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Entertainment 2015: A year in review

Entertainment 2015: A year in review
Year in Review illustratio (Jonathan Bartlett)
  • Best of 2015
Is 2015 the tipping point for women and minorities in Hollywood?

Is Hollywood's push for more diversity in front of and behind the camera a passing fad, or will it bring lasting systemic change?

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

L.A. Times film critic Kenneth Turan also lists 'Mad Max: Fury Road' and 'Testament of Youth' among his top 14 films of 2015.

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

The best movies of 2015 include "Mad Max: Fury Road," "Creed," "Carol" "Tangerine," "Ex Machina" and "Chi-Raq."

  • Best of 2015
Why 'Mad Max: Fury Road' is the movie of the year

"Mad Max: Fury Road" tapped into a rare and electrifying current of heightened reality, making it the top movie of the year.

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

Among the best TV shows of 2015 are 'Game of Thrones,' 'Gotham,' 'black-ish,' 'Transparent' and 'Mr. Robot.'

  • Perspective
Trump's success as an antihero relies on the power of reality TV and drama over reality

A renegade who follows his own rules and no one else's, Donald Trump's antihero campaign banks more on reality TV and drama than reality.

  • Best of 2015
The best new TV shows from 2015 include 'Empire,' 'Better Call Saul,' 'iZombie,' 'Master of None'

The best of 2015 on television, according to critic Robert Lloyd, included 'Show Me a Hero' and 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.'

  • Best of 2015
Television is becoming a truer reflection of who we are and where we're going

From 'Empire' to 'Jane the Virgin' to 'Dr. Ken' to the soup ad with gay dads, television is entering a noticeably less homogenous world.

  • Best of 2015
Streaming services try to steer you to the Coldplay interstate, but take the side streets to better music

There's never been more choices. Especially for those willing to detour off the beaten path of Spotify and the other streaming services. There's also never been so much mediocrity. Still, in the end, it's all about the well-crafted song.

  • Best of 2015
Book Critic David L. Ulin's top 10 books of 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates' 'Between the World and Me' is among L.A. Times book critic David Ulin's top 10 books of 2015.

Classical music's soothing powers in troubled times can help open minds and inspire dialogue

Music's power is in helping bring people together, for the right reasons in the right hands.

  • Best of 2015
Best of the least-discussed 2015 music from the 'holy cats!' red zone

The best overlooked music of 2015 includes Chinx's "CR5," Zs' "Xe" and Nicolas Jaar's "Pomegranates."

  • Best of 2015
2015's peak sonic moments unfold at Poland's Unsound fest and L.A.'s '9800'

Los Angeles Times Critic at Large Sasha Frere-Jones reflects on his top sound events of 2015.

  • Best of 2015
Classical music 2015 highlights: Female conductors, 'Hopscotch,' Dudamel — but about those parking fees

Gustavo Dudamel shines in conducting Beethoven and Stravinksy. Karina Canellakis impresses with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

  • Best of 2015
10 best pop music albums in 2015 include works by Earl Sweatshirt, Jlin, Natalie Prass

Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly' is destined to become a California classic.

  • Best of 2015
10 great albums in 2015 include works by Chris Stapleton, Rhiannon Giddens, Los Lobos and more

The best in pop music for 2015 includes albums by Rhiannon Giddens, Tom Jones, Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves.

  • Best of 2015
10 great pop albums in 2015 include works by the Weeknd, Adele, One Direction

Mikael Wood's list of 10 best pop albums of 2015 also features releases from Jeff Lynne's ELO and Brandon Flowers.

  • Best of 2015
2015's must-hear albums include Janet Jackson's 'Unbreakable,' Ty Dolla Sign's 'Free TC'

2015's best pop music albums include Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly,' Kehlani's 'You Should Be Here,' Janet Jackson's 'Unbreakable.'

  • Best of 2015
2015's must-hear jazz albums carve new paths and communicate eloquently

The best in jazz for 2015 includes works by Kamasi Washington, Makaya McCraven, Vijay Iyer and Amir ElSaffar.

  • The Player
Games in 2015 were better when they stepped away from the guns

Video games like 'Cibele,' 'Prune' and 'Ori and the Blind Forest' made the shoot-out titles feel dated and tone deaf.

  • The Player
2015's 10 best video games stretch from 'Cibele' to 'Rise of the Tomb Raider' to 'Super Mario Maker'

Todd Martens' 10 best video games of 2015 — and one that felt uncomfortably too close to reality.

  • Best of 2015
The best DVD releases of 2015 feature 'Mad Men,' '30 for 30' films, Miyazaki animation, more

Best DVDs of 2015 include Larry Fessenden horror movies, "Faust" and "Gates of Heaven" / "Vernon, Florida."

  • Best of 2015
For DVDs in 2015, there were a few bright spots among the many mundane offerings

DVDs in 2015 had the familiar James Bond and X-Men packages, with an occasional special event like Satyajit Ray's Apu trilogy.

  • Best of 2015
The 10 best art exhibitions at L.A. museums in 2015

The 10 best art exhibitions at L.A. museums in 2015 include "Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974-1989" at Hammer Museum and the Broad's debut.

  • Best of 2015
Celebrating the complexity of contemporary culture: David L. Ulin's best books of 2015

L.A. Times book critic David Ulin reflects on the timely crop of books in 2015 that reckoned with human nature.

  • Best of 2015
The best theater of 2015 highlights transformation and enduring power from L.A. to Broadway

Top moments in theater in 2015 include "Hamilton," "Bent" and Anna Deavere Smith's "Letter From Birmingham Jail" in "Never Givin' Up."

For architecture in 2015, the world's 'soft targets' prompt a reevaluation

L.A. Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne reflects on the year in architecture and its place in a dangerous world.

  • Best of 2015
The truth is, even movies based on real life are made for the drama, not factual faithfulness

Many movies of 2015 may have been 'based on a true story,' but it was the drama that made them enjoyable.

  • Year in Review
Why your entire family is belting out Adele's 'Hello'

Adele's astonishing sales figures for her album '25' seem impossible in today's moribund record industry, until you look deeper.

  • Best of 2015
Who will design Obama's library? Key questions in architecture as 2015 wraps up

L.A. Times architectural critic Christopher Hawthorne lists the most pressing questions in architecture as 2015 draws to a close.

Propaganda is here to stay. Is there a museum willing to tackle its complexity?

L.A. Times art critic Christopher Knight reflects on how propaganda has taken unprecedented forms in 2015.

  • Column
New museums in the U.S., destruction in Syria, affirmation in Paris: Moments that defined culture in 2015

The best and worst in the art world in 2015 include the Broad museum opening, Palmyra bombing and Frank Gehry's L.A. River plans.

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