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30 Best Movies Of 2021 (So Far)

The year 2020 was a strange one for cinema, but 2021 is — sort of — getting back to normal. Streaming services are still going strong, and the theater-going experience has slowly been coming back. As a result, an array of films from all sorts of genres have been lighting up websites and multiplexes the world over.

And despite the existential question of when moviegoing will truly be "back," 2021 has still been filled with some truly remarkable works, from new animated classics and thrilling franchises entries to intimate dramas and even ridiculous comedies. So if you're looking for the cream of the cinematic crop this year has to offer, here are the 30 best movies that have graced our screens in 2021.

Updated on August 31, 2021: As the year progresses, more and more amazing films will be coming out each month. And we'll be sure to update our list every few weeks, keeping you current on the greatest movies of the year.

Pig

When you hear the premise "Nicolas Cage tries to find his kidnapped pig," a very particular kind of movie pops up in your brain. Whatever your mind comes up with, it's guaranteed to not be the patient, meditative, graceful drama that is "Pig," one of the most impressive debut films of the year from writer/director Michael Sarnoski. Nicolas Cage plays Rob, a reclusive chef living in the Oregonian woods, whose only companion is his precious truffle pig. But after the lovable swine's kidnapping, Rob ventures into the city of Portland where he will stop at nothing to find his four-legged companion. What starts off as the beginnings of a revenge thriller morphs into a reflective story about grief and companionship, with Cage easily giving one of his most quiet and powerful performances in years, resulting in a can't-miss piece of modern filmmaking.

  • Starring: Nicolas Cage, Alex Wolff, Adam Arkin

  • Director: Michael Sarnoski

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 92 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Summer of Soul

After footage of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival was left unattended and unaired for over 50 years, the world is ready to bear witness to this once-in-a-lifetime cultural event in the jam-packed documentary "Summer of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)." Directed with an unsurprisingly characteristic rhythm by Roots frontman Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, "Summer of Soul" takes this legendary festival — featuring brilliant performances by the likes of Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, and Stevie Wonder, among many others — and uses it to dissect where Black American culture stood in the late 1960s. From religion to haircare to mayoral politics to the Moon Landing (which happened during the festival), Thompson's film acts as both literal cinematic document and socio-political treatise on Black America, all while celebrating the joyful artistry of the musicians of the day.

  • Starring: Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Mahalia Jackson

  • Director: Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 117 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

In & Of Itself

Part magic show, part solo performance, part full-on reckoning with what it means to be human, Derek DelGaudio's "In & Of Itself" is guaranteed to be unlike any movie you'll ever watch, let alone this year. DelGaudio, a master of magic and showmanship, crafts a performance piece built around his own life story and his own desire to be understood in a world so ready to judge him so quickly. Through masterful illusions that must be seen to be believed and an emotionally gut-wrenching final illusion, "In & Of Itself" is a beautiful meditation on how you can't truly judge a book by its cover.

In the Heights

The movie musical made a triumphant comeback in 2021, with such varied stage-to-screen adaptations as "Dear Evan Hansen," "Tick...Tick... Boom!," and "West Side Story." And the year got off to a triumphant start with director Jon M. Chu's filmed adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical "In the Heights." From writers Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes, Chu's film is an explosive and dynamic story of a Washington Heights community banding together when the forces of gentrification and economic peril come barreling their way. With magnetic performances, thrilling choreography, and some of the best staged musical numbers put on film in years, if you want a sense of what a great musical movie should look like, you've got to take a trip to "In the Heights."

  • Starring: Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Leslie Grace

  • Director: Jon M. Chu

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 143 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Judas and the Black Messiah

The bizarre and elongated Oscar season of 2020/2021 might make you forget that the award-winning "Judas and the Black Messiah" was in fact a 2021 release. And what a triumphant film to kick off the year it was, telling the story of Fred Hampton, the Black Panthers, and William O'Neal — the FBI informant tasked with taking the Panthers down. Buoyed by two otherworldly performances from LaKeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya (in the performance that won him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor), "Judas and the Black Messiah" is a film about revolutionary politics told in a revolutionary fashion, and it still stands out as one of the most dramatically thrilling films of the year.

  • Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons

  • Director: Shaka King

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 126 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar

For their follow-up to the Academy Award-nominated "Bridesmaids," Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo made the choice that so many great artists have before them — create something completely and utterly different from the work that granted them success. In complete opposition to the down-to-earth improv-heavy realism of their first screenplay, "Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar" is a completely gonzo journey of two small-town middle-aged women (played by Wiig and Mumolo) whose Florida vacation takes an unexpected turn when they get involved in the machinations of a literal super villain (also played by Wiig). With everything from talking animals and Jamie Dornan as a lovelorn sidekick to one of the most unhinged celebrity cameos to cap things off, "Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar" is beautifully chaotic and bound to be one of the funniest films you'll see all year.

  • Starring: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo, Jamie Dornan

  • Director: Josh Greenbaum

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 106 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

The Mitchells vs. the Machines

A film that feels like the inside of an internet-obsessed teenager's mind bursting to life, "The Mitchells vs The Machines" is an utterly hilarious and heartwarming piece of animation from the geniuses over at Sony Pictures Animation, produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller ("Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," "The LEGO Movie"). Here, the Mitchell family, on a cross-country trip before daughter Katie heads to college, must come together to stop a mass technological robot uprising. Though they might not seem like a perfect family, it becomes clear that the Mitchells, with their lovable idiosyncrasies, are the only ones capable of saving humanity. With wonderfully lush visuals and a flurry of jokes every minute, "The Mitchells vs The Machines" is a guaranteed new classic for the whole family.

  • Starring: Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph

  • Director: Mike Rianda

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 114 minutes

  • Rating: PG

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Shiva Baby

Has anyone been able to capture Jewish anxiety in the 21st century as remarkably as Emma Seligman does in "Shiva Baby?" No matter the answer, there's no denying that Seligman's debut feature is one of the most hilarious and terrifying films of the new year. Danielle has a busy day, spending the morning with her sugar daddy, Max, and having to head straight over to a shiva for a recently deceased family member. But suddenly, these two worlds collide in a way that Danielle would never have expected, resulting in a comedic film presented with the claustrophobic visuals of a horror film. It's a stellar debut from Seligman and a surefire sign of a brilliant new voice in cinema to keep an eye on.

  • Starring: Rachel Sennott, Molly Gordon, Polly Draper

  • Director: Emma Seligman

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 77 minutes

  • Rating: N/A

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Bad Trip

In one of the most shocking events of 2021, the comedy where Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery get their privates stuck in a finger trap is maybe the most life-affirming movie of the year. That might seem like a odd thing to say about what's ostensibly a prank movie, but the secret to "Bad Trip" is not only in the more-than-committed performances from Andre, Howery, and Tiffany Haddish (in what should be an Oscar-nominated performance) but from the conceit that the pranks of the film never look down on the real people caught in the mess of it all. The famous trio are always the butt of the joke, with the clueless "real-life" spectators either awkwardly ignoring the shenanigans at play or hilariously getting involved in the hopes of shutting down the foolishness. There's a real beating heart at the center, and it's maybe the 2021 film with the most rewatch value.

  • Starring: Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish

  • Director: Kitao Sakurai

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 84 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Luca

After a series of films fervently focused on the existential crisis of being human, it was a gentle relief to see Pixar release a film like "Luca," a film that avoids questions like "what does it mean to truly have a soul?" and instead asks the far more important question of "can two fish monster friends win a triathlon to get a Vespa?" Such are the simple pleasures of the Italian-set gentle masterpiece from America's most trusted animation house, with a film more focused on lush visuals and deep character connections than intricate plot machinations. "Luca" feels like taking a short and sweet European vacation, and the simple pleasures of this fishy film make it not only one of 2021's best but also one of the most inspired Pixar films in years.

  • Starring: Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman

  • Director: Enrico Casarosa

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 100 minutes

  • Rating: PG

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

F9

The family is back on the big screen! After an eighth installment that left many fans disappointed with the direction of the franchise, "F9" brings back director Justin Lin, architect of the current iteration of the "Fast & Furious" universe, to get this bombastic series back on course. The beautifully sincere, surprisingly Shakespearean, utterly idiotic "Fast & Furious" story continues with this latest installment, where Dominic Toretto and his team must come together to face the most unexpected foe of all: his brother, Jakob. With stunning set pieces — including, of course, a trip to outer space — "F9" takes the series to literal new heights while still staying true to the human themes of family and loyalty that have made this franchise so endurable for so many years.

No Sudden Move

The latest genre exercise from one of our finest contemporary directors, Steven Soderbergh, "No Sudden Move" is proof the filmmaker still knows how to craft a masterful heist movie guaranteed to keep you guessing where things are going until the very end. Here, Don Cheadle plays our "hero," Curt Goynes, a local gangster who's been hired by a local criminal — Brendan Fraser in a brilliantly slime turn — to hold an accountant's family hostage as part of an embezzlement scheme. But what should be an easy job becomes anything but, as an eclectic and dazzling ensemble — including Benicio del Toro, Amy Seimetz, Kieran Culkin, and so many more — turn this simple con job into one of the most entertaining and eviscerating dramas of the year.

Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry

From director R.J. Cutler comes this epic and unabashed look into the life of one of contemporary music's most popular and mesmerizing artists. "Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry" gives us a no-holds-barred, behind-the-scenes look at the young artist's career gearing up for the release of her critically acclaimed album "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" The doc gives us a glimpse into the writing process, the promotional tours, and the live performances, and it's unafraid to show us the dark side of being a popular artist in the world today. For those who've wanted a ticket into the true life of being a pop star, there's no better experience than this marvel of a documentary.

Saint Maud

One of 2021's most gripping pieces of horror filmmaking came early in the year with Rose Glass' stellar debut film, "Saint Maud." After the traumatic loss of a former patient, nurse Katie — now calling herself "Maud" — has found a new religious calling and is hoping to make amends for the sins of her past. But as she's working to take care of her newest patient, her commitment to her faith is pushed to almost supernatural limits, as Maud comes to question the new life she's made for herself. A film filled with mesmerizing and intimate sequences of horror and with an ending that's easily one of the scariest — and slyly funniest — of the year, "Saint Maud" is an assured debut horror film that'll leave searing images in your mind for years to come.

  • Starring: Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle, Lily Frazer,

  • Director: Rose Glass

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 84 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Zola

Inexplicably the greatest film ever to be adapted from a Twitter thread, "Zola" is one of the wildest rides you'll take at the movies this year. From genius alt-comedy director Janicza Bravo, with a script co-written by wunderkind playwright Jeremy O. Harris, "Zola" spins the stranger-than-fiction story of sex worker Zola and her grand trip down to Florida with her new "friend" Stefani and all-too-strange characters they meet along the way. "Zola" excels not only because of its complete outlandish comedic sensibility but also thanks to the expert editing and sound design that bring the world of the contemporary internet to life, with pings and beeps and kinetic movement that make you feel like you're living inside Zola's phone as she's tweeting out every ridiculous moment of this trip. It's as vibrant and singular a film as they come and one of the most joyous new movies you'll see in 2021.

  • Starring: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun

  • Director: Janicza Bravo

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 87 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

The White Tiger

A marvelous Netflix film from acclaimed director Ramin Bahrani ("Chop Shop," "Man Push Cart") and based on the novel of the same name by Aravind Adiga, "The White Tiger" is a devastating drama of the treachery behind trying to get ahead in the world and the cost of wanting to become "better" when it means using others in your way. Here, we follow Balram, a young man hired to be the driver for a rich family from a nearby village in India, who learns quickly that the fastest way to move ahead in life is through deceit, selfishness, and ingenuity of the worst sort. With a keen eye towards telling a compelling story and making an impassioned argument for us all to dismantle class struggle, "The White Tiger" is a worthwhile drama to throw near the top of your Netflix queue.

  • Starring: Adarsh Gourav, Rajkummar Rao, Priyanka Chopra Jonas

  • Director: Ramin Bahrani

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 126 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Together Together

Comedy fans have known the brilliance of Patti Harrison for years, and now one of contemporary comedy's greatest performers gets the chance to flex her dramatic chops in the altogether charming dramedy "Together Together." Harrison plays Anna, the young 20-something acting as the surrogate for 40-something Matt as they navigate the frustration, awkwardness, and joy that comes with two platonic friends going on the journey of pregnancy together. What "Together Together" lacks in laughs it more than makes up for in charm, realism, and absolutely fantastic chemistry between Harrison and Helms. For that quiet, underrated new indie darling of the year, "Together Together" is sure to be a worthwhile choice.

  • Starring: Patti Harrison, Ed Helms, Tig Notaro

  • Director: Nikole Beckwith

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 90 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Old

The peaks and valleys of M. Night Shyamalan's career are as twisty as the narratives that became (and some would argue, still are) a running joke in the quirky director's oeuvre. But "Old," Shyamalan's latest horror delight, is as true to the singularly bizarre instincts of the director as ever, so if you love what makes Shyamalan movies strange, then you'll be all in here. The premise of "Old" has already been memed to death by the forces of the internet, but the true horror of the "beach that makes you old" is how the ultimate terrifying force of the film isn't anything supernatural but more existential, as the large ensemble of the film is literally grappling with their own mortality within the confines of this masterfully crafted B-movie set-up. "Old" is silly and brilliant, oddly written but beautifully shot — a completely bizarre experience but also one of the most memorable of 2021 moviegoing.

  • Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell

  • Director: M. Night Shyamalan

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 108 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Happily

Tom and Janet seem like a perfect couple — scarily so. They've been married for over a decade and act like they've just fallen in love for the first time. They can't actually be this in love, can they? In BenDavid Grabinski's "Happily," overt happiness seems to be positioned as a human imperfection, as a mysterious stranger comes to tell Tom and Janet that their extreme love for each other is the result of a medical defect. What follows is a delirious and hilariously surreal journey as the overtly-in-love couple comes to grips with who they are, what their friends think of them, and what it truly means to be happy.

  • Starring: Joel McHale, Kerry Bishe, Stephen Root

  • Director: BenDavid Grabinski

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 96 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Nobody

For those who've been following the glorious and hilarious career of actor Bob Odenkirk and have been wondering when, oh when will he get his own action thriller film, your prayers have finally been answered with "Nobody." Odenkirk plays Hutch, a seemingly ordinary man (a nobody, if you will) just trying to raise his family, when a burglary attempt at his home unravels a plot involving the Russian mob, a mysterious past, and Hutch having to unleash his badass self onto the world to take the bad guys down. As someone who developed his skills in the world of sketch comedy, Odenkirk is a no-brainer for playing an average schlub who, on the turn of a dime, turns into a master assassin capable of taking down mobsters left and right. In a year that proved that the world loves Odenkirk more than we ever knew, "Nobody" is a fun and thrilling testament to how great of a performer he truly is.

  • Starring: Bob Odenkirk, Connie Nielsen, Christopher Lloyd

  • Director: Ilya Naishuller

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 92 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

The Sparks Brothers

Director Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World") effortlessly makes the jump to documentary filmmaking with his latest project, "The Sparks Brothers," an in-depth look at the greatest band you've never heard of. Sparks, a musical duo composed of real-life brothers Ron and Russel Mael, have been making avant-garde, garishly performed, brilliantly composed underground music for decades now, and Wright's love for the band shines through in every frame. The director's delightful and informative new film takes you on a journey through the history of the band, giving interviews with Sparks' biggest fans, footage of their best work, and a wonderful sense of why you too should fall in love with these underappreciated musical icons.

  • Starring: Ron Mael, Russell Maell, Edgar Wright

  • Director: Edgar Wright

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 135 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Arlo the Alligator Boy

For all his life, Arlo the Alligator Boy has lived a carefree existence, living in the swamp with his "mom," singing with the swamp creatures, blissful and unaware of where he came from. But on his 15th birthday, he learns that his father lives in New York City, and so begins a journey of self-discovery for the young reptilian fellow. The result is a sweet, touching animated adventure about identity and self-acceptance — one that you can view over on Netflix.

  • Starring: Michael J. Woodard, Mary Lambert, Jonathan Van Ness

  • Director: Ryan Crego

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 92 minutes

  • Rating: N/A

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Werewolves Within

For those looking for a horror film that'll make you laugh or a comedy guaranteed to get some scares out of you, look no further than "Werewolves Within." From director Josh Ruben and writer Mishna Wolff and based on the video game of the same name, "Werewolves Within" follows forest ranger Finn Wheeler as he gets stuck in the snowy town of Beaverfield during a blizzard when, of course, a werewolf is revealed to be hiding out among the trapped town inhabitants. Now, in classic detective style, Wheeler must find out who the werewolf is before the real feasting and terror begins, and thus the laughs and the screams commence in what is sure to be a new spooky comedy horror classic.

  • Starring: Sam Richardson, Milana Vayntrub, George Basil

  • Director: Josh Ruben

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 97 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Those Who Wish Me Dead

In true "they don't make 'em like they used to" fashion, "Those Who Wish Me Dead" is the kind of celebrity-driven, mid-budget action thriller that used to light up the box office in the '90s and early 2000s but is such a rarity in today's culture. As a result, its very existence is worth celebrating. Angelina Jolie plays Hannah, a smokejumper who becomes the sole protector of a young boy whose family has been targeted by a group of assassins. Now, it's up to Jolie to lead the would-be killers through the forest and get justice once and for all in an action-packed film that feels like a blockbuster throwback and something brand new all at the same time.

  • Starring: Angelina Jolie, Finn Little, Jon Bernthal

  • Director: Taylor Sheridan

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 100 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

The Green Knight

It's hard to imagine that a film as bold and assured of itself as "The Green Knight" will be able to march into theaters in 2021 to dethrone this movie as one of the year's top cinematic achievements. From the mind of writer/director David Lowery ("Pete's Dragon," "A Ghost Story") comes this mesmerizing adaptation of the Arthurian legend of Sir Gawain and his quest for honor and nobility by challenging the mystical Green Knight in a "Christmas game"" of strength and chivalry. What follows is a sensual, mind-boggling quest that takes Gawain through a series of trials that test him more than he's ever been tested before. With a final sequence that's sure to leave you gobsmacked and visuals pulled from the brilliant depths of Lowery's mind, "The Green Knight" is a film that not only has a heart of gold but a darn good head on its shoulders.

  • Starring: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton

  • Director: David Lowery

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 125 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

The Disciple

Perhaps the best film released on Netflix this year you've never heard of, "The Disciple" is a brilliantly paced drama about the pressures of legacy, family, and talent. Focused on the young Sharad, a classical music vocalist in India who strives to live up to the greatness of his father and his teacher before him, our lead worries about what if he's already hit his highest point of artistic talent. What if reaching beyond that level is an impossible feat? A daringly striking film about what it means to try and reach artistic greatness that seems completely out of sight, "The Disciple" will absolutely strike a chord with anyone who has ever felt lesser-than in their career path while still providing hope for the thrilling pursuit that being an artist entails.

  • Starring: Aditya Modak, Arun Dravid, Sumitra Bhave

  • Director: Chaitanya Tamhane

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 127 minutes

  • Rating: N/A

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Undine

The brilliant German film director Christian Petzold has been crafting expert cinema for decades now, with films like "Wolfsburg," "Barbara," "Transit," and the altogether transfixing "Phoenix" filling up a filmography marked by longing, regret, and anti-fascist cinema. Petzold's latest journey, "Undine," might be a perfect gateway for viewers less familiar with his work as he weaves the tale of a water nymph who must dispose of her unrequited love so she can return to the sea. Even playing in a more fantastical realm than usual, Petzold is still a master of creating arresting images and getting absolutely mesmerizing performances from his actors on screen, and "Undine," with it's more mystical premise, is a grand way to dive deeper into the work of this contemporary master.

  • Starring: Paula Beer, Franz Rogowski, Maryam Zaree

  • Director: Christian Petzold

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 90 minutes

  • Rating: N/A

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Annette

You may adore it, you may despise it, but you definitely won't ever see a film as singularly innovative and as assured of its madcap vision as Leos Carax's latest genre-defying masterwork, "Annette." Written in collaboration with the eclectic band Sparks, "Annette" is a contemporary opera that plays by its own rules, telling the grandiose story of an opera singer (an enchanting Marion Cotillard), a stand-up comedian (a terrifyingly transcendent Adam Driver), an accompanist turned conductor (a scene-stealing Simon Helberg), and the eponymous baby-played-by-a-puppet that only adds to the film's eccentric, theatrical nature. With gorgeous music, evocative visuals, and one of the most heart-wrenching endings in recent memory, "Annette" is an experience that must be seen to be believed.

  • Starring: Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg

  • Director: Leos Carax

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 140 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

The Suicide Squad

In director James Gunn's sequel/reboot/reimagining of the DC Universe's most villainous super team, the most gruesome, violent, deadly set of characters this side of the planet must team up together to carry out the mysterious machinations of the U.S. government under the leadership Task Force X director Amanda Waller (the always brilliant Viola Davis). With a varied and hilariously serious ensemble cast — including returning favorites Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, and Jai Courtney, plus new stellar performances from Idris Elba, John Cena, and Sylvester Stallone voicing a human-shark hybrid — DC's latest piece of gonzo filmmaking contains heaps of gore, juvenile humor, and outrageous action set pieces that set it apart as one of the most distinctive comic book movies in recent history. For those looking for a break from the usual MCU fare, "The Suicide Squad" is the perfect piece of distinctively grotesque superhero cinema.

Vivo

The latest cinematic delight from the minds of both Sony Pictures Animation ("The Mitchells vs. the Machines," "Hotel Transylvania") and Lin-Manuel Miranda ("In the Heights," "Hamilton"), "Vivo" is a charming and tuneful animated film that's guaranteed to have you and your family singing and dancing along. Miranda stars as the eponymous Vivo, a musically inclined kinkajou who must journey from his life in Cuba to the colorful world of Miami to deliver a song from his human counterpart to a world-famous singer. Teaming up with a singularly rambunctious young girl, Gabi, and boasting a heap of wonderful new songs written by Miranda himself, "Vivo" has enough heart, soul, and melody to provide a most delightful animated adventure for all to enjoy.

  • Starring: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Zoe Saldana, Juan de Marcos Gonzalez

  • Director: Kirk DeMicco

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 98 minutes

  • Rating: PG

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%