Saturday, April 20, 2024

Top 10 Movies of 2021: The Best Films With Oscar Chances Plus a Couple of Fun Runners-Up


Everyone’s got a list, so why not?

The most interesting list is the second one. Criminally underrated performances this year were Alessandro Nivola in “Many Saints,” Margot Robbie in “Suicide Squad,” Clifton Collins Jr. in “Jockey,” and Kirsten Dunst in “Power of the Dog.”

Also, for Best Actress this season, the Academy should not overlook Jennifer Hudson in “Respect” and Jessica Chastain in “Tammy Faye.” These were the most passionately devoted turns of the year. My other three choices would be Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, and Olivia Colman.

1. West Side Story
2. Belfast
4. The Tragedy of Macbeth
5. Parallel Mothers
6. Being the Ricardos
7. King Richard
8. Licorice Pizza
9. Tick Tick Boom
10. The Power of the Dog

runners up
A Hero
Spider Man
Many Saints of Newark
The Lost Daughter
Eyes of Tammy Faye
The Score

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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