|Emilia Jones & Marlee Matlin (r) star in CODA|
Movies I watched in 2021 that I'd happily watch again, and probably will:
CODA - (APPLE TV) - Touching coming of age story with Emilia Jones as a high school senior struggling to explain to her non hearing family why she wants to study singing.
THE POWER OF THE DOG - (NETFLIX) - Cruel rancher Benedict Cumberbatch meets his unexpected match in Kodi Smith-McPhee, the effeminate son of his sister-in-law.
LICORICE PIZZA - (THEATERS) - Ambitious 15-year-old boy meets immature 25-year-old woman. Fun and adventure ensue in L.A.'s 1970's San Fernando Valley. Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman debut.
BELFAST - (Streaming - $19.95) - Kenneth Branagh memories of growing up in Northern Ireland during the 1960's civil unrest.
NIGHTMARE ALLEY - (THEATERS) - Guillermo del Toro revives the 1947 film noir of of a carnival con man's rise and fall. Outstanding performances include Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Toni Collette.
SUMMER OF SOUL - (HULU) - Questlove restores footage of the 1969 Harlem Music Festival, revived with commentary on how those times relation to ours.
WEST SIDE STORY - (THEATERS) - Steven Spielberg restyles one the great musicals of the 1950's. Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler honor Leonard Bernstein's music and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics.
PASSING - (NETFLIX) - Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson deal with the color line of 1920's New York. A story of Blacks and Whites told in Black and White.
THE CARD COUNTER - (STREAMING - $5.99) - Oscar Issac fascinates as a small-time gambler drawn to avenge his training as a military interrogator.
THE FRENCH DISPATCH - (STREAMING - $5.99) - Wes Anderson pays tribute to a New Yorker style magazine in three delightful vignettes.