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10 movies and shows to watch on Netflix before they’re removed in October

I’m always torn when I struggle to put these lists together. On one hand, it means there isn’t much leaving the service getting worked up about. On the other, my recommendations aren’t quite as full-throated as they’d normally be. That said, there are a few gems being removed from Netflix in the month of October.

Because it’s the one you’re probably least likely to have seen, my number one suggestion is Frances Ha. This is the movie that really put Greta Gerwig on the map before she went on to direct the career-defining Lady Bird. As a movie, it’s almost obnoxiously scatterbrained, but it’s really sweet and Gerwig gives a stellar [...]

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Netflix in October 2019: Every new movie and TV series coming next month, and everything leaving

With just a couple weeks left in the month of September, we’re finally closing in on the launches of Disney+ and Apple TV+. Both video streaming services are expected to launch in November, and once they do (especially Disney’s), the streaming wars will kick into a new gear. As such, I expected October to be a banner month for Netflix, but there isn’t nearly as much high-profile original content as I expected there to be this month.

There are still plenty of highlights, of course, including the third season of Big Mouth, season 5 of Peaky Blinders, and a new show called Living with Yourself, which stars Paul Rudd playing both himself and his doppelganger. [...]

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Facebook’s new Portal TV is exactly what I want, finally

Now we’re talking; this is finally going to be interesting.

When Facebook launched Portal last year, I was equal parts blown away and deeply unimpressed. As a “smart” screen in my house, Portal was laughably bad compared to the Echo Show and Google/Nest Home Hub. But when you fired up a video chat through Facebook Messenger, something just short of magic happened. The way Facebook Portal uses its optics and software to create a dynamic video chat experience was unparalleled and remains so today. Google is trying to mimic some of the best parts of Portal video chat through its new Nest Hub Max, but it pales in comparison to how effortless and fun it is to [...]

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The way Netflix recommends shows and movies might surprise you

It’s practically impossible to keep up with the sheer volume of new titles that hit Netflix every single month. From original programming to a revolving door of popular TV shows and movies, Netflix in September alone will introduce nearly 100 new titles for subscribers. And when you add that to an already sizable library of content, figuring out to watch can sometimes be a bit daunting.

Given the absolute avalanche of content Netflix houses, many subscribers simply rely upon the streaming giant’s recommendation algorithm to determine what programs to watch next. And from my personal experience, the algorithm tends to be spot-on more often than it isn’t. [...]

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