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2021 Releases I've Seen, Ranked
1. Nobody
    Maybe it's not believable that Odenkirk would take the beatings he does, but they play it far differently than any John Wick or Jack Reacher type of fights, and he sells the attitude.
2. The Suicide Squad
    Sooo much better than the first version, probably because they went with funny over Waller's raincloud vibe. (But Deadpool is still king of the funny superhero movies).
3. A Quiet Place Part II
    More tense thrills from this series.
4. No Time to Die
    Nice callbacks. Ana de Armas was fantastic and I'd watch her own Bond spinoff. I didn't think Lashana Lynch was convincing as a 00.
5. Being the Ricardos
    Kidman is never really convincing as Lucille, but Sorkin's dialogue is the best this year and probably many years.
6. Jungle Cruise
    The tone was right enough that I laughed at the dad jokes.
7. The Protege
    Michael Keaton out acts everyone here and he even puts on fight choreography (at age 70!) that leave Liam Neeson in the dust.
8. Copshop
    Notable here: Tony Huss is excellent in his supporting role as a psychotic killer.
9. Black Widow
    The family's reversion to thick Russian accents after so long in Ohio was ridiculous, and this isn't really about Black Widow but Yelena. But I'm glad for her and her continued scenes on Hawkeye
10. The Matrix Resurrections
    One of the most interesting aspects to this was the noticeable difference in cinematography styles. I'm not sure the original would have worked if shot this way.
11. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
    This was a pleasant entry to the series and I like Rudd but he seemed pretty useless here.
12. Coming 2 America
    I laughed a couple times.
13. King Richard
    I like biopics for the history. The acting here is good too, but I was mostly annoyed by Richard's behaviors.
14. Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings
    Simu Liu has great charisma but this didn't feel connected to the MCU storylines. And I thought the profanity was unnecessary and distracting.
15. The King's Man
    I enjoy this series despite its faults (Rasputin dancing being one of them). The silent no-man's land battle was notable.
16. Red Notice
    This was a fun distraction, yes, but that's still grading on the pandemic curve.
17. The Tomorrow War
    Decent pandemic-era action, but I still prefer Battle Los Angeles.
18. Cruella
    It has its moments but at times it's just too much.
19. Belfast
    Well acted of course, but it just doesn't feel like an epic story (even in terms of its one-block radius). And it feels like an Irish story we've already seen multiple times.
20. Free Guy
    Here's an example of Ryan Reynolds being too devil-may-care. Taika Waititi was hilarious though.
21. Raya And The Last Dragon
    Great voice acting, but not my genre.
22. F9: The Fast Saga
    It took me about five minutes before the first instance of throwing my hands in the air. Nice to see Sung Kang return though.
23. Jolt
    Beckinsale is good but this is ruined by editing and audio.
24. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins
    Sorry Henry, I just prefer the Ray Park versions.
25. Gunpowder Milkshake
    As much as I'm happy for female versions of anything, they push the John Wick gimmick too hard with the librarians, the goons are borderline spoofs, and Gillan's fight choreography is not good. Head
26. Tom Clancy's Without Remorse
    I was looking forward to this adaptation for years but even though Jordan was a good casting choice, the movie feels flat and slowly paced.
27. Dune (2021)
    Bor-ing. And I was constantly throwing the switch on mute because of the overbearing music and sound. At least the production values were better than the original.
28. Stillwater
    I didn't feel invested in Breslin's story, but the relationship between Damon and Cottin was nice.
29. Eternals
    Bizarre plot and copycat superheroes aside, Gemma Chan was watchable all the way through, and Thena's cgi weapons were cool.
30. Reminiscence
    The sci-fi element is cool but the atmosphere is dreary.
31. Those Who Wish Me Dead
    Ho-hum is not a reaction one should have to a forest fire, but that was my reaction to watching this. That title seems unrelated too.
32. Nightmare Alley
    Excellent cinematography and mood, but this is just an episode of The Twilight Zone that is two hours longer than it needed to be.
33. Wrath of Man
    Statham couldn't look less interested to be making a movie than in this one.
34. Spencer
    Whether or not Stewart's performance was good (I didn't think so), I hated the audio effects.
35. The Last Duel
    What a wasted opportunity - instead of showing alternate story perspectives the variations are just repetitive, leaving no ambiguity for debate, which is the whole point of the legend.
36. Venom: Let There Be Carnage
    I guess you have to think Venom's personality is amusing for this to work. I don't understand why Brock is played so fidgety and bumbling either.
37. The Card Counter
    Awful. Lousy dialogue, lousy acting(!), lousy card counting knowledge, lousy pacing, and a strange plot turn.

2021 Releases (I Haven't Seen Yet)
38. The Addams Family 2
39. American Night
40. American Underdog
41. Annette
42. Antlers
43. Army of the Dead
44. Bergman Island
45. The Beta Test
46. Benedetta
47. Blue Bayou
48. The Boss Baby: Family Business
49. Bruised
50. Candyman
51. Cinderella
52. Clifford The Big Red Dog
53. C'mon C'mon
54. Coda
55. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
56. The Courier
57. Cry Macho
58. Cryptozoo
59. Cyrano
60. Dear Evan Hansen
61. Don't Look Up
62. Dream Horse
63. The Dry
64. The Duke
65. East Of The Mountains
66. Encounter
67. The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
68. Encanto
69. Everybody's Talking About Jamie
70. The Eyes of Tammy Faye
71. Finch
72. Finding You
73. Flag Day
74. Four Good Days
75. The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun
76. Godzilla Vs. Kong
77. The Good Boss
78. The Green Knight
79. The Guilty
80. Hard Luck Love Song
81. The Harder They Fall
82. Halloween Kills
83. In The Heights
84. Here Today
85. Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard
86. House of Gucci
87. The Humans
88. I'm Your Man
89. India Sweets And Spices
90. Joe Bell
91. John And The Hole
92. A Journal For Jordan
93. The Killing Of Kenneth Chamberlain
94. Lamb
95. Language Lessons
96. Lansky
97. Last Night In Soho
98. Licorice Pizza
99. The Lost Daughter
100. Luca
101. Malignant
102. The Many Saints of Newark
103. Mass
104. Mayday
105. Memoria
106. Minamata
107. Mother/Android
108. Mothering Sunday
109. Mogul Mowgli
110. Mortal Kombat
111. Munich - The Edge Of War
112. Naked Singularity
113. National Champions
114. The Night House
115. Nine Days
116. No Sudden Move
117. Old
118. Old Henry
119. Operation Mincemeat
120. Parallel Mothers
121. Passing
122. Paw Patrol The Movie
123. Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
124. Pig
125. Poupelle Of Chimney Town
126. Prisoners Of The Ghostland
127. The Power of the Dog
128. Queenpins
129. Respect
130. Senior Moment
131. Riders of Justice
132. Ron's Gone Wrong
133. Shiva Baby
134. Sing 2
135. Silent Night
136. The Souvenir Part II
137. Space Jam: A New Legacy
138. Spider-Man: No Way Home
139. The Spine Of Night
140. Spiral
141. Spirit Untamed
142. The Starling
143. Sugar Daddy
144. Swan Song (Apple Original Films)
145. Swan Song (Magnolia Pictures)
146. Tango Shalom
147. The Tender Bar
148. Test Pattern
149. This is the Night
150. Tick, Tick...Boom!
151. 12 Mighty Orphans
152. Together
153. Together Together
154. The Tragedy of Macbeth
155. The Unforgivable
156. Triumph
157. The Unholy
158. Violet
159. The Water Man
160. Werewolves Within
161. West Side Story
162. Wolf
163. Women is Losers
164. Worth
165. Zola



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