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studio_NN
expectations_NNS
must_MD
not_XNOT
have_HV
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high_JJ
for_IN
"_"
great_JJ
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"_"
--_???
the_DT
film_NN
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from_IN
late_JJ
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late_JJ
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at_IN
what_WDT
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the_DT
last_OD
minute_NN
,_,
therefore_RB
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academy_NN
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this_DT
time_NN
in_IN
1999_CD
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
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smart_JJ
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,_,
because_CS
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this_DT
updated_VBN
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on_IN
the_DT
charles_NP
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tale_NN
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oscar_NP
fodder_NN
,_,
it_PP
*_???
is_BEZ
*_???
strong_JJ
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the_DT
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the_DT
first_OD
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six_CD
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any_DT
given_VBN
year_NN
._.
"_"
great_JJ
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"_"
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a_DT
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,_,
especially_RB
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the_DT
excruciatingly_RB
wretched_JJ
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of_IN
baz_???
luhrmann_NP
's_MD
"_"
william_NP
shakespeare_NP
's_POS
romeo_NP
+_SYM
juliet_NP
._.
"_"
"_"
great_JJ
expectations_NNS
"_"
opens_VBZ
somewhere_RB
in_IN
1970s_CD
florida_NP
(_(
the_DT
original_JJ
story_NN
is_BEZ
set_VBN
in_IN
19th-century_NN
england_NP
)_)
,_,
as_CS
eight-year-old_JJ
finn_NN
(_(
jeremy_NP
james_NP
kissner_NN
)_)
meets_VBZ
a_DT
trio_NN
of_IN
people_NN
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have_HV
a_DT
profound_JJ
effect_NN
on_IN
his_PP$
life_NN
in_IN
the_DT
future_NN
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
icy_JJ
,_,
11-year-old_JJ
estella_NN
(_(
raquel_NP
beaudene_NN
)_)
,_,
a_DT
pseudo-playmate_JJ
of_IN
finn_NN
's_POS
;_;
ms_NN
._.
dinsmoor_NP
(_(
anne_NP
bancroft_NP
)_)
,_,
estella_NN
's_POS
auntie_NN
who_WP
's_BEZ
quite_RB
off-kilter_NN
over_IN
a_DT
past_NN
romance_NN
that_CS
never_RB
took_VBD
off_RP
;_;
and_CC
a_DT
mysterious_JJ
prisoner_NN
(_(
robert_NP
de_NP
niro_???
)_(
whom_WP
finn_NN
saves_NNS
the_DT
life_NN
of_IN
._.
finn_NN
,_,
who_WP
lives_VBZ
with_IN
his_PP$
sister_NN
's_POS
affable_JJ
boyfriend_NN
(_(
lone_JJ
star_NN
's_POS
chris_NP
cooper_NP
)_)
,_,
fancies_NNS
himself_PPX
an_DT
aspiring_JJ
artist_NN
,_,
and_CC
proves_VBZ
his_PP$
prowess_NN
by_IN
whipping_VBG
up_RP
an_DT
unusual_JJ
portrait_NN
of_IN
estella_NN
using_VBG
only_RB
ms_NN
._.
dinsmoor_NP
's_POS
lipstick_NN
,_,
eyebrow_RB
pencil_NN
and_CC
the_DT
wallpaper_NN
from_IN
her_PP$
dilapidating_NN
mansion_NN
._.
flash_NN
forward_RB
into_IN
the_DT
'90s_???
(_(
after_CS
a_DT
brief_JJ
stop_NN
in_IN
the_DT
'80s_???
)_(
,_,
and_CC
finn_NN
(_(
now_RB
played_VBN
by_IN
ethan_NP
hawke_???
)_(
,_,
despondent_JJ
over_IN
a_DT
strange_JJ
hot-and-cold_NN
relationship_NN
with_IN
the_DT
elusive_JJ
estella_NN
(_(
gwyneth_NP
paltrow_NN
)_)
,_,
receives_VBZ
quite_RB
a_DT
bit_NN
of_IN
money_NN
from_IN
an_DT
unknown_JJ
benefactor_NN
;_;
it_PP
's_BEZ
enough_RB
cash_NN
to_IN
send_VB
him_PP
to_IN
new_JJ
york_NP
to_IN
focus_NN
on_IN
a_DT
career_NN
in_IN
art_NN
._.
there_EX
,_,
finn_NN
seems_VBZ
to_IN
gain_NN
everything_PN
he_PP
could_MD
ever_RB
want_VB
--_???
wealth_NN
,_,
prestige_NN
and_CC
a_DT
high_JJ
place_NN
in_IN
the_DT
glamorous_JJ
art_NN
world_NN
._.
when_CS
estella_NN
resurfaces_NNS
--_???
albeit_CS
with_IN
an_DT
aloof_JJ
fianc_NP
?_?
(_)
hank_NP
azaria_NP
)_)
--_???
finn_NN
also_RB
sees_VBZ
the_DT
chance_NN
to_IN
renew_VB
their_PP$
mutual_JJ
attraction_NN
._.
but_CC
she_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
the_DT
only_JJ
ghost_NN
from_IN
finn_NN
's_POS
past_NN
that_CS
's_BEZ
going_VBG
to_TO
be_BE
paying_VBG
him_PP
a_DT
visit_NN
._.
comparisons_NNS
with_IN
the_DT
afore-mentioned_JJ
"_"
romeo_NP
+_SYM
juliet_NP
"_"
seem_VB
inevitable_JJ
since_CS
these_DT
films_NNS
are_BER
the_DT
only_RB
ones_NNS
in_IN
recent_JJ
memory_NN
to_IN
plop_???
classic_JJ
drama_NN
into_IN
a_DT
current_JJ
setting_NN
._.
"_"
great_JJ
expectations_NNS
"_"
is_BEZ
a_DT
much_RB
better_JJR
venture_NN
,_,
though_CS
,_,
because_CS
it_PP
treats_VBZ
its_PP$
source_NN
with_IN
even-handed_JJ
respect_NN
,_,
where_CS
"_"
romeo_NP
"_"
was_BEDZ
never_RB
quite_RB
sure_JJ
whether_CS
to_TO
be_BE
a_DT
spoof_JJ
,_,
a_DT
homage_NN
or_CC
both_RB
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
visual_JJ
banquet_NN
thanks_NNS
to_IN
emmanuel_NP
lubezki_???
's_BEZ
sexy_JJ
cinematography_NN
;_;
notably_RB
,_,
he_PP
captures_NNS
a_DT
revisited_VBN
fountain_NN
kiss_NN
between_IN
the_DT
two_CD
leads_NNS
with_IN
a_DT
luscious_JJ
,_,
erotic_JJ
charge_NN
that_CS
's_BEZ
steamier_NN
than_CS
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
(_)
surprisingly_RB
muted_JJ
)_)
love_NN
scenes_NNS
._.
the_DT
eclectic_JJ
rock_NN
soundtrack_NN
compliments_NNS
the_DT
on-screen_IN
action_NN
beautifully_RB
,_,
especially_RB
new_JJ
songs_NNS
by_IN
tori_???
amos_???
,_,
mono_???
and_CC
duncan_NP
sheik_NN
._.
acting_VBG
credits_NNS
are_BER
first-rate_JJ
,_,
often_RB
hiding_VBG
the_DT
screenplay_NN
's_POS
occasional_JJ
slip-ups_NNS
._.
hawke_???
is_BEZ
sincere_JJ
and_CC
solid_JJ
as_IN
a_DT
leading_JJ
man_NN
(_(
something_PN
we_PP
also_RB
learned_VBD
from_IN
"_"
gattaca_NP
"_"
)_)
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
finn_NN
is_BEZ
quite_RB
a_DT
likeable_JJ
guy_NN
._.
paltrow_RB
's_POS
estella_NN
,_,
on_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
hand_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
rather_RB
underdeveloped_JJ
._.
while_CS
the_DT
actress_NN
is_BEZ
at_IN
her_PP$
icily_RB
seductive_JJ
best_JJS
,_,
we're_???
not_XNOT
told_VBN
very_RB
much_RB
about_IN
her_PP$
character_NN
,_,
and_CC
as_CS
a_DT
result_NN
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
often_RB
hard_JJ
to_IN
understand_VB
why_WRB
finn_NN
would_MD
appreciate_VB
her_PP$
beyond_RB
a_DT
physical_JJ
level_NN
(_(
but_CC
,_,
oh_UH
,_,
*_???
what_WDT
*_???
a_DT
physical_JJ
level_NN
)_)
;_;
sometimes_RB
,_,
we_PP
root_NN
for_IN
finn_NN
although_CS
we_PP
don't_DO
quite_RB
understand_VB
why_WRB
she_PP
's_BEZ
fueling_VBG
his_PP$
fire_NN
._.
robert_NP
de_NP
niro_???
is_BEZ
nice_JJ
and_CC
sophisticated_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
benevolent_JJ
kind_NN
of_IN
role_NN
he_PP
rarely_RB
gets_VBZ
to_IN
play_NN
;_;
on_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
end_NN
of_IN
the_DT
acting_JJ
spectrum_NN
is_BEZ
bancroft_NP
,_,
a_DT
macabre_JJ
,_,
throaty_JJ
delight_NN
who_WP
mambos_???
and_CC
sucks_VBZ
down_RP
cigarettes_NNS
with_IN
an_DT
eerie_JJ
enthusiasm_NN
that_CS
would_MD
make_VB
norma_NN
desmond_IN
jealous_JJ
._.
alfonso_NP
cuaron_NN
's_POS
visually_RB
elegant_JJ
direction_NN
helps_VBZ
to_IN
distract_VB
from_IN
the_DT
dry_JJ
moments_NNS
that_CS
pop_VB
up_RP
more_DT
frequently_RB
around_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
's_POS
climax_NN
._.
another_DT
problem_NN
is_BEZ
predictability_NN
;_;
you_PP
can_MD
guess_VB
your_PP$
way_NN
through_IN
the_DT
plot_NN
even_RB
if_CS
you_PP
aren't_BER
familiar_JJ
with_IN
the_DT
story_NN
._.
despite_IN
its_PP$
script_NN
flaws_NNS
,_,
though_CS
,_,
"_"
great_JJ
expectations_NNS
"_"
is_BEZ
undeniably_RB
romantic_JJ
without_IN
being_BEG
corny_JJ
or_CC
gloppy_JJ
._.
and_CC
frankly_RB
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
nice_JJ
to_TO
see_VB
a_DT
film_NN
that_CS
embraces_VBZ
softened_VBN
sensuality_NN
other_JJ
than_CS
explicit_JJ
sexuality_NN
._.
perhaps_RB
that_CS
renovated_VBN
release_NN
date_NN
,_,
awfully_RB
close_JJ
to_IN
valentine_NP
's_POS
day_NN
,_,
will_MD
end_VB
up_RP
helping_VBG
"_"
great_JJ
expectations_NNS
"_"
'_"
seemingly_RB
average_JJ
box_NN
office_NN
chances_NNS
after_IN
all_PDT
._.
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