7. Kubo And The Two Strings
Another great film for the family to watch is Kubo And The Two Strings, an animated adventure set in feudal Japan. This fantasy film follows Kubo, a young boy and his animal friends, who must go in search of a magical suit of samurai armor and unravel the secrets of his missing eye and his magical guitar.
Leaving: October 8
6. The Babadook
This brilliant horror flick from 2014 may not be sticking around on Netflix for Halloween, but it’s certainly around long enough to enjoy in the run-up to the spookiest day of the year… The Babadook plays on childhood fears about monsters under the bed, and has some truly scary moments as a family unravels the mystery of a scary book and a nightmare creature.
Leaving: October 14
5. Donnie Darko
Another cult classic, Donnie Darko plays with time, reality and perception in an increasingly dark story of a teen with visions of doomsday. While this is not really a horror, it’s got plenty of creepy elements and mind-warping moments that are sure to keep viewers thinking long after the credits roll. If you haven’t seen it yet, this is the perfect time to check Donnie Darko out.
Leaving: October 17
4. Queen of Katwe
This sweet inspirational film is based on the real-life story of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl living in a slum who becomes a champion chess player. Despite her humble beginnings, Phiona is a brilliant player, and goes on (with the rest of her team) to challenge players who have grown up with every privilege. It’s a sunny underdog story, and a great family film.
Leaving: October 25
3. Big Eyes
Another film based on a true story, Big Eyes centers on painter Margaret Keane, whose husband took credit for her work in the 50s and 60s. The film is directed by Tim Burton, who takes a step back from his signature gothic style for this one, although his touch can definitely still be seen in the overall style of this beautiful film.
Leaving: October 25
2. Southside With You
Take a step back from current politics with a sweet look at the first date of Michelle and Barak Obama in Southside With You. Set on a summer’s day in 1989, the film is a sweet romantic movie that is perfect for a summer date… but is just as good for curling up on the couch in front of this fall before it leaves Netflix at the end of the month.
Leaving: October 26
1. Bridget Jones’ Baby
Finally, wrap up the month with this romantic comedy, the third in the Bridget Jones Diary franchise. Bridget Jones’ Baby brings back the biggest characters from the first two films, and adds in a new love interest for the ever-relatable Bridget, as she deals with breakups and a surprise pregnancy.
Leaving: October 28