2021 in Films

Format adapted from Charles François, who I still hope will one day rediscover his cinephilia and start hanging out with myself and the Skandies crew again. It’s been ten years since he last used it and I hereby declare it in the public domain.

Combine the first two columns for a list of films released (or "released") in 2021, and the last two columns for films seen in 2021. Ordering is preferential when ratings are identical.

Seen Previously
Movies I saw in 2020 {or before} that were released in the U.S. in 2021. Films not yet released but currently scheduled for this year are indicated by a (→).
Seen in 2020
Movies I saw shortly before, during or after their 2021 U.S. run. Asterisks (*) indicate films seen prior to their actual release. TV-only "runs" (arbitrarily deemed eligible) get a (†).
To Be Released
Movies I saw in 2021 which are still awaiting a U.S. release. Those known to have lined up distribution are indicated by a (→). Production {year} is listed if film is more than two years old.

A For All Time

A- Event

B+/A- Near Great

B+ Must See

B/B+ Warmly Recommended

B Recommended

About Endlessness (Roy Andersson) 65

B-/B Recommended with Mild Reservations

*White Lie (Lewis, Thomas) 62
Days (Tsai) 60
Wood and Water (Bak) 60

B- Recommended with Strong Reservations

*Stowaway (Penna) 59
*Teenage Emotions (Da) 58
Undine (Petzold) 57

C+/B- On the Fence, Leaning Forward

*Keep an Eye Out (Dupieux) 54
State Funeral (Loznitsa) 52

C+ Take It or Leave It

*The Courier (Cooke) 50
*Rams (Sims) 50
The Salt of Tears (Garrel) 49
The Woman Who Ran (Hong) 46

C/C+ On the Fence, Leaning Backward

*Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (Horvát) 45
Oh Mercy (Desplechin) 44
I Carry You With Me (Ewing) 43

C Pass

*The Power (Faith) 41
Nine Days (Oda) 41
Notturno (Rosi) 39
Spoor (Holland, Adamik) 38
*Outside the Wire (Håfström) 37

C- Ugh

*Penguin Bloom (Ivin) 35
Malmkrog (Puiu) 28

D+ Double-Ugh

*Here Today (Crystal) 25

D Bomb

F Burn the Negative

Walk-outs Channel Surfing

All Light, Everywhere (Anthony)
All the Light We Can See (Escoto)
Atlantis (Vasyanovych)
The Fever (Da-Rin)
Luzzu (Camilleri)
One Night in Miami... (King)
Rock Bottom Riser (Silva)
Share (Bianco)
Taming the Garden (Joshi)
This Is My Desire (Esiris)
The Trouble With Being Born (Wollner)
We're All Going to the World's Fair (Schoenbrun)

Incomplete Mishap/Bad Timing