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From his breakout appearance as beloved stoner Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High to his Academy Award-winning efforts as a dramatic actor, Sean Penn has had a remarkable journey. We decided to dedicate this week’s list to some of the brightest highlights from his distinguished (and quite eclectic) filmography.View full chart
She’s one of the highest-paid stars in Hollywood, with dozens of films to her credit and a lifetime box office gross total topping a billion dollars. Hot Pursuit, an action comedy pairing her with Sofia Vergara. To celebrate Reese’s return to the big screen here we go.View full chart
This is going to be a big year for Tom Hardy, with no fewer than five films on the calendar. In honor of Mr. Hardy’s return to theaters and in anticipation of everything to come, we’ve decided to dedicate this week’s list to an appreciative look back at some of the brightest critical highlights from an impressive filmography that seems like it’s only getting started.View full chart
He’s played Gandalf, Magneto, and Richard III — and this weekend, Sir Ian McKellen adds another household name to the long list of characters he’s brought to life. We’re talking, of course, about Mr. Holmes, director Bill Condon's adaptation of the Mitch Cullin novel A Slight Trick of the Mind, in which legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes putters through retirement while looking back on a case that’s dogged him for decades. In anticipation of seeing McKellen as Holmes, we decided to dedicate this week’s list to an appreciation of his fine filmography, including all the expected hits as well as a few surprises.View full chart
Ben Kingsley‘s been knighted, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he’s won a cavalcade of honors that includes an Oscar, a Grammy, a pair of BAFTAs, two Golden Globes, and a Screen Actors Guild award — and as if all that weren’t enough, Kingsley gets to steal Ryan Reynold’s body in Tarsem Singh’s new sci-fi thriller Self/less. In honor of all these achievements, we decided this week would be the perfect time to take a fond look back at some of the best efforts from Sir Kingsley’s filmography, and discovered an array of critical highlights whose diversity may surprise you.View full chart
Over the last few decades, Tom Cruise has completed multiple impossible missions, learned about Wapner time, driven the highway to the danger zone, and done wonders for Bob Seger’s royalty statements. Of course, he’s also taken his share of lumps over the last few years, but for a guy with so many movies to his name, he’s had remarkably good luck overall with critics — as we’ll see in this fond look back at some of the brightest highlights from a distinguished filmography. Let’s stroll down the Tom Cruise block of memory lane, shall we?View full chart
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 starring role in Ricki and the Flash, Jonathan Demme’s Diablo Cody-scripted look at the travails of a music business veteran whose career didn’t turn out the way she’d planned — and who now has to figure out how to make things right with her estranged family. From comedies to dramas, Meryl’s done it all, so let’s take a look at the best-reviewed films from her illustrious career.
It's easy to caricature Christopher Walken. One of the most iconic character actors of his generation, he's also got one of the most imitated voices around (everyone has a Walken impression, even if it's as bad as this writer's...), and has become an indelible part of pop culture, thanks to everything from memorably hosting "Saturday Night Live," to popping up in Spike Jonze's Fatboy Slim video, to taking unlikely roles like the broad villain in "The Country Bears."View full chart
I have a tough time reviewing movies starring Ewan McGregor as the guy happens to be one of my personal favorite actors. But, fortunately, putting together a Top Picks list is a matter of personal choice, so it's totally fine to play the fan and not have to be professionally disconnected from the subject. That said, here are my choices for some of the best Ewan McGregor movies (and no, any movie with "Star Wars" in the title will NEVER make this list).