Total Recall

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Thursday, Sep. 18 2014, 01:58 PM

It's hard to stand out on a crowded programming dial, and that's probably always been especially true for the stars of crime procedurals; often, making one's mark isn't as easy as simply lowering one's shades while Roger Daltrey screams on the soundtrack. In order to rise above the fray, detective shows sometimes resort to adding the odd wrinkle or two in order to get our attention -- and although this tactic isn't always successful, sometimes it really, really works. In honor of all those offbeat gumshoes, this week, we're devoting Total Recall to an appreciative look back at some of the quirkiest crime-solvers in TV history. Join us, won't you?

Thursday, Sep. 11 2014, 08:55 PM

The journey between arthouse and IMAX can be a treacherous trip for an actor, but Liam Neeson has navigated it more nimbly than most over the course of his lengthy career, booking major roles in Serious Movies (Schindler's List) while leaving room for horror (The Haunting), romance (Love Actually), and blockbuster franchises (The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins) -- not to mention a recent string of action thrillers that, with this weekend's Non-Stop, finds Mr. Neeson kicking bad-guy butt on a crowded transatlantic flight. What better way to celebrate his accomplishments than a look at his best-reviewed movies? Here's Total Recall!

Wednesday, Sep. 10 2014, 03:50 PM

If you were asked to name one actor capable of playing ex-cons, hitmen, and God, you'd be hard pressed to do any better than Morgan Freeman -- which is, probably not coincidentally, why he's played all those characters (among many others) over the course of his distinguished, nearly 50-year career. And even as he reaches the half-century mark as a professional actor, Freeman shows no signs of slowing down; in fact, this weekend's Dolphin Tale 2 is just one of an incredible six films he's slated to appear in this year. All of which explains why we were shocked and appalled to realize Mr. Freeman was overdue for the Total Recall treatment, and knew we needed to seize upon this opportunity to repent. Hey you guys, it's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Sep. 04 2014, 03:07 PM

We're entering another TV season, which means dozens of optimistic new shows are lined up to make their premieres -- and unfortunately, it also means that most of those fresh additions will be gone by summer. To celebrate their stars' and creators' bravery in the face of all-but-insurmountable odds, we decided to dedicate this week's feature to a selection of programs who were sacrificed to the television gods after only a single airing, and came up with an eclectic list of overnight sensations culled from across several decades of abrupt failure. Don't change that dial -- it's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Aug. 28 2014, 01:09 PM

This weekend, Pierce Brosnan rejoins the action-star ranks with The November Man, a new thriller from director Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job) about a retired CIA agent lured back into the game for one last mission. But if the sight of the former James Bond coolly wielding a pistol reminds you of Brosnan's past secret-agent glories, we're here to remind you that his filmography is about so much more than characters with a certain set of skills; in fact, he's been part of a long series of critically acclaimed -- and eclectic -- projects. How many of your favorites match up with the critics? Let's start the countdown and find out!

Thursday, Aug. 21 2014, 03:41 PM

Since breaking into Hollywood in 1992 with his low-budget masterpiece El Mariachi, Robert Rodriguez has done it all -- and not only in terms of his eclectic filmography, which includes action, sci-fi, horror, comedy, and family-friendly thrills. He's also one of the most hands-on filmmakers in the studio system, assuming editing, composing, and cinematography duties on top of directing, writing, and production. Given all that, we felt it was only right that we honor Rodriguez's work on the long-awaited Sin City sequel A Dame to Kill For by taking a look back at some of the brightest critical highlights from his career. It's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Aug. 14 2014, 02:51 PM

She's one of the most highly respected stars of the stage, television, and film, with an Oscar, four Emmys, and membership in the Order of the British Empire to her credit -- but Helen Mirren's eclectic filmography has always had room for more than serious arthouse fare. She's also appeared in plenty of popcorn flicks, including National Treasure 2, Inkheart, and Red, which found her toting a machine gun and blowing away bad guys alongside Bruce Willis. It's been a career worth celebrating, to say the least, and this week, it expands to include Mirren's starring turn in Lasse Hallstrom's culinary drama, The Hundred-foot Journey. How better to pay tribute than a Total Recall dedicated to Dame Mirren's ten best films?

Wednesday, Aug. 13 2014, 04:00 PM

She's earned seven Golden Globes, three Oscars, two Emmys, and a Tony nomination -- almost a real-life EGOT! -- and this week, Meryl Streep gets the Total Recall treatment in honor of her appearance as Chief Elder in The Giver, Phillip Noyce's adaptation of the classic Lois Lowry novel about a boy (Brenton Thwaites) whose encounter with a mysterious figure (Jeff Bridges) shakes his understanding of his seemingly idyllic community. From comedies to dramas, Meryl's done it all -- and tried on countless accents along the way. Let's take a look at the best-reviewed films from her illustrious career, Total Recall style!

Wednesday, Aug. 13 2014, 10:59 AM

Over the course of his long and distinguished career, Robin Williams won five Grammys, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Emmys, and an Oscar, not to mention more than $3 billion in lifetime grosses -- not bad for a stand-up comedian who became a household name as the star of Mork and Mindy, a Happy Days spinoff sitcom about a goofball alien. Now, please join us in paying tribute to one of Hollywood's most eclectic stars by looking back at some of his filmography's many dazzling critical highlights. We've focused on Williams' larger roles, which meant leaving out memorable-but-brief appearances in films like Hamlet and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, but we think you'll agree that what ended up making the cut was still pretty darn impressive.

Thursday, Jul. 31 2014, 03:22 PM

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!

Thursday, Jul. 24 2014, 02:46 PM

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!

Thursday, Jul. 17 2014, 12:05 PM

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!

Thursday, Jul. 10 2014, 12:46 PM

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!

Wednesday, Jul. 02 2014, 02:51 PM

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!

Thursday, Jun. 26 2014, 11:50 AM

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!

Thursday, Jun. 19 2014, 02:11 PM

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!

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!


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