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  1. interview
    Carol Kane and Karen Allen Spill on ScroogedThe Scrooged stars on improvising with Bill Murray, “the ball-breaker suite,” and the meaning behind the classic Christmas film.
  2. vulture picks
    All 45 Peanuts Specials, Ranked From Worst to BestJust how many find Charlie Brown moping around?
  3. die hard
    Die Hard’s Director Breaks Down Bruce Willis’s Iconic Roof JumpJohn McTiernan on John McClane’s climactic jump — and Hans Gruber’s final, fatal plunge.
  4. horror
    The Haunting of Hill House Director on What Changed From Shirley Jackson’s Novel“I approached it like one long movie, like a ten-hour feature film. It was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done.”
  5. Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, and More: A Hammer Horror PrimerWe break down what you need to know about the iconic British film studio.
  6. From Face/Off to A Better Tomorrow: A John Woo PrimerIn anticipation of Manhunt’s release, we review some of the Hong Kong filmmaker’s iconic work.
  7. Guillermo del Toro: Federico Luppi [Was] the Most Human Presence Onscreen Ever’Outside of Argentina, the late actor was best known for his work with del Toro.
  8. Why Is Heat So Great? Let’s Ask Michael Mann.To celebrate the director’s cut of Heat, Vulture talks to Michael Mann about the film’s legacy 22 years later.
  9. interview
    Walter Hill Says The Assignment Is ‘Entirely Consistent With Transgender Theory’“Frank, until the very last line, remains a guy.”
  10. Joel Hodgson and Jonah Ray on MST3K, Acting With Puppets, and Terrible MoviesA wide-ranging conversation with the creator and host of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return.
  11. chat room
    Val Kilmer on Playing Mark Twain, and His Crazy Song to Song Cameo“What and who is God to me? What’s at the core of Twain’s soul? What does it mean to be an American?”
  12. how they did it
    Gareth Evans Explains the Process Behind The Raid’s Craziest Action Scenes“There’s nothing worse than the notion of ‘finding the edit’ for an action sequence based on coverage. That’s the epitome of lazy filmmaking.”
  13. chat room
    Penelope Spheeris on Wayne’s World, Dating Extras, and Not Doing the Sequel“I’ve had so many doors slammed in my face. But every time I look at it as a time to learn a lesson.”
  14. action movies
    Whatever Happened to Tony Jaa?It’s been a long time since the Thai action star has been able to show off his greatness.
  15. overnights
    Sense8 Christmas Special Recap: ’Tis the SeasonThe one-off installment is a weak attempt to tie up Sense8’s loose ends.
  16. overnights
    Fear the Walking Dead Season Finale Recap: Losing FaithFear the Walking Dead doesn’t know where to pull its audience.
  17. overnights
    Fear the Walking Dead Recap: Plausible Deniability“Date of Death” is a showcase for the show’s most frustrating and endearing quirks.
  18. overnights
    Fear the Walking Dead Recap: Looking BackI’m with Madison all the way.
  19. overnights
    Fear the Walking Dead Recap: If You Love Me, Prove It“Pablo & Jessica” feels loose in ways that few episodes do.
  20. overnights
    Fear the Walking Dead Recap: Out on a LedgeYet again, Fear the Walking Dead won’t play fair with expectations.
  21. overnights
    Fear the Walking Dead Recap: Tired of SurvivingIs anybody on this show capable of talking like a human?
  22. overnights
    Fear the Walking Dead Recap: Follow the Crimson RoadThe show still doesn’t have a firm grasp on its characters, but “Grotesque” is a step in the right direction.
  23. overnights
    Outcast Season Finale Recap: Who Do You Love?It’s tough to trust a show that keeps stringing its audience along.
  24. overnights
    Outcast Recap: Devil’s AdvocateWatching Outcast is like riding the world’s most underwhelming roller coaster.
  25. overnights
    Outcast Recap: Sympathy for the Devil“What Lurks Within” is a deceptively slow episode.
  26. overnights
    Outcast Recap: Satanic PanicAfter a few bumpy episodes, “The Damage Done” shows new signs of promise.
  27. overnights
    Outcast Recap: Who Still Uses VHS Tapes?“From the Shadows It Watches” is a major tumble backward.
  28. overnights
    Outcast Recap: A Cesspool of Pride“The Road Before Us” is about what people do when their best is not enough.
  29. overnights
    Outcast Recap: Keeping the Romance Alive“A Wrath Unseen” is Outcast’s best episode yet.
  30. overnights
    Outcast Recap: God Is Messing With UsThe weakest installment of an otherwise promising new series.
  31. overnights
    Outcast Recap: The Banality of EvilIt’s tough to take this show’s heavy-handed psychologizing seriously.
  32. overnights
    Outcast Series Premiere Recap: Kicking and ScreamingThis show feels like Robert Kirkman’s comic, for better and worse.
  33. overnights
    Fear the Walking Dead Recap: Burning It All Down“Shiva” is a lumpy mid-season finale, but it ultimately satisfies.
  34. overnights
    Fear the Walking Dead Recap: Don’t Feed the ZombiesThe first dud in an otherwise compelling season.
  35. overnights
    Fear the Walking Dead Recap: The Laws of NatureHelicopter mom to the rescue!
  36. overnights
    Fear the Walking Dead Recap: A Touch of Class WarfareThomas is an true alpha predator.
  37. overnights
    Fear the Walking Dead Recap: The Survivor’s DilemmaCrabs in his guts! That zombie had crabs in his guts!
  38. overnights
    Fear the Walking Dead Recap: Meet the SurvivalistsThis show is at its best when it poses questions without easy answers.
  39. overnights
    Fear the Walking Dead Season Premiere Recap: Everybody Into the Water!Fear the Walking Dead is too frustrating to be great, but too eccentric to be dismissed.
  40. overnights
    Gotham Recap: Strong EmotionsHow many times are we supposed to forgive James Gordon?
  41. overnights
    Gotham Recap: Tazed in the FaceIf you watch Gotham for anything but its performances, it will almost certainly break your heart.
  42. getting technical
    How The Hunger Games Director Francis Lawrence Tackled These 6 ShotsFrom the fog attack in Catching Fire to that emotionally charged hug in Mockingjay Part 2.
  43. overnights
    Gotham Recap: Some Fun, At Last!If you wade through the predictable twists, you’ll find two genuinely bonkers fight scenes at the end of this episode.
  44. overnights
    Gotham Recap: There Is No Rock BottomHow many characters are going to die before Jim Gordon learns to control his temper?
  45. overnights
    Gotham Recap: Scream Bloody MurderThe episode’s plotting is overly reliant on canned decisions and cheap cop-outs.
  46. overnights
    Gotham Recap: No Emotionally Stable PeopleGotham really needs to slow down and let characters enjoy each other’s company.
  47. overnights
    Gotham Recap: Who Let James Gordon Be a Cop?Everything Gotham has gotten wrong in the past season and a quarter, crammed into an hour-long installment.
  48. overnights
    Gotham Recap: And Then That One Guy Blew Up“Scarification” is the first episode of Gotham’s second season that is, for better and worse, a must-see. 
  49. overnights
    Gotham Recap: There Goes the Cavalry!Don’t like what you see on the show? Just wait, it’ll change in a moment!
  50. nycc 2015
    Paul Reubens Will Play Penguin’s Dad in GothamAnd five other highlights from the show’s NYCC panel.
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