Netflix has tons of movies available for instant streaming, but most of them are awful straight-to-bargain-bin releases made by no name filmmakers. The modern popcorn movies that usually earn a double take when you're browsing for something to watch mostly come from the Starz channel, which has a deal to share its content with Netflix under the "StarzPlay" banner. But now even that selection of movies has gotten smaller, as Starz recently ordered Netflix to pull all movies produced by Sony Pictures from the streaming section. These include The Social Network, Easy A, SALT and many more.
The move is the result of the pay-cable channel's inability to reach a new contract agreement with Sony. Here's Netflix's VP of Content Pauline Fischer on the matter:
“You may have noticed that Sony movies through StarzPlay are not currently available to watch instantly. This is the result of a temporary contract issue between Sony and Starz. While these two valued partners work through their differences, we hope you are enjoying the wide variety of new movies and TV shows added daily.”
It's not clear when the two parties will work it out, but until they do, Netflix streamers will likely have an even more difficult time finding something to watch during the lazy hours.
Maybe try something from the Criterion Collection?