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city_NN
of_IN
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most_DT
:_:
thought-provoking_NN
,_,
moving_VBG
,_,
and_CC
completely_RB
unsentimental_JJ
._.
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interesting_JJ
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a_DT
film_NN
that_CS
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undone_VBN
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by_IN
its_PP$
wretched_JJ
sentimentality_NN
._.
city_NN
of_IN
angels_NNS
is_BEZ
a_DT
wonderful_JJ
film_NN
,_,
enhanced_VBN
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interesting_JJ
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well-rounded_JJ
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some_DT
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the_DT
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immersive_JJ
imagery_NN
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last_OD
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of_IN
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._.
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the_DT
story_NN
,_,
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most_DT
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the_DT
cliches_NNS
we're_???
so_CS
used_JJ
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seeing_VBG
in_IN
films_NNS
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this_DT
._.
city_NN
of_IN
angels_NNS
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apparently_RB
loose_JJ
remake_VB
of_IN
wim_???
wenders_NNS
'_"
1988_CD
film_NN
wings_NNS
of_IN
desire_NN
._.
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have_HV
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to_TO
see_VB
wings_NNS
of_IN
desire_NN
,_,
so_RB
i_PP
am_BEM
,_,
unfortunately_RB
,_,
unable_JJ
to_IN
make_NN
a_DT
comparison_NN
of_IN
the_DT
two_CD
._.
i_PP
have_HV
heard_VBN
,_,
however_RB
,_,
that_CS
city_NN
of_IN
angels_NNS
is_BEZ
dissimilar_JJ
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the_DT
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numerous_JJ
ways_NNS
,_,
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this_DT
film_NN
isn't_BEZ
a_DT
rip-off_NN
of_IN
its_PP$
source_NN
material_NN
._.
nicolas_NP
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seth_NP
,_,
an_DT
angel_NN
who_WP
,_,
like_IN
all_PDT
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his_PP$
angel_NN
counterparts_NNS
,_,
is_BEZ
present_JJ
to_TO
lead_VB
the_DT
dying_JJ
to_IN
heaven_NN
(_(
or_CC
somewhere_RB
just_RB
like_IN
it_PP
)_)
._.
one_CD
day_NN
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
forced_VBN
to_IN
take_VB
the_DT
life_NN
of_IN
a_DT
patient_NN
of_IN
dr_NN
._.
maggie_NP
rice_NN
(_(
meg_NP
ryan_NP
)_)
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
attention_NN
is_BEZ
called_VBN
to_IN
her_PP$
._.
the_DT
angels_NNS
can_MD
make_VB
themselves_PPX
seen_VBN
to_IN
humans_NNS
,_,
but_CC
they_PP
can't_MD
experience_VB
any_DT
of_IN
the_DT
senses_NNS
(_(
most_DT
importantly_RB
,_,
touch_NN
)_)
._.
he_PP
shows_VBZ
himself_PPX
to_IN
maggie_NP
,_,
and_CC
she_PP
falls_VBZ
for_IN
him_PP
,_,
unaware_JJ
that_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
slightly_RB
unavailable_JJ
because_CS
of_IN
his_PP$
apparition_NN
status_NN
._.
seth_NP
wants_VBZ
to_IN
become_VBN
human_JJ
so_RB
he_PP
can_MD
feel_VB
her_PP$
._.
that_CS
's_BEZ
when_CS
he_PP
meets_VBZ
nathaniel_NP
messinger_NN
(_(
dennis_NP
franz_NP
)_)
,_,
"_"
former_DT
celestial_JJ
messenger_NN
and_CC
recent_JJ
addition_NN
to_IN
the_DT
human_JJ
race_NN
._.
"_"
(_)
as_CS
a_DT
side_NN
note_NN
,_,
i_PP
found_VBD
messinger_NN
to_IN
be_BE
the_DT
most_DT
fascinating_JJ
character_NN
,_,
for_IN
i_PP
can_MD
only_RB
imagine_VB
how_WRB
incredibly_RB
liberating_JJ
it_PP
must_MD
be_BE
to_IN
live_JJ
knowing_JJ
what_WDT
lies_VBZ
beyond_IN
death_NN
._.
)_)
messinger_NN
explains_VBZ
to_IN
seth_NP
that_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
possible_JJ
for_IN
angels_NNS
to_IN
become_VB
human_JJ
._.
seth_NP
manages_VBZ
to_IN
convince_VB
maggie_NP
that_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
an_DT
angel_NN
(_(
i_PP
know_VB
,_,
it_PP
sounds_VBZ
ridiculous_JJ
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
scene_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
she_PP
finds_VBZ
out_RP
is_BEZ
exceptionally_RB
well-done_PN
)_(
;_;
after_CS
much_DT
deliberation_NN
,_,
she_PP
tells_VBZ
him_PP
that_CS
she_PP
could_MD
only_RB
be_BE
with_IN
a_DT
man_NN
who_WP
can_MD
feel_VB
._.
this_DT
,_,
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
when_CS
seth_NP
decides_VBZ
to_IN
take_VB
the_DT
plunge_NN
(_(
literally_RB
)_)
from_IN
a_DT
building_NN
;_;
when_CS
he_PP
wakes_VBZ
up_RP
from_IN
the_DT
fall_NN
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
human_JJ
,_,
and_CC
happy_JJ
to_IN
feel_NN
what_WDT
it_PP
's_BEZ
like_IN
to_IN
have_HV
a_DT
split_NN
lip_NN
and_CC
blood_NN
oozing_VBG
from_IN
his_PP$
forehead_NN
._.
since_CS
i_PP
love_VB
this_DT
film_NN
so_RB
much_RB
,_,
i'll_???
make_NN
a_DT
minor_JJ
note_NN
that_CS
it_PP
certainly_RB
isn't_BEZ
perfect_JJ
._.
although_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
original_JJ
and_CC
mesmerizing_VBG
,_,
it_PP
does_DOZ
fall_VB
prey_NN
to_IN
a_DT
few_DT
of_IN
the_DT
cliches_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
genre_NN
._.
the_DT
plotting_VBG
of_IN
the_DT
story_NN
by_IN
writer_NN
dawn_NN
steel_NN
is_BEZ
rather_RB
formulaic_JJ
(_(
though_CS
the_DT
details_NNS
are_BER
what_WDT
make_NN
the_DT
story_NN
excellent_JJ
,_,
and_CC
steel_NN
has_HVZ
done_DON
a_DT
great_JJ
job_NN
with_IN
them_PP
)_)
._.
the_DT
ending_NN
,_,
too_RB
,_,
could_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
more_DT
powerful_JJ
and_CC
less_DT
predictable_JJ
._.
these_DT
elements_NNS
are_BER
minor_JJ
,_,
though_CS
,_,
and_CC
barely_RB
detracted_VBN
from_IN
my_PP$
overall_JJ
enjoyment_NN
of_IN
city_NN
of_IN
angels_NNS
._.
the_DT
acting_JJ
is_BEZ
superb_JJ
from_IN
everyone_PN
involved_JJ
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
perhaps_RB
my_PP$
second-favorite_JJ
performance_NN
from_IN
cage_NN
(_(
my_PP$
favorite_JJ
being_NN
the_DT
rock_NN
)_)
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
quiet_JJ
and_CC
pensive_JJ
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
eyes_NNS
are_BER
engaging_VBG
when_CS
he_PP
speaks_VBZ
his_PP$
softly-toned_JJ
words_NNS
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
perfect_JJ
for_IN
a_DT
role_NN
like_IN
this_DT
,_,
and_CC
at_IN
the_DT
same_DT
time_NN
he_PP
reassures_NNS
us_PP
he_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
bound_VBN
by_IN
playing_VBG
the_DT
psycho_NN
(_(
though_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
good_JJ
at_IN
it_PP
,_,
as_CS
he_PP
shows_VBZ
in_IN
face_NN
/_SYM
off_IN
)_(
._.
meg_NP
ryan_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
powerful_JJ
,_,
enticing_JJ
,_,
and_CC
appealingly-chirpy_???
actress_NN
,_,
and_CC
her_PP$
work_NN
here_RB
is_BEZ
some_DT
of_IN
her_PP$
best_JJS
._.
dennis_NP
franz_NP
,_,
however_RB
,_,
steals_VBZ
all_PDT
of_IN
his_PP$
scenes_NNS
as_IN
the_DT
energetic_JJ
former-angel_NP
._.
what_WDT
i_PP
admire_VB
most_DT
about_IN
city_NN
of_IN
angels_NNS
is_BEZ
its_PP$
overall_JJ
presentation_NN
._.
director_NN
brad_NP
silberling_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
talented_JJ
man_NN
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
knows_VBZ
that_CS
a_DT
story_NN
like_IN
this_DT
is_BEZ
driven_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
,_,
rather_RB
than_CS
forced_VBN
sentimentality_NN
._.
his_PP$
direction_NN
is_BEZ
steady_JJ
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
shows_VBZ
this_DT
in_IN
just_RB
about_IN
every_DT
scene_NN
:_:
near_IN
the_DT
beginning_NN
,_,
maggie_NP
has_HVZ
to_TO
tell_VB
a_DT
mother_NN
and_CC
her_PP$
two_CD
children_NNS
that_CS
their_PP$
father_NN
is_BEZ
dead_JJ
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
no_DT
music_NN
or_CC
elaborate_JJ
camera_NN
work_NN
;_;
we_PP
simply_RB
see_VB
the_DT
reactions_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
information_NN
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
the_DT
way_NN
stories_NNS
should_MD
be_BE
told_VBN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
strength_NN
of_IN
scenes_NNS
resonates_VBZ
more_DT
completely_RB
when_CS
the_DT
emotions_NNS
are_BER
real_JJ
._.
the_DT
film_NN
also_RB
appeals_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
senses_NNS
in_IN
a_DT
way_NN
that_CS
few_DT
love_NN
stories_NNS
do_DO
._.
cinematographer_DT
john_NP
seale_NN
(_(
the_DT
english_JJ
patient_NN
)_)
provides_VBZ
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
stunning_JJ
images_NNS
i've_???
seen_VBN
on_IN
the_DT
big_JJ
screen_NN
:_:
hundreds_NNS
of_IN
black-clad_NN
angels_NNS
stand_VB
on_IN
a_DT
dim_JJ
beach_NN
in_IN
the_DT
early_JJ
morning_NN
hours_NNS
(_(
just_RB
as_CS
an_DT
example_NN
)_)
._.
the_DT
music_NN
,_,
by_IN
gabriel_NP
yared_VBD
(_(
also_RB
of_IN
the_DT
english_JJ
patient_NN
)_)
,_,
is_BEZ
perfect_JJ
for_IN
this_DT
film_NN
:_:
it_PP
's_BEZ
quiet_JJ
and_CC
moody_JJ
music_NN
(_(
but_CC
not_XNOT
sentimental_JJ
!_!
)_)
,_,
and_CC
adds_VBZ
to_TO
the_DT
atmosphere_NN
and_CC
tone_NN
nicely_RB
._.
the_DT
visual_JJ
presentation_NN
of_IN
city_NN
of_IN
angels_NNS
is_BEZ
easily_RB
the_DT
best_JJS
of_IN
1998_CD
so_RB
far_RB
._.
all_PDT
of_IN
this_DT
adds_VBZ
up_RP
to_IN
a_DT
film_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
instantly_RB
set_VBN
apart_RB
from_IN
other_JJ
members_NNS
of_IN
this_DT
genre_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
film_NN
that_CS
relies_VBZ
on_IN
character_NN
development_NN
and_CC
imagery_NN
to_IN
get_VB
the_DT
story_NN
across--the_VB
excellent_JJ
actors_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
professional_JJ
production_NN
values_NNS
make_VB
city_NN
of_IN
angels_NNS
one_CD
of_IN
those_DT
rare_JJ
films_NNS
that_CS
both_RB
entertains_VBZ
and_CC
instigates_NNS
thought_VBD
simultaneously_RB
._.
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