Total Recall

Thursday, Jun. 12 2014, 01:36 PM

It's been used and abused so many times that by all rights, it should long ago have been exhausted of fresh possibilities -- but the buddy cop comedy is alive and well, as evidenced by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum's return for more wisecracking gunplay in this weekend's 22 Jump Street. In honor of the genre's latest freshly chambered round, we decided to take a look back at some of the more successful quippin' 'n' shootin' duos from precincts past. Shoulder those holsters, because it's time for Total Recall!

Monday, Jun. 09 2014, 02:24 PM

Over the last few decades, he's completed four impossible missions, learned about Wapner time, driven the highway to the danger zone, and done wonders for Bob Seger's royalty statements. Now, it's time to refresh Tom Cruise's Total Recall in honor of the about-to-reach-theaters Edge of Tomorrow, so we're here to look back at the best-reviewed films of his career. Cruise has taken his share of lumps over the last few years, but for a guy with so many movies to his name, Cruise has had remarkable overall good luck with critics. Let's stroll down the Tom Cruise block of memory lane, shall we?

Thursday, May. 29 2014, 01:09 PM

Both on and off the screen, Angelina Jolie has been one of the film industry's most eminently watchable celebrities for over a decade. Whether she's appearing in big-budget blockbusters (Mr. & Mrs. Smith), more thoughtful dramas (Changeling), or animated features the whole family can enjoy (Kung Fu Panda) -- or simply hypnotizing the paparazzi with her tabloid-friendly lifestyle -- Jolie hasn't strayed far from the spotlight since earning raves for her Emmy-nominated performance in HBO's Gia. In honor of her appearance in the title role of Disney's Maleficent this weekend, we decided to revisit the critical highlights of her billion-dollar filmography by counting down her ten best-reviewed performances. It's time for Total Recall, Angelina Jolie style!

Thursday, May. 22 2014, 03:50 PM

It isn't the first superhero sequel of the summer, but with its massive ensemble cast and time-traveling storyline, X-Men: Days of Future Past might be the most epic. Now that the franchise's seventh installment has hit theaters with a bang, we've updated last week's list to include it, along with a look back at where the franchise has been and how well it's performed with critics. Get ready to get your snikt on, bub -- it's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, May. 15 2014, 04:33 AM

After wreaking near-constant havoc at the drive-thru during the 1950s and 1960s, Godzilla has been fairly quiet for the last 30 years -- in American theaters, anyway. That'll end this weekend, when director Gareth Edwards brings the big guy roaring back to life with an all-new Godzilla, and in honor of his return, we've compiled a list of some of the many other films to put supersized stars to good use. Go big or go home -- it's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, May. 08 2014, 03:44 AM

With four movies opening during 2014, Scarlett Johansson is going to be difficult to avoid at the cineplex this year -- but when the films in question are as diverse and intriguingly assembled as Under the Skin, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Lucy, and Chef, why would you want to avoid her? In fact, with the Jon Favreau-directed Chef opening this weekend, we decided now would be a terrific time to reassess Scarlett's filmography by revisiting some of its brightest critical highlights, Total Recall style. Without further ado...

Thursday, May. 01 2014, 09:58 AM

She's only a few years past legal drinking age, but Emma Stone has already been wooed by Jonah Hill, voiced a homo erectus teen, and battled zombies -- and this weekend, she'll make her second appearance as Gwen Stacy in Marc Webb's rebooted Amazing Spider-Man saga, so now seems like a pretty good time to take a look back at some of the brighter critical highlights from her growing list of film credits. We're romancing the Stone, Total Recall style!

Thursday, Apr. 17 2014, 04:05 PM

He once seemed destined for nothing better or worse than simple teen idolhood, but since escaping from 21 Jump Street in 1990, Johnny Depp has proven himself to be a brave (and mostly pretty astute) chooser of scripts, building an impressive filmography that encompasses everything from black-and-white arthouse fare (Dead Man) to blockbuster Disney trilogies (Pirates of the Caribbean). This weekend, he returns to theaters in Transcendence as a scientist who has his consciousness uploaded to the cloud, so we thought now would be a fine time to devote a fresh installment of Total Recall to counting down the 10 best-reviewed releases of Depp's 30-year (and counting) film career.

Tuesday, Apr. 15 2014, 01:41 PM

OK, Tomatoes, tax day is here. And though we'll concede that few enjoy forking over their hard-earned riches to Uncle Sam, we at Rotten Tomatoes thought it would be a good time to look on the bright side, and reflect upon how your tax money is allocated -- in order of our rough approximation of federal expenditures. We've compiled a list of movies that proudly displays your tax dollars at work -- cinematic portrayals of the dedicated men and women of our federal government working tirelessly in the public interest, or at least those citizens that benefit from our national largesse. So send your tax forms off to the IRS, and join us on a tour of your government programs at work on the silver screen!

Thursday, Apr. 10 2014, 01:35 PM

Paul Hogan may have looked tougher in an Akubra hat, but he wasn't the only Aussie export making waves in Hollywood during the 1980s -- the land Down Under also gave us Nicole Kidman, who parlayed her attention-getting turn in Dead Calm into a critically acclaimed and commercially successful career that's seen her move from blockbusters to indies and back again while hauling in a mantel full of awards that includes Golden Globes, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and an Oscar. This weekend, Kidman stars opposite Colin Firth in The Railway Man, and we're celebrating with a fond look back at her best-reviewed releases. It's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Apr. 03 2014, 11:43 AM

Captain America gets his first sequel this weekend, but Captain America: The Winter Soldier is far from the first time a superhero has gotten a second chance to make megabucks at the box office -- and judging from the way Marvel's been ruling the cineplex lately, it'll be far from the last. In honor of Cap's return to theaters, we decided to spend this week's list looking back at some other super second installments, so grab your vibranium shield -- it's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Mar. 27 2014, 10:39 AM

Yea verily, Darren Aronofsky hath begat a cinematic flood with this weekend's Noah, which brings the Old Testament shipbuilder (looking a lot like Russell Crowe) to the big screen for a couple hours' worth of heavenly wrath, CGI fauna, and lots and lots of water. Noah's arrival signals the return of the old-fashioned Biblical epic, a type of movie that's been mostly absent from theaters in recent decades, but whose unique blend of incredible scenery and high-stakes drama once ruled the box office -- and we couldn't pass up the opportunity to take a fond look back at some of the most notable entries from the genre. Repent, because it's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Mar. 20 2014, 11:29 AM

Muppets Most Wanted isn't the only movie opening this week -- but it might as well be, at least for a generation of filmgoers who grew up watching Kermit and his pals on The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, and at the movies. In honor of all this Muppet love, we decided to spend this week's Total Recall paying tribute to the guy who brought them to life way back in the 1950s -- writer, director, performer, and puppeteer Jim Henson -- and, in particular, the studio he founded. Although Henson's role fluctuated from film to film, Henson's presence can be solidly felt in every Muppet-related movie -- even the ones made after his untimely death in 1990 -- and together, they form an enduring tribute to the power of imagination. Let's play the music, let's light the lights... it's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Mar. 13 2014, 03:05 PM

A veteran of stage and screen, Fiennes has amassed an admirably eclectic filmography since making his breakthrough with Schindler's List in 1993, and while we did draw the line at minor cameo roles (sorry, The Hurt Locker), we think you'll find a lot to love. Let's Total Recall, Fiennes style

Wednesday, Mar. 05 2014, 02:40 PM

This weekend, Rocky & Bullwinkle fans get a blast from the past with Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which sends the animated duo (voiced by Ty Burrell and Max Charles) on an epic adventure through time. To celebrate the return of the smartest talking dog in 'toondom and his precocious ward, we decided to honor our stars by rounding up a list of some other noteworthy time-travel movies -- and while none of them feature canine inventors, we think you'll find more than a few favorites. It's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Feb. 20 2014, 03:13 PM

He's been Robin Hood, Bull Durham, and Superman's dad -- and this weekend, Kevin Costner gets to play superspy in 3 Days to Kill, the latest visually kinetic thriller from McG. While we doubt it'll net Costner more awards for his mantel, 3 Days gives us the perfect chance to take a fond look back at some of the many movies that helped make him the Academy Award-winning actor and director he is today -- an impressively diverse list that we're betting might include a few surprises. It's time for Total Recall!

Wednesday, Feb. 19 2014, 01:17 PM

We're in the home stretch of Awards Season 2013, film fans -- which means we're in the thick of everyone's Oscar picks, predictions, and prognostications for the big winners and losers in all the major categories. But before Hollywood's best and brightest get all gussied up for the main event on February 24, we thought it'd be nice to pause for a moment and take a look back at some of the awards the Academy won't be handing out -- specifically, the ones that have been phased out over the previous 84 ceremonies due to technological progress, redundancy, or a simple lack of popularity among the voters. And you know what that means: It's time for Total Recall, Oscar flashback style!

Thursday, Feb. 13 2014, 02:37 PM

She made her debut 30 years ago in Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America, and since then, it's been our pleasure to watch Jennifer Connelly grow from a talented young actress into an Academy Award-winning star. This weekend, Connelly helps round out an all-star cast in the supernatural drama Winter's Tale, and to help mark her appearance in Akiva Goldsman's magical, century-spanning Manhattan love story, we decided to dedicate our latest list to an appreciative look back at some of her finest performances. It's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Feb. 06 2014, 01:31 PM

It's only February, but Cate Blanchett is already having a pretty good year, riding high on her sixth Academy Award nomination (this one coming for her work in Blue Jasmine) and her third Golden Globe, as well as a busy cinematic slate that finds her in three movies to be released in 2014: How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, and this weekend's The Monuments Men, which surrounds her with an ace cast (including George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, and John Goodman) in a WWII caper about a real-life group of Allied soldiers trying to save cultural artifacts from the Nazi regime. We're celebrating Blanchett's success the best way we know how: by taking a fond look back at some of the many critical highlights in her growing filmography. It's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Jan. 30 2014, 01:43 PM

From Hollywood scion to treasure-hunting screen teen to Oscar-nominated star, Josh Brolin has had one heck of a journey during his acting career -- and with several big films on deck for wide release in 2014, it shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Given that his appearance opposite Kate Winslet in Jason Reitman's Labor Day is going wide this weekend, we thought now would be the perfect time to applaud some of the brighter critical highlights in Mr. Brolin's filmography. Goonies never say die, but they do get Total Recall!


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