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what_WDT
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the_DT
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._.
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!_!
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:_:
"_"
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batman_NN
,_,
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to_IN
the_DT
joker_NN
!_!
!_!
"_"
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,_,
indeed_RB
,_,
this_DT
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the_DT
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warner_NP
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savvy_???
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the_DT
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._.
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the_DT
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,_,
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highlight_NN
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batman_NN
._.
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bozo_???
the_DT
clown_NN
(_(
romero_NP
played_VBD
the_DT
joker_NN
in_IN
the_DT
'60s_???
tv_NN
series_NN
)_)
._.
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one_CD
hand_NN
,_,
nicholson_NP
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._.
his_PP$
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manic_JJ
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(_(
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an_DT
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the_DT
television_NN
airwaves_NNS
with_IN
hilarious_JJ
pirate_NN
broadcasts_NNS
)_)
bring_VB
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laughter_NN
into_IN
an_DT
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dark_JJ
film_NN
._.
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the_DT
other_JJ
hand_NN
,_,
his_PP$
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only_RB
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mask_NN
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his_PP$
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for_IN
all_PDT
of_IN
mankind_NN
._.
the_DT
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cruelty_NN
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demented_JJ
,_,
diabolical_JJ
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truly_RB
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sinister_JJ
._.
this_DT
guy_NN
is_BEZ
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his_PP$
rocker_NN
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
not_XNOT
only_RB
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it_PP
,_,
he_PP
flaunts_NNS
it_PP
!_!
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enough_RB
about_IN
nicholson_NP
as_IN
the_DT
joker_NN
:_:
i'm_???
sure_JJ
most_DT
people_NN
are_BER
wondering_VBG
about_IN
michael_NP
keaton_NP
as_IN
batman_NN
._.
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many_DT
,_,
i_PP
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outraged_JJ
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warner_NP
brothers_NNS
announced_VBD
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keaton_NP
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cast_VBN
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the_DT
caped_JJ
crusader_NN
._.
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batfans_NNS
need_VB
not_XNOT
worry_VB
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holy_JJ
unconventional_JJ
casting_NN
!_!
keaton_NP
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._.
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the_DT
tormented_JJ
millionaire_NN
,_,
bruce_NP
wayne_NP
,_,
and_CC
beneath_IN
his_PP$
hard_JJ
,_,
black_JJ
body_NN
armor_NN
,_,
he_PP
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mysterious_JJ
and_CC
formidable_JJ
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the_DT
batman_NN
._.
even_RB
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the_DT
screenplay_NN
only_RB
halfheartedly_RB
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to_IN
develop_VB
the_DT
character_NN
,_,
keaton_NP
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give_VB
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of_IN
the_DT
inner_JJ
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and_CC
emotional_JJ
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wayne_NP
to_IN
don_NP
his_PP$
bat_NN
gear_NN
and_CC
battle_NN
the_DT
low_JJ
life_NN
scum_NN
of_IN
gotham_NP
city_NN
._.
visually_RB
,_,
batman_NN
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knockout_NN
nothing_PN
short_JJ
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a_DT
triumph_NN
for_IN
director_NN
tim_NP
burton_NP
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his_PP$
production_NN
team_NN
._.
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the_DT
film_NN
noir_???
look_NN
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,_,
gloomy_JJ
atmosphere_NN
of_IN
such_DT
batman_NN
comic_NN
books_NNS
as_IN
"_"
the_DT
dark_JJ
knight_NN
returns_NNS
"_"
and_CC
"_"
the_DT
killing_NN
joke_NN
._.
"_"
burton_NP
's_POS
film_NN
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a_DT
feast_NN
for_IN
the_DT
eyes_NNS
;_;
the_DT
$_???
35_CD
million_NN
budget_NN
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definitely_RB
on_IN
the_DT
screen_NN
._.
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sets_NNS
,_,
costumes_NNS
,_,
and_CC
make-up_NN
are_BER
stunning_JJ
and_CC
worthy_JJ
of_IN
oscar_NP
nominations_NNS
._.
nicholson_NP
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joking_VBG
when_CS
he_PP
boasts_VBZ
,_,
"_"
wait_VB
'till_NP
they_PP
get_VB
a_DT
load_NN
of_IN
me_PP
!_!
"_"
his_PP$
grimacing_VBG
smile_NN
,_,
green_JJ
hair_NN
,_,
and_CC
purple_JJ
suits_NNS
over_IN
orange_NN
shirts_NNS
are_BER
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outrageous_JJ
._.
keaton_NP
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wardrobe_NN
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equally_RB
appropriate_JJ
._.
batman_NN
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cape_NN
,_,
mask_NN
,_,
and_CC
body_NN
armor_NN
make_VB
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threatening_VBG
,_,
frightening_JJ
,_,
and_CC
invincible_JJ
bringing_VBG
to_IN
mind_NN
not_XNOT
adam_NP
west_NP
's_POS
campy_???
costume_NN
in_IN
the_DT
tv_NN
series_NN
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peter_NP
weir_NP
's_POS
outfit_NN
in_IN
robocop_???
._.
production_NN
designer_NN
anton_NP
furst_NP
's_POS
sets_NNS
are_BER
a_DT
wonder_NN
._.
gotham_NP
city_NN
is_BEZ
dark_JJ
and_CC
foreboding_NN
,_,
almost_RB
as_CS
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it_PP
were_BED
an_DT
expressionist_NN
vision_NN
of_IN
new_JJ
york_NP
._.
the_DT
batcave_NN
is_BEZ
cold_JJ
,_,
bare_JJ
,_,
and_CC
desolate_JJ
._.
the_DT
world_NN
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burton_NP
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in_IN
batman_NN
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nightmare_NN
of_IN
violence_NN
and_CC
corruption_NN
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
's_POS
gritty_JJ
bladerunner_NN
/_SYM
robocop_???
look_NN
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a_DT
joy_NN
to_IN
behold_VB
._.
the_DT
plot_NN
,_,
on_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
hand_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
as_IN
rousing_VBG
._.
the_DT
screenplay_NN
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not_XNOT
up_RP
to_IN
snuff_NN
in_IN
comparison_NN
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the_DT
stylized_JJ
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and_CC
superb_JJ
acting_JJ
._.
it_PP
takes_VBZ
forever_RB
for_IN
what_WDT
little_DT
story_NN
there_RB
is_BEZ
to_IN
finally_RB
kick_NN
into_IN
gear_NN
._.
batman_NN
tries_VBZ
to_IN
walk_NN
a_DT
thin_JJ
line_NN
between_IN
action_NN
and_CC
character_NN
psychology_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
fails_VBZ
to_IN
give_VB
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enough_RB
of_IN
either_DT
one_CD
._.
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i_PP
mentioned_VBD
earlier_RBR
,_,
the_DT
screenplay_NN
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of_IN
the_DT
joker_NN
,_,
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it_PP
never_RB
fully_RB
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batman_JJ
's_POS
psychological_JJ
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and_CC
underpinnings_NNS
._.
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terms_NNS
of_IN
action_NN
,_,
batman_NN
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
as_IN
thrilling_JJ
as_CS
you_PP
might_MD
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._.
burton_NP
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the_DT
visual_JJ
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dramatic_JJ
elements_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
story_NN
._.
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anything_PN
,_,
batman_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
mood_NN
film_NN
._.
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batman_NN
may_MD
not_XNOT
completely_RB
absorb_VB
and_CC
excite_JJ
you_PP
,_,
it_PP
will_MD
likely_RB
impress_VB
you_PP
with_IN
its_PP$
success_NN
at_IN
bringing_VBG
to_IN
life_NN
the_DT
style_NN
and_CC
spirit_NN
of_IN
the_DT
batman_NN
comic_NN
books_NNS
._.
thanks_NNS
to_IN
its_PP$
distinctive_JJ
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,_,
the_DT
movie_NN
like_IN
a_DT
good_JJ
comic_NN
book_NN
transports_VBZ
us_PP
to_TO
another_DT
world_NN
._.
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