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What’s Leaving HBO: December 2018

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This Month’s Highlights

Blade Runner 2049

It’s been over a year since Blade Runner 2049 premiered, and it’s a film that’s only improved over time. Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to the seminal sci-fi film is a rich, textured story that furthers the ideas of the 1982 film in subtle but fascinating ways, complicating its world and themes by way of another mystery involving a hunt for a humanoid replicant. Blade Runner 2049 is haunted by its predecessor in a way that’s considered and intentional, as the previous film’s lack of thematic resolution left us with more questions than answers. The thing that makes 2049 an enduring sequel is that, while it (wisely) isn’t any more interested in giving answers, it is concerned with what it looks like when people in its world begin to do the work of trying to figure them out. Leaves December 31.

Napoleon Dynamite

It’s strange to look back and consider how Napoleon Dynamite arguably defined an era of indie comedy. A cult hit from the moment it was released, it’s fascinating to consider that the film with some 14 years of hindsight, a period in which we’ve seen its brand of indie quirk bottled and resold in countless films and TV shows. Weird and meandering, Napoleon Dynamite is a memetic film before memes were a thing, an artifact of one of the last eras where a movie’s virality was best measured by its quotability — quite the feat given how droll much of Napoleon Dynamite’s lines are. Leaves December 31.

Full List of What’s Leaving HBO — December 2018

Noteworthy selections in bold.

Ending December 16

Wolves at the Door

Ending December 23

All About Steve

Ending December 24

Jennifer’s Body

Ending December 26

Whip It

Ending December 31

A Perfect World
Away We Go
Black Sea
Blade Runner 2049
Blood Work
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
Death Warrant
Dolores Claiborne
Dude Where’s my Car?
Fifty Shades Darker
Garden State
Mr. Mom
Napoleon Dynamite
Ninja Assassin
Owning Mahowny
Patti Cake$
Rock Dog
Run Fat Boy Run
Sweet Dreams
The Full Monty
The Sandlot
The Sandlot 2
The Turning Point

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What’s Leaving HBO: December 2018