Amélie (Leaving 11/1)
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's quirky French flick can be easy to make fun of, perhaps because it's what everyone immediately thinks of when they hear the words "foreign film." But don't let haters dissuade you from this critically acclaimed rom-com, which was rightfully a major box-office success and awards contender. The story follows its titular heroine (Audrey Tautou) through Paris as she sheds her sense of isolation, opens herself up to others, and discovers love. (Also, yeah, garden gnome alert.)
Jurassic Park (Leaving 11/1)
The movie you've watched probably 1,000 times is about to leaving Netflix, only giving you a couple more days to watch it for the 1,001st time. The way Jurassic Park pushes in from the grandiose to the personal arcs -- Dr. Grant's relationship hang-ups, the two kids' coming-of-age stories, John Hammond's dream blowing up in his face -- is a science on par with genetic resurrection. Spielberg maintains Michael Crichton's knack for navigating the heady in wholly digestible ways while making good on his ensemble's gasps -- the brachiosaurus. By the time Jurassic Park becomes a Jaws successor, where velociraptors fighting a T. rex doesn't feel like excessive payoff, it's already melted us away with awe. Everything you could possibly want out of a modern blockbuster.
Up in the Air (Leaving 11/1)
George Clooney and Anna Kendrick give this story of empty American corporatism a humanity that somehow makes you feel sorry for Clooney, who plays a professional downsizer. The quiet desperation seeping through the constant motion of the film will make you ask yourself the question that seems to be written on the walls of every fluorescent airport the characters pass through: Have I done everything all wrong?