one last heist that goes terribly wrong.
Mad Hot Ballroom (2005): Ballroom dancing goes from lame to cool for a group of students in this documentary, which follows a group of 11-year-olds as they learn to dance.
Mona Lisa Is Missing (2012): This documentary examines the case of Vincenzo Peruggia, an unassuming house painter charged with stealing the “Mona Lisa” from the Louvre in 1911.
Ralphie May: Austin-tatious (2008): Comedian Ralphie May brings his outrageous stand-up to a Texas audience in this comedy special, recorded live at Austin’s historic Paramount Theatre.
Terms And Conditions May Apply (2013): Through interviews with technology thought leaders and futurists, this timely documentary examines the erosion of privacy in the digital age.
That's What I Am (2011): After his teacher pairs him up for a project with the school’s biggest reject, a boy forms an unexpected bond with his new partner.
Thérèse (2012): Bored by an arranged marriage to a dull but well-meaning husband, a young wife in rural France in the 1920s seeks a drastic solution to her problems.
Truth or Die (2012): Four teenage friends are taken hostage by a vengeful psychopath and forced to play a party game with life-or-death consequences.
Young & Handsome: An Evening with Jeff Garlin (2008): Self-deprecating comedian Jeff Garlin exhibits his flare for storytelling in this concert filmed at Chicago’s Second City improv theater.
Slightly Single in L.A. (2012): After moving to L.A., Dale finds her life crumbling. Now she’s caught in a love triangle, and turning her luck around will take a huge leap of faith.
JFK: The Smoking Gun (2013): Veteran Police Detective Colin McLaren spent four years on the forensic cold case investigation of JFK’s assassination.
Stealing Harvard (2002): In need of cash to put his niece through Harvard, mild-mannered John Plummer enlists help from his best friend - who convinces John that crime pays.
Finding Normal (2013): A big-city doctor travelling to her new home in the Hamptons has a run-in with the law, forcing her to do community service in a North Carolina town.
JFK: A President Betrayed (2013): This documentary presents evidence that John F. Kennedy pursued peace talks with Nikita Khrushchev and Fidel Castro, determined to get out of Vietnam.
Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (2012): On the day of Dolly Thatcham’s wedding, the sight of her former beau leads her to realize that going ahead with the ceremony would be a huge mistake.
Cracks (2009): A boarding school teacher is unusually close with her charges, until a new student’s arrival evokes strong emotions and disrupts their relationships.
Tears of the Sun (2003): Bruce Willis stars as a Navy SEAL sent to the African jungle to rescue a doctor, only to realize he must also save the refugees in the doctor’s care.
The Score (2001): Ready-to-retire safecracker Nick, flamboyant fence Max and talented but volatile thief Jackie team up to rob the Montreal Customs House.
The Ladykillers (2004): A Southern professor-turned-criminal puts together a group of thieves to rob a riverboat casino, but their old lady landlord complicates matters.
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013): Director Michel Gondry uses lively animations to illustrate conversations with activist Noam Chomsky as he hold court on his theories, life and work.
The Master of Disguise (2002): Simple, sweet Pistachio Disguisey discovers his keen hereditary talent for imitation when he must rescue his father from a criminal mastermind.
Offender (2012): When Tommy’s girlfriend and unborn child are brutally torn away as collateral damage by a ruthless and murderous gang, his rage erupts uncontrollably.
A Pope For Everyone (2013): This film profiles Pope Francis, the first pontiff from Latin America, exploring his life and work before election and what he brings to the office.
Bratz: BFF: Best Friends Forever (2007): The Bratz are as close as ever in these episodes which find the gals helping one pal build confidence while urging another to be true to herself.
The Greatest Places: IMAX (1999): This IMAX documentary takes viewers to seven amazing sights, including Greenland’s foreboding icebergs and the Namib Desert’s undulating sand dunes.
In Her Skin (2009): When pretty Rachel goes missing, everyone soon suspects Caroline, the overweight, acne-ridden daughter of a domineering father.
Inhale (2010): Looking into an illegal lung transplant, an attorney crosses the border, where he learns the truth about where these “donated” organs come from.
The Quest: Season 1 (2014): Reality show contestants venture to an imaginative realm and test their own heroism, with ogres and dragons standing between peace and chaos.
Search for the Great Sharks: IMAX (1995): Journey around the world on an expedition to discover some of the planet’s most majestic and notorious creatures - sharks.
Tiger Eyes (2012): Based on the acclaimed novel by Judy Blume. Following her father’s murder, a teenager goes to stay with relatives in New Mexico and falls in love.
Blade Runner: Theatrical Cut (1982): In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to snuff out a quartet of escaped androids.
The Last Tycoon (2012): After becoming apprentice to a Shanghai crime boss, Cheng Daqi gets a taste for power in this story of a real-life gangster that spans 30 years.
Peep World (2010): Problems arise as four siblings gather for their father’s 70th birthday. One of them has written a novel with characters that resemble them all.
Struck by Lightning (2012): Carson is bent on escaping his hometown for college. His last few weeks of school unwind in a flashback - until the fateful day when lightening strikes.
Ida (2013): Raised in a Catholic orphanage during the Nazi occupation of Poland, a woman is poised to join the order when she learns the truth about her heritage.
Stand Off (2012): Unable to pay a debt to a mobster, Jimbo robs a fish market. But when realizes the mobster owns the market he goes on the run with his baby.
Black Hawk Down (2001): When U.S. forces attempt to recapture two underlings of a Somali warlord, their helicopters are shot down and the Americans suffer heavy casualties.
Escape from Tomorrow (2013): On the last day of a family vacation at Disney World, Jim White learns that he’s lost his job. Soon thereafter, he begins to lose his mind.
Run & Jump (2013): While struggling to support her family after her husband’s stroke, an Irish woman forms a bond with an American brain researcher.
Vanishing of the Bees (2009): This documentary details the economic, political and ecological consequences of a puzzling phenomenon: a dwindling world honeybee population.
Barfi! (2012): Years after rejecting Barfi, a hearing and speech impaired young man, for a more “appropriate” suitor, Shruti finds herself falling for him.
These Birds Walk (2013): This inspiring documentary profiles both legendary humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi and a young boy who lives at one of Edhi’s orphanages in Pakistan.
Clerks (1994): A glimpse at a day in the life of Dante and Randal, convenience store clerks who are sharp-witted, potty-mouthed, and bored out of their minds.