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since_CS
most_DT
movies_NNS
about_IN
slavery_NN
shield_NN
us_NP
from_IN
the_DT
true_JJ
horrors_NNS
of_IN
what_WDT
they're_???
portraying_VBG
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
fitting_VBG
to_TO
say_VB
that_DT
"_"
beloved_JJ
"_"
come_VB
as_IN
a_DT
real_JJ
shock_NN
as_IN
a_DT
film_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
confusing_JJ
,_,
bizarre_JJ
,_,
and_CC
as_CS
tough_JJ
a_DT
film_NN
to_IN
watch_NN
as_IN
any_DT
film_NN
i've_???
seen_VBN
all_PDT
year_NN
,_,
and_CC
that_CS
's_NNS
not_XNOT
necessarily_RB
because_CS
of_IN
the_DT
three-hour_NN
running_VBG
time_NN
._.
"_"
beloved_JJ
"_"
is_BEZ
challenging_JJ
to_TO
watch_VB
,_,
filled_VBN
with_IN
tough_JJ
and_CC
powerful_JJ
poetry_NN
that_CS
takes_VBZ
us_PP
completely_RB
off_IN
guard_NN
,_,
and_CC
instead_RB
of_IN
a_DT
straight-forward_NN
,_,
hollywood-ized_JJ
story_NN
about_IN
what_WDT
happened_VBD
to_IN
the_DT
slaves_NNS
after_IN
they_PP
were_BED
freed_VBN
,_,
"_"
beloved_JJ
"_"
comes_VBZ
off_IN
as_RB
a_DT
cry_NN
of_IN
anguish_NN
from_IN
all_PDT
those_DT
who_WP
actually_RB
lived_VBD
through_IN
what_WDT
happened_VBD
(_(
or_CC
,_,
rather_RB
,_,
toni_NP
morrison_NP
,_,
who_WP
wrote_VBD
the_DT
novel_NN
upon_IN
which_WDT
this_DT
is_BEZ
based_VBN
)_)
._.
"_"
beloved_JJ
"_"
tells_VBZ
the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
an_DT
ex-slave_NN
named_VBN
sethe_NP
,_,
played_VBD
by_IN
oprah_NP
winfrey_NP
,_,
who_WP
lives_VBZ
on_IN
a_DT
large_JJ
farm_NN
in_IN
the_DT
north_NN
with_IN
her_PP$
children_NNS
._.
when_CS
the_DT
film_NN
opens_VBZ
,_,
her_PP
house_NN
is_BEZ
being_BEG
terrorized_VBN
by_IN
a_DT
poltergeist_NN
,_,
which_WDT
shakes_VBZ
things_NNS
up_RP
,_,
wounds_NNS
the_DT
dog_NN
,_,
and_CC
makes_VBZ
things_NNS
generally_RB
uncomfortable_JJ
for_IN
the_DT
family_NN
._.
sethe_NP
is_BEZ
proud_JJ
,_,
though_CS
,_,
and_CC
will_MD
not_XNOT
move_VB
._.
her_PP
sons_NNS
run_VB
away_RB
,_,
leaving_VBG
only_RB
her_PP$
and_CC
her_PP$
daughter_NN
,_,
denver_NP
(_(
kimberly_RB
elise_NN
)_)
alone_RB
with_IN
the_DT
ghost_NN
which_WDT
is_BEZ
there_RB
without_IN
any_DT
factual_JJ
explanation_NN
._.
a_DT
couple_NN
years_NNS
pass_VB
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
ghost_NN
remains_VBZ
,_,
and_CC
one_CD
day_NN
,_,
a_DT
man_NN
named_VBN
paul_NP
d_NN
(_(
danny_NP
glover_NN
)_)
,_,
another_DT
ex-slave_NN
who_WP
knew_VBD
sethe_NP
years_NNS
ago_RB
when_CS
they_PP
worked_VBD
on_IN
a_DT
plantation_NP
together_RB
,_,
arrives_VBZ
,_,
asking_VBG
for_IN
lodging_NN
._.
he_PP
has_HVZ
been_BEN
wandering_VBG
around_IN
since_IN
he_PP
left_VBD
the_DT
plantation_NN
,_,
and_CC
when_CS
he_PP
enters_VBZ
the_DT
house_NN
,_,
it_PP
turns_VBZ
red_JJ
and_CC
becomes_VBZ
incredibly_RB
hot_JJ
._.
when_CS
he_PP
remarks_VBZ
about_IN
what_WDT
he_PP
thinks_VBZ
is_BEZ
evil_JJ
,_,
sethe_VB
replies_NNS
"_"
it_PP
ain't_???
evil_JJ
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
just_RB
sad_JJ
._.
"_"
some_DT
more_DT
time_NN
passes_VBZ
,_,
and_CC
paul_NP
d_NN
has_HVZ
become_VBN
a_DT
fervent_JJ
member_NN
of_IN
the_DT
household_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
ghost_NN
disappears_VBZ
._.
but_CC
when_CS
they_PP
return_VB
one_CD
day_NN
from_IN
going_VBG
out_RP
,_,
they_PP
discover_VB
a_DT
young_JJ
woman_NN
sitting_VBG
in_IN
the_DT
house_NN
._.
her_PP
name_NN
is_BEZ
beloved_JJ
,_,
and_CC
as_CS
played_VBN
by_IN
thandie_NP
newton_NP
,_,
she_PP
has_HVZ
almost_RB
zero_CD
motor_NN
skills_NNS
._.
she_PP
stumbles_VBZ
around_IN
,_,
half-grabbing_VBG
onto_IN
things_NNS
and_CC
knocking_VBG
them_PP
over_IN
,_,
and_CC
when_CS
she_PP
speaks_VBZ
,_,
she_PP
lets_VBZ
out_RP
a_DT
low_JJ
guttural_JJ
sound_NN
that_CS
eventually_RB
turns_VBZ
into_IN
baby_NN
talk_NN
._.
they_PP
let_VB
her_PP$
into_IN
her_PP
house_NN
,_,
and_CC
she_PP
begins_VBZ
to_IN
turn_NN
things_NNS
upside_IN
down_IN
._.
"_"
beloved_JJ
"_"
acts_NNS
like_IN
an_DT
incredibly_RB
difficult_JJ
chamber_NN
drama_NN
paired_VBN
with_IN
a_DT
ghost_NN
story_NN
._.
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
scenes_NNS
consist_VB
of_IN
people_NN
arguing_VBG
in_IN
one_CD
claustrophobic_JJ
,_,
low-lit_JJ
room_NN
,_,
with_IN
the_DT
occasional_JJ
flash_NN
to_IN
the_DT
past_NN
,_,
where_CS
we_PP
see_VB
images_NNS
of_IN
such_DT
horror_NN
that_CS
we_PP
thank_VB
god_NN
for_IN
modern-day_JJ
psychoanalysts_NNS
._.
sethe_VB
and_CC
paul_NP
d_NN
have_HV
lived_VBN
through_IN
such_DT
hellish_JJ
times_NNS
that_CS
they_PP
are_BER
forever_RB
implanted_VBN
with_IN
the_DT
memories_NNS
of_IN
their_PP$
slavehood_NN
on_IN
the_DT
old_JJ
plantation_NN
,_,
which_WDT
includes_VBZ
such_DT
images_NNS
as_IN
sethe_NP
being_BEG
raped_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
white_JJ
plantation_NN
hands_NNS
,_,
with_IN
her_PP$
nipples_NNS
being_NN
licked_VBD
,_,
prompting_VBG
her_PP$
to_TO
cry_VB
out_RP
to_IN
paul_NP
d_NN
when_CS
reminiscing_VBG
about_IN
it_PP
,_,
"_"
they_PP
took_VBD
my_PP$
milk_NN
!_!
"_"
worst_JJS
of_IN
all_PDT
was_BEDZ
the_DT
month_NN
after_IN
her_PP$
freedom_NN
,_,
when_CS
she_PP
was_BEDZ
allowed_VBN
to_IN
live_JJ
like_IN
a_DT
free_JJ
person_NN
,_,
working_VBG
with_IN
other_JJ
blacks_NNS
on_IN
a_DT
farm_NN
,_,
and_CC
then_RB
seeing_VBG
that_DT
her_PP
old_JJ
plantation_NN
owners_NNS
have_HV
arrived_VBN
to_IN
presumedly_RB
take_VB
her_PP$
and_CC
her_PP$
children_NNS
back_RP
._.
she_PP
runs_VBZ
to_IN
the_DT
barn_NN
near_IN
by_IN
,_,
carrying_VBG
her_PP$
four_CD
children_NNS
,_,
and_CC
when_CS
her_PP
old_JJ
owners_NNS
burst_VBD
in_IN
,_,
they_PP
discover_VB
she_PP
has_HVZ
murdered_VBN
one_CD
of_IN
them_PP
and_CC
is_BEZ
ready_JJ
to_TO
murder_VB
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
them_PP
if_CS
they_PP
don't_DO
leave_VB
them_PP
alone_RB
._.
when_CS
she_PP
is_BEZ
inquired_VBD
about_IN
this_DT
moment_NN
by_IN
paul_NP
d_NN
in_IN
a_DT
moment_NN
halfway_RB
through_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
she_PP
says_VBZ
she_PP
doesn't_DOZ
regret_VB
it_PP
._.
she_PP
killed_VBD
her_PP$
daughter_NN
so_RB
that_CS
she_PP
would_MD
not_XNOT
have_HV
to_TO
live_VB
through_IN
the_DT
horror_NN
she_PP
did_DOD
,_,
and_CC
she_PP
has_HVZ
convinced_VBN
herself_PPX
she_PP
did_DOD
the_DT
right_NN
thing_NN
._.
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
beloved_JJ
is_BEZ
really_RB
her_PP$
daugher_NN
materialized_VBD
,_,
though_CS
we_PP
aren't_BER
flat_JJ
out_RP
told_VBD
that_DT
until_CS
later_JJR
on_IN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
beloved_JJ
represents_VBZ
the_DT
pain_NN
and_CC
suffering_NN
the_DT
slaves_NNS
went_VBD
through_IN
and_CC
shows_NNS
how_WRB
difficult_JJ
it_PP
was_BEDZ
for_IN
them_PP
to_IN
deal_NN
with_IN
their_PP$
freedom_NN
after_IN
being_BEG
tortured_VBN
for_IN
so_RB
long_JJ
._.
thus_RB
,_,
"_"
beloved_JJ
"_"
becomes_VBZ
a_DT
sorta-redux_???
of_IN
the_DT
andrei_NP
tarkofsky_NN
sci-fi_???
classic_NN
,_,
"_"
solaris_NP
,_,
"_"
where_CS
a_DT
cosmonaut_NP
discovers_VBZ
that_CS
his_PP$
wife_NN
,_,
who_WP
commited_VBD
suicide_NN
years_NNS
before_IN
,_,
has_HVZ
materialized_VBN
when_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
orbiting_VBG
over_IN
a_DT
planet_NN
with_IN
a_DT
complex_JJ
brain_NN
system_NN
._.
that_CS
film_NN
spoke_VBD
volumes_NNS
about_IN
humanity_NN
and_CC
our_PP$
memories_NNS
,_,
how_WRB
we_PP
are_BER
constantly_RB
regretting_VBG
what_WDT
happened_VBD
in_IN
the_DT
past_NN
,_,
and_CC
when_CS
if_CS
it_PP
ever_RB
literally_RB
came_VBD
back_RP
to_IN
haunt_VB
us_NP
,_,
it_PP
would_MD
control_VB
us_PP
completely_RB
._.
"_"
beloved_JJ
"_"
moves_NNS
along_IN
freely_RB
,_,
without_IN
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
explanation_NN
,_,
and_CC
for_IN
the_DT
most_DT
part_NN
,_,
this_DT
is_BEZ
extremely_RB
respectable_JJ
._.
the_DT
most_DT
interesting_JJ
films_NNS
are_BER
the_DT
ones_NNS
that_CS
don't_DO
explain_VB
everything_PN
for_IN
us_PP
,_,
leaving_VBG
gaps_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
that_CS
we_PP
are_BER
supposed_JJ
to_TO
fill_VB
in_IN
with_IN
how_WRB
they_PP
act_VB
in_IN
the_DT
present_JJ
tense_JJ
._.
sethe_VB
is_BEZ
never_RB
fully_RB
explained_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
character_NN
,_,
but_CC
we_PP
understand_VB
all_PDT
her_PP$
actions_NNS
since_CS
she_PP
's_BEZ
being_BEG
played_VBN
by_IN
oprah_NN
winfrey_NP
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
been_BEN
well_JJ
over_IN
a_DT
decade_NN
since_CS
her_PP
last_OD
major_NP
performance_NN
in_IN
"_"
the_DT
color_NN
purple_JJ
,_,
"_"
but_CC
judging_VBG
from_IN
these_DT
two_CD
films_NNS
,_,
i'll_???
bet_NN
she_PP
's_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
actresses_NNS
working_VBG
today_RB
._.
._.
._.
if_NN
she_PP
was_BEDZ
strictly_RB
an_DT
actress_NN
._.
her_PP
talk_VB
show_VB
,_,
which_WDT
i_PP
suppose_VB
is_BEZ
a_DT
great_JJ
entity_NN
,_,
has_HVZ
prevented_VBN
her_PP$
from_IN
becoming_VBG
a_DT
noteworthy_JJ
actress_NN
,_,
and_CC
that_CS
's_NNS
a_DT
shame_NN
because_CS
she_PP
brings_VBZ
so_RB
much_DT
to_IN
this_DT
movie_NN
._.
emotion_NN
._.
sadness_NN
._.
strength_NN
._.
watching_VBG
the_DT
strong_JJ
sethe_NN
,_,
who_WP
's_BEZ
so_RB
afraid_JJ
of_IN
the_DT
past_NN
that_CS
she_PP
's_BEZ
built_VBN
a_DT
rather_RB
strong_JJ
protective_JJ
coating_NN
around_IN
herself_PPX
,_,
break_NN
down_IN
when_WRB
she_PP
discovers_VBZ
who_WP
beloved_NN
really_RB
is_BEZ
is_BEZ
what_WDT
makes_VBZ
this_DT
movie_NN
really_RB
great_JJ
._.
she_PP
makes_VBZ
it_PP
real_JJ
._.
that_CS
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
to_TO
say_VB
this_DT
is_BEZ
a_DT
perfect_JJ
film_NN
._.
in_IN
fact_NN
,_,
i'd_???
wager_VB
to_TO
say_VB
that_DT
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
confusing_JJ
and_CC
painful_JJ
to_IN
watch_NN
is_BEZ
what_WDT
prevents_VBZ
this_DT
from_IN
being_BEG
the_DT
truly_RB
great_JJ
film_NN
it_PP
is_BEZ
._.
while_CS
oprah_NN
's_BEZ
performance_NN
is_BEZ
powerful_JJ
and_CC
easily_RB
sympathetic_JJ
(_(
and_CC
i'm_???
dying_JJ
to_TO
see_VB
her_PP$
win_NN
at_IN
least_DT
an_DT
oscar_NP
nomination_NN
this_DT
february_NP
)_)
,_,
the_DT
structure_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
which_WDT
doesn't_DOZ
show_NN
what_WDT
happened_VBD
to_IN
her_PP$
children_NNS
till_IN
halfway_RB
through_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
prevents_VBZ
us_PP
from_IN
really_RB
making_VBG
a_DT
cohesive_JJ
connection_NN
to_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
it_PP
doesn't_DOZ
necessarily_RB
move_VB
as_CS
though_CS
they're_???
memories_NNS
of_IN
one_CD
particular_JJ
character_NN
,_,
and_CC
by_IN
the_DT
end_NN
,_,
it_PP
has_HVZ
lost_VBN
control_NN
over_IN
sethe_NP
,_,
and_CC
as_CS
she_PP
takes_VBZ
to_IN
bed_NN
,_,
we_PP
are_BER
unable_JJ
to_TO
truly_RB
identify_VB
with_IN
her_PP$
anymore_RB
._.
but_CC
despite_IN
its_PP$
tediousness_NN
,_,
perhaps_RB
that_CS
's_BEZ
the_DT
point_NN
._.
the_DT
distancing_VBG
by_IN
the_DT
end_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
may_MD
be_BE
just_RB
part_NN
of_IN
the_DT
way_NN
it_PP
has_HVZ
been_BEN
built_VBN
from_IN
the_DT
start_NN
,_,
since_CS
they_PP
figure_NN
she_PP
has_HVZ
crossed_VBN
over_IN
from_IN
being_NN
identifiable_JJ
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
needs_VBZ
to_IN
get_VB
back_RP
with_IN
reality_NN
._.
and_CC
for_IN
the_DT
most_DT
part_NN
,_,
this_DT
film_NN
seems_VBZ
like_IN
the_DT
cry_NN
of_IN
pain_NN
from_IN
the_DT
slaves_NNS
that_CS
it_PP
really_RB
wants_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
._.
jonathan_NP
demme_NN
's_POS
direction_NN
is_BEZ
bizarre_JJ
,_,
in_IN
nature_NN
with_IN
the_DT
story_NN
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
creates_VBZ
the_DT
right_NN
mood_NN
,_,
making_VBG
it_PP
a_DT
tough_JJ
film_NN
to_IN
sit_VB
through_IN
,_,
making_VBG
sure_JJ
that_CS
the_DT
audience_NN
feels_VBZ
as_IN
uncomfortable_JJ
as_CS
the_DT
characters_NNS
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
more_DT
to_TO
admire_VB
here_RB
,_,
like_IN
the_DT
way_NN
that_CS
the_DT
flashbacks_NNS
pop_VB
up_RP
freely_RB
and_CC
without_IN
real_JJ
organization_NN
,_,
just_RB
like_IN
they_PP
would_MD
be_BE
in_IN
real_JJ
life_NN
;_;
and_CC
the_DT
way_NN
that_CS
the_DT
ending_NN
leaves_NNS
it_PP
somewhat_RB
open_VB
to_IN
more_DT
pain_NN
and_CC
suffering_NN
,_,
but_CC
laced_VBD
with_IN
a_DT
touch_NN
of_IN
optimism_NN
._.
the_DT
acting_JJ
,_,
not_XNOT
only_RB
from_IN
winfrey_NP
,_,
is_BEZ
amazing_JJ
,_,
and_CC
i_PP
anticipate_VB
not_XNOT
only_RB
she_PP
will_MD
get_VB
an_DT
oscar_NP
nomination_NN
._.
everyone_PN
has_HVZ
been_BEN
raving_VBG
about_IN
thandie_NP
newton_NP
's_POS
performance_NN
,_,
and_CC
how_WRB
it_PP
should_MD
be_BE
rewarded_VBN
._.
however_RB
,_,
it_PP
must_MD
be_BE
noted_VBN
that_CS
out_RP
of_IN
everyone_PN
,_,
she_PP
had_HVD
the_DT
easiest_JJS
part_NN
._.
act_NN
like_IN
a_DT
baby_NN
._.
throw_VB
things_NNS
._.
stumble_VB
around_IN
._.
chew_VB
food_NN
with_IN
your_PP$
mouth_NN
open_JJ
._.
i_PP
do_DO
think_VB
there_RB
's_POS
another_DT
performance_NN
worthy_NN
of_IN
oscar_NP
conisderation_NP
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
kimberly_RB
elise_VB
,_,
as_CS
the_DT
daugher_NN
who_WP
has_HVZ
to_TO
stay_VB
sensible_JJ
and_CC
sane_JJ
,_,
and_CC
has_HVZ
to_TO
carry_VB
the_DT
burden_NN
of_IN
her_PP$
mother_NN
's_POS
loss_NN
of_IN
reality_NN
towards_IN
the_DT
end_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
that_DT
newton_NP
isn't_BEZ
great_JJ
:_:
she_PP
's_BEZ
as_IN
annoying_VBG
and_CC
wacky_JJ
as_IN
the_DT
role_NN
demands_NNS
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
just_RB
that_DT
elise_NN
has_HVZ
the_DT
tougher_JJR
job_NN
and_CC
pulls_VBZ
it_PP
off_RP
even_RB
better_RBR
._.
despite_IN
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
this_DT
film_NN
has_HVZ
winfrey_NP
written_VBN
all_RB
over_IN
it_PP
,_,
and_CC
not_XNOT
that_DT
of_IN
writer_NN
morrison_NP
or_CC
director_NN
demme_NN
,_,
"_"
beloved_JJ
"_"
has_HVZ
still_RB
not_XNOT
done_DON
well_JJ
._.
costing_VBG
,_,
i_PP
think_VB
,_,
around_IN
ninety_CD
million_NN
dollars_NNS
,_,
it_PP
has_HVZ
since_RB
grossed_VBN
about_IN
twenty-two_CD
._.
unfortunately_RB
,_,
this_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
little_JJ
too_RB
intense_JJ
for_IN
viewers_NNS
,_,
even_RB
for_IN
me_PP
,_,
and_CC
i_PP
can_MD
stand_VB
almost_RB
anything_PN
(_(
i_CD
recently_RB
viewed_VBN
the_DT
2_CD
2_CD
/_SYM
2_CD
hour_NN
long_JJ
epic_NN
"_"
caligula_NN
,_,
"_"
the_DT
worst_JJS
film_NN
i_PP
have_HV
ever_RB
seen_VBN
in_IN
my_PP$
life_NN
,_,
and_CC
did_DOD
it_PP
in_IN
a_DT
mere_JJ
2_CD
sittings_NNS
)_)
._.
although_CS
i_PP
respect_VB
"_"
beloved_JJ
,_,
"_"
i_PP
can't_MD
say_VB
that_DT
i_PP
really_RB
enjoyed_VBD
it_PP
._.