2014: The Year in Arts

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Ty Burr

The best movies of 2014

The movies that seemed to matter most in 2014 concerned characters who are their own worst enemies.


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“Locke,” “The LEGO Movie,” “Gravity,” and “Under the Skin” were among the standout releases on disc this year.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/001.jpg Real drama in 2014’s best documentaries

Recent years have challenged the perception of documentaries — this year more than ever.

The Year in Arts | Classical music

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The year in classical music included a new BSO music director and an anniversary for the Handel and Haydn Society.

The Year in Arts | dance

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/30/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/Boghosian_01swan6_LIFE.jpg An anniversary, and some comic antics, from Boston Ballet

Boston Ballet’s 50-year journey was the big dance news in Boston this year.

The Year in Arts | video games

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/23/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/ss_78941975b0b249047946c48378ae769885a402ca.jpg Five takeaways from the year in gaming

Jesse Singal’s discovered retro fever infected the indie-game world, gaming isn’t immune to reactionary politics, and more.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/02/12/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/asaf_event_large_1.jpg James Reed’s concert picks for 2014

The music critic’s favorite concerts of 2014, including FKA twigs, Neil Young, and others.

The year in arts

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/06/27/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Advance/Images/04284700.jpg Sarah Rodman’s concert picks for 2014

Rodman’s top 10 concerts of 2014, including Neil Finn, Billy Joel, Miranda Lambert, and Jack White.

The Year in Arts

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/DSC9406.jpg Jeremy Eichler’s 2014 classical music picks

The music critic picks 10 memorable moments from a year’s listening.

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The Globe TV critic submits his Top 10 for 2014 plus a baker’s dozen of runners-up.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/10/30/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/NUP_152035_2181.jpg Sarah Rodman’s 2014 television picks

The TV critic’s top 10 TV shows of 2014.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/27/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/AlisonMcCartanasDaphna--90x90.jpg Don Aucoin’s 2014 theater picks

The theater critic’s picks for the best of 2014.

The year in arts

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/22/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/RK_THE_VISITOR_ELISABET_DAVIDS09.jpg Sebastian Smee’s 2014 art picks

The art critc’s picks for the year’s best (and most disappointing) shows, across a broad variety of categories and styles.

The Year in Arts

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Critics’ picks for highlights of 2014 dance performances in the Boston area and beyond.

The best albums of the year


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/13/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/best%20albums%20for%20Alexa.jpg The best albums of 2014

From Azealia Banks to the Afghan Whigs, Schubert to Schoolboy Q, we look back at the year’s greatest sounds.

The best of the bunch

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/06/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/4poetry-3915--90x90.jpg The best books of 2014

Critics’ picks for children, teens, and adults, for fans of fiction and nonfiction, lovers of sports and thrillers.


Chill 2015

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/05/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/snow%20cover2%20-%208.2.jpg Make this the mother of all winters

Grab your skis, snowboard, fat bike, climbing gear — and appetite — and head for the hills.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/04/11/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/DennisHlynsky_Brute_Pink.jpg The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more

Critics’ picks for what is happening locally in the arts world.