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Top 10 Best Movies Of 2021 (& 5 Of The Worst)

After delays, delays, and more delays, 2021 got plenty of fantastic movies — here is our list of the best movies of 2021.

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10 Best Movies of 2021

After what felt like the year and a half of delays, 2021 was able to pump out some really fantastic new movies. Some were complete surprises, and some were expected to be phenomenal going in. This is a list of our favorite movies of 2021, and keep in mind, here at Mama’s Geeky we are really into geeky things, like comic books, meaning many superhero movies are included in this list. 

Enjoy!

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Emilia Jones appears in Coda by Siân Heder, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

CODA

CODA is a heartwarming and powerful movie that takes viewers on a wonderful and impactful journey largely in part because of all the actors involved. This movie brings the tears, but also the laughter — something I was not expecting at all. It comes as a complete surprise but truly adds to the family dynamic.

CODA review.

 
Malcolm and Marie

MALCOLM & MARIE (L-R): JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON as MALCOLM, ZENDAYA as MARIE. DOMINIC MILLER/NETFLIX © 2021.

Malcolm & Marie

To be able to pull off what this movie pulls off is no small feat. Two characters in one house, all in black and white, telling the story of one night. A night that is filled with ups and downs and raw, pure emotion.

Malcolm & Marie review.

Eternals movie review

(L-R): Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), Gilgamesh (Don Lee), Thena (Angelina Jolie), Ikaris (Richard Madden), Ajak (Salma Hayek), Sersi (Gemma Chan), Sprite (Lia McHugh), Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) and Druig (Barry Keoghan) in Marvel Studios’ ETERNALS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Eternals

This movie is ultimately about family. It is beautiful, touching, and all around an amazingly emotional film. There is a lot to unpack, but it is worth spending the time to do it right. That is where this movie excels. It takes its time, allowing important moments to breath.

Eternals review.

THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES

THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES – (L-R) Danny McBride as “Rick Mitchell”, Abbi Jacobson as “Katie Mitchell”, Maya Rudolph as “Linda Mitchell”, Mike Rianda as “Aaron Mitchell” and Doug the Pug as “Monchi”. Cr: ©2021 SPAI. All Rights Reserved.

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Mitchells vs. The Machines has adventure, humor, great music, and a story about the robot apocalypse. Hilarious and heartwarming — and will also make you look at technology in a different way. Don’t trust robots!

The Mitchells vs. The Machines review.

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Dune

The captivating and intriguing plot is sure to have the audience hooked from the start, and the score, visuals, and epic action will keep them entertained throughout. While it gets a bit slow at times, and the runtime is felt, it is all warranted. Hold onto your sandworms guys, this one is a beautiful journey.

Dune (2021) review.

SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS

(L-R): Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) and Katy (Awkwafina) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is an action packed origin story, that also has a lot of heart. It is about family, love, and friendship — but also about facing your fears. In order to be yourself, you need to learn to embrace all of you — the light and the dark. This movie does a great job of delivering that message, while also introducing fans to the newest Marvel superhero.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings review.

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Pig

The trailer for PIG does not let audiences prepare for the amazing adventure they are going to be taking with Nicolas Cage (Rob) and Alex Wolff (Amir). What starts off as a story about a man trying to track down his stolen truffle pig becomes so much more than that. PIG is filled with a lot more heart than was ever expected going into it.

Pig review.

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Last Night In Soho

Last Night In Soho is a dark and twisted tale that blurs the lines between horror and thriller. Viewers will be on the edge of their seats for almost the entire film thanks to the captivating story, incredible cinematography, eerie score, and phenomenal lead actresses.

The entire third act of one of Edgar Wright’s best films is a complete surprise, and will leave the majority of audiences completely shook, with their jaws on the floor.

Last Night In Soho review.

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The Suicide Squad

It is the perfect length, the perfect cast, the perfect amount of action, comedy, and gore — and it all comes together to tell a heartwarming and emotional story. In short, The Suicide Squad is a pure masterpiece, from beginning to end.

The Suicide Squad review.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home

This movie pays tribute to everything that Spider-Man fans love. It all comes together to become the best superhero movie of all time, and easily the best Marvel Cinematic Universe film yet. There is so much to love about this one. It can be watched over, and over, and over — and I don’t think it will ever get old.

Spider-Man: No Way Home review.

What do you think were the best movies of 2021?

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5 Worst Movies of 2021

2021 wasn’t all fun and games — there are some real stinkers that came out this year. Here are what we think are 5 of the worst movies of 2021.

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House of Gucci

This movie is a complete mess, and not in a good, full of family drama and suspense way. The entire cast tries on different Italian accents, some of which are completely offensive. It drags on for far too long, clocking it at two and a half hours.

While some actors try their very best to do what they can to make it somewhat enjoyable, others feel like they are tearing it down on purpose — because they can’t possibly think that they are bringing something good to the table.

House of Gucci review.

Halloween Kills

Halloween Kills

Halloween Kills is filled with brutal kills, but the writing, fan service, and comedy misses make this a struggle to watch.

Halloween Kills review.

thunder Force review

THUNDER FORCE (L-R): MELISSA MCCARTHY as LYDIA, OCTAVIA SPECER as EMILY. Cr. HOPPER STONE/NETFLIX © 2021.

Thunder Force

Thunder Force misses the comedic mark time and time again, and is unable to make good use of its incredible cast.

Thunder Force review.

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Camilla Cabello stars in CINDERELLA Photo: Kerry Brown

Cinderella 

The dialogue and writing are also very distracting, as the majority of what are supposed to be jokes, just seem eyeroll worthy and ridiculous. They aren’t funny, and they don’t fit in a story about Cinderella. Poor Camila, she just feels out of place for the majority of the film. 

Cinderella review.

BECKETT

BECKETT (2021) John David Washington as Beckett and Alicia Vikander as April. Cr: NETFLIX

Beckett

A movie like this should have viewers on the edge of their seats, with their hearts pounding, as they wait for their minds to be blown. Beckett never even comes close to this. It starts off somewhat strong but then fades into obscurity as it delivers a bland story without any real conclusion.

Beckett review.

What do you think were the worst movies of 2021?