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‘Exactly what cinema should be’: readers on their films of 2021 so far
From the joyous escapism of In the Heights and Cruella to the powerful storytelling of The Mauritanian, our readers reveal their movie highlights of the last six months

Guardian readers and Rachel Obordo

23, Jun, 2021 @1:56 PM

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Cruella review – Emma Stone is a joy as the refashioned supervillain
Cruella de Vil gets an origin story, with a sneering Emma Stone, an icy Emma Thompson and clothes to die for

Simran Hans

29, May, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Disney’s Cruella stitches punk’s overlooked female designers into the fabric
Disney should be the antichrist to true punk aficionados, but Cruella tips the hat to the forgotten DIY fashionistas who made the movement so visible

Danny Leigh

27, May, 2021 @12:43 PM

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Cruella review – De Vil wears Prada in outrageous punk prequel
Aspiring fashionista Cruella is out for her boss’s skin in a riotous 101 Dalmatians origin-myth set in 70s London, starring Emmas Stone and Thompson in dynamic form

Peter Bradshaw

26, May, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Baby Jaws? Scar Face the Lion? The origin stories we’d like to see
Disney’s Cruella is the latest film exploring a villain’s knotty history – here are the spin-offs Hollywood could tackle next

Steve Rose

24, May, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Lock up your puppies: how Cruella de Vil became a fashion icon
Hollywood’s greatest fashion baddie is back with a new film, while her monochrome glamour is everywhere. Can the Dalmatian-obsessed anti-hero remind us how to dress post-lockdown?

Hannah Marriott

05, May, 2021 @5:00 AM

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I wish more people would read ... The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
You’ve seen the films, but the novel is far richer and funnier – and in these locked-down days it’s as comforting as hot buttered toast

Alison Flood

23, Apr, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Emma Stone to play Cruella de Vil in Disney's latest live-action origins tale
Cruella will tell the story of the fur coat-loving fashion hound’s early years and looks set to follow the similarly pitched Maleficent into cinemas

Ben Child

07, Jan, 2016 @10:38 AM

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