Best of 2019: The year in entertainment

Best of 2019: The year in entertainment

The best movies of the decade: Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang’s essential picks

In selecting the best movies of the past decade, “Moonlight,” “Inside Out” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” were among the standouts for critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang.

Trump. ‘Cats.’ Peloton. Kanye. Why culture sounded like Mad Libs in 2019

Donald Trump. “Cats.” Kanye West. “The Masked Singer.” Quibi. Feral pigs. Peloton wife. 2019 was the year of pop culture, Mad Libs-style.

In the best movies of 2019, the definition of independent is blurrier than ever

Many indie filmmakers crossed over to studio movies in 2019, including Greta Gerwig, James Gray and Marielle Heller

Kenneth Turan’s best movies of 2019: ‘Ford v Ferrari’ races to the top

The year’s best movies are led by the hit true story that proved audiences will still support adult dramas.

Justin Chang’s best movies of 2019: ‘Parasite,’ ‘Knives Out’ stand at the head of the class

Two clever and wickedly funny looks at class warfare lead a standout year for deeply personal movies.

A year in photos, 2019’s entertainment moments

Scroll through to see a year’s worth of entertainment photographs from our Los Angeles Times photographers.

Best of 2019 culture: OK Gen Z, the boomers were listening this year, sort of

The generational divide went beyond ‘OK boomer’ memes in 2019. From Greta Thunberg and the sisters of ‘Frozen 2′ admonishing their elders for climate change damage to Billie Eilish’s subversive jolt to pop music and Martin Scorsese’s complaints about Marvel movies, it has been a year of skirmishes between young and old.

Best TV shows of 2019: Robert Lloyd on ‘Russian Doll,’ ‘Good Omens’ and more

Times TV critic Robert Lloyd selects the best TV shows of 2019, from Netflix’s “Russian Doll” to Amazon’s “Good Omens.”

Best books of 2019: What Ronan Farrow, Susan Orlean and more writers we love couldn’t put down

The books that Susan Orlean, Laila Lalami, Ronan Farrow, George Takei and other great authors couldn’t put down this year.

Best of 2019: 8 of the most memorable book-to-film releases

“Just Mercy,” “Richard Jewell,” “The Irishman” and “Little Women” are among eight memorable books that made the leap to film in 2019.

Best L.A. music moments of 2019: YG celebrates Nipsey Hussle, Cuco throws a block party

For Los Angeles, the most vibrant music city in the world, 2019 featured a fitting sendoff for a hero and the cementing of some indie-rock legends.

Best albums and songs of 2019: Solange, Lana Del Rey and the miracle that is ‘Old Town Road’

From critical favorites Solange and Lana Del Rey to rookies Lil Nas X and 100 gecs, the best music of 2019 explored ideas of love, war, family and anxiety.

Best jazz albums of 2019: A year rife with invention and resistance

Ten albums that take listeners to unexpected places while providing a timeless reminder that the boldest creative expression sounds like freedom.

Biggest classical music stories of 2019: Mark Swed on how the limelight tilts toward L.A., again

Inspired performances, award-show gaffes, old hands still going strong, new faces rising into the limelight. What a remarkable year 2019 proved to be.

Charles McNulty’s best theater of 2019: ‘Almost Famous,’ ‘Jitney’ and ‘Ragtime’

The year-end best list also includes a smoking-hot “Hadestown,” plus David Byrne’s “American Utopia” and “Little Shop of Horrors” with Mj Rodriguez.

Christopher Knight’s best art exhibitions of 2019: Lari Pittman, Sarah Lucas and more

The year-end museums list also includes “Soul of a Nation” at the Broad, “Buried by Vesuvius” at the Getty Villa and MOCA’s “Pattern and Decoration.”

Best of 2019 video games: How diverse storylines and streaming platforms shaped culture

10 ways video games impacted entertainment in 2019: The stories they told plus where and how we play now

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