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January 2024 is Your Last Chance to Catch These 10 Movies on Netflix

January 2024 is Your Last Chance to Catch These 10 Movies on Netflix
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Grab some popcorn and watch ‘em before they’re gone!

1. Begin Again

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Last Day To Stream: January 24

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

This delightful Mark Ruffalo / Kiera Knightly movie is criminally underrated, perhaps because it dances across so many genres. Not exactly a rom-com, not exactly a musical, it’s the story of a disgraced music producer and depressed singer-songwriter who team up to record a totally new type of album. The music is genuinely good, and the script is genuinely moving.

2. La La Land

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Last Day To Stream: January 31

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Before becoming famous for that Oscars blooper, La La Land was a major hit. Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are artists working hard to make it in LA. Eventually, they must make a choice between their ambitions and their romance in this love letter to the Golden Age of Hollywood.

3. Murder on the Orient Express

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Last Day To Stream: January 31

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

In this Agatha Christie classic, Detective Poirot attempts to solve a murder on a transcontinental train. But the more he investigates, the more it seems that everyone has a motive.

4. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

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Last Day To Stream: January 31

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Before you check out the new animated Scott Pilgrim show, be sure to return to the classic 2010 movie. Edgar Wright directs the cult favorite about everyday slob Scott Pilgrim, who finds the girl of his dreams at a party. There’s only one catch: to date her, he must defeat her 7 Evil Exes.

5. How To Train Your Dragon

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Last Day To Stream: January 31

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

A misfit viking teenager can’t keep up in his macho warrior society. But when he befriends his clan’s greatest enemy – a dragon – Hiccup has the chance to change the world for good.

6. The Addams Family (1991)

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Last Day To Stream: January 31

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

When a man claiming to be Uncle Fester comes to live with the Family Addams, it doesn’t take long for the spooky clan to become suspicious of his behavior. A young Christina Ricci stars as Wednesday, but it’s Anjelica Huston’s Morticia who steals the show.

7. Spy Kids

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Last Day To Stream: January 12

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Before they descended into a too-loud, too-bright, too-everything noisefest, Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids movies (and associated spinoffs) were genuinely good fun. Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino star as two international spies who go missing. When their kids discover their secret identities, the children must step up and save the world.

8. Heat

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Last Day To Stream: January 31

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

One of the greatest heist movies of all time, Heat follows a cat-and-mouse game between a master criminal (Robert De Niro) and the cop (Al Pacino) determined to catch him at any cost.

9. Sightless

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Last Day To Stream: January 19

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

After she is blinded by a random attack, musician Ellen stays at home to recuperate. But the more she attunes to her surroundings, the more she begins to suspect that something is amiss.

10. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

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Last Day To Stream: January 31

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

After Peter is unceremoniously dumped by his beautiful, successful girlfriend, he decides to visit a resort to rest and recuperate. Unfortunately, it turns out that the resort is also hosting his ex and her new rock star boyfriend.

Why Is Netflix Losing These Movies?

In order to stream any movie or television show, Netflix must pay out of pocket for the content. Sometimes that means producing shows and movies itself, but most of the time the streaming giant pays a set amount of money for exclusive streaming rights. That can add up to astronomical amounts – Netflix paid a reported $100 million for the rights to Friends in 2015.

Unfortunately, even Netflix has a budget. Once movies and shows come to the end of their agreed upon term, the streamer must decide to pay more for the rights, or move on to new content. Unfortunately for the movies on our list, their time has come.