2021: The Year in Reviews

8-Bit Christmas — * * * (3 stars)

12 Mighty Orphans — * * * (3 stars)

About Endlessness — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

The Addams Family 2 — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Afterlife of the Party — * * * (3 stars)

America: The Motion Picture — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally — * * * (3 stars)

Annette — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Antlers — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Apex — * * * (3 stars)

Army of the Dead — * * * (3 stars)

Army of Thieves — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Awake — * * * (3 stars)

Back to the Outback — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

The Beatles: Get Back — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Beckett — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Being the Ricardos — * * * * (4 stars)

Belfast — * * * * (4 stars)

Benedetta — * * * (3 stars)

Bergman Island — * * * (3 stars)

Best Sellers — * * * (3 stars)

Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell — * * * (3 stars)

Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Bingo Hell — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Birds of Paradise — * * * (3 stars)

The Birthday Cake — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Black as Night — * * * (3 stars)

Black Widow — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Blast Beat — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Bliss — * * * (3 stars)

Blithe Spirit — * * * (3 stars)

Blue Bayou — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Blue Miracle — * * * (3 stars)

Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal and Greed — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Body Brokers — * * * (3 stars)

Boogie — * * * (3 stars)

Boiling Point — * * * * (4 stars)

The Boss Baby: Family Business — * * * (3 stars)

A Boy Called Christmas — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Breaking News in Yuba County — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Bruised — * * * (3 stars)

A California Christmas: City Lights — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Candyman — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

The Card Counter — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

A Castle for Christmas — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Chaos Walking — * * * (3 stars)

Cherry — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Cinderella — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Clifford the Big Red Dog — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

C’mon C’mon — * * * * (4 stars)

CODA — * * * * (4 stars)

Come from Away — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

The Comeback Trail — * * * (3 stars)

Coming 2 America — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Concrete Cowboy — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Copshop — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Cosmic Sin — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

The Courier — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Crime Story — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Crisis — * * * (3 stars)

Cruella — * * * (3 stars)

Cry Macho — * * * (3 stars)

Cryptozoo — * * * (3 stars)

Dangerous —  * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Deadlock — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Dear Evan Hansen — * * * (3 stars)

Diana: The Musical — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Die in a Gunfight — * * * (3 stars)

The Dig — * * * * (4 stars)

Dinner in America — * * * (3 stars)

Don’t Breathe 2 — * * * (3 stars)

Don’t Look Up — * * * * (4 stars)

Don’t Tell a Soul — * * * (3 stars)

Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Dream Horse — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Drive My Car — * * * * (4 stars)

Drunk Bus — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

The Duke — * * * (3 stars)

Dune — * * * * (4 stars)

Earwig and the Witch — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Encanto — * * * * (4 stars)

Encounter — * * * (3 stars)

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions — * * * (3 stars)

Eternals — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie — * * * (3 stars)

Every Breath You Take — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

The Eyes of Tammy Faye — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

F9 — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Falling for Figaro — * * * (3 stars)

False Positive — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

The Father — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Father Christmas Is Back — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Fatherhood — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Fear Street Part 1: 1994 — * * * (3 stars)

Fear Street Part 2: 1978 — * * * (3 stars)

Fear Street Part 3: 1666 — * * * (3 stars)

Finch — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Finding Ohana — * * * (3 stars)

First Date — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Flag Day — * * * (3 stars)

Flashback — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Flee — * * * (3 stars)

Flora and Ulysses — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

The Forever Purge — * * * (3 stars)

Fortress — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Four Good Days — * * * (3 stars)

Free Guy — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

The French Dispatch — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

French Exit — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

The Gateway — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

The Get Together — * * * (3 stars)

Ghostbusters: Afterlife — * * * * (4 stars)

The God Committee — * * * (3 stars)

Godzilla vs. Kong — * * * (3 stars)

Good on Paper — * * * (3 stars)

The Green Knight — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

The Guilty — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Gunpowder Milkshake — * * * (3 stars)

Halloween Kills — * * * (3 stars)

The Hand of God — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Happily — * * * (3 stars)

The Harder They Fall — * * * * (4 stars)

Hawkeye — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Heart of Champions — * * * (3 stars)

He’s All That — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Here Are the Young Men — * * * (3 stars)

Here Today — * * * (3 stars)

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard — * * * (3 stars)

Holler — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Home — * * * (3 stars)

Home Sweet Home Alone — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

House of Gucci — * * * * (4 stars)

How It Ends — * * * (3 stars)

The Humans — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Hypnotic — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

I Care a Lot — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

I Was a Simple Man — * * * (3 stars)

The Ice Road — * * * (3 stars)

Ida Red — * * * (3 stars)

In and Of Itself — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

In the Earth — * * * (3 stars)

In the Heights — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Infinite — * * * (3 stars)

Intrusion — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Joe Bell — * * * (3 stars)

John and the Hole — * * * (3 stars)

Jolt — * * * (3 stars)

A Journal for Jordan — * * * (3 stars)

Judas and the Black Messiah — * * * * (4 stars)

Jungle Cruise — * * * (3 stars)

Justice League: The Snyder Cut — * * * (3 stars)

The Justice of Bunny King — * * * (3 stars)

Kate — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

King Richard — * * * * (4 stars)

The King’s Man — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

The Kissing Booth 3 — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Lamb — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Land — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Lansky — * * * (3 stars)

The Last Duel — * * * * (4 stars)

Last Letter from Your Lover — * * * (3 stars)

The Last Mercenary — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Last Night in Soho — * * * * (4 stars)

Licorice Pizza — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Limbo — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Little Fish — * * * (3 stars)

Locked Down — * * * (3 stars)

The Little Things — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Loki — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Love Hard — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Luca — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Ma Belle, My Beauty — * * * (3 stars)

The Mad Women’s Ball — * * * (3 stars)

Mainstream — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Malcolm & Marie — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Malignant — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

The Many Saints of Newark — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things — * * * (3 stars)

The Marksman — * * * (3 stars)

Mass — * * * (3 stars)

The Matrix Resurrections — * * * * (4 stars)

The Mauritanian — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Mayday — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Midnight in the Switchgrass — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Minamata — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

The Misfits — * * * (3 stars)

The Mitchells vs. the Machines — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Mixtape — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Mogul Mowgli — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Monster — * * * (3 stars)

Mortal Kombat — * * * (3 stars)

Mother/Android — * * * (3 stars)

A Mouthful of Air — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Moxie — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Music — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

My Son — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Naked Singularity — * * * (3 stars)

National Champions — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Needle in a Timestack — * * * (3 stars)

The Night — * * * (3 stars)

Nightbooks — * * * (3 stars)

The Night House — * * * (3 stars)

Night Teeth — * * * (3 stars)

Nightmare Alley — * * * * (4 stars)

Nine Days — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Nitram — * * * (3 stars)

Nobody — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

No Man’s Land — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

No One Gets Out Alive — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

No Sudden Move — * * * * (4 stars)

No Time to Die — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

The Novice — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

The Nowhere Inn — * * * (3 stars)

Old — * * * (3 stars)

Old Henry — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

OSS 117: From Africa with Love — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Our Friend — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Our Ladies — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Out of Death — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Outside the Wire — * * * (3 stars)

Oxygen — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Palmer — * * * (3 stars)

Passing — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Pele — * * * (3 stars)

Penguin Bloom — * * * (3 stars)

Percy — * * * (3 stars)

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Pieces of a Woman — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Pig — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Pink Skies Ahead — * * * (3 stars)

Pixie — * * * (3 stars)

Plan B — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

The Power of the Dog — * * * * (4 stars)

The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Prisoners of the Ghostland — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

The Protege — * * * (3 stars)

Psycho Goreman — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Queenpins — * * * (3 stars)

A Quiet Place Part II — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Rams — * * * (3 stars)

Rare Beasts — * * * (3 stars)

Raya and the Last Dragon — * * * * (4 stars)

The Reckoning — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Red Notice — * * * (3 stars)

Red Rocket — * * * * (4 stars)

Reminiscence — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Resort to Love — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Respect — * * * (3 stars)

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City — * * * (3 stars)

Riders of Justice — * * * * (4 stars)

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Ron’s Gone Wrong — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Rumble — * * * (3 stars)

Run Hide Fight — * * * (3 stars)

Saint Maud — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

The Seventh Day — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Shadow in the Cloud — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Shiva Baby — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Shoplifters of the World — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

The Show — * * * (3 stars)

Silent Night — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Silk Road — * * * (3 stars)

Sing 2 — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Single All the Way — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Skater Girl — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Small Engine Repair — * * * (3 stars)

Snake Eyes — * * * (3 stars)

Space Jam: A New Legacy — * * * (3 stars)

The Sparks Brothers — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Spencer — * * * * (4 stars)

The Spine of Night — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Spiral: From the Book of Saw — * * * (3 stars)

The Starling — * * * (3 stars)

Stillwater — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Street Gang – How We Got to Sesame Street — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Stowaway — * * * (3 stars)

The Sound of Philadelphia — * * * (3 stars)

The Souvenir Part II — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Spider-Man: No Way Home — * * * * (4 stars)

The Suicide Squad — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Summer of Soul — * * * * (4 stars)

Summertime — * * * (3 stars)

The Summit of the Gods — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Supernova — * * * * (4 stars)

Swan Song (Udo Kier) — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Swan Song (Mahershala Ali) — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Sweet Girl — * * * (3 stars)

There’s Someone Inside Your House — * * * (3 stars)

Things Head and Seen — * * * (3 stars)

This Is the Night — * * * (3 stars)

Those Who Wish Me Dead — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Thunder Force — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Tick, Tick… Boom! — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Tina — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Titane — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

To All the Boys: Always and Forever — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Together — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Together Together — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Tom and Jerry — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

The Tomorrow War — * * * (3 stars)

Twist — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

The Ultimate Playlist of Noise — * * * (3 stars)

Under the Stadium Lights — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

The Unforgivable — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

The United States vs. Billie Holliday — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Vacation Friends — * * * (3 stars)

Val — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Vanquish — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

The Velvet Underground — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Venom: Let There Be Carnage — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

The Violent Heart — * * * (3 stars)

Violet — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

The Virtuoso — * * * (3 stars)

Vivo — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Voyagers — * * * (3 stars)

The Voyeurs — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

WandaVision — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

The Water Man — * * * (3 stars)

A Week Away — * * (2 stars)

West Side Story — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

The White Tiger — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Willy’s Wonderland — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Without Remorse — * * * (3 stars)

Wolf — * * * (3 stars)

The Woman in the Window — * * * (3 stars)

Women Is Losers — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

The World to Come — * * * (3 stars)

The Worst Person in the World — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Worth — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Wrath of Man — * * * * (4 stars)

The Year of the Everlasting Storm — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Yes Day — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Zeros and Ones — * * * (3 stars)

Zola — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Zone 414 — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

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The Films I’ve Yet to See

  • The Perfect Candidate
  • Mandibles
  • The Tender Bar
  • Cyrano
  • American Underdog
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • Jockey
  • The Lost Daughter

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2 responses

  1. Are you going to continue trying to watch every film for a given year you possibly can? I ask because only 34 films this year got 4 or 4.5 stars from while *306* got 2.5, 3, or 3.5 stars, suggesting that fairly few films get more than a “it was fine” reaction. Only one got 2 stars, suggesting that few films actively annoy you, either.

    You’ve said that you’ve been burning out and that’s why you’re intending to wrap things up here. I’m just wondering if you’re going to turn your focus to watching just what you WANT to watch.

    December 30, 2021 at 9:39 am

    • Oh, believe me, I do want to watch all of it. It wasn’t just for the site. The site only adds like 5-10% extra from what I’d do naturally. That’s the stuff that’s most likely to get shaved off. I’d be surprised if my totals for next year weren’t reasonably within the range of this year. All the burnout is from feeling the need to have to write stuff up all the time and keep up with content, not having to watch things. I’ll always do that. I just want to be able to post whenever I want.

      January 6, 2022 at 1:53 pm

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