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to_IN
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mr_NN
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1998_CD
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`_"
8mm_CD
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match_NN
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power_NN
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jesus_NP
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regular_JJ
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operation_NN
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blood_NN
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actual_JJ
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colorful_JJ
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help_NN
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bringing_VBG
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the_DT
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study_NN
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play_NN
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patricia_NP
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stigmata_JJ
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relationship_NN
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mishandled_JJ
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ineffective_JJ
finale_NN
._.
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movie_NN
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the_DT
one-two_CD
punch_NN
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scorsese_JJ
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the_DT
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grit_NN
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hard-edge_NN
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something_PN
like_IN
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goodfellas_NNS
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scorsese_JJ
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hit_VB
a_DT
nerve_NN
with_IN
his_PP$
latest_JJS
picture_NN
._.
the_DT
incredible_JJ
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photography_NN
represent_VB
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brilliance_NN
in_IN
an_DT
otherwise_RB
unspectacular_JJ
conglomeration_NN
._.
fans_NNS
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director_NN
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his_PP$
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a_DT
departure_NN
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1997_CD
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does_DOZ
`_"
bringing_VBG
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dead_JJ
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rival_NN
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work_NN
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only_RB
occasionally_RB
._.
some_DT
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the_DT
film_NN
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surprisingly_RB
limp_JJ
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there_EX
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enough_RB
energy_NN
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it_PP
's_BEZ
interesting_JJ
material_NN
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breathtaking_JJ
visual_JJ
appearance_NN
to_IN
suffice_VB
._.
those_DT
expecting_VBG
a_DT
grisly_JJ
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risqu_???
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product_NN
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disheartened_VBN
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the_DT
fairly_RB
straight-arrow_JJ
approach_NN
-_-
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it_PP
's_BEZ
still_RB
a_DT
solid_JJ
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admirable_JJ
effort_NN
._.
`_"
bringing_VBG
out_RP
the_DT
dead_JJ
'_"
was_BEDZ
written_VBN
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the_DT
acclaimed_JJ
paul_NP
schrader_NN
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who_WP
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with_IN
scorsese_JJ
on_IN
such_DT
classics_NNS
as_IN
`_"
taxi_NN
driver_NN
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and_CC
`_"
raging_JJ
bull_NN
'_"
._.
schrader_NN
's_POS
script_NN
is_BEZ
full_JJ
of_IN
moments_NNS
-_-
wonderful_JJ
,_,
sharply_RB
defined_VBN
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-_-
that_CS
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sorted_VBN
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the_DT
remainder_NN
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his_PP$
meandering_NN
screenplay_NN
._.
the_DT
exceptional_JJ
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the_DT
film_NN
are_BER
it_PP
's_NNS
astounding_VBG
technical_JJ
credits_NNS
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the_DT
amazing_JJ
cast_NN
._.
goodman_NN
and_CC
sizemore_IN
are_BER
both_PDT
electric_JJ
(_)
well_RB
,_,
mainly_RB
sizemore_IN
)_(
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
the_DT
phenomenal_JJ
ving_???
rhames_FW
who_NP
deserves_VBZ
a_DT
second_NN
look_NN
._.
watch_VB
the_DT
actor_NN
's_POS
deeply_RB
inspired_JJ
dedication_NN
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he_PP
resurrects_NNS
a_DT
gothic_JJ
band_NN
member_NN
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and_CC
you'll_???
understand_VB
why_WRB
he_PP
won_VBD
a_DT
golden_JJ
globe_NN
._.
`_"
bringing_VBG
out_RP
the_DT
dead_JJ
'_"
is_BEZ
raw_JJ
and_CC
electrifying_VBG
often_RB
enough_RB
to_IN
mask_NN
it_PP
's_BEZ
certain_JJ
flaws_NNS
._.
scorsese_JJ
-_-
and_CC
cage_NN
,_,
for_IN
that_DT
matter_NN
-_-
have_HV
done_DON
better_RBR
,_,
but_CC
their_PP$
intentions_NNS
are_BER
certainly_RB
admirable_JJ
._.