All the Movies and TV Leaving Netflix in August

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In order to keep the movie universe (or at least their books) in balance, Netflix removes movies from its streaming service every time it adds new ones. Fortunately, they also give us a bit of warning so we can plan our movie-watching—or Family Ties marathon weekend (don’t judge)—accordingly. Here are four movies we recommend catching before they’re gone, two of which make us wonder if Bruce Willis somehow offended the Netflix gods:

the-fifth-element.jpg 1. The Fifth Element
Year: 1997
Director: Luc Besson 
The Fifth Element is the ultimate display of what would happen if someone with the sci-fi enthusiasm of a teenage boy wrote a big-budget Hollywood script, which is exactly the case here. Set in 23rd century New York City, taxi driver Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) gets wrapped up in saving the world with his passenger Leeloo (Milla Jovovich), the fifth and final piece that is needed to protect earth. Entertaining, thrilling, and visually fantastical, The Fifth Element is worth every minute of your time.—Caitlin Colford

jiro-sushi.jpg 2. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Year: 2012
Director: David Gelb
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a documentary about one of the greatest masters of the culinary world, one whom casual foodies have never even heard of. Although Jiro’s work is ostensibly the focus of the documentary, the film is really propelled by the story of his relationship with his two sons; the youngest of whom has started his own restaurant, and the oldest of whom, at the age of 50, continues to work with his father, training to one day take over his restaurant. Devoid of the typical familial jealousy you may expect, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is instead a beautifully filmed documentary about a father and his sons who have devoted their lives to the pursuit of the perfect piece of sushi. —Emily Kirkpatrick

unbreakable.jpg 3. Unbreakable
Year: 2000
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
If you believe that M. Night Shyamalan’s movies have gotten progressively worse, then catch the director at feature #2. Yes, there’s a twist. But no, your enjoyment of the movie doesn’t hinge on that alone. Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson star in a superhero movie that’s pretty far-removed from most comic-book fare. When Willis’ character discovers that he can’t die, he has to come to terms with his un-asked-for power. Along with Sixth Sense, this is why Shyamalan got to keep making movies. But don’t hold that against one of the most thrilling and substantial films of his catalog.—Josh Jackson

face-off.jpg 4. Face/Off
Year: 1997
Director: John Woo
“I’d like to take his face…off.” Yes, the pinnacle of American action cinema is available for your viewing pleasure in the form of John Woo’s iconic Face/Off, with awesomely bad mainstays Nicolas Cage and John Travolta in the leads. Sean Archer, FBI agent and family man, undergoes advanced plastic surgery that gives him the face of his arch nemesis, the comatose terrorist Caster Troy. However, Troy soon awakens and forces scientists to grant him the face of Archer. What follows is an unbearably entertaining display of action sequences and one-liners that promises to be worth your time.—Brian Tremml

Leaving 8/1/15
Bad Girl Island (2007)
Barbershop (2002)
Beauty Shop (2005)
Bulletproof (1996)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Digimon Adventure: Season 1-3
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Face/Off (1997)
Fools Rush In (1997)
Gangsters: Faces of the Underworld: Season 1
Hawking (2013)
Hot Pursuit (1987)
Houseboat (1958)
Inside Fendi
Joe Dirt (2001)
Kiss the Girls (1997)
Pumping Iron (1977)
The Pitch: Season 1
Shooter (2007)
The Fifth Element (1997)
The Longest Day (1962)
Titanic (1997)
Unbreakable (2000)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)
We’re No Angels (1989)

Leaving 8/6/15
The Raven (2012)

Leaving 8/8/15
Albert Nobbs (2011)
Explorers: Adventures of the Century: Season 1 & 2

Leaving 8/15/15
Family Ties: Season 1-7
Immortalized: Season 1
The Forsyte Saga: Series 1-2

Leaving 8/23/15
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

Leaving 8/24/15
My Fair Wedding: Season 5

Leaving 8/25/15
Petunia (2012)

Leaving 8/27/15
LEGO Atlantis (2010)
LEGO: Hero Factory: Breakout (2012)
LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: King of Shadows (2011)
LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: Way of the Ninja (2011)

Leaving 8/28/15
The Moth Diaries (2011)

Leaving 8/31/15
Spider-Man  and His Amazing Friends: Season 1-3

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