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A sci-fi classic, an iconic cop movie, two satisfyingly silly comedies and an Oscar winner for best picture are among the movies leaving Netflix in the United States this month, along with a handful of cult-favorite TV shows and a big hit from a recently departed director. (Dates indicate the final day a title is available.)
Dreamworks’s “Dragon” trilogy is frequently overlooked in the sphere of contemporary family entertainment (thanks primarily to the Disney/Pixar juggernaut), but this series of family adventures is terrific, wittily written, gorgeously rendered and boasting an all-star cast (including Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill and Kristen Wiig). The most successful installment is probably this sequel, an Oscar nominee for best animated feature, which deepens the bond between the meek Viking kid Hiccup (Baruchel) and his dragon, Toothless, while adding the considerable gravitas of Cate Blanchett in the role of Hiccup’s long-lost mother.

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During its lengthy run as part of NBC’s Saturday morning lineup, “Saved by the Bell” was mostly a punchline — an easy shorthand for silly tween entertainment, chronicling the adventures of the fourth-wall-breaking smart-aleck Zack; his best girl, Kelly; and their pals Slater, Jessie, Lisa and Screech. But there’s no denying the series’s easy charm and considerable reach, to say nothing of the affectionate nostalgia it prompts among ’90s kids. Netflix is dropping its “Saved by the Bell” collection, which includes the entire original series, as well as the one-season spinoff “The College Years” and the feature-length movies “Hawaiian Style” and “Wedding in Las Vegas.”

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Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi-action classic was years ahead of its time, a hybrid of high-tech adventure and film noir, featuring Harrison Ford as a detective in a dystopian Los Angeles hired to hunt down rogue androids. A critical and commercial failure when it hit theaters, “Blade Runner” was released in a compromised version that Scott continued to adjust and revise until his 2007 “final cut” received a full-scale theatrical release and all the praise it deserved. In his big-budget 2017 sequel, “Blade Runner 2049,” starring Ryan Gosling with Ford reprising his role, the director Denis Villeneuve wisely doesn’t attempt to ape Scott’s distinctive style. Instead, he crafts a melancholy, dread-filled narrative that plays by its own rules.

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If you’re not paying close attention, it’s easy to miss all of the iterations of various superhero icons that are playing out on screens big and small. Take, for example, this five-season Fox crime drama that serves as an origin story for the Batman universe — less for the Caped Crusader (though it begins with the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents, and the young Wayne is a regular character) than for the future commissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), seen here in his early days as a Gotham police detective. The real fun, however, comes in appearances by the notorious Bat-villains in their earliest forms (including Catwoman, the Riddler and Harvey Dent), as well as the juicy supporting work from the likes of Jada Pinkett Smith, Morena Baccarin and Michael Chiklis.

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Ben Affleck pulled off an impressive actor-to-director pivot when this inspired mash-up of political thriller and showbiz satire won the Academy Award for best picture of 2012. Affleck also stars as Tony Mendez, a C.I.A. agent who comes up with an ingenious plan to extract six U.S. diplomats from Tehran during the Iran hostage crisis: He concocts a fictitious, “Star Wars”-style science fiction film, poses as its producer and attempts to smuggle the Americans out as members of the film’s crew. Based (loosely) on a true story, Chris Terrio’s witty script mines both the comedy of its Hollywood thread (with laughs courtesy of John Goodman and an Oscar-nominated Alan Arkin) and the tension of its gripping escape sequences.

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Clint Eastwood became one of the most iconic characters of modern cinema with this lean, mean cop picture from the celebrated director Don Siegel. Eastwood stars as Harry Callahan, an inspector for the San Francisco Police Department who is hot on the trail of a psychotic serial sniper known as “Scorpio” (inspired, none too subtly, by the Zodiac killer). The first in a five-film franchise, it is a tightly wound procedural, executed by Siegel with his customary panache, as well as a fascinating sociological document — a culture-war artifact, embodying a reaction to then-recent changes to policing and prosecution.

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The Farrelly brothers made their film debut — and Jim Carrey had his third hit in a single year, solidifying his status as a comedy star — with this 1994 buddy comedy smash. Carrey and Jeff Daniels star as Lloyd and Harry, two absolute doofuses who get mixed up in a kidnapping and ransom plot. The jokes are beyond broad, the slapstick is downright painful, and the vulgarity pushes the limits of the PG-13 rating considerably. But it’s all done with such manic energy and gonzo bravado that you can’t help but laugh, and Carrey’s and Daniels’s take-no-prisoners performances are uproarious and inspired.

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The “Dumb and Dumber” director, Peter Farrelly, went on to direct the Academy Award-winning “Green Book,” a career turn about as unexpected as the multiple Oscars awarded later to Todd Phillips (for “Joker”), who broke out big with this 2003 frat comedy. Vince Vaughn is at his fast-talking best as a perpetual party animal who starts a fraternity, in spite of his advanced age, primarily to cheer up his recently single buddy (Luke Wilson). But Will Ferrell steals the show as Frank “The Tank” Ricard, a domesticated family man who finds his youthful habits of binge-drinking and late night streaking reawakened by their new arrangements.

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The recent passing of the crackerjack genre filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen makes this a fine time to revisit one of his biggest hits. Based on the book by Sebastian Junger, it tells the story of how the crew of the commercial fishing boat the Andrea Gail was lost at sea in 1991, during the landmark weather event of the title. That horrifying storm is rendered via impressive special effects and immersive sound, but “The Perfect Storm” is more than spectacle. As he did throughout his impressive career, Petersen takes the time to invest in his characters and establish the human stakes of the story, and he is aided considerably by a stellar ensemble cast that includes George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly, John Hawkes and Diane Lane.

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Matt Damon turns in one of his best performances — by turns desperate, sexy and chilling — in this first-rate adaptation of the novel by Patricia Highsmith. Damon stars as the title character, a clever con artist who uses a fleeting instance of mistaken identity to ingratiate himself into the sphere of the rich and beautiful (namely, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow) and to stay there at any cost. The director Anthony Minghella carries off the drama and suspense with aplomb and handily orchestrates the excellent cast, which also includes Cate Blanchett and a memorably weaselly Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Also leaving:
“The Vampire Diaries” Season 1-8 (Sept. 3); “Nightcrawler” (Sept. 9); “Boogie Nights,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “Full Metal Jacket,” “I Am Legend,” “Mean Girls,” “Seven,” “Taxi Driver” (all Sept. 30).
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