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gothic_JJ
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._.
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they've_???
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film_NN
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._.
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,_,
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outdated_JJ
._.
"_"
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"_"
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sam_NP
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,_,
to_IN
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to_IN
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._.
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;_;
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._.
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work_NN
,_,
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each_DT
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._.
annie_NP
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cate_???
blanchett_NN
)_(
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her_PP$
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._.
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her_PP$
mainstay_NN
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(_(
hilary_NP
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)_)
,_,
who_WP
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by_IN
her_PP$
husband_NN
donnie_NN
(_(
keanu_???
reeves_NP
)_)
,_,
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buddy_JJ
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(_(
giovanni_???
ribisi_FW
)_(
,_,
an_DT
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his_PP$
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._.
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,_,
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money_NN
,_,
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way_NN
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seeking_VBG
solace_NN
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finding_VBG
the_DT
good_JJ
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everyone_PN
's_POS
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._.
her_PP
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grandmother_NN
(_(
rosemary_NP
harris_NP
)_)
told_VBD
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child_NN
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,_,
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._.
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son_NN
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,_,
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nice-guy_???
school_NN
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,_,
wayne_NP
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(_(
greg_NP
kinnear_JJ
)_)
,_,
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herself_PPX
attracted_JJ
to_IN
._.
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wayne_NP
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the_DT
wealthy_JJ
jessica_NP
king_NN
(_(
katie_NP
holmes_NP
)_)
,_,
whom_WP
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negative_JJ
vibe_???
about_IN
._.
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a_DT
party_NN
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her_PP$
best_JJS
friend_NN
linda_NP
(_(
kim_???
dickens_NP
)_)
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jessica_NP
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a_DT
compromising_NN
position_NN
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lawyer_NN
david_NP
duncan_NP
(_(
gary_NP
cole_NP
)_)
._.
soon_RB
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jessica_NP
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,_,
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,_,
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annie_NP
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barksdale_NN
,_,
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behind_IN
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home_NN
._.
"_"
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"_"
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raimi_NP
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his_PP$
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film_NN
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"_"
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love_NN
of_IN
the_DT
game_NN
"_"
)_)
lift_NN
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._.
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viewer_NN
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the_DT
many_DT
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their_PP$
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jessica_NP
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the_DT
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a_DT
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horror-mystery_NN
._.
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the_DT
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film_NN
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exceptional_JJ
cate_???
blanchett_NN
(_(
1999_CD
's_NNS
"_"
the_DT
talented_JJ
mr_NN
._.
ripley_NP
"_"
)_)
,_,
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run-of-the-mill_NN
protagonist_NN
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a_DT
very_RB
exact_JJ
,_,
down-to-earth_NP
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realistic_JJ
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valid_JJ
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and_CC
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caring_NN
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around_IN
her_PP$
._.
blanchett_NP
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material_NN
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it_PP
,_,
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entire_JJ
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it_PP
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might_MD
not_XNOT
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._.
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follow_VB
her_PP$
at_IN
every_DT
turn_NN
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she_PP
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so_RB
mesmerizing_VBG
,_,
both_RB
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a_DT
character_NN
and_CC
an_DT
actress_NN
._.
blanchett_NP
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the_DT
only_RB
bright_JJ
performer_NN
,_,
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ably_RB
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by_IN
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
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of_IN
the_DT
year_NN
._.
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her_PP$
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role_NN
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oscar_NN
win_VB
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1999_CD
's_POS
"_"
boys_NNS
don't_DO
cry_VB
,_,
"_"
hilary_NP
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the_DT
confused_JJ
valerie_NP
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who_WP
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guidance_NN
from_IN
annie_NP
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too_RB
scared_JJ
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take_VB
her_PP$
biggest_JJS
advice_NN
of_IN
all_PDT
:_:
to_TO
leave_VB
the_DT
grossly_RB
abusive_JJ
donnie_NN
._.
as_CS
donnie_NN
,_,
keanu_???
reeves_NP
(_)
2000_CD
's_MD
"_"
the_DT
watcher_NN
"_"
)_)
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an_DT
utterly_RB
convincing_JJ
backwoods_NNS
meanie_NN
,_,
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difficult_JJ
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believe_VB
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an_DT
actor_NN
at_IN
all_PDT
._.
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reeves_NP
,_,
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acting_JJ
abilities_NNS
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the_DT
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this_RB
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,_,
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also_RB
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
better_JJR
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he_PP
has_HVZ
given_VBN
._.
giovanni_???
ribisi_FW
(_(
2000_CD
's_NNS
"_"
the_DT
boiler_NN
room_NN
"_"
)_)
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heartbreaking_VBG
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a_DT
mentally_RB
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young_JJ
man_NN
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annie_NP
as_IN
his_PP$
only_JJ
friend_NN
,_,
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do_DO
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being_BEG
plagued_VBN
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bad_JJ
dreams_NNS
about_IN
his_PP$
dad_NN
._.
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the_DT
small_JJ
,_,
but_CC
pivotal_JJ
role_NN
of_IN
the_DT
sleazy_NP
jessica_NP
king_NN
,_,
katie_NP
holmes_NP
(_(
2000_CD
's_NNS
"_"
wonder_VB
boys_NNS
"_"
)_)
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yet_RB
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._.
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jessica_NP
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one_CD
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,_,
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radiant_JJ
in_IN
her_PP$
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scenes_NNS
._.
finally_RB
,_,
kim_???
dickens_NP
(_)
2000_CD
's_MD
"_"
hollow_JJ
man_NN
"_"
)_)
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her_PP$
usual_JJ
strong_JJ
impression_NN
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annie_NP
's_POS
spicy_JJ
best_JJS
friend_NN
,_,
linda_NP
._.
the_DT
other_JJ
notable_JJ
aspect_NN
of_IN
"_"
the_DT
gift_NN
"_"
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its_PP$
moody_JJ
atmosphere_NN
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a_DT
thickly_RB
foreboding_NN
air_NN
over_IN
every_DT
scene_NN
it_PP
's_BEZ
almost_RB
suffocating_JJ
._.
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cleverly_RB
construed_VBN
editing_NN
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arthur_NP
coburn_NN
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bob_NN
murawski_NP
,_,
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different_JJ
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a_DT
very_RB
good_JJ
music_NN
score_NN
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christopher_NP
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,_,
the_DT
movie_NN
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scary_JJ
undercurrent_NN
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one_CD
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filled_VBN
with_IN
dread_NN
._.
helped_VBN
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by_IN
a_DT
strong_JJ
screenplay_NN
by_IN
billy_NP
bob_NP
thornton_NP
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tom_NP
epperson_NP
,_,
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its_PP$
setting_NN
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delightful_JJ
cast_NN
,_,
"_"
the_DT
gift_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
that_CS
rarest_NN
of_IN
thrillers_NNS
that_CS
actually_RB
thrills_NNS
,_,
and_CC
offers_VBZ
up_RP
a_DT
fair_JJ
share_NN
of_IN
chills_NNS
,_,
too_RB
._.
it_PP
may_MD
not_XNOT
be_BE
groundbreakingly_RB
original_JJ
,_,
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it_PP
sure_JJ
is_BEZ
an_DT
entertaining_JJ
ride_NN
for_IN
the_DT
duration_NN
of_IN
its_PP$
running_NN
time_NN
._.
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