One in all the funniest sitcoms on Netflix makes its exit for U.S. subscribers at the top of July. If that’s not cause enough for distress, the streamer can be jettisoning a handful of delightful coming-of-age movies, a classic ’90s rom-com and one of the influential movies of the 2010s. Watch them while you’ll be able to. (Dates reflect the ultimate day a title is out there.)
‘The Social Network’ (July 1)
The screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and the director David Fincher seemed, at first, like an odd pairing — a shotgun marriage of florid dialogue to a moody, sensual visual style. But in collaborating on this 2010 fictionalized account of the rise of Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg, they complemented one another: Fincher gives Sorkin’s words a definite visual snap, and Sorkin gives him a script during which the dialogue is as sharp because the imagery. Sorkin picked up an Oscar and Fincher nabbed a nomination, as did the film’s star, Jesse Eisenberg, who finds the right note of know-it-all desperation as Zuckerberg.
‘We Have At all times Lived within the Castle’ (July 1)
The author Shirley Jackson, who died in 1965, is having a little bit of an unexpected moment of late. Along with this moody Netflix adaptation of her 1962 novel, her book “The Haunting of Hill House” was adapted for a mini-series on the streamer, and she or he’s the topic of the Hulu biopic “Shirley.” Taissa Farmiga and Alexandra Daddario star in “Castle” because the Blackwood sisters, who live (together with their infirm Uncle Julian) in solitude and mystery; their parents died years earlier, under cloudy circumstances, they usually’re still the topic of talk on the town. That chatter grows louder with the arrival of an enigmatic cousin, Charles (Sebastian Stan, wild and woolly), who shakes the precarious household to its core. Farmiga and Daddario exude each fragility and danger, while Crispin Glover underplays nicely (and surprisingly) as Uncle Julian.
‘Django Unchained’ (July 23)
The author and director Quentin Tarantino and the actor Christoph Waltz pulled off a sly repeat of their “Inglourious Basterds” Oscar triumph, again nabbing the trophies for best original screenplay and best supporting actor for this 2012 spaghetti western riff. Jamie Foxx stars because the title character, a former slave within the pre-Civil War South who befriends a bounty hunter (Waltz) and learns the trade; Leonardo DiCaprio is gleefully villainous as a plantation owner who stands between Django and his wife (Kerry Washington). It’s Tarantino, so the violence and profanity are plentiful, however the set pieces are thrilling, the characterizations are vivid and the laughs stick within the throat.
’30 Rock’: Seasons 1-7 (July 31)
Tina Fey went from serving as head author on “Saturday Night Live” to creating this series, during which she stars as … head author of a late night NBC sketch show. Well, they are saying to write down you understand! However it wasn’t the within jokes that made “30 Rock” one of the rewatchable sitcoms of our time; it was its distinct mixture of finely tuned characters, quotable dialogue and rapid-fire pacing (on a sheer jokes-per-minute basis, it’s unbeatable). And as network television grows steadily sillier, “30 Rock” spoof shows like “MILF Island” and “God Cop” seem less like satire and more like prognostication.
‘The Fringe of Seventeen’ (July 31)
Before she was garnering acclaim within the title role in “Dickinson” or working her way up the pop charts, Hailee Steinfeld starred on this bittersweet coming-of-age comedy from the author and director Kelly Fremon Craig. Steinfeld stars as Nadine Franklin, a clever and witty but not terribly popular highschool junior whose world turns the other way up when her best friend (Haley Lu Richardson) hooks up with Nadine’s older brother (Blake Jenner). Craig’s perceptive, unflinching writing turns what might have been a predictable highschool comedy into something a great deal more nuanced; she’s sympathetic to Nadine but is careful to make her a posh character, not all the time conventionally likable or admirable.
‘Lean on Me’ (July 31)
Morgan Freeman landed one in every of his first leading roles on this 1989 highschool drama, starring as Joe Clark, a principal whose tactics for turning around a high-crime, low-achievement highschool in Paterson, N.J., earned him the nickname “Crazy Joe.” The director, John G. Avildsen, was also behind “Rocky” and “The Karate Kid,” and he occasionally flattens the (still relevant) questions of effective educational reform into his go-to mode of rousing underdog story. However the film is filled with powerful moments, most of them courtesy of Freeman’s tough-as-nails performance.
‘Little Women’ (July 31)
Every generation gets it own adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, it seems, and while Greta Gerwig’s recent version was tiptop, Gen Xers are still dedicated to this 1994 take from the Australian director Gillian Armstrong (“My Good Profession”), who maintains, and even sharpens, a number of the rougher edges that earlier adaptations sanded down. Winona Ryder, in an Oscar-nominated turn, leads an ace ensemble that also includes Trini Alvarado, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst and Samantha Mathis as her sisters; Susan Sarandon as their mother; and Christian Bale, Gabriel Byrne and Eric Stoltz as the boys of their lives.
‘My Girl’ (July 31)
Those that know Anna Chlumsky only from her wickedly funny (and deliciously foul-mouthed) work on “Veep” could also be surprised by this, her debut film, a sweet coming-of-age drama set in the summertime of 1972 and released when she was only 11 years old. She stars as Vada, whose father (Dan Aykroyd) runs the local funeral parlor, which has made little Vada (perhaps understandably) right into a hypochondriac. Jamie Lee Curtis co-stars as a possible romantic interest for Vada’s dad, while Macaulay Culkin is heartbreaking as Vada’s summer pal (and first kiss).
‘You’ve Got Mail’ (July 31)
Five years after the spectacular business and demanding success of “Sleepless in Seattle,” Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan and the writer-director Nora Ephron teamed up for an additional contemporary riff on a classic Hollywood romantic comedy. They got here up with “You’ve Got Mail,” which updates “The Shop Across the Corner” for the web age, with Hanks and Ryan in an internet romance, unaware that they’re skilled enemies in real life. Ephron assembles a stacked supporting solid — Dave Chappelle, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey, Jean Stapleton and Steve Zahn all turn up — but it surely’s once more Hanks and Ryan’s show, as they light up the screen with their sunny movie-star charisma and impeccable love-hate chemistry.