The must-see movies of 2021: Spiderman, The Matrix 4 and more

2021 was a big year for movies. Long delayed blockbusters like “No Time To Die,” “Dune” and “Candyman” came roaring back into theaters, even as intriguingly original indies continued to pop up on more and more streaming platforms. Here are 2021's must-see movies.

Review: ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ is an absolute blast

How do you follow up a perfect movie? It’s a question that’s haunted “The Matrix” franchise since the Wachowskis changed sci-fi action cinema forever in 1999. And it’s one that explicitly sits at the heart of this long-awaited fourth installment, which is set for a simultaneous release in theaters and on HBO Max. Film critic Caroline Siede reviews.

Tubi partners with Kevin Garnett and Village Roadshow for 'Black Noir Cinema' initiative

Tubi, FOX's free, ad-supported streaming service, has entered a deal to produce multiple projects in partnership with Village Roadshow Entertainment Group as part of its new “Black Noir Cinema” initiative. First up on the docket are two films to be produced by NBA MVP Kevin Garnett and legendary director/producer Oz Scott (“Black Lightning,” “S.W.A.T.”).

Happy birthday, Dick Van Dyke: 6 episodes of ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ to stream (for free!)

Legendary actor, singer and entertainer Dick Van Dyke was born on Dec. 13, 1925, and so this December marks his big 96th birthday. While many know him best for his iconic work in movies like “Mary Poppins,” “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” or perhaps his classic mystery series “Diagnosis: Murder,” to others he will always be Rob Petrie — the affable lead character of “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

The essential animated movies of 2021: Disney's Encanto, Pixar's Luca, Sony's Vivo and more

Despite the hurdles of the pandemic, 2021 delivered a great slate of animated features aimed at children and adults alike. Animation powerhouses like Disney and Pixar released hits like "Encanto" (arriving soon on Disney+, and in theaters now) and "Luca" (streaming on Disney+). Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Animation (home of the beloved "Spider-Verse" franchise) gave us “Vivo” and continued to push animation forward with its innovative sci-fi family comedy, "The Mitchells vs. the Machines."

Pete Davidson and John Goodman celebrate ‘The Freak Brothers’ at Fred Segal event

“The Freak Brothers” descended on Los Angeles for the holidays, at an event hosted at the city’s iconic Fred Segal store on Dec. 6. Stars Pete Davidson and John Goodman walked the red carpet alongside fellow cast members Blake Anderson, Andrea Savage, Phil LaMarr and Danny Gendron at an event hosted by Tubi, FOX’s free streaming service.

’Tis the season Tubi jolly: Tubi unveils new holiday originals

Free streaming service Tubi will debut two festive Tubi Originals for the holiday season, adding to its robust “Holiday Hits” library, which also includes “Jingle All the Way,” “Black Nativity,” “The Nutcracker” and more. “Holiday Hits” encompasses nearly 500 titles.

December movie preview: Spider-Man, West Side Story, The Matrix and more

Steven Spielberg takes a fresh look at a classic musical, Keanu Reeves re-enters “The Matrix,” Nicole Kidman plays a comedy giant, Bradley Cooper joins a carnival and Tom Holland’s Spidey swings into the Marvel multiverse, to name just a few of the films with bold-faced names arriving in theaters this month.