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since_CS
1990_CD
,_,
the_DT
dramatic_JJ
picture_NN
has_HVZ
undergone_VBN
a_DT
certain_JJ
change_NN
of_IN
style_NN
._.
now_RB
,_,
instead_RB
of_IN
emphasizing_VBG
feel-good_NN
stories_NNS
replete_JJ
with_IN
characters_NNS
of_IN
noble_JJ
virtues_NNS
,_,
the_DT
screenplays_NNS
and_CC
direction_NN
point_NN
toward_IN
human_JJ
struggle_NN
and_CC
sorrow_NN
._.
this_DT
realist_NN
tendancy_NN
can_MD
be_BE
inspiring_JJ
at_IN
times_NNS
,_,
as_CS
1993_CD
's_NNS
schindler_NN
's_POS
list_NN
shows_VBZ
._.
most_DT
of_IN
today_RB
's_POS
mainstream_JJ
drama_NN
,_,
however_RB
,_,
creates_VBZ
an_DT
overabundance_NN
of_IN
emoting_VBG
that_DT
can_MD
turn_VB
off_RP
members_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
audience_NN
._.
that_CS
's_BEZ
why_WRB
pictures_NNS
like_IN
october_NP
sky_NN
,_,
which_WDT
are_BER
a_DT
throwback_NN
to_IN
the_DT
good_JJ
ol_???
'_"
dramas_NNS
of_IN
yesteryear_NN
,_,
are_BER
such_DT
a_DT
welcome_NN
relief_NN
in_IN
contemporary_JJ
cinema_NN
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
is_BEZ
based_VBN
on_IN
the_DT
true_JJ
story_NN
of_IN
homer_NP
hickam_???
(_(
jake_NP
gyllenhaal_???
)_(
,_,
a_DT
teenager_NN
in_IN
the_DT
1950_CD
's_BEZ
company_NN
town_NN
of_IN
coalwood_NN
,_,
west_NN
virginia_NP
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
well-known_JJ
fact_NN
that_CS
the_DT
only_JJ
boys_NNS
to_IN
make_NN
a_DT
name_NN
for_IN
themselves_PPX
are_BER
the_DT
ones_NNS
that_CS
get_VB
out_RP
of_IN
the_DT
town_NN
on_IN
football_NN
scholarships_NNS
;_;
the_DT
rest_NN
grow_VB
up_RP
to_IN
work_NN
in_IN
the_DT
coal_NN
mine_NN
._.
the_DT
mine_NN
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
run_VBN
by_IN
homer_NP
's_POS
father_NN
(_(
chris_NP
cooper_NP
)_)
,_,
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
the_DT
place_NN
for_IN
homer_NP
,_,
however_RB
._.
after_IN
watching_VBG
the_DT
soviet_JJ
satellite_NN
sputnik_NN
shoot_VB
across_IN
the_DT
october_NP
sky_NN
in_IN
1957_CD
,_,
homer_NP
feels_VBZ
a_DT
connection_NN
with_IN
the_DT
outside_JJ
world_NN
--_???
as_RB
he_PP
puts_VBZ
it_PP
,_,
"_"
anyone_PN
in_IN
the_DT
world_NN
could_MD
look_VB
up_RP
and_CC
see_VB
the_DT
same_DT
thing_NN
i_PP
did_DOD
._.
"_"
drafting_NN
two_CD
of_IN
his_PP$
best_JJS
friends_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
brainiac_NN
outcast_NN
,_,
homer_NP
begins_VBZ
to_IN
construct_NN
rockets_NNS
._.
with_IN
the_DT
help_NN
of_IN
their_PP$
history_NN
teacher_NN
,_,
miss_NN
riley_NP
(_(
laura_NN
dern_???
)_(
,_,
and_CC
several_DT
mine_NN
workers_NNS
,_,
the_DT
four_CD
are_BER
soon_RB
bound_VBN
for_IN
great_JJ
things_NNS
._.
october_NP
sky_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
skillfully_RB
crafted_VBN
film_NN
,_,
and_CC
most_DT
of_IN
that_DT
credit_NN
must_MD
go_VB
to_IN
director_NN
joe_NP
johnston_NP
._.
johnston_NP
--_???
whose_WP$
career_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
industry_NN
includes_VBZ
everything_PN
from_IN
directing_VBG
well-known_JJ
titles_NNS
like_IN
jumanji_???
and_CC
the_DT
rocketeer_NN
down_IN
to_IN
an_DT
uncredited_VBN
role_NN
as_IN
a_DT
death_NN
star_NN
trooper_NN
in_IN
star_NN
wars_NNS
--_???
certainly_RB
knows_VBZ
what_WDT
he_PP
's_BEZ
doing_DOG
here_RB
._.
he_PP
molds_VBZ
characters_NNS
which_WDT
are_BER
true_JJ
to_TO
life_NN
and_VB
also_RB
fun_JJ
to_IN
watch_NN
into_IN
a_DT
plot_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
straightforward_JJ
and_CC
robust_JJ
._.
he_PP
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
push_VB
any_DT
barriers_NNS
,_,
but_CC
instead_RB
adopts_VBZ
a_DT
conservative_JJ
style_NN
of_IN
filmmaking_VBG
which_WDT
enhances_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
charm_NN
._.
his_PP$
finesse_NN
brings_VBZ
out_RP
elements_NNS
which_WDT
might_MD
otherwise_RB
be_BE
lost_VBN
--_???
such_DT
as_IN
the_DT
relationships_NNS
between_IN
homer_NP
and_CC
various_JJ
mine_NN
workers_NNS
,_,
or_CC
the_DT
silent_JJ
struggle_NN
between_IN
homer_NP
's_POS
mother_NN
and_CC
father_NN
._.
the_DT
cast_NN
is_BEZ
well_RB
chosen_VBN
,_,
although_CS
the_DT
true_JJ
bright_JJ
spots_NNS
are_BER
the_DT
supporting_JJ
roles_NNS
._.
laura_NN
dern_???
(_(
jurassic_JJ
park_NN
)_)
lends_VBZ
a_DT
strong_JJ
performance_NN
in_IN
the_DT
role_NN
of_IN
the_DT
history_NN
teacher_NN
,_,
giving_VBG
the_DT
boys_NNS
the_DT
support_NN
and_CC
guidance_NN
they_PP
need_VB
._.
her_PP
role_NN
is_BEZ
instantly_RB
likeable_JJ
._.
chris_NP
cooper_NP
(_(
the_DT
horse_NN
whisperer_NN
)_)
,_,
as_CS
homer_NP
's_POS
father_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
less_DT
likeable_JJ
--_???
even_JJ
downright_NN
despicable_JJ
at_IN
times_NNS
--_???
but_CC
his_PP$
turn_NN
here_RB
gives_VBZ
gravity_NN
to_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
definitely_RB
a_DT
driving_JJ
force_NN
in_IN
homer_NP
's_POS
life_NN
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
more_DT
humane_JJ
moments_NNS
give_VB
the_DT
piece_NN
a_DT
certain_JJ
dynamic_JJ
that_CS
is_BEZ
commendable_JJ
._.
the_DT
script_NN
is_BEZ
generally_RB
cheerful_JJ
,_,
projecting_JJ
the_DT
boys_NNS
'_"
endeavors_NNS
in_IN
a_DT
lighthearted_VBN
manner_NN
._.
there_EX
are_BER
moments_NNS
when_CS
it_PP
becomes_VBZ
predictable_JJ
--_???
such_DT
as_IN
the_DT
train_NN
tracks_NNS
scene_NN
--_???
and_CC
there_EX
are_BER
moments_NNS
when_CS
it_PP
sacrifices_NNS
orginality_JJ
for_IN
the_DT
need_NN
to_IN
come_VB
up_RP
with_IN
an_DT
emotional_JJ
plot_NN
twist_NN
._.
it_PP
highlights_VBZ
the_DT
essence_NN
of_IN
youth_NN
,_,
however_RB
,_,
and_CC
for_IN
its_PP$
exceptional_JJ
job_NN
at_IN
this_DT
it_PP
can_MD
be_BE
forgiven_VBN
other_JJ
missteps_NNS
._.
october_NP
sky_NN
should_MD
be_BE
a_DT
success_NN
with_IN
audiences_NNS
._.
although_CS
it_PP
doesn't_DOZ
have_HV
the_DT
appeal_NN
of_IN
current_JJ
teen_NN
flicks_VBZ
like_IN
varsity_NN
blues_NNS
or_CC
she_PP
's_BEZ
all_PDT
that_CS
,_,
it_PP
certainly_RB
holds_VBZ
an_DT
undeniable_JJ
quality_NN
that_CS
older_JJR
crowds_NNS
will_MD
lean_VB
towards_IN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
welcome_JJ
change_NN
to_IN
the_DT
dramatic_JJ
genre_NN
,_,
and_CC
one_CD
that_CS
everyone_PN
should_MD
see_VB
._.