Ten 2021 Movies Summarised in Ten Words Each

A little later than usual perhaps, but these are the first ten films I’ve been able to give a look so far this year.

It feels particularly weird to be a movie fan in Australia right now – like we’ve been a constant mirror of our American friends in 2021 when it comes to cinematic availability. Cross-referencing streaming services with big screens one moment and twiddling our thumbs in lockdown while theatres slam shut the next, some movies have been a bit frustrating to pin down; but I’ll get to most of them by the end of the year. In the meantime, here’s a spicy mix of up-and-down celluloid quality.

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Demon Slayer: Infinity Train

The anime movie that forever changed how anime movies work.”

Boss Level

Fun, silly premise; unfortunately everyone commits except the lead actor.”

I Care a Lot

Pike vs Dinklage sizzles onscreen; just don’t expect balanced morality.”

Raya and the Last Dragon

The best nonmusical animated Disney movie in two decades?”


In the same league as the first Taken / John Wick.”

Godzilla vs Kong

Some genuinely great CGI and sound, but not much else.”

Mortal Kombat

Setting makes little sense, but watch for Josh Lawson’s Kano.”

Without Remorse

Amazon’s best HDR showcase yet disappoints, but Jordan is great.”


An alternative prequel lifted by two Emmas and dazzling style.”

Black Widow

Brilliant opening, crazy finale; strong characters prevent secondact dragging.”

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