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Best films of 2021: Part II

Here are the best films of 2021 in no particular order –
Update : 30 Dec 2021, 11:08 PM

While the 2021 box office has been resuscitated thanks to the timely releases of “No Time to Die,” “Venom: Let There be Carnage,” “Dune” and finally “Spider Man: No Way Home,” the debate over the link between superhero films and the supposed death of cinema continues to rage and trouble great minds. Original non-franchise films like “Last Night in Soho,” “King Richard,” “The Last Duel,” “West Side Story” and others have struggled to lure audiences to the theaters, raising difficult questions about the future of films. 

As the end of 2021 approaches, we look back at an eventful year that offered a series of challenges and gifts to cinema as we know it. While theatres shut down across the world and audiences turned towards streaming services in unprecedented numbers, great films did not however cease to exist and artists from across the world persevered to deliver quality content.

Here are the best films of 2021 in no particular order –

 


The Hand of God

In 1980s Naples, young Fabietto pursues his love for football as family tragedy strikes, shaping his uncertain but promising future as a filmmaker.



King Richard

A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams.



Nightmare Alley

An ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is.



Spencer

During her Christmas holidays with the royal family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, Diana Spencer, struggling with mental health problems, decides to end her decade-long marriage to Prince Charles.



The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground explores the multiple threads that converged to bring together one of the most influential bands in rock and roll.



Coda 

As a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) Ruby is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When the family's fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing her love of music by wanting to go to Berklee College of Music and her fear of abandoning her parents.



Benedetta

A 17th-century nun in Italy suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions. She is assisted by a companion, and the relationship between the two women develops into a romantic love affair.



A Hero

Rahim is in prison because of a debt he was unable to repay. During a two-day leave, he tries to convince his creditor to withdraw his complaint against the payment of part of the sum. But things don't go as planned.



Belfast

A young boy and his working-class Belfast family experience the tumultuous late 1960s in the Northern Ireland capital. 



The Tragedy of Macbeth 

A Scottish lord becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland, and his ambitious wife supports him in his plans of seizing power.



The Lost Daughter

In Maggie Gyllenhaal’s debut directorial feature, a woman's beach vacation takes a dark turn when she begins to confront the troubles of her past.



Dune

Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert's science fiction novel about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.



The Green Knight

Directed by David Lowery, this is the highly acclaimed fantasy retelling of the medieval story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.



C’mon C’mon

When his sister asks him to look after her son, a radio journalist embarks on a cross-country trip with his energetic nephew to show him life away from Los Angeles.



The French Dispatch

A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional twentieth century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in "The French Dispatch Magazine".



Licorice Pizza

The story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and going through the treacherous navigation of first love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973.



The Worst Person in the World

The chronicles of four years in the life of Julie, a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life and struggles to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is.



The Power of The Dog

Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.



Rehana Maryam Noor

Any list would be incomplete without the Cannes-selected Bangladeshi feature “Rehana Maryam Noor.” The film follows an assistant professor at a local medical college, who finds herself in a difficult position after witnessing a sexual assault where she knows both the victim and the perpetrator.


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