The Best Movies of 2021—and Where to Stream Them – WIRED

The Best Movies of 2021—and Where to Stream Them – WIRED

Let’s face it: This year, like 2020, was a rough year for Hollywood. Theaters that closed during the Covid-19 lockdowns reopened, yes, but all the delays caused by the pandemic made it a rocky year for new releases. That said, there were still quite a few highlights—and a lot of surprises. From sci-fi epics to quiet period pieces from cinema legends, here are all of WIRED’s picks for the best movies of 2021. 

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Dune

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As one of the most influential sci-fi texts ever written, Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel Dune has inspired some of the most iconic science fiction movies ever made, including the big guy: Star Wars. But attempts to turn Dune itself into a movie have not always gone according to plan. (See: Jodorowsky’s Dune, a documentary about director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s futile attempt to adapt Herbert’s text.) While David Lynch’s 1984 version has developed a cult following, it was largely considered a disaster upon its release. But Denis Villeneuve is a different kind of filmmaker, as has been seen in Enemy, Arrival, and Blade Runner 2049. His novelistic approach to moviemaking has enabled him to succeed where others have failed, and turn overly complex stories into easily digestible, and accomplished, sci-fi gems. All of that can be said for his rendition of Dune, an epic film that manages to be as smart as it is stunning—with more to come.

Spencer

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Just as he did with 2016’s Oscar-nominated Jackie, director Pablo Larraín has crafted yet another intimate portrait of an iconic woman who everybody knows of, but few people seemed to understand, with Spencer. Kristen Stewart is transformative in the role, as she attempts to straddle the line between doing what is expected of her (as the wife of Prince Charles and a member of the Royal Family) and maintaining her sense of agency—while knowing full well that Charles is having an affair … and even bought her the same string of pearls he bought his mistress. Though the film takes liberties with the truth, the overall sentiment of Diana feeling trapped and out-powered by the institution she married into seems to ring true with what we know of her personal struggles. The film is set in 1991, a year before Diana and Charles would formally separate—and six years before her untimely death.

The Card Counter

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Oscar Isaac shines (no surprise there) as William Tell, a military veteran with a troubled past he has done his best to forget by immersing himself in the world of gambling, traveling around the country to play in blackjack and poker tournaments. Along the way he …….

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