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  10 Mar 2015 
Chuck Norris best movies
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Chuck Norris best movies

Hey guys! Today (March 10'th) is the 75'th birthday of the toughest guy on the planet, Chuck Norris! Let's congratulate him by remembering his best work in Hollywood. Enjoy!

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  10 Feb 2015 
Morgan Freeman Best Movies
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Morgan Freeman Best Movies

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!

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  10 Feb 2015 
Tom Hanks' Best Movies
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Tom Hanks' Best Movies

Co-starring in a short-lived sitcom about cross-dressing friends generally isn't the most direct path to superstardom, but there's an exception to prove every rule -- only one, though; sorry, Peter Scolari -- and after racking up over $3 billion in domestic ticket receipts, winning a mantel full of awards (including back-to-back Best Actor Oscars), and starring in some of the best-reviewed films of the last 25 years, Tom Hanks has demonstrated that he's pretty darned exceptional. With his latest project, the fact-based Paul Greengrass thriller Captain Phillips, arriving in theaters this weekend, we decided now was the perfect time to pay tribute to an impressive body of work by twirling the dials on the Tomatometer, making a list of Hanks' best-reviewed films, and playing Total Recall!

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  10 Feb 2015 
The 10 Best Jack Nicholson Movies Ever
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The 10 Best Jack Nicholson Movies Ever

In light of his recent announcement that he'll be retiring from acting, we honor Jack Nicholson's 10 best movies. Please bear in mind that these are only the opinions of this author; passionate disagreement is not only expected, but encouraged!

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  06 Feb 2015 
Top 11 Best Daniel Day-Lewis Movies
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Top 11 Best Daniel Day-Lewis Movies

After winning a record third Oscar for Best Actor at the 85th Academy Awards for his performance in Lincoln, English-Irish actor Daniel Day-Lewis is being heralded by many as "our greatest living actor," with some even crowning him "the greatest actor of all time." Day-Lewis is an incredibly dedicated method actor who conducts vast amounts of research for every role he takes on and often lives his day-to-day life as the character he is portraying while a film is in production. His intense commitment to his craft has jeopardized his health on more than one occasion and also earned him the enmity of some of his fellow cast and crew members, but the result is a body of work that is second-to-none. Lincoln was his latest achievement in acting, but was it Day-Lewis' best? Help us rank the movies of the most celebrated actor of our day.

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  06 Feb 2015 
Robert De Niro's best performances
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Robert De Niro's best performances

For an actor who hasn't courted much publicity in recent years, Robert De Niro suddenly appears to be everywhere at once. Yesterday, in addition to attending the Academy's official nominees luncheon, he showed up at Grauman's Chinese Theater to have his hands and footprints cast in the ceremonial cement of many a Hollywood legend. That evening, meanwhile, the American Cinematheque kicked off a three-day restrospective of De Niro's work with a screening of his current nomination vehicle, "Silver Linings Playbook" -- followed by a Q&A with the actor, introduced by Harvey Weinstein himself. If this sudden, uncharacteristic availability is evidently all part of a ramped-up campaign to snare De Niro his third Oscar -- a possibility that, given the popularity of the film and the malleability of the field, remains strong -- it's a pleasure simply to see him up and at 'em. The 69-year-old screen legend has never stopped working -- far from it, as he consistently pops up in at least one film a year -- but he's nonetheless felt like a spent force for far too long, granting his considerable presence to many less-than-considerable films, and looking none too enthused in the process. "Silver Linings Playbook," in which he's alternately boisterous and affecting as the cantankerous, football-mad dad of Bradley Cooper's bipolar misfit, may not rank among the most remarkable roles of De Niro's remarkable career, but in it, he seems more emotionally engaged and attentive to detail than he has been in any number of "Righteous Kills" or "Hide and Seeks" over recent years. It offers a gentle reminder of the gifts still held by the fiercely committed, creative Method actor who enjoyed one of the hottest hot streaks of anyone in his craft in the 1970s and early 1980s, and it's no surprise that his peers in the Academy have rewarded him with a nomination -- his first in 21 years, and his seventh overall. Now, then, seemed the perfect time to celebrate De Niro's career with a Top 10 list. A simple Best Performances countdown may seem obvious, but with a filmography so large and rich in pickings, it was irresistible -- it's hard to imagine too many people's lists of favorite De Niro turns looking entirely alike, after all. Of course, as much as one often uses lists like these to draw attention to outstanding but less celebrated work, a few classic titles feel mandatory in a De Niro Top 10. It eemed inevitable that my list would wind up being rather Scorsese-centric -- among others, how do you not include "Raging Bull" and "Taxi Driver," in which the actor's technical expertise merged with a less tangible grasp of screen iconography? Both performances have entered the screen acting canon almost without dispute, but have scarcely beened rendered less thrilling by consensus. As such inarguables filled the list, though, I found myself disappointed by what I was leaving out, from an early breakthrough like "Bang the Drum Slowly" to a later time-marker like "City by the Sea," which isn't quite the idle shrug of a performance most would have you believe. There are great films on the sidelines that nearly made the cut, including "1900" and "Once Upon a Time in America"; there are decidedly average ones too, like "Stanley and Iris" and "Falling in Love," both of which put his underexplored skills as a romantic lead to work opposite actresses willing to work at his level. Not all seven of his Oscar nominations are featured, either -- the Academy has largely done well by De Niro, catching onto his talent reasonably early and recognizing much of his most vital work, but perhaps not everything he's done has received its due. Check out the Top 10 gallery below -- I'd call it his own silver linings playbook, if that meant anything at all -- and be sure to share your own reflections on De Niro's career in the comments.

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  06 Feb 2015 
Johnny Depp's Best Movies
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Johnny Depp's Best Movies

Johnny Depp is undoubtedly one of the biggest stars in Hollywood today. He first broke onto the scene when he starred in the 21 Jump Street TV series and played bit parts in movies like Platoon and Nightmare on Elm Street. We knew from the moment we saw Depp's death scene in Elm Street that he was destined for greatness: And he hasn't disappointed. Depp's career has been nothing if not eclectic. He quickly veered away from pretty-boy roles to tackle more challenging fare in the '90s - Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. And his superstar status was finally cemented after several Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Disney is clearly hoping that Depp's turn as Tonto in the big-budget remake of The Lone Ranger will spark a new multi-billion dollar franchise. We'll find out when that movie hits theaters next week. But for now, we figured it was a perfect time to take a look at Depp's colorful career and select his ten best movies. Read our list and let us know your favorite Depp roles in the comments section below. And check out last year's look back at the many collaborations between Depp and director Tim Burton.

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  04 Feb 2015 
Best Anthony Hopkins Movies
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Best Anthony Hopkins Movies

Even if his career began and ended with Hannibal Lecter, Anthony Hopkins would still be considered one of the definitive actors of our era. Luckily, Hannibal only scratches the surface of Hopkins' long illustrious career. He's equally adept at playing the hero or villain; the leader of men or the lowly servant. And this range has served him well over the decades. Hopkins will be returning to theaters this week as he reprises his role as the all-powerful but ever-weary Odin in Thor: The Dark World. With that in mind, we've assembled a list of the ten best films Hopkins has appeared in, from early fare like The Bounty up through more recent efforts like Thor.

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  02 Feb 2015 
The 10 Best Woody Allen Movies
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The 10 Best Woody Allen Movies

Forty-four features over 48 years. That's a lot of cinema to emerge from the mind of one man, however tireless and prolific. Woody Allen's approach to filmmaking shares more in common with the routine, unfussy diligence of the classical studio era than modern auteurism, which is to say that Allen treats his vocation less like a tortuous calling than, well, a job, something to sit down and do every day. His latest feature, Magic in the Moonlight, arrives in theaters this week, maintaining a release streak that has brought us nearly a film a year for going on five decades. Allen has a reputation for discarding each film as it passes him by, not bothering to reflect on their importance or worry about their legacies; his attentions are drawn to what's next so quickly that he hardly has time to bother with his own history. It's safe to say that Allen wouldn't have much time for a list such as this. Still, the canon cries out for rejuvenation, and so we size up another annual Allen tradition: the commemoration of his greatest hits.

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  22 Jan 2015 
Greatest Roles of Jeff Bridges so far
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Greatest Roles of Jeff Bridges so far

The son of famed actor Lloyd Bridges, the actor got his first credit as an infant in 1950's 'The Company She Keeps,' and since the early 1970s has displayed an unparalleled versatility. Bridges is one of Hollywood's few A-list actors to successfully divorce the terms "actor" and "celebrity," which may explain why his immense body of work has flown so under the radar for so long (it took him nearly 60 films to win that Oscar, for 2009's 'Crazy Heart'). Yet you can always count on Bridges to deliver noteworthy performances, even in mediocre movies ('Against All Odds,' 'Tideland,' 'Stay Hungry.') This month sees Bridges star in two of the year's most anticipated films: 'TRON: Legacy,' in which Bridges reprises his role from the original 1982 film, and 'True Grit,' the Coen Brothers' remake of Henry Hathaway's classic 1969 western of the same name. To honor Hollywood's most underrated actor, we've put together a list of Bridges' ten best roles -- but, yeah, well, you know, it's just, like, our opinion, man.

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