Silver-screen superstars: the best films of 2021

John Maguire rounds up your favourites and the ones you shouldn’t miss in this review of the year in cinema

Timothée Chalamet in Dune

It’s beginning to look a lot like Listmas. At the turn of the year, the urge to classify the 12 months just gone in film is irresistible, and perhaps never more than in this strange, broken time. Beleaguered picture houses were closed for half the year and when they did re-open, there was a backlog of postponed films squeezing up against the new releases. From a cinematic point of view, 2021 has been an excellent ...