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  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    ★★★★★

    I give BLUE VELEVET five stars but I will never watch this film again.

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★½

    As with most "time travel" movies I get distracted by the logistical & plot puzzles,  but you can't argue with emotional success.  Catharsis overrules all objections.

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  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers

    ★★½

    Very stylish, but empty. One star. The interchangeable girl characters with their unbelievable motivation = no content, for me anyway. WAIT: the interchangeability/emptiness was deliberate, you say? OH. okay. Well that changes things. An extra half star for owning emptiness. WAIT, what now???? Not enough? I can't put expectations of character and naturalism on such an obviously expressionistic vision of social satire ? OK, I take it back. An extra half star for defying expectations. WAIT THERE'S MORE: It's modern…

  • Stranger by the Lake

    Stranger by the Lake

    ★★★★

    My favorite of the NYFF 2013, this thriller transcended the genre, not that it needed to.