Total Recall

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!

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!


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