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what_WDT
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._.
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._.
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._.
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._.
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._.
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the_DT
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._.
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one_CD
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point_NN
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view_NN
._.
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malick_NP
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film_NN
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set_VBN
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a_DT
tropical_JJ
paradise_NN
,_,
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cinematography_NN
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lush_JJ
._.
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question_NN
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we_PP
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the_DT
face_NN
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such_DT
beauty_NN
?_?
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saving_NN
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,_,
the_DT
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a_DT
german_JJ
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quandary_NN
of_IN
whether_CS
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let_VB
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go_VB
._.
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the_DT
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line_NN
,_,
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japanese_JJ
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the_DT
first_OD
place_NN
._.
they_PP
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the_DT
americans_NNS
--_???
frightened_JJ
and_CC
angry_JJ
,_,
grieving_JJ
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praying_VBG
._.
all_PDT
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war_NN
._.
the_DT
flaw_NN
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the_DT
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the_DT
voice-overs_NNS
._.
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the_DT
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pretentious_JJ
,_,
sometimes_RB
corny_JJ
,_,
the_DT
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what_WDT
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images_NNS
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completely_RB
unnecessary_JJ
._.
dispensing_NN
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them_PP
,_,
malick_NP
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achieved_VBN
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tarkovskian_JJ
grandeur_NN
._.
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,_,
he_PP
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self-consciousness_NN
._.
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that_DT
,_,
malick_NP
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direction_NN
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stunning_JJ
._.
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tracking_NN
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windswept_JJ
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transports_VBZ
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shore_NN
are_BER
extraordinary_JJ
._.
sean_NP
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,_,
elias_NP
koteas_JJ
,_,
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nick_NP
nolte_???
give_VB
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best_JJS
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._.
penn_???
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hide_NN
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,_,
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startling_JJ
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his_PP$
battle_NN
._.
john_NP
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clooney_NP
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the_DT
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cameo_???
roles_NNS
._.
ultimately_RB
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the_DT
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drama_NN
._.
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its_PP$
lack_NN
of_IN
dramatic_JJ
structure_NN
,_,
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malick_NP
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his_PP$
mind_NN
._.
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no_DT
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entertainment_NN
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war_NN
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?_?
what_WDT
malick_NN
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theme_NN
,_,
and_CC
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that_DT
,_,
the_DT
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most_DT
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._.
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