Total Recall

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. 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!

Thursday, Jan. 23 2014, 01:04 PM

This weekend's I, Frankenstein finds Aaron Eckhart portraying the occasionally neck-bolted wonder as a martial arts warrior embroiled in a demon-gargoyle war -- but before you scoff out of hand, we feel the need to point out that ol' Frank has found himself in a variety of seemingly strange cinematic situations, from arranged marriage to consorting with Abbott and Costello, and not all of them turned out as badly as they probably should have. In that spirit, we've decided to devote this week's list to a decidedly non-comprehensive overview of some of the best Frankenstein movies ever made. A tall order? Certainly. But with the Tomatometer as our guide, we think we've turned up a dozen Frankenstein flicks that lumber with the best. Get Igor, 'cause it's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Jan. 16 2014, 03:40 PM

Awards season is in full swing, and film fans everywhere are either debating their picks for who's about to win or arguing over those who've already won. That goes double for us at RT, and to celebrate our annual embrace of Oscar fever, we've decided to dedicate this week's list to the films getting ready to duke it out for this year's Best Picture Academy Award. With room for real-life stories, a little romance, a few songs, some hard-hitting drama, and even some action and/or comedy, this year's batch of nominees is certainly an eclectic bunch -- so let's take a look at them all, reminisce about how many we've seen, and then hit the comments section to weigh in on their odds of winning come February 24. It's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Jan. 16 2014, 03:37 PM

Long before Joss Whedon balanced big-budget Marvel epics with arthouse Shakespearean adaptations, Kenneth Branagh got there first -- and this weekend, he serves up another popcorn action thriller with Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which reboots the Jack Ryan franchise with Chris Pine in the lead (and Branagh co-starring in a pivotal role). In honor of Mr. Branagh's latest directorial effort, we decided to dedicate this week's list to a fond look back at some of his more successful features. Yes, there's plenty of Shakespeare here, but you may not remember just how diverse he's been -- and that's a big part of why we're here. It's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Jan. 09 2014, 11:46 AM

While the rest of us spend the weekend bundling up to avoid the polar vortex, Kellan Lutz will muscle into theaters on Friday with little more than his biceps and a toga to keep him warm -- and while we anticipate a rather frigid critical reception for The Legend of Hercules, we knew we needed to take this opportunity to survey the career highlights of the movie's director, Renny Harlin. He's driven with Ford Fairlane, died harder, and sailed to Cutthroat Island, and he's taken plenty of critical lumps along the way -- but there are also some Fresh tomatoes in that action-heavy filmography. It's time to Total Recall, Renny Harlin style!

Wednesday, Jan. 01 2014, 12:00 AM

The holidays are behind us, 2013 is a memory, and a brand new year lies ahead -- and for a lot of us, that means drawing up a list of resolutions that we all know we'll probably end up breaking before St. Patrick's Day. In the spirit of the New Year, we've decided to round up a list of movies that correspond with some of the most popular resolutions. Whether you're trying to quit smoking, change your diet, or get your finances in order -- of even if you feel like your life is in pretty good shape as it is -- here's a cinematic smorgasbord to help you ring in 2014. Should auld acquaintance be forgot, it's Total Recall!

Thursday, Dec. 26 2013, 02:33 PM

It's December 26, otherwise known as Boxing Day -- and although the holiday doesn't actually have anything to do with two people stepping into a ring to beat the crap out of each other, with Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro's Grudge Match currently in theaters, we had to take it as a sign. Even if you don't plan on watching Sly and Bob whale on one another this weekend, we've rounded up 14 other boxing-themed films worthy of your time. Grab those gloves and put up your dukes -- it's time for Total Recall!

Friday, Dec. 20 2013, 10:56 AM

After nearly a decade of begging and what seems like another 10 years of its full-on promotional campaign, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues finally arrives in theaters this weekend, offering fans of improv-heavy, absurdist comedy an early Christmas gift with another 119 minutes of idiot newsman Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his posse of equally dim-witted friends. In honor of Ron's return, we decided to take a look back at some other movies revolving around journalists -- and while none of them include chocolate squirrels or baby sharks, they're all well worth watching in their own right. Stay classy, 'cause it's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Dec. 12 2013, 03:21 PM

No surprises here, folks -- other movies are coming out this week, but it's really all about The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, and when it came time to figure out who would be the focus of our list, there was only one choice. Yes, we're talking about Peter Jackson, the director whose latest venture to Middle-earth is one of 2013's most eagerly awaited sequels -- and whose filmography is about so, so much more than hobbits and orcs. From gory comedies to vulgar puppets and beyond, Jackson has displayed one of the most artfully wandering spirits in Hollywood over the course of his career, and it's high time we took a look at the critical highlights. Get ready for Total Recall!

Wednesday, Dec. 04 2013, 04:10 PM

He's been Batman, Bateman, and battled Terminators -- and this weekend, Christian Bale battles Woody Harrelson for the fate of Casey Affleck in Out of the Furnace, the latest eminently well-cast drama from Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper. In honor of Bale's latest cinematic excursion, we decided to take this opportunity to pause for a fond look back at some of the brighter critical highlights from an acclaimed career that's still collecting them at an impressive pace. It's time for Total Recall!

Wednesday, Nov. 27 2013, 01:20 PM

Spike Lee returns to theaters with Oldboy this weekend, and while his remake of the revenge classic marks the first "Film" in a career full of "Joints," it's still the same old Spike behind the cameras -- which, as this week's list will attest, is a very good thing indeed. With comedies, dramas, and documentaries to choose from, there's something for everybody here, especially if you like your pictures full of energy and attitude. So what are you waiting for? It's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Nov. 21 2013, 09:58 AM

The Hunger Games franchise belongs to Jennifer Lawrence, but she's hardly alone up there on the screen; in fact, she's surrounded by a fairly incredible supporting cast stocked with talented veteran actors like Philip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Harrelson, and Stanley Tucci. Oh, and Donald Sutherland, who reprises his role as the ruthless President Snow in the latest installment, Catching Fire. Sutherland's suitably icy performance so impressed us that we decided to dedicate this week's feature to some of his finest moments on the big screen. From socially conscious dramas to goofball comedies, Donald's done it all -- and, as our countdown attests, done it brilliantly. It's time for Total Recall!


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