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18 Movies You Must See in 2021



18 Movies You Must See in 2021

Last year was a rough one for Hollywood, with COVID-19 shuttering production for months and closing theaters in the U.S. for the foreseeable future. But there’s some light at the end of the tunnel in 2021, with most of the delayed films from last year finally making their debut in some form or another. The Marvel Cinematic Universe will be making a triumphant return, while long-awaited remakes and sequels will hit screens alongside a handful of awards season hopefuls. Here are 18 movies to keep on your radar this year.



Ever since its buzzy debut at the Venice Film Festival, Chloé Zhao’s based-on-real-life drama has been eagerly anticipated by cinema fans. Starring Frances McDormand in an Oscar-tipped performance, Nomadland follows the story of a woman who leaves her small-town life behind after a job loss. She sells most of her possessions, buys a van, and sets out to travel around the country. Struggling to find work on the road, she’s introduced to the nomad lifestyle and develops survival skills that redefine her attitude toward the world.

In theaters February 19.


The Father

Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins. Need we say more? This likely Oscar contender and guaranteed tearjerker centers on an aging man (Hopkins) who is finally forced to overcome his pride and confront the memory loss he’s long been denying when his daughter (Colman) moves into his flat to take care of him. Described by critics as a devastating portrayal of dementia, The Father looks like tough but essential viewing.

In theaters February 26.


Coming 2 America

There are a dizzying number of sequels and remakes coming down the pike this year, but few are as intriguing as this sequel to the iconic 1988 rom-com. Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reprise their roles as Prince Akeem Joffer and Semmi in the sequel, which sees the prince dealing with an unexpected personal crisis on the eve of his coronation as King of Zamunda. After discovering that he has a long-lost son in America, Akeem sets out to find him and fulfill his father’s dying wish.

On Amazon Prime March 5.


The Many Saints of Newark

Making a sequel—or in this case, a prequel—to a show as acclaimed as The Sopranos is a fraught prospect, but David Chase’s much-anticipated crime drama is unlikely to let fans down. Set in 1960s New York, The Many Saints of Newark delves into tensions between the Italian-American and Black communities, laying the groundwork for what’s to come in the show while also exploring Tony Soprano’s childhood. In a moving touch, the young Tony will be played by the late James Gandolfini’s son, Michael Gandolfini (pictured on set, above), and the all-star cast also includes Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, and Vera Farmiga.

On HBO Max March 12. Subscribe


No Time to Die

Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as 007 is intriguing for a number of reasons, even if you’re not typically a Bond person—chief among them the fact that Phoebe Waller-Bridge worked on the script. Given the long history of thinly veiled chauvinism baked into this franchise, the idea of Waller-Bridge getting her teeth into Bond is hard to resist. Set five years after the events of Spectre, No Time To Die begins with Bond coming out of retirement to face down Rami Malek’s villain, described as “a danger the likes of which the world has never seen before.”

In theaters April 2.


A Quiet Place Part II

John Krasinski’s hit horror movie A Quiet Place won over audiences three years ago with a deceptively simple yet haunting premise: What if making any sound at all could get you killed? This sequel sees Emily Blunt reprising her role as the newly widowed Evelyn Abbott, who must continue fighting to protect her children from mysterious sound-seeking monsters in a post-apocalyptic world. Cillian Murphy joins the cast, while Krasinski will return in flashback form.

In theaters April 23.


Free Guy

This sci-fi comedy sounds kind of like a gaming-themed take on The Truman Show. Ryan Reynolds stars as a bank teller who gradually begins to suspect that the world around him is less than real. Sure enough, he discovers he’s a “non-player character” (i.e. background) in a video game called Free City—and as if that weren’t bad enough news, the game is about to go offline. Jodie Comer co-stars as Milly, a player character in the game who teams up with Reynolds’ Guy to try and save their virtual world.

In theaters May 21.



This origin story promises to do for Cruella De Vil what Maleficent did for the Sleeping Beauty villain. Emma Stone plays the iconic 101 Dalmatians baddie in what’s described as a crime comedy. Set in 1970s London, the movie finds Cruella working as a fashion designer (natch) when she develops an obsession with dog skins. Welp.

In theaters May 28.


In the Heights

The debut of Hamilton on Disney+ was a much-needed bright spot in the garbage year that was 2020, so the long-awaited release of the movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first musical couldn’t be more welcome. Directed by Crazy Rich Asians’ Jon M. Chu, In The Heights takes place in the New York City neighborhood of Washington Heights, where Miranda grew up, and follows a bodega owner (Anthony Ramos) torn between two futures. Should he stay in America, or move to the Dominican Republic, where he just inherited a fortune?

In theaters and on HBO Max June 18.



Can you even believe it’s only been five years since the Zola Twitter thread went viral? Time has lost all meaning—but the good news is, if you need a refresher on this absolutely wild saga, the movie adaptation is finally hitting screens this year. The thread written by Aziah ‘Zola’ Wells recounts what happens after Zola befriends a woman named Jessica while serving her at Hooters. Jessica persuades Zola to road trip from Detroit to Tampa in order to make money stripping, and things…do not go entirely to plan. Taylour Paige stars as Zola, along with Riley Keough as Jessica and Nicholas “Cousin Greg” Braun as Jessica’s dimwitted boyfriend.

In theaters June 30.


Space Jam: A New Legacy

If the concept of a sequel to the 1996 cult comedy Space Jam doesn’t grab you, maybe LeBron James making his lead debut will. The basketball superstar memorably played himself in Trainwreck back in 2015, and this time he’s starring as himself. According to the plot synopsis, A New Legacy will see James and his son making a fateful trip to the Warner Bros. studio lot, where they end up trapped in a digital world with the Looney Tunes. Entertaining movie sequel or overly meta exercise in milking IP to death? You be the judge!

In theaters and on HBO Max July 16.



No matter how many times you said his name (kidding, please don’t do that), the long-awaited Candyman sequel did not show up in 2020. But this Jordan Peele-produced, Nia DaCosta-directed follow-up to the 1992 horror classic is finally coming in 2021. It stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Anthony, the grown-up version of the baby who was kidnapped by the Candyman in the prior movie and rescued by Helen Lyle. Twenty-eights years later, Anthony has moved on—until a chance encounter unveils the horrific truth of his past.

In theaters August 27.


The Eternals

After Black Widow, Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will continue later in 2021 with Eternals. Led by an ensemble cast that includes Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, and Richard Madden, the movie follows a race of immortal aliens who’ve lived undercover among humans for centuries, but have to come out of hiding and join forces to defend Earth from their ancient enemies.

In theaters November 5.



Denis Villeneuve’s ambitious adaptation of Frank Herbert’s hugely influential sci-fi novel was already one of the most feverishly anticipated movies of 2020, even before the coronavirus pandemic delayed it along with so many other blockbusters. It’s not easy to pithily summarize Dune, but the saga depicts a universe in which the ownership of planets is divided up among noble families, inspiring plenty of power struggles. Oscar Isaac stars as a nobleman in charge of a brutal and treacherous desert planet. Alongside his son (Timothee Chalamet) he must protect his territory in an intergalactic battle and oversee the mining of a powerful spice that gives people superpowers.

In theaters and on HBO Max October 1.


West Side Story

Blending the romantic melodrama of Romeo and Juliet with the energizing thrills of a Broadway show, West Side Story is exactly the kind of escapism we could all use in 2021. Adapted from the iconic musical, the movie follows the passionate but ill-fated love affair between Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler), whose ties to rival New York street gangs threaten to tear them apart. With Steven Spielberg at the helm and Pulitzer-winning scribe Tony Kushner (Angels in America) writing the script, this big-screen take on the Sharks and the Jets is bound to be worth the wait.

In theaters December 20.


The French Dispatch

Wes Anderson’s latest off-kilter comedy takes place at the European bureau of a Kansas newspaper and chronicles a series of separate but interconnected stories from the magazine’s final issue, all set in a fictional French city. Described as a “love letter to journalists,” the film brings together a number of Anderson regulars including Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Tilda Swinton.

TBD 2021.



This isn’t your grandmother’s Cinderella. Directed by Pitch Perfect’s Kay Cannon, this musical reimagining stars Camila Cabello in the title role and will offer a bold new take on the beloved fairytale about a mistreated orphan granted one wish. That wish, for starters, will be granted by fairy godparent Billy Porter, and if that’s not enough to get you on board then I simply don’t know what to tell you. Idina Menzel, Pierce Brosnan, and James Corden also star.

TBD 2021.

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I Played Brie Larson on Mario Kart’s Rainbow Road and It Was Chaos



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What’s it really like to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with Brie Larson? Absolute, deliberate mayhem. I had accepted that Larson, a Nintendo ambassador and lifelong fan, would be hard to beat when I learned she was a formidable Mario Kart player who’d just played against college students that afternoon. They beat her, but still, she put in the practice time. And this wasn’t just a race; it was an interview, too. We would both have to multi-task.

When we connected on Zoom, I let her choose her favorite course. I decided it would just be our two avatars competing; me as Princess Peach on a motorcycle, her playing as her signature character, Luigi. No computers racing against us. No distractions.

“That’s fun. Sounds chaotic. I’m in,” Larson said.

Brie Larson’s Mii alongside mine when first selecting our race course in Mario Kart.

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I thought if Larson chose something like the Animal Crossing course, maybe I could win. Maybe I could pull it off! I played eight races against my boyfriend—a good Mario Kart player—for practice the night before and won them all. I consider myself to be a decent Mario Kart player. Not pro, but competitive enough.

Then Larson chose Rainbow Road. “We want a hard one,” she told me. “We just want chaos.” Initially, I thought, good thing I practiced that one. But it wasn’t the Mario Kart 8 version I played on. It was the SNES one.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo Switch



Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has three versions of Rainbow Road: the Mario Kart 64 one, the SNES one, and a new one exclusive to Mario Kart 8. The SNES one has sharp, constant turns and no walls at all. Compare that to the Mario Kart 8 version, which has tricky turns but includes a few walls to break up the tension of the course. As my boyfriend texted me post-race, “The SNES courses were a nightmare lol.”

We started driving, I remembered I also had to try to ask questions, and then I hit the first turn. That’s when I knew: This was going to be the hardest round of Mario Kart I ever played.

“Oh my gosh. This course is brutal,” I told her.

“I know, but it’s beautiful,” Larson replied.

“Beautiful, but it’s brutal,” I stressed.

We kept driving, and I didn’t fall off, but only because I was carefully taking each turn at the cost of speed. You can’t have both unless you’re really, really good at dashing, a skill mechanic in the game that gives you a speed boost but can be tricky to execute correctly on back-to-back sharp turns. If you turn too much to the right or left, you’ll fall off.

Brie Larson playing Mario Kart on her Nintendo Switch

As we raced, I asked Larson about her kart versus bike preference. “I feel I just don’t trust myself with the bike,” she explained. “But I also haven’t played that much with it.”

I asked her what her first Mario Kart game was (it was Mario Kart 64) and why she liked Rainbow Road so much. “It’s really just the nostalgic factor for me,” she said. “I just remember from the very first Mario Kart, it seemed like insanity. It felt to me and my sister, ‘This is impossible. This is crazy.’ I think it became…I don’t know, lore, in my family: being on a track with no edges.”

Halfway through the race, I looked down at the screen’s mini map. Larson was slightly ahead of me. It wasn’t impossible to catch up, but I knew if she drove the course perfectly, I would have to use some mushrooms (which can be used as speed boosts)—and also avoid falling off the course while using them.

We were on our last lap. Larson was still ahead…and then she struggled with a turn. “It was almost really bad,” she said. Then she did fall off. “This is giving you a really good opportunity,” she encouraged me. “You should take it.”

I had a banana and a mushroom, and a sharp turn ahead that I knew I could easily fall from if I didn’t take it carefully.

“I’m trying,” I told her. “It’s just… I’m so afraid of falling off, too.”

“Oh yeah. It’s scary,” Larson commiserated.

Winning wasn’t impossible, though. It all depended on how long it took her to recover from her fall. I inched closer to the finish line and saw her, too—recovered and ahead of me. She crossed the line a few seconds ahead of me. And that was it.

“I was close, but you got it,” I said.

“Well, I lost every game earlier today, so it was good for my ego,” Larson replied.

I thanked her for giving me my own ego check. She laughed. “I chose a hard track,” she admitted. True.

Larson may be competitive on Mario Kart, but she’s so nice to race, you can forgive her for choosing essentially the hardest course in the game.

brie larson's luigi and my peach at the start of what would've been our second race on mario kart 8's rainbow road

Brie Larson’s Luigi and my Peach at the start of what would’ve been our second race on Mario Kart 8’s Rainbow Road


Our interview time was running short, so our second race on the Mario Kart 8 version of Rainbow Road had to be put on hold. Before I hung up, I asked Larson about her tips for new players. Here’s what she offered:

Well, obviously start at 50cc first. Start on the easiest versions possible. And it really just takes practice. And if you are playing against somebody who’s new to it, I would slow down on my drifting and allow them to have—not target them maybe as much with items. Be a little bit kinder, not so brutal to them, just to get them some time in the game. But a lot of my friends who’ve gotten into gaming recently through my obsession, they’ve just wanted solo time. They’re like, “I’m not ready to play with you. I’ll just play on my own. I want to put some hours in on my own before we play together.”

And how does Larson feel about Captain Marvel meeting Ms. Marvel in The Marvels, the upcoming sequel to Captain Marvel? “I’m super excited.” she said. “It’s a dream come true.”

Larson revealed the director of the film, Nia DaCosta, is a gamer like her. “That’s the first time I’ve worked with somebody who also games like I do,” Larson said. She added that she doesn’t usually play Nintendo Switch with her coworkers on set, but she will bring her system with her. “Usually it’s just a solo thing. When I’m at work, it’s not a social thing. It’s a way for me to stay focused and to stay present in the scene while I’m waiting for them to change the camera around or move lights around. I can stay focused, but I’m playing Mario Tennis [Aces].”

Larson also shared her hopes for tomorrow’s Nintendo E3 presentation, where the company will be announcing its upcoming projects. “I’m excited about the future of Zelda,” she said. “I feel there’s just been bits of information [about the Breath of the Wild sequel] and I want to know more about it. And yeah, I’m interested in some surprises. I feel it’s always been fun when new characters get their own spinoff solo series. I would be stoked for that.”

Our call ended with kind goodbyes, and I knew as I turned my off Nintendo Switch that even though I lost, I still accomplished something truly insane. The outcome doesn’t matter: You’ll never forget the race.

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There is One Thing from Girlfriends That Tracee Ellis Ross Will Not Re-Wear



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If you know Tracee Ellis Ross, whether it’s from her 25-year career in film and television or through the lens of her vibrant social media channels, it should come as no surprise that she loves fashion. Like, really loves fashion. The actress’s love affair with beautiful clothes presents itself in its purest pursuit: to bring one joy. But what is truly remarkable about the way Ross experiences joy is that somehow, through stages and screens, it is highly contagious.

From watching her host the AMAs (somehow upstaging both Rihanna and her mom, the inimitable Diana Ross) to seeing her in wearable Moschino art at the Met Gala to watching her cackle in a pool with a glass of rosé, seeing Ross happy makes us happy in return. She has the uncanny ability to make us believe we have an intimate connection with her beyond our shoddy WiFi. What do you call stage presence when it emits from a grid post?

From our POV, Ross is a walking ray of sunshine, even if the past year brought on the clouds. And in Ross’s true, hyperbolic form, her sense of luxury remained a constant. “Glamour to me is a ‘how,’ not a ‘what.’ It’s how you choose things, what makes your heart light up and your heart sing,” she told ELLE over the phone. “I just watched that Halston limited series and I think of Elsa Peretti in those moments, and that sense of glamour is a sense of self, a sense of identity, and having the courage to live like that.”

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Wearing Moschino at the 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion

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Her own fierce brand of individuality is one of the reasons that Tiffany & Co. is tapping the Black-ish star for a new role. Announced today, the iconic high jeweler named Ross a global house ambassador where she fronts its newest T1 collection campaign ‘Give Me the T,’ shot by Mario Sorrenti in New York City. The partnership is full circle for Ross, who grew up down the street from its Fifth Avenue flagship ogling the goods for herself. (“I got my first Elsa Peretti kidney bean when I was a teenager.”)

We caught up with Ross on her personal relationship to jewelry (does she wear it during her intense Tracee Anderson workouts?) and the style question we’re all dying to have answered: Does she approve of the return of Girlfriends‘ 2000s-era fashion?

The T1 collection is all about inner strength and individuality. How did you maintain those things during such a tough year?

Anchoring myself in the spaces that I did have control over, which was my self-care, Making sure that whether it was deep conditioning my hair or putting on some lipstick or making my bed in the morning, and cooking myself beautiful meals. One of the ways I stay connected to my strengths was being connected to my fellow humans and making a conscious effort to stay connected to my friends and family even though we couldn’t see each other. And because of the year that we had, the service work that I did, and being connected both to the political environment and using my platform and voice to show up for my community. Doing the DNC and all of the knowledge I had to gain as I walked into that experience. Deepening our mission within my own hair company. Being of service is one of the ways I stay connected to my own voice and my individuality where you’re part of the larger community and not just yourself and your ego.

It’s one of the reasons was so excited about this campaign. Having this T1 collection be about individuality is so much of what all of us are making sense of as we reemerge. While we were locked down in our homes, it was all ‘who am I in the context of other people?’ This feels like a beautiful way to reemerge.

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A behind-the-scenes glimpse of Tracee Ellis Ross on set.

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A lot of people rediscovered themselves in the past year, redefining how we move through the world. How has your relationship with glamour changed?

It hasn’t changed much. I find myself harkening to things that I feel comfortable with. I think the biggest change is footwear. I can’t say that I’m drawn to a very high stiletto heel. I’m drawn to a great flat or a great pair of socks. Honestly, I’ve been on the hunt for great socks that I can wear with my Birkenstocks.

Luxury can feel inaccessible to many. But the word can mean multiple things: a cheap dessert or a state of mind. What is the most luxurious thing to you that exists beyond the price tag?

Sometimes the most luxurious thing you can do is walk slowly from A to B. That ridiculous old saying of’ don’t forget to smell the roses’ genuinely is that. That is luxury. Some of the most luxurious things I do are lying on my bed and talking to a girlfriend on the phone, and luxuriating in the joy of that connection and the giggles with someone that knows you so well. The other incredibly luxurious thing that everyone knows I’m a fan of is taking a bath. I love taking a bath! It’s a special way to have time with myself and slow down. The other thing I love that doesn’t have a big price tag is fresh-cut flowers. Whether you buy them at the market or the side of the road or a flower shop, even if it’s one stem of a beautiful flower, it can bring so much luxurious joy in your life just glancing at something beautiful.

I think luxury is defined individually. It depends on what makes your heart sing, and what gives you access to that heart opening, and how can you do that you allow yourself the space and time to do that?

I can’t think of anyone that loves fashion and the joy that it brings more than you do. Just how big is your closet?

It’s not that big… but it will be. I am extremely organized. I can fit so much stuff into a small space. The thing about my closet is that I don’t get rid of things. I learned really young from my mother. She said ‘you can spend money on things but you have to take care of them.’ my style hasn’t really changed. I still love a high waist wide-legged trouser. I’ve been doing that since I figured out those are what looked good on my body. The blazers I’ve had forever. I’ll keep things and I’ll keep them well. Dry cleaning is not something I do often, your clothes will last longer. My closet is my happy place. It is where dreams are weaved.

Do you have any bad shopping habits?

Oh, I don’t call them bad shopping habits, they’re good shopping habits. But I do have a shopping habit let’s be clear about that. Matches Fashion is my go-to. When Barneys closed that solidified it. I haven’t been inside a store in ages. I buy everything from MatchesFAshion. I genuinely do. I am a VIP with them.

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The cast of Girlfriends

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Girlfriends had some of the best style in TV history, specifically in representing the 2000s. How do you feel about that aesthetic coming back? Are you going to wear low-rise jeans?

No. I look back and it looks back. It’s the low-rise jeans that give me pause. Number one, I am not that skinny anymore but it still looks great. That first season those are all my clothes. It’s my personal clothing I was wearing as Joan Carol Clayton. That red clutch I donated to the show and took it back. Those McQueen jackets I still have. A lot of those Louboutin shoes I saved. Because they were so special.

I remember as a kid people saying that style is cyclical and I was like whatever, that’s crazy. I was wearing bell-bottoms in college and my mom was like ‘ oh my god I have these!’ and I was all ‘these are fresh!’ Then I saw acid wash and stirrup pants come back and I was there the first time! It’s fun to see what holds up over time and what absolutely doesn’t.

For you that’s low-rise jeans?

It’s not gonna happen. That’s just insane.

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16 Cream Blushes to Get the Heatwave Flush Sans The Sweat



16 Cream Blushes to Get the Heatwave Flush Sans The Sweat

Colorfix Eye, Cheek & Lip Cream Pigment

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In Danessa Myricks’ world, the number one rule is to experiment. The makeup maven’s cult-favorite Colorfix is a creamy, multipurpose pigment that can be used as eyeshadow, lipstick or gloss, blush—anywhere.

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