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with_IN
storytelling_NN
this_DT
compelling_JJ
,_,
who_WP
needs_VBZ
books_NNS
?_?
based_VBD
on_IN
the_DT
book_NN
by_IN
author_NN
james_NP
ellroy_VB
,_,
l_NN
._.
a_DT
._.
confidential_JJ
is_BEZ
probably_RB
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
piece_NN
of_IN
work_NN
produced_VBN
by_IN
hollywood_NP
in_IN
recent_JJ
years_NNS
._.
together_RB
with_IN
director_NN
curtis_NP
hanson_NP
(_(
the_DT
hand_NN
that_CS
rocks_NNS
the_DT
cradle_NN
,_,
the_DT
river_NN
wild_JJ
)_)
whom_WP
ellroy_NN
corroborated_VBN
closely_RB
throughout_IN
the_DT
shooting_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
resulted_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
movie_NN
with_IN
a_DT
plot_NN
and_CC
and_VB
script_NN
so_RB
tight_RB
,_,
an_DT
atom_NN
would_MD
have_HV
to_TO
squeeze_VB
itself_PPX
through_IN
._.
set_NN
in_IN
the_DT
3_CD
,_,
the_DT
story_NN
revolves_VBZ
around_IN
3_CD
policemen_NNS
of_IN
vivid_JJ
personalities_NNS
._.
jack_NP
vincennes_NNS
(_(
spacey_NP
)_)
is_BEZ
the_DT
cop_NN
who_WP
is_BEZ
more_DT
concerned_JJ
on_IN
busting_VBG
with_IN
fame_NN
and_CC
stardom_NN
ala_???
hollywood_NP
style_NN
,_,
concentrating_VBG
heavily_RB
on_IN
work_NN
which_WDT
will_MD
attract_VB
him_PP
media_NN
attention_NN
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
also_RB
the_DT
young_JJ
hot-shot_NN
rookie_NN
,_,
ed_NN
exley_NP
(_(
pearce_NP
)_)
,_,
fresh_JJ
out_RP
of_IN
the_DT
academy_NN
and_CC
all-out_JJ
to_IN
carve_VB
a_NP
name_NN
for_IN
himself_PPX
in_IN
the_DT
footsteps_NNS
of_IN
his_PP$
legendary_JJ
cop_NN
father_NN
._.
the_DT
tough_JJ
and_CC
unnerving_VBG
bud_NN
white_JJ
(_(
crowe_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
cop_NN
who_WP
believes_VBZ
in_IN
justice_NN
,_,
the_DT
swift_JJ
and_CC
violent_JJ
way_NN
._.
3_CD
policemen_NNS
,_,
distinct_JJ
in_IN
their_PP$
characters_NNS
and_CC
paths_NNS
but_CC
all_PDT
of_IN
them_PP
working_VBG
in_IN
a_DT
place_NN
where_CS
there_EX
is_BEZ
no_DT
real_JJ
distinction_NN
between_IN
good_JJ
and_CC
evil_JJ
._.
when_CS
his_PP$
partner_NN
is_BEZ
murdered_JJ
on_IN
the_DT
day_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
resignation_NN
,_,
bud_NN
sets_NNS
out_RP
to_IN
find_NN
the_DT
people_NN
responsible_JJ
but_CC
unwittingly_RB
delved_VBN
himself_PPX
into_IN
something_PN
more_DT
than_CS
just_RB
a_DT
simple_JJ
robbery_NN
murder_NN
._.
even_RB
after_IN
exley_NP
receives_VBZ
a_DT
promotion_NN
for_IN
his_PP$
work_NN
on_IN
the_DT
murder_NN
case_NN
,_,
happenings_NNS
began_VBD
to_TO
link_VB
itself_PPX
to_IN
the_DT
murder_NN
._.
the_DT
3_CD
eventually_RB
reach_VB
a_DT
point_NN
of_IN
convergence_NN
when_CS
what_WDT
actually_RB
began_VBD
as_CS
a_DT
personal_JJ
investigation_NN
turns_VBZ
out_RP
to_IN
be_BE
an_DT
uncovering_VBG
of_IN
a_DT
complex_JJ
web_NN
of_IN
organised-crime_NN
in_IN
hollywood_NP
._.
the_DT
last_OD
time_NN
i_PP
remember_VB
a_DT
film_NN
so_RB
clever_JJ
and_CC
compelling_JJ
was_BEDZ
when_CS
i_PP
watched_VBD
the_DT
usual_JJ
suspects_NNS
._.
in_IN
l_NN
._.
a_DT
._.
confidential_JJ
,_,
you_PP
do_DO
not_XNOT
get_VB
the_DT
shock_NN
and_CC
cleverness_NN
as_IN
the_DT
former_DT
but_CC
it_PP
has_HVZ
a_DT
lot_NN
more_DT
of_IN
`_"
story_NN
'_"
going_VBG
for_IN
it_PP
._.
there_RB
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
a_DT
single_JJ
moment_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
i_PP
felt_VBD
was_BEDZ
slow_JJ
at_IN
all_PDT
._.
surprisingly_RB
,_,
though_CS
spacey_NP
did_DOD
a_DT
very_RB
convincing_JJ
job_NN
as_IN
the_DT
street-wise_NN
vincennes_NNS
,_,
the_DT
movie_NN
was_BEDZ
carried_VBN
mostly_RB
by_IN
the_DT
two_CD
rather_RB
`_"
unknowns_NNS
'_"
,_,
pearce_NP
and_CC
crowe_NP
._.
pearce_NP
's_POS
exley_NP
is_BEZ
cool_JJ
and_CC
calculative_JJ
in_IN
his_PP$
actions_NNS
and_CC
there_EX
is_BEZ
a_DT
slight_JJ
hint_NN
of_IN
val_NP
kilmer_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
appearance_NN
._.
crowe_NP
's_POS
bud_NN
white_JJ
is_BEZ
the_DT
most_DT
impressive_JJ
of_IN
all_PDT
;_;
head-strong_JJ
and_CC
temperamental_JJ
,_,
he_PP
should_MD
obtain_VB
some_DT
sort_NN
of_IN
recognition_NN
for_IN
his_PP$
work_NN
here_RB
._.
superb_JJ
acting_JJ
._.
,_,
wonderful_JJ
storytelling_NN
and_CC
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
climaxing_NN
gunfights_NNS
ever_RB
._.
easily_RB
the_DT
best_JJS
hollywood_NP
piece_NN
for_IN
1997_CD
._.