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How To Stream 2021’s Best Movies

December is here which means that we’re rapidly approaching my favorite time of the year: awards season!

This week alone has already seen the Gotham Awards, the National Board of Review, and the New York Film Critics Circle give away their top honors. There are plenty more kudos to follow, heading towards the 94th Academy Awards in March 2022.

While there are buzzed-about titles that will be getting theatrical-only releases over the next month or two, many of the year’s best films are already streaming or available to rent on VOD. This post will help point you in the right direction so you can get caught up over the holidays and be ready for your office or friend Oscar pools!

The list below includes titles available now and some that will be dropping in the weeks ahead. Whenever we’ve had a review posted for a film, those are linked here as well.

Amazon Prime: Annette, Being The Ricardos (Dec. 21), Coming 2 America, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, Encounter (Dec. 10), Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, A Hero (Jan. 21), Mayor Pete, My Name is Pauli Murray, The Tender Bar (Jan. 7), Val

Apple TV+: Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry, CODA, Finch, Swan Song (Dec. 17), The Tragedy of Macbeth (Jan. 14), The Velvet Underground

The Criterion Channel: The Perfect Candidate, Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation

Discovery+: Introducing Selma Blair, Lily Topples The World, Rebel Hearts

Disney+: Becoming Cousteau, Black Widow, Cruella, Encanto (Dec. 24), Fauci, Jungle Cruise, Luca, Raya and the Last Dragon, The Rescue, Ron’s Gone Wrong (Dec. 15), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Wolfgang

HBO Max: In The Heights, In The Same Breath, King Richard (expires Dec. 20), Shiva Baby, Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street (Dec. 13)

Hulu: About Endlessness, Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar, Best Summer Ever, Censor, In The Earth, The Killing of Two Lovers, Moffie, Pig, Plan B, Riders of Justice, Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), Swan Song, Together Together, Undine

Netflix: Bruised, Don’t Look Up (Dec. 24), The Guilty, The Hand of God (Dec. 15), The Harder They Fall, The Lost Daughter (Dec. 31), The Mitchells vs. The Machines, Passing, The Power of the Dog, Pray Away, Prayers for the Stolen, Procession, Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It, The Sparks Brothers, The Summit of the Gods, Tick…Tick…Boom!, Vivo

Paramount+: Ascension, A Quiet Place II

Showtime: Attica, Cusp, The Humans, The Real Charlie Chaplin, Summer of 85, Zola

VOD rental: Belfast, Bergman Island, The Beta Test, The Card Counter, Dune, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Free Guy, Last Night in Soho, Old Henry, Spencer, Titane