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Release date: June 18, 2021 Director: Edgar Wright Why it's great: I knew practically nothing about the band Sparks, made up of the brothers Russ and Ron Mael, going into Edgar Wright's loving and long documentary, but I emerged a fan, which is some of the highest praise I can give a film like this one. Wright sets out to explain the underground phenomenon behind Sparks, which has weaved in and out of the public eye since the early 1970s. The director methodically goes through the Maels' discography, highlighting their pop experiments and deeply amusing and bizarre lyrics. It's meticulous and also enormously funny, featuring insight from the Maels themselves as well as devoted fans like Flea, Weird Al, and Mike Myers. There are animated recreations, recreations acted out by the elder Maels, and tons of archival footage. Mostly, you leave feeling a towering affection for these weirdos and their weirdo music, which is, I assume, exactly what Wright intended.— Esther Zuckerman Where to watch it: Rent on Amazon , iTunes , Vudu , and YouTube Release date: August 6, 2021 Director: Leos Carax Cast: Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg, Devyn McDowell Why it's great: Annette  is certainly one of the strangest movies you'll see all year. It's a rock musical composed by the band Sparks and directed by Leos Carax about an opera star who falls in love with and marries a stand-up comedian . Driver's character is named Henry McHenry, and that's just the start of where things get weird. Eventually this couple has a baby, the eponymous Annette, played by an uncanny puppet. But lest you think  Annette  is just in it for the shock value, it's also a brilliant dissection of tropes gleaned from Hollywood, the opera, and tabloids. It takes formulas that are integral to storytelling and filters them through a funhouse mirror. — EZ Where to watch it: In theaters or Amazon Prime The goal is simply to keep track of the best new movies released in 2021 as they come out. Like in years past, we'll update this list throughout the year as more new releases arrive in theaters and drop on streaming services. These are the best movies of 2021 so far. Release date: June 25, 2021 Director: Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson Why it's great: The footage alone would be worth recommending The Roots' drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson's directorial debut. These recordings of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, a weeks-long musical event that happened the same year as Woodstock, have been unavailable for public consumption until now, an example of a Black historical artifact being buried. The archival material is incredible, capturing unparalleled performances from Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, The Staples Singers, Mahalia Jackson, Sly and the Family Stone, and so many more acts. Thompson frequently lets the music speak for itself, but also uses it as a guide through the place and the period, showing how Black artists were responding and evolving during the era. Summer of Soul is thoroughly joyous and also enormously vital.— EZ Where to watch it:   Hulu Release date: June 25, 2021 Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges Director: Justin Lin Why it’s great: After the bloated Fate of the Furious , which found the Fast franchise careening off the icy cliff of self-parody and into the freezing waters of self-indulgence, F9 serves as a necessary course correction courtesy of filmmaker Justin Lin, who helmed the best entry in the series with Fast Five and saved it from direct-to-DVD purgatory with Tokyo Drift . He's clearly doing some necessary tune-up work here, stripping the series for parts and futzing with the engine . If you find these proudly melodramatic, unrepentantly goofy movies tedious, F9 will not be the one to win you over. The plot is mostly nonsense; John Cena is not a particularly compelling villain; the "comedy" bits stop the movie in its tracks. But, with Lin throwing everything he's got at the screen, F9 delivers the goods when it comes to the huge set-pieces, particularly any time a magnet is involved, and Diesel, rumbling with each line reading, remains a fascinating screen presence in these films, which still feel personal to him despite their ridiculous scale and unapologetic cheesiness.— Dan Jackson Where to watch: In theaters; purchase on Amazon , iTunes , Vudu , and Watch the trailer ) Follow us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram. Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Snapchat. Subscribe to our Youtube channel. Follow us on tiktok. subscribe Go to Navigation Cities Eat Drink Travel Cannabis Watch Shop   Entertainment Movies The Best Movies of 2021 , Ranked Here's a short list of every movie you absolutely need to see this year. By Leanne Butkovic , Dan Jackson , Emma Stefansky , and Esther Zuckerman Updated on 9/17/2021 at 4:49 PM Release date: July 30, 2021 Director: David Lowery Cast: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury Why it's great: The Green Knight isn't an action fantasy, or even a fantasy in the way we've become accustomed to it: There are no dragons , no sparkly magic spells , no athletic sex scenes . Dev Patel plays soon-to-be-knight Gawain, who, in chopping off the head of a mysterious Green Knight during a game of chivalry, dooms himself to death when his foe challenges to return to him in a year so he can return the blow in kind—a blow that, as he is not made of magical plants, Gawain is unlikely to survive. What follows is a gorgeous, surreal fable set in the medieval world of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, sending Gawain on a quest full of ghosts, giants, recommended movies to watch 2021 and magic that turns all the trappings of its source material on its head.— ES Where to watch it: In theaters; purchase on Amazon , iTunes , Vudu , or Watch the trailer ) Release date: March 26, 2021 Director: Kitao Sakurai Cast: Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish Why it's great: There are hidden camera pranks meant to embarrass or provoke the prankee to the point that they're practically forced to react out of an animalistic type of anger, and then there are the others that are simply there to capture everyday human behavior in the face of absolute absurdity. Bad Trip , the logical extension of the unpredictable gags featured on The Eric Andre Show , is the latter, even in its most egregiously ridiculous stunts. With the narrative backbone of Chris Carey and Bud Malone road tripping from Florida to New York to pursue Chris's unrequited love in Bud's sister Trina's hot pink car, the cast ingeniously use the film's interpersonal conflicts to engage the people they encounter along the way, soliciting advice, asking for help, and bonding with generally receptive locals from the Deep South up to New Jersey. The result is a hilarious and lighthearted take on the genre from Jackass producer Jeff Tremaine, The Eric Andre Show 's director Kitao Sakurai, some very funny comedians, and the demented meme king of goofing around.— Leanne Butkovic Where to watch it: Watch the trailer ) Release date:  January 29, 2021 Director:  Rose Glass Cast:  Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle, Lily Knight, Lily Frazer Why it's great:  Haunted by a horrific incident in her past, Maud, a young woman who works as a palliative care nurse for the elderly and infirm, has converted to Roman Catholicism and believes that she hears the voice of God coursing through her whenever she's done something she feels He's pleased with. Her new patient, Amanda, a former dancer suffering from stage four lymphoma, is more concerned with dolling herself up for fancy evenings with friends than with saving her soul while she still has time—at least in Maud's eyes. Her "visions" of God,  often in the form of a cockroach , lead her to believe that saving her new charge's lost soul is her life's mission—at any cost. Rose Glass's sneakily funny and distressingly spooky directorial debut will charm and terrify you in equal measure. It's a haunting religious experience.— ES Where to watch it:  Hulu  or  Amazon Prime Best Movies of 2021, Ranked Top Must recommended movies to watch 2021
Best Movies of 2021, Ranked Top Must recommended movies to watch 2021
For more movies to watch, check out our rankings of Best Horror Movies of 2021 , Best Action Movies of 2021 , and our favorite movies from 2020 . Need help finding something to watch? Sign up here for our weekly Streamail newsletter to get streaming recommendations delivered straight to your inbox. Release date: February 12, 2021 Director: Mona Fastvold Cast: Katherine Waterston, Vanessa Kirby, Casey Affleck, Christopher Abbott Why it's great: The quiet, calm narration of Katherine Waterston's Abigail carries the viewer through this period romance between two women in an isolated corner of New York during the 19th century. But for as meditative as her voice is, there's a turmoil that rages through Mona Fastvold's film like the storm that appears in the first act. At times, Daniel Blumberg's magnificent score sounds like screams, and even in moments of peace there's creeping anxiety. Abigail has resigned herself to a life of discontentment with her husband Dyer when their new neighbors Finney and Tallie arrive. Abigail and Tallie become fast friends. Tallie is worldly and self-assured, even as she steals away from her pompous spouse who has a violent streak. Their long afternoons talking turn into physical expressions of love, but Fastvold is less interested in how that may have been taboo in the era than in how the threat of isolation is always just around the corner for these women.— EZ Where to watch it: Hulu ; rent on Amazon , iTunes , Vudu , and YouTube Oscar Isaac in 'The Card Counter' | Focus Features Oscar Isaac in 'The Card Counter' | Focus Features At the beginning of last year , it was impossible to predict just how much the moviegoing experience would change over the following months as theaters across the globe closed, many films shifted to a streaming-only release strategy, and blockbusters got punted to a year or two later in the wake of the pandemic. This year has been different in at least one significant way: It's strange. With movies getting hybrid releases and major studios attempting to make a return to "normal," it's hard to predict exactly what will come out and when , even as theaters open back up with capped, socially distanced seating. Hopefully, that makes a list like this more useful than ever.
Release date: September 10, 2021 Director: James Wan Cast: Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young, Michole Briana White Why it's great: James Wan's horror-thriller about a woman who realizes her dreams of a spooky figure violently murdering people are actually happening is by turns effectively creepy, utterly baffling, and absolutely hilarious, with an electrifying third act that plays as its own superhero origin story. The only way to accurately describe this movie's goofy, heightened aesthetic is that it's like a fake movie inside another, much more normal movie, except the fake movie turns out to be the actual movie. From the minute an asylum nurse intones, "IT'S TIME TO CUT OUT THE CANCER" you know you'd better buckle up for whatever madness this will turn out to be. —  ES Where to watch it: In theaters and  HBO Max Release date: June 10, 2021 Director: Jon M. Chu Cast: Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins. Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera Why it's great: In a year that promises a lot of movie musicals coming to the screen, In the Heights kicks things off in spectacular fashion. Jon M. Chu directed an ecstatic adaptation of the musical that made Lin-Manuel Miranda famous before Hamilton , the story of Usnavi , a bodega owner in Washington Heights with dreams of going back to the Dominican Republic, and his community. Too many modern movie musicals are plagued by inertia; that's not the case with In the Heights . When the characters open their mouths to sing, the vibrancy pops off the screen. Instead of using green screens or CGI wizardry to make Miranda's metaphors literal, Chu decided to rely on the magic of New York City streets. Since its release, there have been important conversations had about the lack of representation of the Afro-Latino community on screen , but, while flawed in its portrait, In the Heights still feels like a breakthrough moment.— EZ Where to watch it:  Rent on Amazon , iTunes , Vudu , full list of movies on amazon prime australia