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._.
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._.
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._.
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._.
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/_SYM
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._.
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._.
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._.
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(_)
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)_(
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,_,
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)_)
._.
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._.
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(_(
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)_)
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._.
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poledouris_NP
'_"
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well-placed_JJ
(_(
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times_NNS
)_)
._.
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,_,
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early_JJ
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._.
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._.
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the_DT
subplots_NNS
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._.
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impressed_VBN
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go_VB
overboard_RB
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flash_NN
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style_NN
,_,
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be_BE
doing_DOG
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classic_JJ
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(_(
such_DT
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luhrmann_NP
's_MD
vicious_JJ
tragedy_NN
william_NP
shakespeare_NP
's_POS
romeo_NP
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juliet_NP
)_(
._.
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film_NN
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solid_JJ
and_CC
whole_JJ
,_,
and_CC
each_DT
scene_NN
has_HVZ
a_DT
certain_JJ
amount_NN
of_IN
importance_NN
and_CC
vigor_NP
that_CS
keeps_VBZ
the_DT
audience_NN
interested_JJ
._.
liam_NP
neeson_NP
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terrific_JJ
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the_DT
main_JJ
role_NN
;_;
neeson_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
actor_NN
who_WP
does_DOZ
solemn_JJ
desperation_NN
extremely_RB
well_RB
,_,
and_CC
valjean_JJ
is_BEZ
certainly_RB
a_DT
man_NN
who_WP
clearly_RB
fits_VBZ
that_CS
adjective_JJ
._.
thurman_NN
,_,
in_IN
her_PP$
small_JJ
role_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
very_RB
good_JJ
,_,
and_CC
proves_VBZ
that_CS
she_PP
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a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
range_NN
and_CC
can_MD
perform_VB
in_IN
a_DT
very_RB
non-glamorous_JJ
role_NN
such_DT
as_CS
this_DT
one_CD
._.
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is_BEZ
absolutely_RB
incredible_JJ
as_CS
javert_NP
;_;
i_PP
don't_DO
remember_VB
ever_RB
feeling_NN
so_RB
strongly_RB
about_IN
a_DT
villain_NN
as_IN
i_PP
do_DO
here_RB
;_;
he_PP
adds_VBZ
depth_NN
and_CC
complexity_NN
with_IN
subtle_JJ
glances_NNS
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nuances_NNS
,_,
and_CC
effortlessly_RB
makes_VBZ
each_DT
of_IN
his_PP$
scenes_NNS
intense_JJ
._.
i_PP
can't_MD
be_BE
as_IN
charitable_JJ
for_IN
danes_NNS
,_,
however_RB
;_;
though_CS
i_PP
know_VB
she_PP
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a_DT
talented_JJ
actress_NN
,_,
here_RB
she_PP
tends_VBZ
to_IN
overact_NN
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it_PP
might_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
better_JJR
to_TO
underplay_VB
the_DT
character_NN
a_DT
bit_NN
._.
les_NP
miserables_NNS
is_BEZ
,_,
as_CS
i've_???
said_JJ
,_,
a_DT
solid_JJ
,_,
intelligent_JJ
motion_NN
picture_NN
._.
my_PP$
only_JJ
complaint_NN
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that_CS
it_PP
feels_VBZ
a_DT
bit_NN
too_RB
easy_JJ
,_,
and_CC
perhaps_RB
too_RB
staged_VBN
._.
each_DT
scene_NN
is_BEZ
grand_JJ
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huge_JJ
,_,
and_CC
exploding_VBG
with_IN
poledouris_NP
'_"
score_NN
,_,
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i_PP
didn't_DOD
always_RB
want_VB
them_PP
to_IN
be_BE
._.
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the_DT
most_DT
part_NN
,_,
les_NP
miserables_NNS
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not_XNOT
a_DT
subtle_JJ
or_CC
deep_JJ
picture_NN
._.
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's_BEZ
a_DT
good_JJ
movie_NN
,_,
and_CC
tells_VBZ
its_PP$
story_NN
well_RB
,_,
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august_NP
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to_IN
hand-feed_RB
us_PP
themes_NNS
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scenes_NNS
that_CS
would_MD
have_HV
worked_VBN
better_RBR
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they_PP
been_BEN
more_DT
subtle_JJ
._.
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,_,
in_IN
a_DT
film_NN
this_DT
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and_CC
well-produced_JJ
,_,
a_DT
few_DT
minor_JJ
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easily_RB
overlooked_VBN
._.
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