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Nicolas Winding Refn found a wide audience with 2011’s sleek and furious “Drive,” but it was the follow-up, 2013’s “Only God Forgives,” that truly represented his baroque filmmaking interests. Mischievous and addicted to cinematic style, Refn does a deep dive into the abstract with “The Neon Demon,” his bloody, ornately lit valentine to the world of modeling and sexual obsession. A challenging picture that seems to exist only to irritate unaware moviegoers, “The Neon Demon” is pure big screen language from Refn, who takes his sweet time laboring over shots and performances, slowly, glacially introducing macabre ideas that transform the feature into art-house flypaper for those willing to submit themselves to the helmer’s extravagances, iffy sense of humor, and adoration for the extreme. Read the rest at


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