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The Godfather of Soul gets his cinematic due this weekend with the James Brown biopic Get On Up, starring 42's Chadwick Boseman as the legendary singer. The prospect of watching director Tate Taylor's dramatization of Brown's remarkable life has left all of us in the RT offices with ants in our pants and the need to dance, so we decided to devote this week's list to a celebration of all things filmic and funky. Jump back, we wanna kiss ourselves: It's time for Total Recall!
From the football field to the professional wrestling arena to the big screen, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has dominated every field he's entered -- and with his latest action outing, Brett Ratner's Hercules, flexing its way into cineplexes this weekend, we figured now would be a pretty good time to honor that success by taking a fond look back at what he's been cooking at theaters since breaking into the movie business. Oil up those pecs, because it's time for Total Recall!
From the moment she made Jim Carrey's eyes pop out of his skull in The Mask, it was clear Cameron Diaz was a star in the making -- and she immediately started making good on that promise, building a diverse filmography that boasts an impressive number of box office hits. Along the way, Cameron has also accumulated a fair bit of critical acclaim -- and since she's returning to theaters this week with Jason Segel in director Jake Kasdan's Sex Tape, we thought it was high time to take a look back at some of her proudest moments. That's right, film fans -- it's time to Total Recall!
Much has been made of the unorthodox way Richard Linklater filmed Boyhood, working with the same cast over a twelve-year span -- but it's also worth pointing out that the cast in question boasts plenty of talent, including Linklater's frequent male lead, Ethan Hawke. With Boyhood opening in limited release this weekend, we decided to take the opportunity to have a look at Hawke's filmography -- and although it's as stuffed with Linklater collaborations as you might expect, there's also a lot more going on here, including some of the most cherished movies of the 1980s, 1990s, and beyond. Cast off that planet of regret sitting on your shoulders, because it's time for Total Recall!
It took a surprisingly long time for it to happen, but with this weekend's Earth to Echo, found footage comes home to roost in the family film genre -- and in honor of this adorably Amblinesque blend of 1980s all-ages fun and 21st-century technique, we decided to take a look at some of the more well-reviewed examples of a filmmaking style that's definitely taken its share of critical lumps over the years. Naturally, there's plenty of horror in here, but just like a group of kids heading off into the woods to debunk an urban legend, you might find a few surprises too. Power up that handheld camera, because it's time for Total Recall!
During the early 1990s, while he was flashing his abs and modeling underwear as Marky Mark, few could have suspected that beneath Mark Wahlberg's b-boy cap lurked the soul of a thespian. Now, of course, that's no longer the case -- with more than 20 roles and an Academy Award nomination to his credit, Wahlberg has compiled an impressive filmography over the last 15-plus years. With Wahlberg leading the human contingent in Transformers: Age of Extinction this weekend, we thought now would be the perfect time to take a look back at Wahlberg's best-reviewed major roles. It's time for Total Recall!
This weekend, director Clint Eastwood returns to theaters with Jersey Boys, an adaptation of the Tony-winning musical inspired by the story of 1960s singing sensations the Four Seasons. Boys puts the band in pretty good company: some of the most popular (as well as a few of the more obscure) musicians of all time have received the biopic treatment, and the results include some of the bigger critical and commercial successes in Hollywood's history. In honor of Jersey Boys, we decided to take a look back at some of the most distinguished entries in the genre, and came up with a list that pays tribute to punk, classical, and everything in between. It's time for Total Recall!
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!
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?
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!
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!
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!
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...
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!