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The best films coming to Netflix UK this October

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Cancel all your October plans, because Netflix is providing its UK audience with the perfect blend of nostalgic titles and iconic modern films this autumn. Here are just six of the new additions to the streaming archives.

1. Thelma and Louise – 1st October

A feminist classic and phenomenal movie in its own right, Thelma and Louise is one of those must-see cult masterpieces. The story follows Thelma (Geena Davis) as she joins her friend Louise (Susan Sarandon) on a fishing trip. The road trip soon escalates however, when Louise kills a man who tries to rape Thelma – a game of cat and mouse then ensues as they run from the law and attempt to flee to Mexico. An opportune commentary on the judiciary system’s distrust of female victims of sexual harassment, this is a timeless addition to Netflix.

2. Sixteen Candles – 3rd October

Another classic, John Hughes’ coming-of-age comedy stars Molly Ringwald as high school sophomore Sam, as she faces her 16th birthday – the occasion overshadowed by her sister’s upcoming wedding the next day. The film serves healthy helpings of teenage angst, as Sam pines after popular senior Jake (Michael Schoeffling) while gently turning down Ted (Anthony Michael Hall), seemingly the only boy interested in her. To save for a night in when you’re feeling both a rom-com and a chance to revisit your childhood.

3. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – 8th October

A dense film interlinking Cold War paranoia, intrigue and espionage, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy boasts an incredible cast of British legends that include John Hurt, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch and Matt Strong. Based on the John le Carré’s 1974 novel, the film is et in early 1970s London, and follows the exhilarating hunt for a Soviet double agent in the uppermost ranks of the British secret service.

4. Nocturnal Animals – 13th October

Finally, a film with both Amy Adams and Isla Fisher, proving they are not the same person! Though Isla Fisher does play Amy Adams’ character in a meta sense, though that is a little complicated to explain. Nocturnal Animals follows Susan (Adams) as she comes across a manuscript by her first husband, who she hasn’t spoken to in years. The book seems to be based on their relationship, forcing Susan to re-examine her past and confront some terrible truths. Another fantastic cast of Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon and many others, be prepared for a disturbing film experience.

5. Contagion – 15th October

Steven Soderberg’s film, as one film critic put it, does “for the sniffles what Jaws did for great whites”. Unsensational, realistic, and all the more terrifying for it, Contagion tells the spread of a deadly epidemic. When Beth (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns home from a business trip, she attributes her feelings of illness to jetlag; two days later however, Beth dies, to the incomprehension of her doctors. Shortly after, many others start exhibiting her same symptoms, and thus the pandemic blows up. Contagion presents both the medical struggle to contain the microbe and the collapse of society as a blogger (Jude Law) begins a parallel pandemic of fear and panic, and features an incredible ensemble cast of Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Paltrow, Law, and Kate Winslet.

6. The Goonies – 15th October

A childhood classic based on Steven Spielberg’s story, The Goonies was rightfully selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant’. This adventure film follows a band of kids as they find an old map and follow it into an underground cavern, hoping to find a lost pirate treasure. Both fun and nostalgic, it might be time to revisit this one!




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