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seen_VBN
september_NP
2_CD
,_,
2_CD
at_IN
2_CD
p_NN
._.
m_NN
at_IN
rotterdam_NP
square_NN
mall_NN
cinema_NN
2_CD
,_,
theater_NN
#_???
2_CD
,_,
with_IN
chris_NP
wessell_NP
for_IN
free_JJ
using_VBG
my_PP$
sony_NP
/_SYM
loews_NP
critic_NN
's_POS
pass_NN
._.
[_???
theater_NN
rating_NN
:_:
*_???
*_???
2_CD
/_SYM
2_CD
:_:
good_JJ
seats_NNS
,_,
average_JJ
sound_NN
,_,
picture_NN
unstable_JJ
]_???
"_"
rounders_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
exactly_RB
the_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
movie_NN
parents_NNS
don't_DO
want_VB
their_PP$
kids_NNS
to_IN
see_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
that_DT
it_NN
's_POS
a_DT
drunken_JJ
orgy_???
of_IN
sex_NN
and_CC
violence_NN
,_,
but_CC
because_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
film_NN
that_CS
flat-out_IN
says_VBZ
you_PP
can_MD
make_VB
a_DT
career_NN
out_RP
of_IN
gambling_NN
._.
and_CC
to_IN
take_VB
make_NN
things_NNS
"_"
worse_JJR
"_"
it_NN
proves_VBZ
this_DT
through_IN
its_PP$
original_JJ
,_,
fascinating_JJ
story_NN
._.
there_EX
have_HV
been_BEN
countless_JJ
crime_NN
films_NNS
both_RB
past_JJ
and_CC
present_JJ
that_CS
evoke_VB
the_DT
"_"
noir_???
"_"
mood_NN
,_,
that_CS
is_BEZ
,_,
the_DT
dark_JJ
,_,
shady_JJ
atmosphere_NN
where_CS
the_DT
vices_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
world_NN
become_VB
more_DT
fascinating_JJ
on_IN
screen_NN
than_CS
they_PP
would_MD
in_IN
real_JJ
life_NN
._.
this_DT
film_NN
starts_VBZ
off_IN
in_IN
the_DT
tradiational_JJ
noir_???
style_NN
,_,
introducing_VBG
us_PP
to_IN
the_DT
underworld_NN
of_IN
modern_JJ
gambling_NN
where_CS
the_DT
stakes_NNS
are_BER
high_JJ
and_CC
so_RB
is_BEZ
the_DT
price_NN
for_IN
losing_VBG
._.
matt_NP
damon_NP
stars_NNS
as_IN
mike_NP
mcdermott_NP
,_,
a_DT
20-something_NN
law_NN
student_NN
in_IN
present-day_JJ
new_JJ
york_NP
city_NN
who_WP
tells_VBZ
us_PP
how_WRB
the_DT
game_NN
of_IN
poker_NN
is_BEZ
really_RB
played_VBN
._.
damon_NP
narrates_NNS
throughout_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
entire_JJ
opening_NN
scene_NN
is_BEZ
voiced-over_RB
so_RB
perfectly_RB
to_IN
completely_RB
and_CC
totally_RB
define_VB
the_DT
setting_NN
._.
mike_NP
's_POS
about_IN
to_TO
go_VB
up_RP
against_IN
teddy_NP
kgb_NP
(_(
malkovich_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
russian_JJ
gangster_NN
who_WP
looks_VBZ
like_IN
a_DT
serial_NN
killer_NN
._.
but_CC
then_RB
again_RB
,_,
he_PP
practically_RB
is_BEZ
one_CD
and_CC
the_DT
film_NN
does_DOZ
everything_PN
to_TO
convey_VB
that_DT
sense_NN
-_-
the_DT
look_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
eyes_NNS
,_,
his_PP$
slow_JJ
movements_NNS
,_,
his_PP$
intricate_JJ
mannerisms_NNS
-_-
all_PDT
combined_VBN
with_IN
the_DT
classic_JJ
noir_???
cinematography_NN
of_IN
isolated_JJ
brightness_NN
within_IN
the_DT
darkness_NN
of_IN
the_DT
underworld_NN
(_(
literally_RB
)_)
._.
damon_NP
in_IN
the_DT
flesh_NN
might_MD
seem_VB
a_DT
little_JJ
out_RP
of_IN
place_NN
with_IN
his_PP$
expensive_JJ
clothes_NNS
and_CC
perfectly-groomed_VBD
features_NNS
,_,
but_CC
his_PP$
narration_NN
is_BEZ
what_WDT
brings_VBZ
it_PP
all_PDT
together_RB
._.
he_PP
never_RB
sounds_VBZ
like_IN
he_PP
's_BEZ
reading_VBG
from_IN
a_DT
script_NN
,_,
nor_CC
that_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
trying_VBG
to_TO
embellish_VB
anything_PN
,_,
it_PP
just_RB
comes_VBZ
natural_JJ
to_IN
him_PP
._.
the_DT
screenwriters_NNS
use_VB
the_DT
right_NN
words_NNS
and_CC
phrases_NNS
to_IN
describe_VB
the_DT
mood_NN
,_,
from_IN
the_DT
smell_NN
of_IN
the_DT
air_NN
,_,
to_IN
the_DT
logic_NN
involved_JJ
in_IN
reading_VBG
the_DT
other_JJ
guys_NNS
'_"
faces_NNS
and_CC
cards_NNS
,_,
and_CC
all_PDT
without_IN
sounding_VBG
remotely_RB
trite_JJ
._.
immediately_RB
we_PP
get_VB
the_DT
sense_NN
that_CS
poker_NN
isn't_BEZ
for_IN
gamblers_NNS
,_,
but_CC
for_IN
near-_???
geniuses_NNS
with_IN
nerves_NNS
of_IN
steel_NN
._.
the_DT
game_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
quiet_JJ
war_NN
,_,
with_IN
strategies_NNS
just_RB
as_IN
complex_JJ
and_CC
the_DT
same_DT
sense_NN
of_IN
honor_NP
among_IN
the_DT
soldiers_NNS
._.
the_DT
gangsters_NNS
mike_NP
plays_VBZ
against_IN
are_BER
the_DT
same_DT
ones_NNS
that_CS
might_MD
kill_VB
someone_PN
for_IN
scratching_NN
their_PP$
car_NN
,_,
but_CC
when_CS
it_PP
comes_VBZ
to_IN
the_DT
game_NN
of_IN
poker_NN
,_,
all_PDT
respect_NN
is_BEZ
due_JJ
to_TO
the_DT
winner_NN
because_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
truly_RB
the_DT
better_JJR
man_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
does_DOZ
an_DT
excellent_JJ
job_NN
in_IN
establishing_VBG
its_PP$
atmosphere_NN
during_IN
the_DT
first_OD
act_NN
._.
it_PP
concentrates_VBZ
so_RB
much_DT
in_IN
this_DT
aspect_NN
that_CS
the_DT
background_NN
and_CC
the_DT
progression_NN
of_IN
the_DT
story_NN
stumble_VB
a_DT
bit_NN
._.
we_PP
learn_VB
only_RB
a_DT
little_JJ
about_IN
mike_NP
,_,
both_RB
past_JJ
and_CC
present_JJ
._.
presently_RB
we_PP
know_VB
he_PP
has_HVZ
a_DT
girlfriend_NN
named_VBN
jo_NP
(_(
gretchen_NN
mol_???
)_(
who_NP
he_PP
constantly_RB
argues_VBZ
with_IN
over_IN
his_PP$
gambling_NN
._.
they_PP
go_VB
through_IN
a_DT
few_DT
break-up_???
/_SYM
make-up_NN
cycles_NNS
until_CS
mike_NP
's_POS
childhood_NN
pal_NN
and_CC
fellow_NN
rounder_NN
"_"
worm_NN
"_"
(_(
norton_NP
)_)
is_BEZ
released_VBN
from_IN
prison_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
at_IN
all_PDT
surprising_JJ
worm_NN
owes_VBZ
thousand_NN
of_IN
dollars_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
mob_NN
,_,
but_CC
what_WDT
is_BEZ
surprising_JJ
is_BEZ
how_WRB
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
able_JJ
to_TO
take_VB
such_DT
a_DT
predictable_JJ
element_NN
and_CC
execute_VB
it_PP
the_DT
way_NN
it_PP
does_DOZ
._.
technically_RB
,_,
the_DT
plot_NN
isn't_BEZ
unlike_IN
many_DT
children_NNS
's_POS
sitcoms_NNS
in_IN
which_WDT
the_DT
"_"
good_JJ
"_"
kid_NN
's_POS
"_"
bad_JJ
"_"
friend_NN
gets_VBZ
the_DT
good_JJ
kid_NN
in_IN
trouble_NN
and_CC
yet_RB
the_DT
good_JJ
kid_NN
remains_VBZ
friends_NNS
with_IN
the_DT
bad_JJ
kid_NN
._.
what_WDT
this_DT
film_NN
does_DOZ
is_BEZ
use_NN
a_DT
different_JJ
medium_NN
to_IN
tell_VB
that_RB
story_NN
._.
mike_NP
and_CC
worm_NN
have_HV
been_BEN
in_IN
over_RB
their_PP$
heads_NNS
their_PP$
entire_JJ
lives_NNS
,_,
but_CC
both_RB
share_NN
a_DT
passion_NN
for_IN
out-thinking_VBG
the_DT
other_JJ
player_NN
who_WP
is_BEZ
trying_VBG
to_TO
do_DO
the_DT
same_DT
to_IN
them_PP
._.
where_CS
as_IN
worm_NN
prefers_VBZ
to_IN
go_NN
the_DT
sleazy_NP
route_NN
of_IN
cheating_VBG
(_(
hence_RB
his_PP$
jail_NN
time_NN
)_)
,_,
mike_NP
always_RB
takes_VBZ
the_DT
cards_NNS
he_PP
's_BEZ
dealt_VBN
and_CC
works_NN
with_IN
them_PP
._.
sometimes_RB
they_PP
pay_VB
off_RP
(_(
i_NN
._.
e_NN
._.
his_PP$
ability_NN
to_IN
pay_NN
his_PP$
way_NN
through_IN
law_NN
school_NN
on_IN
his_PP$
gambling_NN
money_NN
)_)
,_,
but_CC
other_JJ
times_NNS
they_PP
don't_DO
(_(
i_CD
._.
e_NN
._.
the_DT
fact_NN
he_PP
takes_VBZ
himself_PPX
out_RP
of_IN
the_DT
game_NN
and_CC
works_NN
a_DT
steady_JJ
job_NN
after_IN
dropping_VBG
$_???
000_CD
,_,
000_CD
on_IN
a_DT
single_JJ
hand_NN
)_)
._.
once_RB
things_NNS
start_VB
happening_VBG
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
able_JJ
to_TO
expand_VB
and_CC
develop_VB
its_PP$
plot_NN
into_IN
an_DT
intricate_JJ
web_NN
of_IN
detail_NN
and_CC
mood_NN
._.
mike_NP
and_CC
worm_NN
bob_NP
and_CC
weave_NN
through_IN
all_PDT
kinds_NNS
of_IN
games_NNS
at_IN
all_PDT
kinds_NNS
of_IN
places_NNS
,_,
from_IN
socialites_NNS
'_"
mansions_NNS
,_,
to_IN
taking_VBG
the_DT
tourists_NNS
at_IN
atlantic_NP
city_NN
,_,
to_IN
outwitting_VBG
the_DT
gangsters_NNS
that_CS
control_NN
it_PP
all_PDT
._.
everything_PN
they_PP
come_VB
into_IN
contact_NN
with_IN
is_BEZ
a_NN
big_JJ
poker_NN
game_NN
in_IN
that_DT
everything_PN
's_POS
a_DT
battle_NN
against_IN
the_DT
cards_NNS
destiny_NN
deals_NNS
._.
one_CD
scene_NN
demonstrates_VBZ
this_DT
perfectly_RB
in_IN
which_WDT
mike_NP
is_BEZ
told_VBN
by_IN
a_DT
judge_NN
(_(
martin_NP
landou_NP
,_,
in_IN
a_DT
perfectly_RB
cast_VBN
and_CC
performed_VBN
role_NN
)_)
that_CS
destiny_NN
is_BEZ
everything_PN
and_CC
yet_RB
nothing_PN
at_IN
the_DT
same_DT
time_NN
._.
matt_NP
's_POS
good_JJ
at_IN
gambling_NN
but_CC
he_PP
's_BEZ
also_RB
got_VBN
potential_JJ
to_IN
be_BE
a_DT
great_JJ
lawyer_NN
._.
he_PP
could_MD
go_VB
professional_JJ
as_CS
either_DT
,_,
but_CC
with_IN
one_CD
he_PP
could_MD
lose_VB
everything_PN
or_CC
win_VB
big_JJ
,_,
but_CC
with_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
there_RB
's_BEZ
stability_NN
but_CC
not_XNOT
much_RB
risk_NN
involved_JJ
._.
can_MD
someone_PN
who_NP
's_BEZ
gambled_VBN
his_PP$
entire_JJ
life_NN
really_RB
cash_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
chips_NNS
and_CC
leave_VB
?_?
if_CS
the_DT
film_NN
had_HVD
been_BEN
just_RB
a_DT
subtle_JJ
lesson_NN
in_IN
poker-playing_VBG
,_,
then_RB
the_DT
ending_NN
is_BEZ
our_PP$
test_NN
._.
everything_PN
is_BEZ
told_VBN
from_IN
mike_NP
's_POS
perspective_NN
,_,
but_CC
we're_???
finally_RB
able_JJ
to_IN
recognize_VB
some_DT
things_NNS
on_IN
our_PP$
own_DT
._.
this_DT
makes_VBZ
the_DT
final_JJ
,_,
against-all-_???
odds_NNS
showdown_NN
seem_VB
like_IN
just_RB
that_DT
._.
it_PP
works_VBZ
just_RB
like_IN
the_DT
game_NN
it_PP
revolves_VBZ
around_IN
-_-
showing_NN
us_NP
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
cards_NNS
,_,
but_CC
still_RB
evokes_NNS
the_DT
element_NN
of_IN
the_DT
unknown_JJ
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
consequences_NNS
thereof_RB
._.
what_WDT
separates_VBZ
"_"
rounders_NN
"_"
from_IN
most_DT
other_JJ
films_NNS
about_IN
games_NNS
is_BEZ
the_DT
fact_NN
the_DT
challenge_NN
and_CC
the_DT
skills_NNS
are_BER
more_DT
important_JJ
than_CS
winning_VBG
in_IN
the_DT
end_NN
._.