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it_PP
has_HVZ
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three_CD
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tarantino_NP
stunned_JJ
the_DT
cinema_NN
world_NN
by_IN
claiming_VBG
the_DT
cannes_NNS
film_NN
festival_NN
's_POS
palme_NP
d'or_???
,_,
a_DT
$_???
100_CD
million-plus_JJ
box_NN
office_NN
gross_JJ
,_,
and_CC
an_DT
oscar_NP
nomination_NN
?_?
all_PDT
for_IN
his_PP$
sophomore_RB
outing_NN
,_,
pulp_NN
fiction_NN
._.
since_CS
then_RB
,_,
the_DT
talented_JJ
film_NN
maker_NN
has_HVZ
been_BEN
virtually_RB
invisible_JJ
,_,
surfacing_VBG
briefly_RB
as_IN
a_DT
co-director_NN
of_IN
the_DT
wildly_RB
uneven_JJ
four_CD
rooms_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
screenwriter_NN
of_IN
the_DT
gory_JJ
vampire-fest_NN
,_,
from_IN
dusk_NN
till_IN
dawn_NN
._.
in_IN
between_IN
,_,
he_PP
has_HVZ
moonlighted_VBN
as_CS
an_DT
"_"
actor_NN
"_"
with_IN
several_DT
decidedly_RB
unmemorable_JJ
performances_NNS
._.
now_RB
,_,
with_IN
much_DT
fanfare_NN
and_CC
anticipation_NN
,_,
tarantino_NP
has_HVZ
returned_VBN
with_IN
his_PP$
third_OD
directorial_JJ
effort_NN
,_,
jackie_NP
brown_NP
._.
and_CC
,_,
while_CS
this_DT
motion_NN
picture_NN
,_,
adapted_VBN
from_IN
elmore_WRB
leonard_NP
's_POS
novel_NN
,_,
rum_NN
punch_NP
,_,
offers_VBZ
solid_JJ
entertainment_NN
,_,
those_DT
expecting_VBG
another_DT
bravura_NN
outing_NN
from_IN
tarantino_NP
will_MD
leave_VB
theaters_NNS
disappointed_JJ
._.
for_IN
the_DT
most_DT
part_NN
,_,
jackie_NP
brown_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
pretty_JJ
ordinary_JJ
crime_NN
movie_NN
._.
the_DT
story_NN
,_,
which_WDT
starts_VBZ
out_RP
slowly_RB
,_,
develops_VBZ
into_IN
a_DT
twisty_NN
affair_NN
,_,
with_IN
double-crosses_NNS
and_CC
triple-crosses_NNS
._.
and_CC
the_DT
movie_NN
is_BEZ
littered_VBN
with_IN
occasional_JJ
tarantino_NP
trademarks_NNS
:_:
witty_JJ
dialogue_NN
,_,
unexpected_JJ
gunfire_NN
,_,
'70s_???
pop_JJ
tunes_NNS
,_,
and_CC
close-ups_NNS
of_IN
womens_NNS
'_"
bare_JJ
feet_NNS
._.
yet_RB
,_,
for_IN
all_PDT
of_IN
that_DT
,_,
the_DT
production_NN
is_BEZ
something_PN
of_IN
a_DT
letdown_NN
._.
the_DT
sheer_JJ
,_,
in-your-face_NN
exuberance_NN
that_CS
marked_JJ
reservoir_NN
dogs_NNS
and_CC
especially_RB
pulp_NN
fiction_NN
is_BEZ
absent_JJ
._.
the_DT
mostly-straightforward_NN
chronology_NN
of_IN
jackie_NP
brown_NP
doesn't_DOZ
match_VB
up_RP
favorably_RB
to_IN
the_DT
non-linear_JJ
style_NN
of_IN
tarantino_NP
's_POS
previous_JJ
efforts_NNS
?_?
an_DT
approach_NN
that_CS
added_VBD
tension_NN
and_CC
edginess_NN
to_IN
the_DT
narratives_NNS
._.
and_CC
there_EX
aren't_BER
nearly_RB
as_IN
many_DT
deliciously_RB
offbeat_NN
conversations_NNS
this_DT
time_NN
around_IN
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
a_DT
samuel_NP
l_NN
._.
jackson_NP
monologue_NN
about_IN
guns_NNS
,_,
a_DT
jackson_NP
/_SYM
chris_NP
tucker_NN
argument_NN
regarding_IN
the_DT
merits_NNS
of_IN
hiding_VBG
in_IN
a_DT
car_NN
trunk_NN
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
jackson_NP
/_SYM
robert_NP
de_NP
niro_???
exchange_NN
that_CS
recalls_VBZ
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
jackson_NP
/_SYM
travolta_???
material_JJ
from_IN
pulp_NN
fiction_NN
,_,
but_CC
that_CS
's_NNS
about_IN
it_PP
._.
jackie_NP
brown_NP
's_POS
lone_JJ
"_"
innovation_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
its_PP$
presentation_NN
of_IN
a_DT
crucial_JJ
sequence_NN
from_IN
three_CD
different_JJ
perspectives_NNS
._.
this_DT
isn't_BEZ
exactly_RB
an_DT
original_JJ
technique_NN
?_?
it_PP
has_HVZ
been_BEN
done_DON
numerous_JJ
times_NNS
before_IN
,_,
most_DT
famously_RB
in_IN
akira_NP
kurosawa_NP
's_POS
rashomon_JJ
and_CC
most_DT
recently_RB
in_IN
edward_NP
zwick_NP
's_POS
courage_NN
under_IN
fire_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
while_CS
in_IN
those_DT
two_CD
movies_NNS
(_(
and_CC
others_NNS
)_)
,_,
there_EX
was_BEDZ
a_DT
legitimate_JJ
plot_NN
reason_NN
for_IN
the_DT
multiple_JJ
points-of-_???
view_NN
,_,
tarantino_NP
's_POS
sole_JJ
purpose_NN
for_IN
using_VBG
it_PP
appears_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
because_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
unconventional_JJ
._.
had_HVD
the_DT
scenes_NNS
in_IN
question_NN
been_BEN
shown_VBN
from_IN
only_RB
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
three_CD
vantages_NNS
,_,
nothing_PN
would_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
lost_VBN
._.
as_CS
a_DT
result_NN
,_,
this_DT
aspect_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
little_JJ
more_DT
than_CS
a_DT
curiosity_NN
._.
for_IN
the_DT
second_NN
picture_NN
in_IN
a_DT
row_NN
,_,
tarantino_NP
is_BEZ
attempting_VBG
to_TO
revive_VB
the_DT
career_NN
of_IN
a_DT
'70s_???
icon_NN
._.
this_DT
time_NN
around_IN
,_,
instead_RB
of_IN
john_NP
travolta_???
,_,
it_NN
's_POS
blaxploitation_NN
queen_NN
pam_NP
grier_RBR
(_(
foxy_JJ
brown_JJ
has_HVZ
become_VBN
jackie_NP
brown_JJ
)_)
._.
in_IN
one_CD
of_IN
many_DT
nods_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
most_DT
famous_JJ
segment_NN
of_IN
grier_NN
's_POS
career_NN
,_,
tarantino_NP
uses_VBZ
a_DT
'70s_???
song_NN
to_IN
accompany_VB
her_PP$
first_OD
appearance_NN
during_IN
the_DT
opening_NN
credits_NNS
._.
there_EX
are_BER
also_RB
several_DT
instances_NNS
during_IN
jackie_NP
brown_NP
when_CS
the_DT
director_NN
offers_VBZ
a_DT
sly_JJ
wink_???
towards_IN
certain_JJ
conventions_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
blaxploitation_NP
genre_NN
(_(
although_CS
grier_NN
never_RB
does_DOZ
any_DT
butt-kicking_NN
)_)
._.
grier_RBR
is_BEZ
jackie_NP
brown_NP
,_,
a_DT
flight_NN
attendant_NN
who_WP
gets_VBZ
caught_JJ
transporting_VBG
drugs_NNS
and_CC
money_NN
into_IN
the_DT
united_JJ
states_NNS
._.
she_PP
's_BEZ
working_VBG
for_IN
gun_NN
dealer_NN
ordell_NP
robbie_NP
(_(
samuel_NP
l_NN
._.
jackson_NP
)_(
,_,
but_CC
she_PP
keeps_VBZ
her_PP$
mouth_NN
shut_VB
under_IN
questioning_NN
,_,
despite_IN
pressure_NN
from_IN
ray_NP
nicolet_NP
(_(
michael_NP
keaton_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
federal_JJ
official_JJ
._.
no_DT
longer_JJR
sure_JJ
whether_CS
or_CC
not_XNOT
he_PP
can_MD
trust_VB
jackie_NP
,_,
ordell_NP
arranges_NNS
for_IN
a_DT
bail_NN
bondsman_NN
,_,
max_NP
cherry_NN
(_(
robert_NP
forster_NP
,_,
tv_NN
's_POS
"_"
banyon_NP
"_"
)_)
to_TO
post_IN
the_DT
necessary_JJ
$_???
000_CD
,_,
000_CD
,_,
then_RB
plans_NNS
to_IN
shoot_NN
jackie_NP
if_CS
she_PP
proves_VBZ
disloyal_NN
._.
jackie_NP
passes_VBZ
ordell_NP
's_POS
test_NN
,_,
however_RB
,_,
and_CC
soon_RB
the_DT
two_CD
of_IN
them_PP
are_BER
plotting_VBG
a_DT
way_NN
to_IN
smuggle_VB
$_???
000_CD
,_,
000_CD
of_IN
ordell_NP
's_POS
money_NN
into_IN
the_DT
united_JJ
states_NNS
without_IN
tipping_VBG
off_RP
the_DT
feds_???
._.
soon_RB
,_,
just_RB
about_IN
everyone_PN
is_BEZ
after_IN
that_DT
money_NN
,_,
including_IN
jackie_NP
,_,
max_NP
,_,
ray_NP
,_,
ordell_NP
's_POS
perpetually_RB
oversexed_JJ
and_CC
drugged-out_IN
girlfriend_NN
,_,
melanie_NP
(_(
bridget_NP
fonda_NN
)_)
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
right-hand_JJ
man_NN
,_,
louis_NP
(_(
robert_NP
de_NP
niro_???
)_(
._.
unsurprisingly_RB
,_,
the_DT
most_DT
memorable_JJ
performance_NN
is_BEZ
turned_VBN
in_IN
by_IN
samuel_NP
l_NN
._.
jackson_NP
,_,
but_CC
ordell_NP
isn't_BEZ
nearly_RB
as_IN
invigorating_JJ
or_CC
compelling_JJ
a_DT
character_NN
as_IN
jules_NNS
from_IN
pulp_NN
fiction_NN
._.
in_IN
addition_NN
to_IN
looking_VBG
fantastic_JJ
,_,
pam_NP
grier_NN
is_BEZ
also_RB
quite_RB
good_JJ
,_,
although_CS
hers_PP$
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
an_DT
oscar-_???
caliber_NN
performance_NN
(_(
although_CS
she_PP
might_MD
get_VB
a_DT
nomination_NN
)_)
._.
robert_NP
forster_NP
and_CC
michael_NP
keaton_NP
are_BER
solid_JJ
in_IN
their_PP$
tough-guys-who-rarely-_???
smile_NN
roles_NNS
._.
bridget_NP
fonda_NN
is_BEZ
around_IN
for_IN
three_CD
discernible_JJ
reasons_NNS
:_:
to_IN
look_NN
sexy_JJ
in_IN
a_DT
bikini_NP
,_,
to_IN
provide_VB
a_NP
little_JJ
twisted_JJ
comedy_NN
,_,
and_CC
to_IN
satisfy_VB
tarantino_NP
's_POS
foot_NN
fetish_NN
._.
robert_NP
de_NP
niro_???
is_BEZ
criminally_JJ
underused_JJ
in_IN
a_DT
part_NN
that_CS
could_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
played_VBN
equally_RB
well_RB
by_IN
any_DT
grungy-_???
looking_JJ
,_,
middle-aged_JJ
actor_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
which_WDT
clocks_VBZ
in_IN
at_IN
several_DT
minutes_NNS
over_IN
the_DT
two-and-a-_???
half_NN
hour_NN
mark_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
probably_RB
too_RB
long_JJ
for_IN
the_DT
material_NN
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
plot_NN
is_BEZ
convoluted_VBN
enough_RB
to_IN
keep_NN
us_NP
guessing_VBG
throughout_IN
(_(
although_CS
the_DT
payoff_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
letdown_NN
)_)
._.
tarantino_NP
keeps_VBZ
things_NNS
moving_VBG
along_IN
nicely_RB
,_,
with_IN
a_DT
heavier_JJR
dose_NN
of_IN
humor_NN
and_CC
less_DT
violence_NN
than_CS
in_IN
pulp_NN
fiction_NN
,_,
but_CC
,_,
on_IN
the_DT
whole_JJ
,_,
this_DT
movie_NN
seems_VBZ
more_DT
like_IN
the_DT
work_NN
of_IN
one_CD
of_IN
his_PP$
wannabes_NNS
than_CS
something_PN
from_IN
the_DT
director_NN
himself_PPX
._.
when_CS
it_PP
comes_VBZ
to_IN
recent_JJ
caper_NN
films_NNS
(_(
like_IN
the_DT
grifters_NNS
and_CC
bound_JJ
)_)
,_,
jackie_NP
brown_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
second-tier_RBR
effort_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
an_DT
entertaining_JJ
diversion_NN
,_,
but_CC
not_XNOT
a_DT
masterpiece_NN
,_,
and_CC
certainly_RB
not_XNOT
an_DT
oscar_NP
contender_NN
._.