The best movies of 2021 - and where they will be streamed

The best movies of 2021 and where they will

We will address: This year, like 2020, was a rough year for Hollywood. Theaters that closed during the Covid-19 lockdown opened, yes, but all the delays caused by the pandemic caused a rocky year for new releases. That said, there were still a number of important things - and many surprises. From sci-fi epics to silent time pieces from cinema myths, here are all WIRED selections for the best films of 2021.

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Dune

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One of the most influential sci-fi texts ever written, a 1965 novel by Frank Herbert Dune has inspired some of the most iconic science fiction films ever made, including the big one: Star Wars. But efforts turn Dune they themselves did not always go into a movie according to plan. (See: Close Jodorowsky, a documentary about director Alejandro Jodorowsky's future attempt to alter Herbert's text.) Although David Lynch's 1984 version developed a cult, it was considered a disaster when it was released. But Denis Villeneuve is a filmmaker of a different kind, as seen in Enemy, Future, and Runner Blade 2049. His modern approach to filmmaking has allowed him to succeed where others have failed, and to turn overly complex stories into sci-fi gems that are easily worn and accomplished. That can all be said for what he did Dune, a great film that manages to be as stunning as it is amazing - with more to come.

Spencer

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Just as it did with the 2016 Oscar nominations Jackie, director Pablo Larraín has painted another close - up of a famous woman that everyone knows, but few people understood, with Spencer. Kristen Stewart is transformative in her role, as she strives to draw the line between doing what is expected of her (as Prince Charles' wife and a member of the Royal Family) and maintaining her sense of group - as long as she knows Charles is a relative ... and he even bought the same string of pearls that his mistress bought. While the film takes a libertarian with the truth, Diana's overall sense seems to feel locked in and empowered by the institution to which she was truly married with what we know of her personal struggles. The film is set in 1991, a year before Diana and Charles formally separated - and six years before her sudden death.

The card counter

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Oscar Isaac shines (no wonder there) as William Tell, a veteran soldier with a difficult time who did his best to forget by immersing himself in the world of gambling, traveling around the country to play there the blackjack and poker tournaments. Along the way he meets and befriends a young man named Cirk (Tye Sheridan), who seeks William's help in getting revenge on an armed colonel (Willem Dafoe). As Cirk tells William more about his circumstances, and his plans, William can't help but think that his relationship with Cirk could be an opportunity for his release. The film is written and directed by Paul Schrader, and plays essentially the same sin-and-redemption script that many of Schrader's top protagonists have. Ged The card counter feels like one of the few times where Schrader's character seems to be interested in redemption.

Sail my car

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First things first: Yes, Sail my car three hours long - but trust us in this one. The film, written and directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, tells the story of Yusuke Kafuku, a widowed theater director (Hidetoshi Nishijima) who, two years after the death of his wife, takes up a two-month residency to directed play in Hiroshima. Each day, he will be directed an hour to and from the theater, and will slowly begin to build a friendship with the young woman he drives (Toko Miura), in which he describes his affairs with his team and his team and his wife's betrayal that still haunts him. In the end, Sail my car is a road movie - just one thing you don't mind taking the prettier route. Not yet available online.

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Passing

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Rebecca Hall (Godzilla vs Kong) makes her debut album with this adaptation of the 1929 Harlem Renaissance writer Nella Larsen's novel about two childhood friends, Reeny (Tessa Thompson) and Clare (Ruth Negga), who lose touch but encounter each other again as adults. Reeny, who is married to a doctor (André Holland), lives with her family in a posh home in Harlem. Clare's husband, on the other hand, is a businessman (Alexander Skarsgård) - and a racist, who, because of his light skin, does not understand that his wife is black. The film is beautifully modeled, beautifully executed, and makes a powerful narrative of a race that still fits today.

The Green Knight

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Dev Patel brings us a new kind of Arthurian myth through writer-director David Lowery (Miss Juneteenth). Patel emerges as Sir Gawain, the unbelievable nephew of King Arthur, who is pounding over his weight as he risks his life by volunteering to embark on a journey to face the Green Knight. It is a dangerous job, but the privileged Gawain wants to establish himself as a fearless hero. While adhering (largely) to Arthur 's legendary script, Lowery is not afraid to use a few levers and turn the "returning hero" trope on his head.

The Lost Girl

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Oscar contestant Maggie Gyllenhaal is another actress who made a remarkable leadership debate in 2021 with The Lost Girl, a version of the novel Elena Ferrante, also written by Gyllenhaal. Much of the film's clarity lies in her ongoing sentiment as Leda (Olivia Colman), a professor of literature goes on holiday in Greece, befriends Nina (Dakota Johnson), a young mother who admits she sometimes feels overwhelmed by parenting. Without taking too much of the past, Leda tells Nina that she understands. But even though the women are sitting by the beach in Greece, it always feels like the walls are closing in and something terrible could happen at any moment. The film is a testament to Gyllenhaal's understanding of how to get into the audience 's head - and stay there.

Pizza Licorice

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Paul Thomas Anderson is perhaps the most intriguing film of any director working today. Since appearing a quarter of a year ago in 1996 Eight hard, has gone on to make films about the pros and cons of the porn industry (Boogie nights); duplicity of life, as often seen between the promise of childhood and the reality of adulthood (Magnolia); hard detector that puts value for money above all else (There will be blood); director of culture (The Master); and a haute couture designer with great taste in stockings who enjoys being pushed to the brink of death by his wife (Ghost Thread).

While his work is incredibly fascinating and what subject he will be interested in next, you can usually bet on two things with any Anderson film: (1) It will be more than twice hours, and (2) it ends on most people. List of Best Films of the Year. In many ways, Pizza Licorice a return to Anderson 's roots, as he's a sunny California ode to childhood and enjoys growing up in the 1970s in the San Fernando Valley. (Everything can be related to Anderson.) Casting Cooper Hoffman, the son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, was an attractive genius.

The power of the dog

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After a 12-year absence from the back of the camera on a special film, Jane Campion came back in revenge for The power of the dog. Benedict Cumberbatch will no doubt be at the forefront of playing against the likes of the brutal Phil Burbank, a wealthy keeper who likes to get his hands dirty with his teammates, even when that's means spouting a cow. He is, of course, a menacing man who is completely different from his brother George (Jesse Plemons), who often apologizes for Phil after his brother. When George marries the working - class widow Rose (Kirsten Dunst) and brings him home to live with them, Phil seems to enjoy tormenting her at every turn. But when her son Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee) comes to spend the summer with them, Phil seems to be taking the youngster under his wing. It is impossible to summarize the film in a way that is both short and complete, considering its deep plot lines, but enough to say for each of Phil 's threatening features, there is another side. - hidden, but much more vulnerable - side by side. story.


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