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When Nicolas Cage goes up against the forces of the supernatural in Season of the Witch this weekend, he'll have another awesome wig and his very best intense/befuddled stare in his arsenal. But to really improve his odds of victory, he'll need something more -- like the imposing menace of Ron Perlman, occasional Hellboy and character actor supreme. Whether he's appeared au naturel or under makeup, worked live action or voiced animated characters, Perlman's distinctive talent has been entertaining audiences for 30 years, and he's assembled an eclectic filmography along the way. It's about time Ron Perlman received the Total Recall treatment, wouldn't you say?
Though he's primarily known for playing guys who have a hard time doing anything right, Ben Stiller is one of the most successful talents in Hollywood -- a writer/director/actor whose occasional wanderings into critically rotten territory haven't put a dent into his incredible bankability. Stiller's films have grossed more than $2.1 billion, a total that includes the more than $800 million racked up by Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers -- and with the third installment in the franchise, Little Fockers, arriving in theaters this weekend, we decided now would be the perfect time to take a look back at his critical highlights. (Spoiler alert: Envy will not be covered.) It's time for another round of Total Recall!
Well, Tron fans, your wait for a sequel is finally almost over: this Friday, nearly three decades after puzzled filmgoers shrugged off the Disney cult classic, we get our long-delayed second dose of lightcycles, deadly discs, and skin-tight glowing bodysuits in the form of Tron Legacy. Of course, our concept of the computer (and our knowledge of what it can actually do) has changed quite a bit since 1982, but Tron actually got a lot of things right -- and to put it all in perspective, we thought it would be fun to spend this week's feature taking a look back at some other computer-driven films. Which ones came closest to reality? Which ones got things most hilariously wrong? And which ones gave us glimpses at a future we're still waiting for? It's time to boot up another edition of Total Recall!
What's better than a movie with one huge star? A movie with two huge stars, of course -- and this weekend, when Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie give filmgoers a double shot of celebrity charisma with The Tourist, they'll become the latest in a long line of superstar duos who have combined their talents (and box office power) to make Hollywood history. Naturally, we couldn't fit them all into this week's feature, but the ten pair-ups listed here include some of cinema's biggest hits (and at least one truly noteworthy miss). It's time to double your pleasure, double your Total Recall!
This Friday, the martial arts western The Warrior's Way saunters into theaters, offering one of the most delightfully unhinged genre mashups we've seen in some time -- and boasting an incredible cast that includes South Korean superstar Jang Dong-gun, Kate Bosworth, Danny Huston, and Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush. Once we rubbed our eyes and blinked a few times to make sure we weren't reading those names wrong, we got to thinking about other unexpected choices made by Academy-approved actors, and before we knew it, we had a whole Total Recall full of them. From box office hits to ignoble flops, from critics' favorites to the lowest depths of the Tomatometer, it's time to celebrate weird post-Oscar roles. Add your favorites in the comments!
When Burlesque struts into theaters this week, it won't just be the latest in a chorus line of movies about moneymaker shakin' -- it'll also join the long, occasionally proud tradition of films starring singers who stepped out of the recording studio and in front of the cameras. In fact, Burlesque stars two of them: musical legend/Oscar winner Cher and -- making her big-screen debut -- Christina Aguilera. To celebrate all this girl power, we decided to spend this week's feature taking a look back at some of of the most noteworthy female double threats in Hollywood history. From the Billboard charts to the box office, it's time for Total Recall!
We don't see them produced as often as we used to, but Hollywood has been making movies about trains since the dawn of cinema. It's a long, rich tradition that stretches back to the silent era, so when we saw that Tony Scott and Denzel Washington's latest collaboration, Unstoppable, was an action thriller about a killer runaway train loaded with nuclear explosives... well, naturally, we decided to dedicate this week's Total Recall to some of the most noteworthy entries in the long list of railroad movies. At a mere dozen entries, this chronologically-arranged list is obviously far from complete, but we think you'll find some of your favorites (and at least one unnecessary sequel). Which movies would you add? Let us know in the comments!
This weekend, Robert Downey, Jr. and Zach Galifianakis have a Due Date with a cross-country journey full of comedic screaming, vehicular damage, and at least one quote from a classic Ice Cube hit. It has all the makings of a classic wacky road trip comedy, in other words, which got us to thinking about some of the many other entries in the genre -- and before we knew it, we had this week?s super-sized Total Recall, containing 20 of the wackiest, trippiest cinematic journeys of them all. It?s by no means definitive, but with so many to choose from, some were bound to be left out. So which are your favorites? Which ones did we miss? Let us know in the comments!
Another year, another Saw movie: This Friday, when the seventh installment in the series reaches theaters, it'll extend an annual tradition that stretches back to 2004. If you're wondering how much further Jigsaw's legacy can possibly go, you're not alone -- but this time around, the addition of 3-D introduces a new visual component, as well as adding yet another chapter to the long Hollywood saga of using gimmicks to sell movies. It got us thinking about some of the other would-be innovations introduced over the years -- and we figured if Smell-O-Vision, SignScope, and Sensurround were good enough for the studios that backed them, it's about time they got some recognition. So step right up, ladies and gents, for the most sensational, amazingly lifelike, thrillingly spellbinding Total Recall you've ever seen...or your money back!
Paranormal Activity made all kinds of money last year -- and it also launched the career of director Oren Peli, who used its $193 million worldwide gross as a gateway to projects like the upcoming Area 51. The jury is still out on Mr. Peli's career, but with Paranormal Activity 2 opening this week, we got to thinking about some of the other directors who got their start in horror, and it's a pretty impressive list. Though it isn't the most critically respected genre on the block, horror has often acted as a breeding ground for scary levels of Hollywood talent, and the seven directors profiled in this week's Total Recall are proof!
Acting demands intense dedication to craft, hard work, and plenty of luck -- but actors like John Malkovich make it look easy: He made his Broadway debut opposite Dustin Hoffman, earned an Oscar nomination for his first major movie role (in 1984's Places in the Heart), and has remained generally excellent throughout a career that currently includes more than 70 films. He'll add two more to that tally this month (this week's Secretariat and next week's Red), and in honor of all that activity, we decided to dedicate this week's feature to the ten best-reviewed movies in a filmography stacked with critical winners. It's time to forget Jonah Hex ever happened -- let's go Total Recall!
He's given us aliens, serial killers, cerebral thrillers, shocking endings, and a glimpse of Brad Pitt as an old man -- and now, with The Social Network, David Fincher has helped turn the story of Facebook into one of the most eagerly awaited (and best-reviewed) films of 2010. With that kind of track record, folks will bend the rules for you once in awhile, and in that spirit, we've decided to dedicate this week's feature to Mr. Fincher's filmography, presented in chronological order. He may not have enough movies to his credit to round out a Top Ten, but many of the ones he has made are among the most compelling of the last 20 years. But don't take our word for it -- let's see what the critics have to say, Total Recall style!
Born into Hollywood royalty, Michael Douglas started his career with easier access to casting directors than most budding actors -- but that will only get you so far, and it's certainly no guarantee that you'll put together a filmography that currently stands at four decades and counting, more than 40 films (and nearly $1.5 billion in lifetime grosses), three Golden Globes, two Oscars, and one AFI Life Achievement Award. We think you'll agree that's a pretty distinguished list of achievements -- and with Douglas' latest film, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, arriving in theaters this weekend, we decided to take the opportunity to look back on his finest moments... Total Recall style!
A mere six years ago, it looked like Ben Affleck might spend the rest of his career in little-seen duds like Jersey Girl and Surviving Christmas -- a precipitous fall for a guy who won an Oscar at the age of 25 and starred in blockbusters like Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, and The Sum of All Fears. Now just look how things have changed: Having reinvented himself as a critically lauded director with 2007's Gone Baby Gone, Ben's back in front of (and behind) the camera this weekend with one of the season's most anticipated films -- The Town. What better time to take a fond look back at his critical highlights, Total Recall style?
No matter how talented they are, most child stars have a hard time making the jump to grown-up roles -- and Drew Barrymore, with a pair of rehab stints under her belt before she was old enough to drive, initially seemed to be having a harder go of it than most. But Barrymore's turbulent youth was just the beginning of a career that has seen her starring in, producing, and even directing some of the most successful films of the last 20 years (not to mention one of the most memorable cameos, courtesy of Scream). With Going the Distance arriving in theaters this weekend, Barrymore is poised to add to her already-impressive $1.5 billion lifetime gross, so we thought now would be the perfect time to take a look back at the brightest critical highlights. It's time for Total Recall!
By the time he celebrated his 20th birthday, Ice Cube had already helped found -- and had departed -- one of the most influential rap groups of all time. But as we soon learned, his time with N.W.A. was only the beginning: Cube quickly went on to start an acclaimed solo career, and with 1991's Boyz N the Hood, established himself as a force to be reckoned with on the big screen. Since then, he's amassed an eclectic filmography -- one with room for action, dramas, comedies, and family-friendly fare, and plenty of critical highs and lows to match. With his latest release, Lottery Ticket, appearing in theaters this weekend, we decided to take a look back at the critical highlights of Cube's film oeuvre. It's time for Total Recall!
Action movie buffs have been waiting for August 13 all year. Why? Because it's the day Sylvester Stallone finally brings his all-star, old-school team of action vets -- a.k.a. The Expendables -- to theaters. For filmgoers, it's 103 minutes of explosive fun; for Stallone, it's just the latest achievement in a successful career that has included some of the most lucrative franchises in history -- as well as plenty of critical highlights. To celebrate this occasion, we decided to take a look back at Stallone's ten best-reviewed efforts. Which of your favorites made the list? The answers may surprise you. It's time for Total Recall!
If things had worked out a little differently, Paul Rudd might have become a huge star in the 1990s -- but instead, his breakout performance in Clueless led to a brief appearance in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet and big parts in a couple of forgettable romantic comedies. The decade of supporting roles that followed may not have filled Rudd's bank account with leading man money, but they added up to an eclectic filmography -- and by the time he broke out all over again as a member of Team Apatow, he was one of the more recognizable faces in the industry. To celebrate his reunion with Steve Carell in this week's Dinner for Schmucks, let's take a Total Recall look back at Rudd's best-reviewed movies!
After months of speculation and slowly deafening buzz, Christopher Nolan's Inception arrives in theaters this week, bringing with it a mind-bending storyline that promises visual thrills as well as thought-provoking themes. It's also the latest in a long line of films that blends the visceral power and dark mood of film noir with the boundless worlds of sci-fi -- so naturally, we got to thinking about our favorite sci-fi noir classics from the past. This week's Total Recall includes plenty of manhunts, an abundance of rich subtext, and -- of course -- plenty of Philip K. Dick. Let's get started!
When Predators arrives in theaters this weekend, it'll mark a renewal for a film franchise that has thrilled action fans for almost 25 years -- and it'll also be the latest chapter in the long and distinguished film career of Laurence Fishburne. Since making his film debut with Cornbread, Earl and Me 35 years ago, Fishburne has appeared in an incredibly diverse collection of projects, on stage (Thurgood, Two Trains Running), on television (CSI, Pee-Wee's Playhouse), and, of course, the big screen. And while you probably remember many of his showiest roles, chances are you've forgotten just how many great movies he's been in -- so we decided now would be the perfect time to celebrate his biggest critical hits with a Laurence Fishburne Total Recall!