The Best-Reviewed Movies and TV of Q1 2021

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It can be hard to choose a good new movie or show when there’s such a large selection available online and on TV. When you’re in the mood to watch something new, it might take you a while to find something good. Luckily, you won’t have to spend a long time browsing with this handy list of the six best-reviewed movies and TV shows of 2021’s first quarter.

1. It’s a Sin (Season 1)

Metacritic score: 91

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98

It’s a Sin, HBO Max’s limited series, is a story about a group of young Londoners experiencing the AIDS crisis. The show has three main point-of-view characters.

It’s a Sin boldly displays how horrible AIDS was in the 1980s for those who were infected given the lack of medical knowledge around AIDS at the time. The show also doesn’t shy away from how AIDS was exacerbated by homophobic attitudes in England and beyond.

2. Judas and the Black Messiah

Metacritic score: 85

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96

Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated film Judas and the Black Messiah is about how the American criminal justice establishment sought to stop and destroy the mid-century civil rights movement. 

The Black Messiah is a young Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, played by Daniel Kaluuya. Hampton’s name is not as well-known as, say, Martin Luther King, Jr., but his story and Judas and the Black Messiah give a harrowing view into how the criminal justice reacts to certain activists.

3. Stray

Metacritic score: 83

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96

Stray is a documentary about an Istanbul street dog named Zeytin as she searches for kindness while she roams the streets of her city. The movie captures how she is a savvy survivor who knows how to cross busy streets and get food. 

Zeytin also knows a shy puppy Kartal and a caring dog named Nazar, as well as a trio of homeless Syrian refugee boys. In Stray, you can see a group of vagabonds surviving, resting, and playing.

4. Raya and the Last Dragon 

Metacritic score: 75

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94

Raya and the Last Dragon is an animated movie about a girl who goes on an adventure. Raya is a skilled confident fighter who is Disney’s first Southeast Asian princess. Her land of Kumandra, which used to be the home of many dragons, was attacked prior to the movie’s start. However, Raya finds the last dragon and her adventure ensues.

5. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (Season 1)

Metacritic score: 74

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is a re-introduction to two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s lesser-featured heroes. The Falcon, Sam Wilson, struggles with the legacy of Steve Rodgers, also known as Captain America. 

Bucky Barnes, The Winter Soldier, also struggles with how to make amends for his crimes. This show explores The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’s issues and how they overcome them. 

6. Invincible (Season 1)

Metacritic score: 73

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96

Invincible is an animated superhero drama series on Amazon Prime Video. The show is based on a comic book series of the same name. It’s a story about a teenager named Mark Grayson, voiced by Steven Yeun, who develops some of his father’s superpowers despite having a difficult relationship with him. Invincible isn’t your typical Saturday morning cartoon: It shows a darker yet interesting story about superheroes.

What are your favorite movies and shows of 2021’s first quarter? Sound off in the comments!

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