2021 AFI Film Festival Most Anticipated Movies

I have the amazing pleasure of covering my second straight AFI Film Festival, but I will be attending this year in person, which has got me even more excited.

The slate of films is MASSIVE with tons of new movies that haven’t debuted yet and a couple of others that have debuted at other festivals. With the festival right around the corner, I wanted to share the films I am looking forward to seeing.

Swan Song

Mahershala Ali never misses and he returns this Award season in Swan Song. The film follows Cameron Turner (Ali), diagnosed with a terminal illness presented with an experimental solution. The film also stars Naomie Harris and Glenn Close. A star-studded cast with a story that sounds like the tissues will be needed, and I can’t wait. 

King Richard

Will Smith is one of my favorite actors and I love a good inspirational sports journey and toss in the story about two of the greatest athletes ever. I am all in. I can’t WAIT to see this movie. Plus my new friend Aunjanue Ellis is in the film!


I’ve been looking forward to the return of Halle Berry, but I am even more excited to see what she has in store for us behind the lens with her directorial debut. The film’s vibe looks to be inspiring and Berry kicking some serious ass. I think we are in for a good one.


The hype for Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria has been off the charts since its first debut at several festivals. It was an easy choice to land on the list between Tilda Swinton’s acting and Weerasethakul’s ability to paint such beautiful films. 

Citizen Ashe

One fun fact that not many people know about me is that I was a massive tennis fan growing up and still occasionally love to watch the sport. So, when finding out that the story of one of the best to ever play Arthur Ashe was going to be told, I got really excited.

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