What’s Leaving Netflix: May 2016

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Each month, several films and TV shows leave Netflix’s catalogue. We provide a list of departing titles so you can watch them before they're gone forever (or are just available on a different site). For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on Netflix and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub, which is updated throughout the month.

Far out, man: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

Bill and Ted try to complete their class project, and also save the universe, by abducting a few historical figures in their time-traveling phone booth. Let’s just say the plot makes a lot more sense if you’re watching it through a haze as thick as the one that hangs around Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves. Then, it’s hilarious. Leaving May 1.

Pick Flick: Election (1999)            

Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) is going to win her class election, no matter the cost, and no matter what her teacher, slacker Matthew Broderick, tries to do to stop her. A comedy about as dark as they come, Election’s jabs at the political system still land powerfully well today — though it now seems odd that Tracy doesn’t have her own super-pac. Leaving May 1.

Where dreams come true: Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

Secretly shot on location in Disneyland, Escape From Tomorrow creates a horror movie out of the happiest place on Earth. If you hate Disney and all the sanitized corporate fun it stands for, this is the movie for you. If you love Disney so much you’re willing to watch a horror movie about Disneyland just to spend time there, a) get that checked out b) maybe watch this movie, too. Leaving May 27.

Back in the habit: Ida (2013)

A coming-of-age story about a nun in a Polish convent in the 1960s, Ida traces the damage inflicted upon Eastern Europe in the first half of the twentieth century, and the small efforts to recover. “It’s a grimly potent portrait of repression, of what happens to a society that buries its past in an unmarked grave,” Vulture’s David Edelstein wrote of the film, “and lives its present in a state of corrosive denial.” Leaving May 22.


May 15
The Quest (Season 1)


May 1
The Animatrix (2003)
Anna Karenina (1948)
Author! Author! (1982)
Beware of Mr. Baker (2012)
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
Broadway Idiot (2013)
Bus Stop (1956)
Election (1999)
The Good Life (2012)
Holiday Engagement (2011)
Kiss of Death (1995)
Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)
Mona Lisa Is Missing (2012)
Ralphie May: Austin-tatious (2008)
Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013)
That's What I Am (2011)
Thérèse (2012)
Truth or Die (2012)
Young & Handsome: An Evening With Jeff Garlin (2008)

May 2
Slightly Single in L.A. (2012)

May 3
JFK: The Smoking Gun (2013)

May 4
Stealing Harvard (2002)

May 6
Finding Normal (2013)

May 7
JFK: A President Betrayed (2013)

May 9
Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (2012)
Cracks (2009)
Tears of the Sun (2003)

May 10
The Score (2001)

May 12
The Ladykillers (2004)

May 13
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013)

May 14
The Master of Disguise (2002)
Offender (2012)

May 15
A Pope For Everyone (2013)
Bratz: BFF: Best Friends Forever (2007)
The Greatest Places: IMAX (1999)
In Her Skin (2009)
Inhale (2010)
Search for the Great Sharks: IMAX (1995)
Tiger Eyes (2012)

May 16
Blade Runner: Theatrical Cut (1982)
The Last Tycoon (2012)

May 19
Peep World (2010)

May 21
Struck by Lightning (2012)

May 22
Ida (2013)
Stand Off (2012)

May 23
Black Hawk Down (2001)

May 27
Escape From Tomorrow (2013)
Run & Jump (2013)
Vanishing of the Bees (2009)

May 28
Barfi! (2012)

May 29
These Birds Walk (2013)

May 31
Clerks (1994)

For more details on the best film and television available online, consult Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub.