Total Recall

Friday, Aug. 13 2010, 10:14 AM

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!

Friday, Jul. 30 2010, 11:58 AM

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!

Friday, Jul. 16 2010, 05:30 AM

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!

Friday, Jul. 09 2010, 06:25 AM

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!

Friday, Jul. 02 2010, 04:35 AM

For the last couple of years, Kristen Stewart has been The Twilight Saga's Bella Swan -- and the middle of one of the most hotly contested love triangles in recent pop culture history. The debate between Team Jacob and Team Edward rages anew this week, with the release of Eclipse, but no matter which side you're on, there's no denying that Stewart's film career has always been about more than vampires and werewolves. Over the last decade, she's assembled a crowded, surprisingly eclectic filmography, and we decided to join in the Twilight mania by celebrating her work with this week's Total Recall. Without further ado, here are Kristen Stewart's best-reviewed movies!

Friday, Jun. 18 2010, 04:35 AM

Once upon a time, animation could be neatly divided into two eras: BD and AD, or before and after Disney. That all changed, however, with the release of 1995's Toy Story, a movie that -- although it bore the Disney logo -- marked the feature-length debut of an upstart studio named Pixar, one which signaled the imminent discovery of brand new, computer-generated vistas for kids of all ages. Pixar has released nine films since then, all of them remarkably Certified Fresh -- and with the studio's eleventh outing, Toy Story 3, landing in theaters this weekend, we thought now would be an opportune time to take a fond look back at the studio's extraordinary full-length filmography in chronological order.

Friday, Jun. 11 2010, 11:54 AM

An international star in the truest sense, Jackie Chan has appeared in more than 100 films over the last 30-plus years -- and even in today's hyper-hyphenated Hollywood, Chan has amassed a dizzying array of credits, serving as an actor, director, choreographer, screenwriter, and stuntman. And that doesn't take into account his career as a pop singer or his voice work as himself (in TV's The Jackie Chan Adventures) or "Master Monkey" (in Kung Fu Panda and its upcoming sequel). Yes, Jackie Chan has had an amazing career -- and as his co-starring role in this week's Karate Kid remake proves, it isn't over yet. In honor of his latest release, we decided to take a look back at Jackie's previous live-action adventures and celebrate the critical highlights, Total Recall style!

Friday, Jun. 04 2010, 03:53 AM

Even with Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, a naked Jason Segel, and a room full of singing puppets starring, Russell Brand walked away with many of Forgetting Sarah Marshall's most memorable moments -- and his scene-stealing character, the drunken polyamorist rock star Aldous Snow, returns this week in Get Him to the Greek. This time, Snow's on the road with a record company intern (played by Jonah Hill) charged with keeping him on the straight and narrow -- a classic comedy setup that got us thinking about the many hard-living men and women who have entertained us with their movie antics. Naturally, we had to make a list, and you know what that's time to get down with our favorite party animals (presented in alphabetical order) Total Recall style!

Friday, May. 28 2010, 03:57 AM

Jake Gyllenhaal has been a Hollywood leading man for only a little over a decade, but in that short period of time, he's taken on an impressive variety of roles -- from time-traveling teen to broken-hearted cowboy to war vet, with a bubble boy thrown in for good measure -- and racked up quite a bit of critical acclaim along the way. One thing he's never done, however, is take the lead in a swashbuckling mystical adventure epic -- at least not until this weekend, when he marks his debut as Prince Dastan in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Watching Jake take out bad guys in sixth-century Persia got us to thinking about all the fine work he's done up 'til now, and you know what that's time to look at Jake Gyllenhaal's best movies, Total Recall style!

Friday, May. 21 2010, 04:01 AM

For decades now, weekend TV viewers have enjoyed two reliable pastimes: complaining about the latest cast of Saturday Night Live, and tuning in anyway. Through deaths, ratings scares, and constant creative turnover, SNL has persevered -- and along the way, it's taken some of its most popular characters and turned them into feature films. Of course, just like the show's ratings, its big-screen success has been through some ups and downs -- and with MacGruber exploding onto screens this weekend, we thought now would be the perfect time to take a look back at every movie that got its start on SNL. Live from Rotten's Total Recall!

Friday, May. 14 2010, 04:06 AM

One of a few actors blessed with the natural talent of a thespian and the pecs of an action star, Russell Crowe has spent the last 20 years racking up critical acclaim (including three Oscar nominations, one of which led to a Best Actor win) while building an eclectic resume filled with drama (A Beautiful Mind), action (Gladiator), and even a little romantic comedy (A Good Year). Critics may like to razz Crowe for his rock star dreams (not to mention the name of his old band, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts) and his periodic public temper tantrums, but the fact is, he's amassed a surprisingly solid body of work. This weekend, Crowe puts his arrow-slinging and maiden-wooing skills to the test in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, and to celebrate, we're looking back at his best-reviewed films -- Total Recall style!

Friday, May. 07 2010, 03:56 AM

Eighteen years ago, Don Cheadle was trading quips with Betty White in the short-lived Golden Girls spinoff The Golden Palace. Today? He's getting ready to step into a high-tech suit of armor and do summer blockbuster battle as James "Rhodey" Rhodes in Iron Man 2. Along the way, Cheadle has filmed a number of critically acclaimed roles, produced successful films, campaigned for human rights, and even co-authored a book, all while moving between comedy, drama, and action. This week, we celebrate all this success by spinning the dials on the Tomatometer and looking back at Don Cheadle's ten best-reviewed films. It's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Apr. 29 2010, 04:02 AM

A film and television fixture for decades, Michael Caine is one of Hollywood's best and brightest (he's earned an Oscar nomination at least once a decade since the '60s), with an incredible list of credits as a leading man and a supporting player (including his appearance in 2006's Children of Men, which we're excluding due to its brevity). His overall filmography is so strong that it retains a 64 percent Tomatometer rating in spite of Caine's much-derided willingness to take paycheck roles in notorious turkeys like The Swarm, Bullseye!, and Jaws: The Revenge. If that weren't impressive enough, Caine's also a published author, a chillout DJ, and a knight of the Order of the British Empire. And now, thanks to the debut of his latest film, Harry Brown, he can add "subject of a Rotten Tomatoes Total Recall" to his list of accomplishments. Let's take a look at Michael Caine's best-reviewed movies!

Friday, Apr. 16 2010, 07:42 AM

Most of his best-known routines are unprintable in polite company, but that hasn't prevented Chris Rock from building a career as one of the best-known and most versatile comics of his generation -- from television (including a stint on Saturday Night Live and an Emmy-winning HBO talk show) to his recording career (including 1997's Grammy-winning Roll with the New) to his steadily expanding list of film credits, Rock has been making people laugh -- and making them think -- for nearly 20 years. To celebrate the release of his latest big-screen comedy, Neil LaBute's Death at a Funeral remake, we decided to take a look through Rock's filmography and find its ten freshest entries. It's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Apr. 08 2010, 05:55 AM

The next time you feel like your career isn't going as smoothly as you'd like, or worry that your dreams may never come true, just remind yourself that, for quite awhile, the biggest credit on Steve Carell's résumé was a bit role in Curly Sue. Almost 20 years later, Carell's perseverance (and tons of talent) have paid off, making him a star of not only some of the last decade's top-grossing comedies, but one of TV's most critically beloved sitcoms. This week, Carell teams up with fellow rising comedy star -- and NBC alum -- Tina Fey for Date Night, and we decided to honor the occasion by taking a look at the critical highlights of his career so far. It's Total Recall time!

Thursday, Mar. 25 2010, 03:59 AM

The concept of time travel has fascinated people for generations, contributing to the storylines of classic fiction in all formats -- including, of course, the movies, where filmgoers have watched centuries vanish in the blink of an eye. Protagonists have used all sorts of methods to leave the present, from the outlandish to the relatively mundane; this Friday, for example, John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke will travel back to the 1980s in a Hot Tub Time Machine. To celebrate Hollywood's latest temporal journey, we decided to take our own trip into the past, and have a look at some of our favorite movie time machines!

Friday, Mar. 19 2010, 10:57 AM

Making the jump from sitcom lead to film star is tricky -- just ask former Friends stars David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox Arquette, Lisa Kudrow, and Matthew Perry, all of whom have found that the big screen can be a rather inhospitable place. But there's an exception for every rule, and although her filmography is not without its share of failures (Love Happens, anyone?), Jennifer Aniston has shown an impressive ability to balance commercial hits (The Break-Up) with critical winners (The Good Girl). With her latest effort, the action comedy The Bounty Hunter, hitting theaters this weekend, we took the opportunity to look back at the ten best-reviewed films from Hollywood's favorite Friend. It's Total Recall time!

Friday, Mar. 12 2010, 05:25 AM

Since earning his career breakout with Good Will Hunting in 1997, Matt Damon has won an Academy Award, worked for some of the finest directors (and alongside some of the most talented actors) in Hollywood, and proved his mettle as a dramatic actor, gifted screen comic, and steely action hero. But he's never been given the Total Recall treatment -- so in honor of Matt's latest release, the Iraq War thriller Green Zone, we decided to rifle through the Damon filmography and take a closer look at the 10 most critically successful entries -- an assortment of goodies so strong that Ocean's Eleven just misses. Which of your favorites made the cut? Which ones have the critics blasphemously overlooked? There's only one way to find out!

Friday, Mar. 05 2010, 12:03 PM

For 25 years and counting, Tim Burton has been one of the most successful directors in Hollywood -- and he's done it his way, presenting filmgoers with an ever-growing list of films that celebrate the strange and macabre, from comedies (Beetlejuice) to dramas (Big Fish) to thrillers (Sleepy Hollow), with a few stops for big-budget blockbuster fare along the way (Batman, Planet of the Apes). Heck, Burton's even proven his mettle as a director of animated fare (Corpse Bride) and served as a producer on at least one movie he didn't direct, but you probably thought he did (The Nightmare Before Christmas). This week, Burton brings his unique style to bear -- in 3-D, no less! -- on the Lewis Carroll classic Alice in Wonderland, and to celebrate, we decided to take a look back at his ten best-reviewed films. Let's Total Recall, shall we?

Wednesday, Feb. 24 2010, 02:14 PM

For more than 40 years, on screen and off, no one has been able to unnerve audiences with quite as much panache as Roman Polanski -- or rack up as many critical raves in the process. The esteemed director has certainly released a few poorly received films (see 1986's Pirates -- or, better yet, don't), but even his worst reviews pale in comparison with the personal tragedies and legal problems that have overshadowed his career for the last several decades -- most notably the 1969 murder of his wife Sharon Tate and the 1977 sexual assault case that sent Polanski fleeing to Europe in order to escape the American legal system. Still, it's hard to overstate Polanski's significance in the film world, and with his latest effort, The Ghost Writer, currently earning appreciative nods from top scribes, we thought now would be a great time to survey the Polanski filmography Total Recall style. What are his ten best-reviewed films? Read on to find out!

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