Watch ‘Em While You Can: Must-See Movies & Shows Leaving Streaming Platforms in June 2020
"I worry about a lot of things," Don Draper (Jon Hamm) told Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) in Mad Men, "but I don’t worry about you." Sweet sentiment, but what we (Don included) should be worried about is all the notable shows and films leaving Netflix and Hulu at the end of May — and that includes all seven seasons of Mad Men.
With social distancing and shelter-in-place directives still in effect in most states across the country, many of us still have time to marathon a few movies or seasons of TV, but now that we’re two months in, doing the Netflix Scroll™ can be daunting. We get it. We’re also here to help you prioritize which laugh-out-loud comedies, thrilling horror and sci-fi films, and beloved classics to press "play" on.
Looking for a Laugh? Try These Comedies.
Before she was the Unofficial Queen of Period Pieces — but after she was the stand-in Queen of Naboo in The Phantom Menace — Keira Knightley landed a roll that would help put her on the map as a soccer player and best friend to breakout star Parminder Nagra’s Jess in Bend It Like Beckham (2002). If you’ve never seen this movie before, remedy that immediately by logging into Hulu. To catch you up to speed, it’s part comedy, part romance, part drama, part coming-of-age flick — all wrapped up in the beats of a thrilling sports movie. Jess, the daughter of British Indian Sikhs, rebels against her parents’ traditionalism and joins a local women’s football (soccer) club. Although she makes her way to the top of the league, she has to keep her dreams a secret, especially amid the chaos of her sister’s upcoming wedding.
Thrills, Chills and Skeptics — Oh My!
If you’re a fan of horror, thrills and all things chilling, you’ll get good use of your Hulu account (and a few goosebumps) before May is through. Currently, all 11 seasons of the ‘90s cult classic The X-Files are streaming on the platform, but for a limited time only, you can also catch the second theatrical release The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008). While the long-running sci-fi series itself is incredible TV, the films, particularly I Want to Believe, leave something to be desired. Still, if you want to check back in with Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson), the completionist in you should try to catch the movie before May’s out.
Classic Hits: An Assassin, a Mobster and an Ad Exec Walk into a Bar…
Looking for some good, old fashioned classic comforts? Hulu’s offering up the Martin Scorsese helmed hit Goodfellas (1990), a six-time Academy Award nominated film about, you guessed it, crime and the mafia. This one is kind of the end-all, be-all though — well, along with The Godfather films and The Departed (2006) and — okay, there are a lot of classic mob films, but if you’ve never seen this one, watch it before June. Full of stellar performances from Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta, the decade-spanning film is about the rise and fall of mob associate Henry Hill — and it has a much more comfortable runtime than, say, The Irishman (2019).