Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away. The start of a new month means more movies arriving on the streaming service, and more leaving for reasons that defy logic. (Seriously, “The Station Agent” just went up May 1 and now it’s going away June 1. What’s up with that?)
Anyway, the “Gone in an Instant” column aims to help you navigate Netflix’s byzantine ways and give you one last chance to catch some great movies before they vanish. Here’s five you should try and cram in while you still can:
“Clear and Present Danger” — Harrison Ford’s second outing as Tom Clancy hero Jack Ryan is a satisfyingly knotty affair, with Ryan uncovering a conspiracy that stretches from the jungles of Central America to the White House. With Willem Dafoe as an off-the-books CIA killer.
“Wayne’s World” — Jam along to “Bohemian Rhaspody” one last time as Wayne, Garth and crew rock suburban Chicago in one of the best “SNL-to-screen” movies ever.
“Darkman” — Sam Raimi’s first stab at a superhero movie (before the “Spider-Man” movies) is an enjoyably gonzo affair, with Liam Neeson as a disfigured scientist who uses realistic masks to confound his enemies.
“Groundhog Day” — The classic comedy starring Bill Murray as the arrogant weatherman who is forced to relive every day of his life until he gets it right vanishes for now. Something tells me it’ll be back, oh, around next February or so.
“About a Boy” — Hugh Grant plays an irresistible trust fund kid who begrudgingly finds responsibility by looking after a single mother (Toni Collette) and her awkward son (Nicholas Hoult, who will grow up to become a hell of a lot less awkward).