Stream These 9 Titles Before They Leave Netflix In January

If you talk to a parent of young children, you probably won’t hear much affection for Illumination Studios, the providers of some of the laziest, sloppiest, and obnoxious children’s entertainment. (“Sing 2”, in theaters now! New Minions movie next summer!) The studio’s two best films are probably its adaptations of Dr. Seuss’ books – unsurprisingly, as his lyrics provide such fertile material for them. animators. This 2012 animated version of Seuss’ 1971 environmental fable is heavily boosted by Danny DeVito’s solid vocal performance as the main character; he’s an actor whose voice was designed for cartoons, and he makes his Lorax a jaw-dropping creation.

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The ‘Twilight Saga’ (five movies in total, all leaving Netflix mid-month) isn’t hard to laugh at: Lots of people have done it, from lazy movie reviews to pirated comics to malicious YouTube hosts. And, to be clear, these are not great works of cinema; the plot is stupid, the tone is everywhere and the performances are uneven. But there are also virtues: a solid cinema (in particular this first release, of the director of “Thirteen”, Catherine Hardwicke); a rare dramatization of nascent female sexuality; and most importantly, the power that the show’s success gave its stars, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, to make all the weird art movies they eventually wanted. Did you like “The Lighthouse”, “Personal Shopper”, “Spencer” or “Good Time”? Say thanks to “Twilight”.

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This 2013 effort by Sofia Coppola plays out as a culmination of all her previous work: the celebrity satire of “Lost in Translation”, the hedonism of “Marie Antoinette” and the Californian alienation of “Somewhere”, mixed into one. soup with the real life story of four young Hollywood junkies who supplemented their lifestyle by robbing the homes of famous people. A lesser filmmaker could have turned this story into a broad, silly comedy or a harsh discourse on the morality of the fallen youth of today. Coppola goes in another direction, capturing the glitz and glamor of this elegant world and its shiny surfaces before exposing the void below.
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Writer David Mitchell has been a key contributor to the Wachowski siblings in recent years, working with them on their Netflix series “Sense8” and co-writing Lana Wachowski’s recent “The Matrix Resurrections”. But they initially worked together in a less direct way, co-writing and co-directing (with “Run Lola Run” filmmaker Tom Tykwer) this 2012 adaptation of Mitchell’s sprawling novel “Cloud Atlas”. It is an ambitious work, combining multiple narratives across time and space and placing its main actors (including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant) in multiple roles. Not everything is working out, but it’s such an important swing that it’s hard not to fall under its spell.

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Clint Eastwood was in a tough spot as a filmmaker in the early 2000s after several years of turning forgotten bestsellers like “True Crime” and “Blood Work” into forgettable films. But he landed gold in 2003 with his adaptation of “Mystic River,” a Boston mystery novel by Dennis Lehane, which won Oscars for Sean Penn and Tim Robbins. They play, along with Kevin Bacon, childhood friends who have faced shared trauma in very different ways, and “Mystic River” expertly brings together its current and flashback timelines to reveal just how painful the past is. is never far away. a way.

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