2009: The Year in Review

CityBeat writers and editors make sense of the year's happenings

This time of year is known for lots of traditions, from holiday office parties to Christmas trees and menorahs to last-minute dashes to the mall. A favorite tradition among the media is the Year in Review feature.

Who were the emerging stars, the movers and shakers, the has-beens and wanna-bes? What were the highlights, lowlights and trends? How will the year be remembered? All worthy questions ... and CityBeat offers our own answers.

YEAR IN FILM AND MUSIC

• Jason Gargano and his team of film junkies fend off the "subjective nature of Top 10 lists" and let us in on the best flicks of the year.

• Jason Gargano looks at "an intriguing, often frustrating and sometimes thrilling year at the movies."

• Mike Breen takes a "look back at the best of the year in local recordings."

• Mike Breen and his unstable stable of music writers "get all list-y on 2009's ass."

• Steven Rosen discusses how "film distribution got a shake-up via video-on-demand."

• Phil Morehart offers "a discerning list of 2009's best DVD releases."

And just because we had extra time on our hands, here are two stories offering a Decade in Review perspective:

• Mike Breen's ode to local original music: "50 reasons why real music fans were lucky to live in Cincinnati in the '00s."

• TT Stern-Enzi puts together a Top 10 list of movies of the decade: "How the decade with no name stacks up in the rearview."

YEAR IN THE ARTS

• Artist, critic and all-round creative guru Matt Morris takes "a look back at the year in alternative art spaces and exhibitions."

• Theater critic Rick Pender take us through "the ups and downs of the year in Cincinnati theater."

• Steven Rosen says that local "art museums drew crowds and big shows in ’09."

YEAR IN CINCINNATI

• Our food critic Anne Mitchell tells us the "shape of food to come" and reviews the trends of the last decade.

• Newshound Kevin Osborne tells us why "the decade’s final year in local news was nothing to celebrate."

• Columnist Larry Gross reminisces on delivering his "always excellent, often brilliant columns just about every other week in 2009."

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