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Entertainment 2015: A year in review

  • Is 2015 the tipping point for women and minorities in Hollywood?

    Is 2015 the tipping point for women and minorities in Hollywood?

    In a recent interview, Mike De Luca, the prominent producer of "The Social Network" and "Fifty Shades of Grey," wondered aloud something that shocked me in its openness and introspection: "Do I seek out other white men?" In five years of asking white male producers and executives about the issue...

  • 'Brooklyn' tops Kenneth Turan's best films of 2015

    'Brooklyn' tops Kenneth Turan's best films of 2015

    Finding 10 films for a 10-best list can be a challenge and a chore. The year 2015, however, presented the opposite problem. In fact, the surfeit of worthy candidates encouraged me to throw caution to the winds and extend the list to 14. "Don't be stingy, baby," Greta Garbo once famously advised,...

  • The 10 (or 20) best movies of 2015, according to Indie Focus writer Mark Olsen

    The 10 (or 20) best movies of 2015, according to Indie Focus writer Mark Olsen

    Anyone who would say it was a weak year for movies wasn't looking in the right places. From the furiously sprawling to the finely detailed, there was a wide array of work hitting screens at both the multiplex and the art house this year that felt vital, wildly plugged-in and deeply engaged with...

  • Why 'Mad Max: Fury Road' is the movie of the year

    Why 'Mad Max: Fury Road' is the movie of the year

    It's difficult to look at the news recently and not feel some complicated layering of disheartened and disgusted or to think the world is genuinely spinning out of control on some accelerated course to who-knows-where. The movies of 2015 often reflected that with ongoing imagery of a world in crisis....

  • 'Game of Thrones,' 'Gotham,' 'Parks and Rec' and 'Transparent' among 2015's best TV shows

    'Game of Thrones,' 'Gotham,' 'Parks and Rec' and 'Transparent' among 2015's best TV shows

    It was a disappointing fall TV season, but that doesn't matter much anymore. Great TV now premieres throughout the year, and with so many terrific series just hitting their stride on platforms new and old, television remains a literally movable feast. So much so that any list of 10, 20 or even...

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