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Thirty Ace Movies From 2021 That You Should Definitely Catch Up on Over Summer

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By Sarah Ward
December 20, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
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  • Arts & Entertainment

    Ammonite

    Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan are exceptional in this exquisite period romance from the director of 'God's Own Country'.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    High Ground

    Australia's latest exceptional outback western interrogates the atrocities of the country's colonial past.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Nest

    Jude Law and Carrie Coon star in this exceptional 80s-set psychological thriller about domestic disharmony, festering secrets and the toxic idea that money can buy happiness.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Synchronic

    Starring Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan, this sci-fi thriller follows two paramedics dealing with a trippy new designer drug.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Another Round

    Four teachers test a theory that humans actually need a constant supply of alcohol in their blood in this Oscar-shortlisted Danish drama.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Minari

    Vivid, honest and tender, this resonant and moving drama stars Steven Yeun as a Korean American father and farmer chasing a better life for his family.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Firestarter — The Story of Bangarra

    Celebrating Australia's acclaimed Indigenous dance theatre, this excellent documentary also steps through the nation's past and paints a portrait of three siblings with dreams as big as their talents.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    Already winning Daniel Kaluuya a Golden Globe, this ferocious historical drama steps inside the FBI's quest to bring down a Black Panther Party leader.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    French Exit

    Michelle Pfeiffer is magnificent and magnetic in this comedy about a broke Manhattan socialite's chaotic move to Paris.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Father

    With remarkable performances from Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman and a purposefully puzzle-like approach, this drama about dementia leaves a lasting imprint.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Collective

    Nominated for two Oscars, this compelling and confronting Romanian documentary spirals from a tragic fire to corruption in the country's health system.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Gunda

    This dialogue-free documentary observes farm animals as they go about their daily lives, and the result is as haunting as it is striking.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Supernova

    Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth are simply heartbreaking in this affecting drama about a long-term couple dealing with early-onset dementia.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Wrath of Man

    Reuniting for the first time in 16 years, Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie avoid simply rehashing their shared past glories in this effective revenge thriller.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Perfect Candidate

    Following a doctor who runs for local council, this rousing drama unpacks life in Saudi Arabia today and agitates passionately for change.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    A Quiet Place Part II

    The sequel to 2018's big horror hit is just as savvy, smart and engaging — and places just as much emphasis on silence.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Lapsis

    This low-budget dystopian sci-fi satire takes on the gig economy, with sharp, savage and must-see results.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    In the Heights

    Lin-Manuel Miranda's vibrant love letter to Washington Heights hits the big screen, with intoxicating, invigorating and exuberant results.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Black Widow

    Combining spy thrills with family dramas — and aided by a top-notch cast — the 24th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe finally gives the first female Avenger her own solo feature.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Shiva Baby

    Sharp, relatable and also filled with cringe-inducingly awkward moments, this impressive debut feature spends a day at a shiva with a college senior.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Nine Days

    A winner at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, this beautifully evocative existential drama follows unborn souls vying for a chance to live.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    Questlove jumps behind the lens with this exceptional documentary, which brings footage from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival — aka "Black Woodstock" — to the screen.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Candyman

    The 90s horror franchise gets a sharp, smart and sublimely shot new instalment, as produced and co-written by Jordan Peele.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Night House

    Rebecca Hall is exceptional in a haunted house movie that's made with horror style as well as smarts, but also sometimes falls victim to its own indulgences.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Harder They Fall

    Stepping back to the Old West with an all-star cast, this revisionist western is ambitious and memorable, smart and suave, and an all-round swaggering film

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Passing

    Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga are phenomenal in this polished, probing and patient drama about racial identity in America.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

    This emotional documentary isn't without its missteps, but still simmers with the celebrity chef, author and travel documentarian's passion and curiosity.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Last Duel

    Matt Damon, Adam Driver and 'Killing Eve' star Jodie Comer recreate medieval history in this weighty and savage drama from Ridley Scott.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Malignant

    After a slow start, 70s and 80-inspired body-horror flick from Australian director James Wan evolves into a limb-thrashing, blood-splattering, gleefully chaotic ride.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Many Saints of Newark

    Fourteen years after fading to black, 'The Sopranos' gets a firmly familiar but still powerful and engaging big-screen prequel starring James Gandolfini's son Michael.

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