What’s Leaving HBO Now: October

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At the beginning of each month, HBO announces which films will be leaving its library. We collect the full list of titles here so that you can plan the most effective viewing strategy for the rest of the month.

You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Screen: Gravity (2013) 
Alfonso Cuarón’s 2013 space thriller is a technical marvel, which is why we can’t wholeheartedly recommend that you stream it on anything less than a full-size projection set. If you can’t manage that, then sure, watch Sandra Bullock desperately try to survive as she hurdles toward earth on your laptop or phone, but just know you’re missing out. Leaves October 10.

And Now for Something You Can Only Watch for One More Month: Monty Python’s the Meaning of Life (1983) 
A collection of sketches about life, death, and making fun of large Catholic families. Not as beloved as Holy Grail or Life of Brian, but full of the same sort of half-intellectual, half-childish humor. Leaves October 31.

Unreality: The Truman Show (1998) 
Truman Burbank’s whole life is a TV show, and unlike the YouTube stars who might jump at such a #brand opportunity, he’s rather shocked by the idea of living for the camera. Peter Weir’s comedy-drama about life under the gaze of the panopticon prepared the world for everything from Black Mirror to Big Brother, and it still retains much of its shock value. Leaves October 31.

After You Watch The Intern: Meet the Parents (2000) 
Remember when Robert De Niro, curmudgeonly comedy actor, was still a novelty? De Niro starred in this Ben Stiller vehicle just a year after appearing in Analyze This, marking a shift from playing brutally violent alpha-males to charmingly neurotic ones, eventually landing (or maturing, depending on how you look at things) into beautiful, cream-colored Nancy Meyers Land this year. Leaves October 31.

Full list of titles expiring on HBO in October:
Gravity (2013) (ends 10/10)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) (ends 10/24)
The Knick (ends 10/16)

Expiring October 31:
A History of Violence (2005)
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
Agent Cody Banks (2003)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
Gothika (2003)
Escape From L.A. (1996)
Jarhead (2005)
Just Friends (2005)
Meet the Parents (2000)
Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983)
Queen of the Damned (2002)
The Lake House (2006)
The Skeleton Key (2005)
The Truman Show (1998)
Uptown Girls (2003)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

What’s Leaving HBO Now: October 2015