The 10 best (and 5 worst) movies of 2021
When we talk about this year in movies, like the last one, it will always come with a pandemic asterisk. But even as a disrupted industry dealt with continued delays and the wobbles of would-be blockbusters, a shocking amount of good stuff came out of it — actually too much to contain in one top 10, which is why we'll also be rolling out separate lists for 2021's Best Scenes and Best Performances.
In the meantime, the 10 films here include more than a few veteran auteurs, two (two!) Danish imports — one of them animated — an actress' stellar directing debut, and the glorious, unlikely return of an MTV VJ. Read on for our picks (and if you want to keep watching, also check out: Val, Zola, Titane, King Richard, CODA, Moffie, I'm Your Man, Lamb, The Hand of God, The Souvenir: Part II, Luca, The Last Duel, Summer of Soul, and No Sudden Move.)
The Year's Best Films
...And The Year's Worst
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