10 Small Movies From 2021 You May Have Missed

Even in a weird cinematic year like 2021, it's impossible to see everything for most people. As a result, some films—be they good or at least intriguing—escaped many people's notice during the year. 

These fifteen selections may have slipped through the cracks upon their first release, but we've snagged them here for you. 

The White Tiger

Based on the novel of the same name by Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger tells the story of Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gourav), a member of the Indian underclass who now identifies as an entrepreneur. Balram saw his life derailed by his father's debts despite being labeled the “white tiger” as a youth—the rare member of his caste seemingly certain for greatness. 

Our Friend

While not as impressive or emotionally naked as the essay on which it's based, the film nonetheless crawls inside one of the more difficult situations an average person can endure. Segel is excellent, probably as good as he's ever been in a dramatic role, and Johnson brings life to what could've been little more than a collection of tics and cliches. 

Little Fish

For those who feel more ready to take on virus-related content, Little Fish is a film that tackles it in microcosm. While we see signs of the larger world—people wearing masks, jittery visits to doctor's offices, and anecdotes about how the disease affects others, the story focuses on Emma (Olivia Cooke) and Jude's (Jack O'Connell) relationship. 

Boss Level

Roy (Frank Grillo) is our man in the loop, and he now treats it as a video game. Every day, he gains XP, learns more about the “game” his life has become, and makes it that much farther in his quest. With each repeating day, Roy begins to understand better what's happening and who can save.