The movies we enjoy the most aren’t always the best or the most critically acclaimed. But there’s something to be said for a movie that just speaks to you and your present situation — even if it doesn’t have the best performances, script, or production value. Some of the new releases that I enjoyed the most this year are also the ones I’ll be voting for in the upcoming North Carolina Film Critics Association awards. Others are significantly flawed, but they still struck the right chord with me.
That being said, these are not necessarily what I consider the “best” 10 films of 2021. They’re just the ones that had the biggest impact on me as a spectator.
Happy new year, fellow spectators.
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