Total Recall

Friday, Aug. 02 2013, 10:26 AM

Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are the big stars of this weekend's 2 Guns, but they're not alone; the movie also boasts a solid supporting cast that includes a number of wily character actor vets -- including the one and only Bill Paxton, whose eclectic film and television pursuits have been keeping us solidly entertained for three decades and counting. To celebrate his latest role, we decided to spend this week looking back at Mr. Paxton's best-reviewed roles, and although we had to leave out at least one important cameo (hello, The Terminator) and watch one cult classic dip below the cutoff line (farewell, Weird Science), we still ended up with a mighty fine list of films. Game over, man -- it's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Jul. 25 2013, 02:14 PM

He's never been a blockbuster filmmaker, but with more than a half century in Hollywood under his belt -- and dozens of movies along the way -- Woody Allen's consistently prolific output stands as a continuing testament to the ability of brainy, low-budget cinema to find an audience, even during an era in which superheroes, sequels, reboots, and remakes seem to exert an ever-stronger grip on the box office. Love him or hate him, Allen's one of the few directors left who can film people sitting around talking and turn it into a wide release -- and with his latest, Blue Jasmine, arriving in theaters this weekend, we knew now would be the perfect time to pay tribute by looking back at his best-reviewed efforts. Call your therapist, because it's time for Total Recall, Woody Allen style!

Thursday, Jul. 18 2013, 01:40 PM

From starring roles in flicks like Footloose to memorable cameos in films like JFK, Kevin Bacon has been pretty much all over Hollywood during his 35-year professional acting career, working so prolifically that he eventually inspired his own game. But until now, he's never had his own Total Recall -- so when we noticed Bacon's name in the cast list for this weekend's R.I.P.D., we knew exactly what we had to do. Everything is better with Bacon, so let's start the countdown!

Thursday, Jul. 11 2013, 10:57 AM

The critics might not be looking forward to Adam Sandler getting the gang back together for this weekend's Grown-Ups 2, but box office receipts don't lie -- the critics are handily outnumbered by Sandler's many ardent fans, many of whom have been laughing it up over the SNL vet's shtick for more than two decades. With another likely hit under his belt, Sandler seemed like the perfect candidate for this week's list, and the results -- while certainly filled with a few more Rotten films than your average Total Recall candidate -- include some of the biggest comedy hits in recent memory. Watch out for Bob Barker and giant penguins, and let's start the countdown!

Thursday, Jun. 27 2013, 12:03 PM

Audiences who turn out for White House Down this weekend will be paying for the privilege of watching director Roland Emmerich blow up an American landmark (and/or seeing Channing Tatum in a dirty tank top), but when they do, they'll be getting an added treat: An appearance by the one and only Richard Jenkins, who achieved ultimate "That Guy" status years before earning a richly deserved Best Actor Oscar nomination in 2008. Character actors don't come with much more character than Mr. Jenkins, so with all due respect to Emmerich's effects and Tatum's pecs, we knew this was the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to one of Hollywood's most distinguished supporting players. It's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Jun. 20 2013, 03:32 PM

Sitcom star, dependable character actor, occasional leading man -- John Goodman has basked in the glow of a number of different spotlights over the last few decades, carving out a career enviable for its versatility and sheer success as well as entertaining to watch. Whether he's making good use of his expert comic timing or lending dramatic gravitas to a scene, Goodman has become a reliable indicator of quality for whatever project he happens to be involved with -- and this weekend, given that the project in question is Pixar's Monsters University, we figured now would be the perfect time to pay tribute to Mr. Goodman with a look back at his best-reviewed films. All hail King Ralph, it's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Jun. 13 2013, 01:28 PM

It took a heck of a lot longer than a speeding bullet to get here, but when Man of Steel arrives in theaters this week, it'll herald the return of a beloved franchise that -- although not without its share of ups and downs -- has been thrilling fans for decades. In fact, this year marks the 62nd anniversary of the first Superman movie, Superman and the Mole Men; sadly, we don't have any reviews on file for that one, but that didn't stop us from taking a look back at our hero's other big-screen adventures. From the moments that made us believe a man could fly to the ones that were critical Kryptonite, this week is all about Krypton's favorite son. Up, up, and away, it's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Jun. 06 2013, 03:58 PM

Indie classics, animated hits, well-reviewed dramas, and blockbuster comedies: Owen Wilson has done it all. But one thing he's never starred in is his very own Total Recall, so when we noticed that he'd be reuniting with his old Wedding Crashers buddy Vince Vaughn in this weekend's The Internship, we knew we needed to rectify the situation with a fond look back at some of the many critical highlights from Mr. Wilson's varied filmography. It's time to pay tribute to the man who brought Marmaduke to life, Total Recall style!

Thursday, May. 23 2013, 01:23 PM

Before he was an Oscar-nominated star of The Silver Linings Playbook, Bradley Cooper was one of Hollywood's go-to guys for the sort of rakishly smarmy character that every truly great R-rated comedy really needs -- comedies like, say, The Hangover, which shifted Cooper's career into high gear in 2009. This week, as the Hangover trilogy prepares for its presumably Jeong-filled conclusion, we're taking a moment to look back at some of the critical highlights from his filmography -- and given that he only made his cinematic debut a little over 10 years ago, those highlights are more numerous (and more diverse) than you might think. It's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, May. 16 2013, 01:44 PM

These days, cancellation isn't necessarily the end for a television series; between DVD sales, the Web, and the ever-expanding cable dial, if a show has a fervent enough fanbase, odds are someone is going to come along to take advantage of it. Such was not the case 40 years ago, however ? not that it mattered to diehard Star Trek fans, who so impressed Paramount with their passion for Gene Roddenberry's characters that the studio brought the property to theaters a full decade after the show was unceremoniously dumped by NBC. Three decades later, as we prepare to greet the twelfth Trek feature, your pals at Rotten Tomatoes thought now would be the perfect time to take a fond look back at all the Enterprise voyages that got us here ? from the beloved classics (The Wrath of Khan) to the ones that never should have made it off the holodeck (The Final Frontier). Where does your favorite rank? Read this week's Total Recall to find out!

Thursday, May. 09 2013, 01:47 PM

The critics haven't exactly been kind to Tyler Perry over the years, but with nearly $700 million in lifetime domestic grosses, he's definitely a filmmaker who understands his audience -- and with that audience preparing to lineup for his latest production, this weekend's Tyler Perry Presents Peeples, we thought now would be the perfect time to take a look back at the best-reviewed entries in his ever-growing filmography. Put on your Sunday dress, pull up those support hose, and grab a shotgun -- it's Tyler Perry Presents Tyler Perry's Total Recall!

Thursday, May. 02 2013, 09:47 AM

With more than 50 movies listed in his filmography, Iron Man 3 star Robert Downey, Jr. has obviously had his share of ups and downs, but we'd argue that the positives outnumber the negatives; in fact, the lowest-rated film on the top 10 we assembled for this week's Total Recall boasts an 83 percent Tomatometer rating. With so many well-reviewed films jostling for a spot, there are bound to be some surprising omissions, as well as a few obscure inclusions -- so what say we get down to business and find out what they are by taking a look at the cream of the crop, shall we?

Thursday, Apr. 25 2013, 03:13 PM

If you're the type of film fan who goes in for all-star romantic comedy extravaganzas, this weekend's The Big Wedding could be the cinematic event of the season -- a good old-fashioned, light-hearted look at all the horseplay, tomfoolery, and shenanigans that lead up to one bride and groom's betrothal, with the added bonus of the familiar faces of Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Susan Sarandon, and Diane Keaton. Cinematic legends, all of them, but this week we're focusing on Keaton's contributions, and when you take a look at the amazing array of films she's appeared in, we think you'll understand why. Break out your favorite vests, baggy pants, and fedoras -- it's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Apr. 18 2013, 12:54 PM

In this weekend's Oblivion, only one man stands between the last remnants of the human race and utter extinction! Fortunately, that man is Tom Cruise, so everything is probably going to work out just fine in the end, but Joseph Kosinski's latest big-budget sci-fi outing got us thinking about other movies that imagine a dim future for humanity, and the next thing we knew, we had a list full of post-apocalyptic flicks. Given the size and scope of the genre, there was no way of covering them all, but after spinning a few dials on the Tomatometer, we feel like we came up with a pretty good cross-section of the cream of the crop, including entries tinged with horror, action, animation, and even some truly classic cinema. Climb down into your backyard bunker and dip into your emergency stores of food and water, because it's time to Total Recall like there's no tomorrow!

Thursday, Apr. 11 2013, 03:18 AM

He may not be quite the box office draw he once was, but don't cry for Harrison Ford: Over the last 35 years or so, he's amassed a lifetime gross in excess of $3.4 billion -- and more importantly, he's kicked bad-guy tail as some of the most memorable cinematic heroes in history, including Han Solo, Indiana Jones, and Jack Ryan. He's made a whole bunch of great movies along the way, too -- and with Ford making an appearance in the Jackie Robinson biopic 42, opening this Friday, we thought now would be the perfect time to take a look back at some of the critical highlights of his illustrious filmography.

Thursday, Apr. 04 2013, 09:32 AM

Dinosaurs! They've all been dead for millions of years, but at the box office, they'll never go extinct. This weekend's 3D re-release of Steven Spielberg's classic blockbuster Jurassic Park is just the latest example of how much filmgoers love getting stomped on by the big scaly beasts, but Hollywood has a long tradition of studios reaping Tyrannosaurus-sized grosses out of dino-thrillers -- or occasionally looking like cavemen when audiences don't show up. In honor of the movie biz's continued love affair with our prehistoric pals, this week's list offers a look back at some of the most dino-centric movies we could think of. It's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Mar. 28 2013, 02:01 PM

Ready or not, a Real American Hero is invading the box office this weekend, and to help herald G.I. Joe: Retaliation's arrival in theaters, we decided to dedicate this week's list to other toys and/or games that made the jump from store shelves to the big screen. It would be wise not to expect any Best Picture winners in here, obviously, but you might be surprised by the amount of good old-fashioned nostalgic fun that can come from reliving memories of movies from an often rather cynically motivated genre. (Word to the wise: This is also one of the most 1980s-centric lists we've done in quite some time.) Get ready to beg your parents for more action figures and stuffed animals -- it's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Mar. 21 2013, 02:36 PM

He's one of the most eminently mockable major stars in Hollywood, thanks to his frequently questionable tonsorial choices and evident thirst for somewhat less-than-challenging paycheck gigs, but as much as we love to rib Nicolas Cage, there's no getting around the fact that he's done some very impressive work over the course of his long career. Though many filmgoers will always think of blockbuster action flicks like Con Air, The Rock, and the National Treasure series when they hear Cage's name, he's never been afraid to take on smaller, less conventional projects with less-than-obvious commercial prospects. We'll be hearing rather than seeing him in this weekend's The Croods, but we still thought now would be a perfect time to count down the best-reviewed movies of Cage's career.

Thursday, Mar. 14 2013, 04:53 PM

He hasn't always played the nicest characters, but both onscreen and off, Steve Buscemi has always come across as a pretty interesting person -- a gifted thespian, talented director, and former firefighter who helped clear rubble from the World Trade Center after 9/11, he's one ubiquitous character actor whose Hollywood success doesn't seem to have turned him into anything other than a regular guy from Brooklyn. Of course, in this weekend's The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, he's anything but regular... which is why we decided we couldn't miss the opportunity to dedicate a list to some of Buscemi's best-reviewed roles. It's time for Total Recall!

Thursday, Mar. 07 2013, 12:42 PM

From a prime-time soap sweetheart on Dawson's Creek to a film star with three Academy Award nominations (and counting) under her belt, Michelle Williams has come a long way over the course of her 20-year career -- and this weekend, she steps into one of Hollywood's most hallowed bubbles, playing Glinda the Good Witch in Sam Raimi's Oz the Great and Powerful. We decided now would be the perfect time to take an appreciative look back at some of her proudest critical moments, and you know what that means: It's time to Total Recall, Michelle Williams style!


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