2015: The Year in Arts and Movies

Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton, and John Slattery in “Spotlight.”

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Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton, and John Slattery in “Spotlight.”

In 2015, group efforts made a difference

This was a year of process onscreen — of stories about groups of individuals joining forces to pool resources and monkey-wrench solutions. By Ty Burr

A group of playful protesters picketed outside the Museum of Fine Arts in October, expressing their dislike of painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s work.

The top Globe arts stories of 2015

From protests at the MFA to Taylor Swift at Gillette, here are the most-read arts stories from the past year.

The Year in Arts

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/Was8988539.jpg High notes and low in year of extremes

James Reed and Sarah Rodman look at some of the big stories in the music world in 2015.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/11/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/music-4559.jpg The best albums of 2015

As we say goodbye to 2015, here’s what Globe critics had in heavy rotation.

The Year in Arts | Classical Music

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/18/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/AndrisNelsonsandtheBSO(ChrisLee).jpg Sounds aplenty, and a partnership taking root

In 2015, Andris Nelsons settled in, BLO announced it would be packing up, and the rest of us had a lot to appreciate.

The Year in Arts

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/04/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/net13[1].jpg On walls and behind scenes, women moved art world

As artists, curators, executives, and benefactors, women played key roles in shaping the art world in 2015, in Boston and far beyond.

The Year in Arts

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/26/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/28Camellias03.jpg Big exits, entrances on Boston ballet scene

On the dance scene, 2015 was a particularly tumultuous year in the Boston area.

Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Look of Silence.”

Drafthouse Films and Participant Media

The Year in Movies

Essays possessed of power

A great documentary transcends the prosaic and achieves the power of poetry. Many of the best non-fiction films of 2015 attained this level of artistry.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/03/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/BOOK_YEAR.jpg The best books of 2015

The top books in fiction, nonfiction, children, young adult, mystery, and sports.

2015: The year in arts

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/24/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/artsforweb-5064.jpg The year in arts and movies

Boston Globe critics look back on 2015.

Special section

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/27/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/spotlight-S_09159_rgb.jpg The story behind the ‘Spotlight’ movie

A look at The Boston Globe’s coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the movie “Spotlight,” which is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation.


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.

Local galleries


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/22/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/Untitled-5-002.jpg Memorials, ethereal and elegiac, at Boston University

Current shows at BU’s galleries evoke French servicemen lost during World War I, and evoke tensions of shadows and light.


//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.