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every_DT
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,_,
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,_,
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champion_NN
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to_IN
put_NN
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money_NN
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have_HV
been_BEN
;_;
with_IN
all_PDT
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,_,
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remarkable_JJ
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non-disney_NN
films_NNS
disappear_VB
in_IN
a_DT
couple_NN
of_IN
weeks_NNS
._.
now_RB
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see_VB
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so_RB
doing_DOG
,_,
i_PP
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unfairly_RB
ghettoized_VBN
these_DT
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._.
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am_BEM
issuing_JJ
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challenge_NN
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parents_NNS
,_,
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anyone_PN
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,_,
funny_JJ
,_,
energetic_JJ
film-making_NN
:_:
see_VB
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._.
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theater_NN
,_,
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waiting_VBG
for_IN
it_PP
on_IN
video_NN
._.
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i_PP
have_HV
seen_VBN
in_IN
1996_CD
._.
not_XNOT
the_DT
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's_BEZ
film_NN
._.
._.
._.
the_DT
best_JJS
film_NN
._.
period_NN
._.
based_VBN
on_IN
a_DT
story_NN
by_IN
roald_NP
dahl_???
,_,
it_NN
tells_VBZ
of_IN
young_JJ
matilda_NP
wormwood_NN
(_(
mara_???
wilson_NP
)_)
,_,
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extraordinarily_RB
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great_JJ
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is_BEZ
to_IN
have_HV
a_DT
pair_NN
of_IN
deeply_RB
stupid_JJ
parents_NNS
:_:
harry_NP
(_(
danny_NP
devito_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
crooked_JJ
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car_NN
salesman_NN
;_;
and_CC
zinnia_NP
(_(
rhea_???
perlman_JJ
)_(
,_,
a_DT
simple-minded_JJ
bingo_NN
addict_NN
._.
the_DT
wormwoods_NNS
barely_RB
notice_VB
matilda_NP
exists_VBZ
,_,
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when_CS
they_PP
do_DO
,_,
it_PP
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only_RB
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scold_NN
her_PP
for_IN
spending_NN
too_RB
much_RB
time_NN
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books_NNS
._.
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they_PP
finally_RB
do_DO
send_VB
her_PP$
to_TO
school_NN
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
to_IN
crunchem_NN
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,_,
a_DT
bleak_JJ
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by_IN
cruel_JJ
,_,
child-hating_VBG
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agatha_NP
trunchbull_NP
(_(
pam_NP
ferris_NP
)_)
._.
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look_NN
up_RP
for_IN
matilda_NP
when_CS
she_PP
discovers_VBZ
a_DT
sympathetic_JJ
teacher_NN
,_,
miss_NN
honey_NN
(_(
embeth_NP
davidtz_???
)_(
,_,
who_NP
nurtures_NNS
her_PP
natural_JJ
inquisitiveness_NN
._.
matilda_NP
also_RB
discovers_VBZ
another_DT
special_JJ
talent_NN
--_???
the_DT
ability_NN
to_IN
move_NN
things_NNS
with_IN
her_PP$
mind_NN
--_???
which_WDT
allows_VBZ
her_PP$
to_TO
help_VB
herself_PPX
and_CC
miss_NN
honey_NN
to_IN
overcome_JJ
miss_NN
trunchbull_NP
's_POS
cruelty_NN
._.
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was_BEDZ
this_DT
spring_NN
's_POS
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and_CC
the_DT
giant_NN
peach_NN
which_WDT
inspired_JJ
me_NN
to_IN
note_NN
that_CS
the_DT
best_JJS
and_CC
most_RBS
lasting_JJ
tales_NNS
for_IN
children_NNS
tended_VBN
to_IN
have_HV
more_DT
than_CS
a_DT
hint_NN
of_IN
darkness_NN
to_IN
them_PP
,_,
and_CC
you_PP
can_MD
bet_VB
that_DT
the_DT
roald_NP
dahl_???
responsible_JJ
for_CS
the_DT
gleeful_JJ
ghoulishness_NN
of_IN
james_NP
and_CC
willy_NP
wonka_NP
and_CC
the_DT
chocolate_NN
factory_NN
has_HVZ
more_DT
of_IN
the_DT
same_DT
in_IN
store_NN
with_IN
matilda_NP
._.
and_CC
just_RB
as_CS
james_NP
benefited_VBD
from_IN
the_DT
dark_JJ
sensibilities_NNS
of_IN
henry_NP
selick_NP
and_CC
tim_NP
burton_NP
,_,
matilda_NP
soars_VBZ
on_IN
the_DT
cock-eyed_JJ
direction_NN
of_IN
danny_NP
devito_NP
._.
devito_NP
made_VBD
black_JJ
humor_NN
a_DT
key_JJ
element_NN
in_IN
throw_NN
momma_NN
from_IN
the_DT
train_NN
and_CC
the_DT
war_NN
of_IN
the_DT
roses_NNS
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
contributes_VBZ
some_DT
memorable_JJ
images_NNS
._.
in_IN
one_CD
scene_NN
,_,
an_DT
unfortunate_JJ
girl_NN
is_BEZ
made_VBN
an_DT
example_NN
of_IN
by_IN
miss_NN
trunchbull_NP
when_CS
she_PP
is_BEZ
picked_VBN
up_RP
by_IN
her_PP$
pig-tails_NNS
and_CC
flung_VBN
through_IN
the_DT
air_NN
like_IN
a_DT
throwing_VBG
hammer_NN
;_;
later_JJR
,_,
an_DT
overweight_JJ
boy_NN
is_BEZ
forced_VBN
to_IN
eat_VB
an_DT
entire_JJ
massive_JJ
cake_NN
after_IN
he_PP
is_BEZ
caught_VBN
stealing_VBG
a_DT
dessert_NN
._.
matilda_NP
is_BEZ
just_RB
twisted_VBN
enough_RB
to_IN
be_BE
a_DT
perfect_JJ
fairy_NN
tale_NN
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
also_RB
characteristic_JJ
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
children_NNS
's_BEZ
tales_NNS
that_CS
they_PP
manage_VB
to_TO
teach_VB
lessons_NNS
in_IN
such_DT
a_DT
way_NN
that_CS
children_NNS
almost_RB
don't_DO
realize_VB
that_CS
they_PP
are_BER
learning_VBG
them_PP
._.
there_RB
is_BEZ
a_DT
hilarious_JJ
moment_NN
when_CS
matilda_NP
's_POS
television-addicted_JJ
father_NN
snatches_VBZ
away_RB
the_DT
book_NN
she_PP
is_BEZ
reading_VBG
(_(
in_IN
a_DT
wicked_JJ
joke_NN
,_,
he_PP
thinks_VBZ
_moby_???
dick__???
is_BEZ
pornographic_JJ
)_)
and_CC
forces_NNS
her_PP
to_TO
watch_VB
an_DT
inane_JJ
game_NN
show_NN
(_(
hosted_VBD
by_IN
jon_NP
lovitz_NP
)_)
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which_WDT
contestants_NNS
are_BER
smeared_VBN
with_IN
adhesive_NN
and_CC
placed_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
booth_NN
filled_VBN
with_IN
cash_NN
blowing_VBG
around_IN
._.
matilda_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
story_NN
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promotes_VBZ
the_DT
value_NN
of_IN
intellectual_JJ
curiosity_NN
over_IN
passive_JJ
entertainment_NN
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
does_DOZ
so_RB
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poking_VBG
holes_NNS
in_IN
that_DT
most_DT
frustrating_JJ
of_IN
notions_NNS
for_IN
a_DT
child_NN
--_???
that_RB
because_CS
"_"
i'm_???
big_JJ
and_CC
you're_???
little_DT
,_,
i'm_???
right_JJ
and_CC
you're_???
wrong_NN
._.
"_"
more_DT
specifically_RB
,_,
it_PP
has_HVZ
as_RB
its_PP$
heroine_NN
an_DT
intelligent_JJ
,_,
self-confident_NN
girl_NN
who_WP
struggles_NNS
successfully_RB
against_IN
other_JJ
people_NN
's_POS
notions_NNS
of_IN
how_WRB
she_PP
should_MD
behave_VB
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
no_DT
coincidence_NN
that_CS
matilda_NP
was_BEDZ
co-written_VBN
by_IN
robin_NP
swicord_NP
,_,
who_WP
contributed_VBD
the_DT
superb_JJ
recent_JJ
adaptation_NN
of_IN
little_DT
women_NNS
._.
finally_RB
,_,
matilda_NP
has_HVZ
that_DT
quality_NN
i_PP
find_VB
rarest_NN
and_CC
most_DT
treasured_VBN
in_IN
family_NN
entertainment_NN
:_:
it_PP
is_BEZ
family_NN
entertainment_NN
in_IN
the_DT
truest_NN
sense_NN
of_IN
the_DT
word_NN
._.
devito_NP
knows_VBZ
enough_RB
to_IN
make_NN
matilda_NP
fast-paced_VBD
and_CC
appealing_JJ
to_IN
children_NNS
,_,
taking_VBG
a_DT
deliciously_RB
nasty_JJ
performance_NN
by_IN
pam_NP
ferris_NP
as_IN
miss_NN
trunchbull_NP
and_CC
making_VBG
it_PP
the_DT
focal_JJ
point_NN
of_IN
some_DT
priceless_NN
physical_JJ
comedy_NN
,_,
including_IN
a_DT
great_JJ
chase_NN
through_IN
her_PP$
dark_JJ
house_NN
._.
the_DT
child_NN
actors_NNS
are_BER
winning_VBG
but_CC
never_RB
obnoxiously_RB
adorable_JJ
,_,
with_IN
mara_???
wilson_NP
making_NN
matilda_NP
a_DT
clever_JJ
and_CC
extremely_RB
likeable_JJ
character_NN
._.
but_CC
there_EX
are_BER
also_RB
many_DT
,_,
many_DT
delights_NNS
for_IN
adults_NNS
,_,
including_IN
my_PP$
favorite_JJ
scene_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
matilda_NP
uses_VBZ
her_PP$
powers_NNS
to_IN
frighten_VB
miss_NP
trunchbull_NP
by_IN
having_HVG
chalk_NN
write_VB
on_IN
a_DT
chalkboard_NN
by_IN
itself_PPX
while_CS
matilda_NP
's_POS
classmates_NNS
recite_VB
in_IN
sing-song_JJ
fashion_NN
;_;
there_EX
is_BEZ
also_RB
a_DT
deadpan_NN
cameo_???
by_IN
paul_NP
reubens_NNS
as_IN
an_DT
fbi_NP
agent_NN
staking_VBG
out_RP
matilda_NP
's_POS
father_NN
._.
i_PP
can't_MD
imagine_VB
anyone_PN
of_IN
any_DT
age_NN
leaving_VBG
matilda_NP
feeling_NN
as_IN
though_CS
his_PP$
or_CC
her_PP$
intelligence_NN
had_HVD
been_BEN
insulted_VBN
._.
matilda_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
film_NN
which_WDT
left_VBD
me_PP
glowing_JJ
with_IN
good_JJ
feeling_NN
._.
i_PP
will_MD
see_VB
it_PP
again_RB
,_,
and_CC
years_NNS
from_IN
now_RB
i_PP
will_MD
watch_VB
it_PP
with_IN
my_PP$
children_NNS
._.
and_CC
now_RB
i_PP
will_MD
stop_VB
,_,
because_CS
somewhere_RB
near_IN
you_PP
matilda_NP
is_BEZ
about_IN
to_IN
begin_VB
,_,
and_CC
there_EX
is_BEZ
a_DT
seat_NN
in_IN
that_DT
theater_NN
you_PP
should_MD
be_BE
in_IN
,_,
if_CS
you_PP
have_HV
a_DT
child_NN
or_CC
ever_RB
were_BED
a_DT
child_NN
._.
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