Top 10 most-read movie reviews of 2021: Which movies have you been most interested in during the spreading pandemic? – Screens


Cinema, the true in-person theatrical experience, was back in full force in 2021, and you were busy checking our recommendations and warnings online for what was playing near you. Yet it wasn’t all about big releases: from indie horrors to Yaoi anime, here are the 10 reviews of the the Chronicle the reviews you most wanted to read.

1: no time to die

no time to die

no time to die doesn’t take the opportunity to examine Bond in a more bare-bones setting. Instead, it’s the standard mix of globetrotting action, just slower and less engaging than ever. The subplots go nowhere, new characters are introduced with little reward (exactly what a side trip to Cuba with Ana de Armas’ giddy young rookie is for that defies explanation), and much of the dialogue is n just doesn’t make sense – especially every word of Safin. mouth, which would be simply absurd if it weren’t also delivered with all the seriousness and malice of a bus schedule. It’s heavy, tedious, and kind of both buried in continuity and determined to drop everything halfway through the story.” -Richard Whittaker

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2: Eternals


“There was an urge to excuse the director and blame the studio, arguing that (Chloe) Zhao just didn’t fit within the restrictions of the MCU. Still, that doesn’t explain how much of a script she has. co-writing is weak, or why it’s so unbearably long, or why it almost completely fails to tackle its own core concepts of blind loyalty, the perils of immortality, rebellion against faith. God thank you for Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, who has happily spent the last century pretending several generations of a Bollywood family, and Barry Keoghan as the mind-controlling Druig, a stark and sardonic presence who has seen through the supposed benevolence of the Celestials centuries ago (and, to a lesser extent, Henry, who might be the MCU’s first queer hero, but whose superpower makes him a discount to Tony Stark). would have neither shadow nor light.” -RW

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3: Pork

“Robin is, in many ways, a vintage [Nic Cage] character of the modern era, a taciturn broken warrior living quietly apart from the world. Just him and his pig. Director Michael Sarnoski knows enough to keep the camera locked on Cage, whether from a great distance where his entire physique can be absorbed, or up close where those eyes that have seen for eons can see us and find something bigger than we knew. we could contain. Because Pork is a meditation on what distracts us from life: money, pretension, pleasing, memories, the fear of asking and showing oneself. Robin lives in the moment but sees the world in terms of centuries and eras and eras, and Pork let us see through those eyes.” -RW

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4: Old


“It’s almost like (M. Night Shyamalan) has been on a vendetta for The event, a clumsy but fascinating and perhaps unintentional homage to 1950s proto-environmental Z movies like Monolith Monsters. It’s as if calling it the worst movie of his career only challenges him to do worse. Old has the strange pettiness that has plagued his recent movies, and while there’s nothing so unnecessarily sinister as VisitThe adult diaper gag still has some footage that feels like it’s included in a challenge rather than adding anything to the film.” -RW

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5: Don’t tell a soul

Don’t tell a soul

“In his first film since the seemingly lost Dogma 95 entry The twinkling room, (director Alex McAulay) crafted a laconic, dark drama. It is reminiscent of a portrait of corrupted male friendship in super dark times, but with the added pressures of kinship and family. To describe Don’t tell a soul as a tale of toxic masculinity is both accurate but, in an age when every movie with a flawed or obnoxious male protagonist gets that label, almost glib. There’s something rancid between the boys.” -RW

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6: SAS: Red Notice

SAS red notice

“Anyone who spent the 90s in the Action-Adventure section of their local video library will find a kindred spirit in SAS: Red Notice. There’s more than a little Under Siege Where Executive Decision in the film’s DNA, an extended shootout, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, featuring a creature of Western foreign policy’s own making. Much of the film refuses to provide the audience with emotional stakes of its own, pitting two sociopaths against each other and dropping a third in the middle.” – Matthew Monagle

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seven: The old ways

The old ways

“[Christopher Alender’s] The gooey horror film seems like a change of direction after directing several episodes of the recent muppets now (he is also responsible for Beaker’s rendition of “Ode to Joy”). However, just as Chris Baugh proved with Irish bog monster mash Hell County Boys, former Muppet directors make great creators of creature features. They’re also close relatives because both focus on characters that deal with their mistaken belief that they’re beyond ancient lore (hint: they survived to become ancient for good reason).” -RW

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8: The last duel

The last duel

“As is often the case in A-lister cinema, each actor also lends their character real-life stardom. It’s hard not to see a bit of real-life [Matt Damon] at Jean de Carrouges, a craftsman whose unforced conversational errors impact his position at court, or to appreciate [Ben Affleck] playing yet another miserable on-screen Lothario. These small pinches of metatextuality serve as a bridge between eras, allowing The last duel feel contemporary without being ahistorical.” -MM

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9: free guy

free guy

free guy deserves to be considered alongside films from the late 90s as Pleasantville and dark city, films that deconstructed our reality and asked us to embrace the underlying principles of our humanity. … [It’s] a serious exploration of humanity’s responsibility to its offspring. The world of video game design becomes the perfect playground to ask what it means to be human – and how far we would be willing to go to secure the future of those who come after us.” -MM

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ten: The stranger from the shore

Stranger on the shore

“While the flip-flopping emotions in the script could be more effectively fleshed out in a longer film, Stranger by the sea is beautiful to look at. The yellow hibiscuses, these pink bougainvilleas, this blue, blue sky! (Not to mention those two lyrically intertwined felines evoking the film’s central relationship.) And erotic too, with all those boy-band hairs floating in the sea breeze. Western audiences unfamiliar with cartoon stylization may find the characters’ often over-the-top monosyllabic dialogue oddly inappropriate at times, but they can’t deny that the film’s heart is in the right place.” -Steve Davis

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