Everyone agrees that there are a lot of movies that you may have missed in 2021. No, this is not a judgment on you, but the way movies (and the conversation around them) increasingly focus on big blockbusters.

So while you were trying to decide if Marvel Eternals was worthy of the theater (it isn’t), plenty of movies came out that you might have missed. But since the team of Tom’s Guide is not correct Looking at the upcoming Marvel movies and series, we’ve got a bunch of recommendations for movies you should watch right now, especially since many are now available to watch online.

Our recommendations range from HBO Max movies that you might have written off, to weird movies that look a bit too special on paper. And with this list, you could also discover your next favorite star or director! So, fire up one of the best streaming devices and let us find your next favorite movie.

The green knight

I’m not a fan of tales of knights and fantasy, but still went to the theater to see The Greek Knight. The impetus for my stay was the reliable charisma of star Dev Pate as Gauvain (King Arthur’s nephew), who is kind of a dud. Her life becomes even more absurd when her mother summons The Green Knight, a man who appears to be a living, breathing tree. The wooden being makes a challenge, which Gauvain accepts in what looks like a terrible mistake from the start. As beautifully shot and confusing as any other movie from distributor A24 (did you get Lamb, or just pretend you understand?). The Green Knight is a remarkably strange achievement in adaptations of classical writing. – Henry T. Casey

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Bob Odenkirk as a mind-blowing action hero? We didn’t see it coming, but are always ready to recommend it. It would be easy to dismiss No One More Than a Shameless John Wick Scam, but this raucous and entertaining action thriller is much more than that.

The film features Odenkirk as Hutch Mansell, a seemingly ordinary guy who is actually a former hidden government assassin. When he accidentally falls back into his old ways, he comes face to face with some pretty nasty Russian gangsters and must fully embrace his past in order to protect his family. The premise is a bit shaky and the plot stretches credibility past the breaking point, but it’s hard to hang on to those little nitpicks when you’re having so much fun. Also, there are a few scenes with snow so no one is technically a holiday movie! – Rory Mellon

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Who passed

Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson deliver stunning performances as two fair-skinned black women caught between two worlds. Writer / director Rebecca Hall was inspired by her own grandfather, who passed for white. Hall chose to shoot in black and white, which helps to highlight how life is made up of shades of gray. The story, set during the Harlem Renaissance, follows two friends who reconnect after many years. Irene (Thompson) is married to a black doctor and has embraced her community, while Clare (Negga) chooses to impersonate a white man’s wife. Their reunion prompts both to reflect on their choices and on how color has shaped the course of their lives. – Kelly woo

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The last duel

The TV commercials for Ridley Scott’s medieval drama mystified audiences with a parade of truly terrible hairstyles and a lack of detail on the subject of the film. It was an epic failure at the box office, which is a real shame. The Last Duel is a nuanced adult drama about how three different characters – played by Matt Damon, Adam Driver and most importantly Jodie Comer – perceive violent sexual assault and how a woman manages to tell her story in a repressive and one-sided society. Sounds like an explosion, right? It’s not a good price, but neither does a lot of the best movies. Give The Last Duel a chance when it appears on streaming services, and make sure you stay seated until the end. – Paul Wagenseil

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Oxygen debuted on Netflix in May and has fallen, disappointingly, under the radar. Perhaps this was due to its lack of bankable stars. Maybe it was that pesky “inch-tall subtitle barrier.” Whatever the reason, Oxygen deserved more attention.

The film is a one-place thriller centered on a woman who wakes up to find herself in an airtight cryogenic chamber. She has a rapidly dwindling supply of oxygen and no memory of who she is or how she got into this situation. It’s all very reminiscent of Ryan Reynolds’ main film Buried from 2010, Only Oxygen trades a wooden coffin for a high-tech medical unit.

French actress Melanie Laurent wears the entirety of the film in an impressive and engaging performance, and director Alexandre Aja plays with the claustrophobic nature of the film’s setting in surprisingly inventive ways. With a fast pace and a well-written third act, Oxygen is destined to become a hidden gem in Netflix’s deep content library. -Rory Mellon

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No sudden movement

Steven Soderbergh is one of those directors, and Ed Solomon one of those screenwriters, who have mastered all genres. They’ve combined to work on the stellar crime film No Sudden Move, which features a top-notch cast that includes Benicio del Toro, Jon Hamm, David Harbor, and an almost unrecognizable Brendan Fraser. Oh, and you also get Soderbergh regulars Don Cheadle and Matt Damon (the latter in an unforgettable, uncredited extended cameo). Amy Steinmetz, Bill Duke, Kieran Culkin and Ray Liotta are also doing their part.

Everyone doubles and triples, and while it can get pretty violent, Soderbergh and Solomon keep their tone crisp and light. No Sudden Move is nothing you’ve never seen before, but when it’s done this well, you can’t really complain. – Paul Wagenseil

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Director Paul Verhooven’s latest work is a truly ambitious period piece that’s salacious, sacrilegious, and in fact (somewhat) based on a true story. In 17th century Italy, the young Benedetta (Elena Plonka) believes that she can speak to God and is sent by her parents to live in the Convent of the Theatines of the Mother of God in the town of Pescia. We then move towards a Benedetta (Virginie Efira), now adult, who spends her days with magpie and has visions where she meets a beautiful Jesus, who saves her from all kinds of calamities. Things go wrong a bit, then Benedetta befriends the new member of the convent, young Bartolomea (Daphne Patakia), who sexually pursues her. The two begin a forbidden romance (making it a modern example of nunsploitation), which is overturned by the accusations of Abbess Felicita (Charlotte Rampling) and the plague that is currently ravaging every city across the country. Full of energy and drama, Benedetta may leave some to search for the nearest confessional, to explain how much they enjoyed it. – Henry T. Casey

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Body horror / trauma, your name is Titanium. From Julia Ducournau, the director of Raw, comes perhaps the most shocking film I have seen in the cinema. The story centers on Alexia (Agathe Rousselle), a very angry adult, and lashing out at the world after a car accident (of which, let’s be frank, she’s a little guilty) left her with a license plate. metal in her head when she was just a child. Now as an adult, performing hypnotic erotic dances on cars, Alexia spends her free time entering a world of trouble. She may not find peace until she meets Vincent (Vincent Lindon), a man whose life was torn apart when his son went missing. While Titanium is not for everyone (well, not for most people), this bloody masterpiece is one of the best movies of 2021. – Henry T. Casey

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Still water

In many ways, it’s surprising that Stillwater received a theatrical release this year. The crime drama led by Matt Damon looks ripe for release on a streaming platform. This is not a review of the film per se, but rather an admission that the landscape of film distribution has irrevocably changed over the past two years. No matter where you watch it, Stillwater is a gripping film centered on an American traveling to France to prove his daughter’s innocence after she was convicted of a felony. This Isn’t Bourne Done Taken: Damon’s performance is extremely reserved and there’s no awe-inspiring action setting to speak of. Instead, it’s a low-key drama that emphasizes the emotional impact and personal cost of its protagonist’s fight for justice. – Rory Mellon

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