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The week's top three arts highlights

Posted 5:39pm on Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2013

A Star-Telegram arts writer spotlights what's rocking his world this week.

1 Spring Breakers: Harmony Korine's visually arresting, morally ambiguous, wantonly frivolous yet ultimately downbeat film about a college spring-break vacation gone criminally bad isn't for the easily offended. But at its heart, it's a transcendent performance from James Franco in which he disappears into the persona of a street hood in a way that is both frightening and ferociously funny. In theaters now.

2 The Real World: Portland: The reality show that started it all returns for its 28th season with, judging from the first episode and scenes of what's to come, what may be its most contentious, brawling installment yet. Who knew the city of roses and rain could inspire such hot-blooded passions? 9 p.m. Wednesday, MTV.

3 Lincoln: Steven Spielberg's exploration of how the 19th-century legislative sausage got made may have been bypassed for most of the Oscars for which it was nominated, but that doesn't make it any less of an accomplishment. It's worth seeing for Daniel Day-Lewis' performance alone, which was honored with an Academy Award. On DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday.

-- Cary Darling

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