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it_PP
's_BEZ
terribly_RB
unfortunate_JJ
that_CS
"_"
stir_NN
of_IN
echoes_NNS
,_,
"_"
tautly_RB
written_VBN
and_CC
directed_VBN
by_IN
david_NP
koepp_???
(_(
who_NP
made_VBD
one_CD
of_IN
1996_CD
's_POS
unsung_FW
treasures_NNS
,_,
"_"
the_DT
trigger_NN
effect_NN
"_"
)_)
,_,
should_MD
be_BE
released_VBN
little_JJ
more_DT
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a_DT
month_NN
after_IN
"_"
the_DT
sixth_OD
sense_NN
,_,
"_"
which_WDT
is_BEZ
still_RB
going_VBG
strong_JJ
at_IN
the_DT
box_NN
office_NN
._.
these_DT
two_CD
films_NNS
are_BER
undoubtedly_RB
going_VBG
to_IN
be_BE
compared_VBD
(_(
judging_VBG
from_IN
practically_RB
all_PDT
of_IN
my_PP$
fellow_NN
audience_NN
members_NNS
last_OD
night_NN
)_)
,_,
and_CC
although_CS
they_PP
have_HV
eerily_RB
similar_JJ
storylines_NNS
,_,
"_"
stir_VB
of_IN
echoes_NNS
"_"
is_BEZ
more_DT
of_IN
a_DT
straightforward_JJ
psychological_JJ
horror_NN
film_NN
,_,
while_CS
"_"
the_DT
sixth_OD
sense_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
closer_JJR
to_TO
a_DT
psychological_JJ
drama_NN
._.
additionally_RB
,_,
while_CS
"_"
the_DT
sixth_OD
sense_NN
"_"
had_HVD
a_DT
shocker_NN
of_IN
an_DT
ending_NN
that_CS
undoubtedly_RB
has_HVZ
been_BEN
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
major_JJ
factors_NNS
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its_PP$
recent_JJ
repeat_NN
business_NN
,_,
"_"
stir_VB
of_IN
echoes_NNS
"_"
is_BEZ
more_DT
conventional_JJ
and_CC
predictable_JJ
in_IN
its_PP$
final_JJ
twist_NN
._.
and_CC
where_CS
"_"
the_DT
sixth_OD
sense_NN
"_"
was_BEDZ
disturbing_JJ
,_,
"_"
stir_VB
of_IN
echoes_NNS
"_"
is_BEZ
just_RB
plain_JJ
scary_JJ
._.
i_PP
have_HV
a_DT
feeling_NN
most_DT
viewers_NNS
are_BER
going_VBG
to_TO
come_VB
away_RB
unimpressed_JJ
because_CS
of_IN
the_DT
unavoidable_JJ
similarities_NNS
,_,
and_CC
will_MD
foolishly_RB
forget_VB
to_IN
judge_NN
this_DT
film_NN
on_IN
its_PP$
own_DT
respectable_JJ
merits_NNS
._.
adapted_VBN
from_IN
a_DT
novel_NN
by_IN
richard_NP
matheson_NP
that_CS
was_BEDZ
written_VBN
some_DT
forty_CD
years_NNS
ago_RB
,_,
"_"
stir_VB
of_IN
echoes_NNS
"_"
opens_VBZ
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a_DT
cute_JJ
six-year-old_NN
boy_NN
named_VBN
jake_NP
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zachary_JJ
david_NP
cope_VB
)_(
who_NP
is_BEZ
taking_VBG
a_DT
bath_NN
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
speaking_VBG
directly_RB
at_IN
the_DT
screen_NN
,_,
but_CC
we_PP
immediately_RB
have_HV
a_DT
feeling_NN
someone_PN
else_RB
is_BEZ
there_EX
._.
finally_RB
,_,
he_PP
asks_VBZ
,_,
"_"
does_DOZ
it_PP
hurt_VB
to_TO
be_BE
dead_JJ
?_?
"_"
apparently_RB
jake_NP
sees_VBZ
the_DT
ghosts_NNS
of_IN
dead_JJ
people_NN
,_,
but_CC
unlike_IN
"_"
the_DT
sixth_OD
sense_NN
,_,
"_"
this_DT
young_JJ
child_NN
isn't_BEZ
the_DT
focus_NN
of_IN
the_DT
picture_NN
._.
instead_RB
,_,
tom_NP
witzy_???
(_(
kevin_NP
bacon_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
chicago_NP
lineman_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
our_PP$
protagonist_NN
._.
jake_NP
is_BEZ
his_PP$
son_NN
,_,
and_CC
maggie_NP
(_(
kathryn_NP
erbe_???
)_(
,_,
whom_WP
has_HVZ
just_RB
discovered_VBN
she_PP
is_BEZ
six_CD
weeks_NNS
pregnant_JJ
,_,
is_BEZ
his_PP$
hard-working_JJ
wife_NN
._.
one_CD
night_NN
while_CS
at_IN
a_DT
party_NN
with_IN
their_PP$
closest_JJS
friends_NNS
,_,
tom_NP
convinces_VBZ
maggie_NP
's_POS
new-age_NN
sister_NN
,_,
lisa_NP
(_(
illena_NP
douglas_NP
)_)
,_,
to_IN
try_NN
and_CC
hypnotize_VB
him_PP
._.
it_PP
unexpectedly_RB
works_VBZ
,_,
and_CC
before_IN
long_JJ
,_,
tom_NP
is_BEZ
seeing_VBG
things_NNS
he_PP
wouldn't_MD
normally_RB
see_VB
,_,
including_IN
a_DT
deceased_NN
teenage_JJ
girl_NN
(_(
jenny_NP
morrison_NP
)_)
in_IN
his_PP$
house_NN
who_WP
happens_VBZ
to_IN
have_HV
been_BEN
missing_VBG
for_IN
the_DT
last_OD
six_CD
months_NNS
._.
seeking_VBG
help_NN
from_IN
lisa_NP
,_,
she_PP
tells_VBZ
him_PP
that_CS
,_,
while_CS
he_PP
was_BEDZ
under_IN
hypnosis_NN
,_,
she_PP
told_VBD
him_PP
that_CS
after_IN
he_PP
awoke_VBD
,_,
his_PP$
mind_NN
will_MD
remain_VB
clear_JJ
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free_JJ
,_,
like_IN
an_DT
opened_VBD
door_NN
._.
she_PP
didn't_DOD
expect_VB
it_PP
to_IN
work_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
did_DOD
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
only_JJ
way_NN
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stop_NN
it_PP
is_BEZ
for_IN
tom_NP
to_IN
somehow_RB
find_VB
a_DT
way_NN
to_IN
help_NN
this_DT
girl_NN
he_PP
sees_VBZ
._.
"_"
stir_VB
of_IN
echoes_NNS
"_"
isn't_BEZ
a_DT
perfect_JJ
film_NN
by_IN
any_DT
stretch_NN
of_IN
the_DT
imagination_NN
,_,
but_CC
in_IN
the_DT
thick_JJ
,_,
atmospheric_JJ
mood_NN
it_PP
conjures_NNS
up_IN
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
terrifically_RB
eerie_JJ
domestic_JJ
horror-drama_NN
,_,
and_CC
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
only_RB
effective_JJ
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a_DT
technical_JJ
level_NN
,_,
but_CC
is_BEZ
impressive_JJ
in_IN
its_PP$
portrayal_NN
of_IN
a_DT
struggling_JJ
working-class_JJ
family_NN
._.
kevin_NP
bacon_NP
and_CC
,_,
especially_RB
,_,
kathryn_NP
erbe_???
(_(
1997_CD
's_NNS
"_"
dream_NN
with_IN
the_DT
fishes_NNS
"_"
)_)
,_,
are_BER
top-notch_NN
and_CC
exceedingly_RB
believable_JJ
as_CS
a_DT
loving_JJ
married_JJ
couple_NN
who_WP
nonetheless_RB
have_HV
their_PP$
fair_JJ
share_NN
of_IN
problems_NNS
._.
after_IN
tom_NP
is_BEZ
hypnotized_VBN
and_CC
starts_VBZ
seeing_VBG
ghastly_JJ
visions_NNS
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
completely_RB
taken_VBN
over_IN
by_IN
his_PP$
desire_NN
to_IN
solve_VB
this_RB
mystery_NN
of_IN
the_DT
disappearing_JJ
girl_NN
whom_WP
he_PP
has_HVZ
seen_VBN
lurking_JJ
in_IN
his_PP$
house_NN
,_,
and_CC
instead_RB
of_IN
maggie_NP
not_XNOT
being_BEG
understanding_NN
,_,
she_PP
instead_RB
believes_VBZ
what_WDT
tom_NP
says_VBZ
,_,
and_CC
aside_RB
from_IN
being_BEG
a_DT
little_JJ
worried_JJ
by_IN
what_WDT
he_PP
is_BEZ
going_VBG
through_IN
,_,
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
try_VB
to_TO
stop_VB
his_PP$
pursuit_NN
._.
bacon_NP
and_CC
erbe_???
are_BER
not_XNOT
traditional_JJ
hollywood_NP
stars_NNS
like_IN
tom_NP
cruise_NN
and_CC
julia_NP
roberts_NP
,_,
and_CC
therefore_RB
,_,
are_BER
easier_RBR
to_TO
relate_VB
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and_CC
always_RB
plausible_JJ
as_CS
a_DT
struggling_JJ
couple_NN
who_WP
have_HV
to_TO
work_VB
overtime_NN
at_IN
their_PP$
jobs_NNS
just_RB
to_IN
make_NN
ends_NNS
meet_VB
._.
in_IN
a_DT
masterfully-done_NN
,_,
entrancing_VBG
sequence_NN
,_,
tom_NP
is_BEZ
hypnotized_VBN
by_IN
lisa_NP
,_,
but_CC
instead_RB
of_IN
watching_VBG
him_PP
,_,
we_PP
instead_RB
see_VB
what_WDT
he_PP
sees_VBZ
,_,
starting_VBG
from_IN
his_PP$
view_NN
as_IN
he_PP
closes_VBZ
his_PP$
eyes_NNS
into_IN
darkness_NN
._.
lisa_NP
tells_VBZ
him_PP
to_TO
visualize_VB
being_BEG
in_IN
an_DT
empty_JJ
movie_NN
theater_NN
,_,
and_CC
so_RB
,_,
we_PP
,_,
as_CS
audience_NN
members_NNS
,_,
are_BER
watching_VBG
a_DT
movie_NN
screen_NN
from_IN
inside_NN
a_DT
theater_NN
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
also_RB
showing_VBG
a_DT
movie_NN
screen_NN
in_IN
a_DT
theater_NN
._.
telling_VBG
him_PP
to_IN
move_NN
closer_RBR
and_CC
closer_RBR
to_IN
the_DT
screen_NN
as_IN
a_DT
fuzzy_JJ
word_NN
in_IN
black_JJ
letters_NNS
pops_VBZ
up_RP
on_IN
the_DT
screen_NN
,_,
we_PP
begin_VB
to_TO
float_VB
closer_RBR
and_CC
closer_RBR
to_IN
the_DT
front_NN
of_IN
the_DT
theater_NN
until_CS
we_PP
see_VB
that_CS
the_DT
word_NN
is_BEZ
"_"
sleep_NN
._.
"_"
never_RB
before_IN
have_HV
i_CD
seen_VBN
a_DT
hypnotism_NN
scene_NN
as_IN
mesmerizing_VBG
and_CC
brilliantly-construed_VBD
as_CS
this_DT
one_CD
._.
truthfully_RB
,_,
this_DT
set-piece_JJ
,_,
and_CC
another_DT
in_IN
which_WDT
tom_NP
wakes_VBZ
up_RP
from_IN
a_DT
nightmarish_JJ
dream_NN
only_RB
to_IN
quickly_RB
discover_VB
he_PP
is_BEZ
reliving_VBG
what_WDT
he_PP
has_HVZ
just_RB
dreamt_VBN
,_,
are_BER
worth_IN
the_DT
full_JJ
price_NN
of_IN
admission_NN
alone_RB
,_,
just_RB
to_IN
see_NN
them_PP
on_IN
the_DT
big_JJ
screen_NN
._.
having_HVG
loads_NNS
of_IN
fun_NN
with_IN
her_PP$
small_JJ
role_NN
as_IN
maggie_NP
's_POS
sister_NN
,_,
lisa_NP
,_,
illeana_NP
douglas_NP
(_(
1995_CD
's_NNS
"_"
to_IN
die_FW
for_IN
,_,
"_"
her_PP
last_VB
great_JJ
character_NN
)_)
is_BEZ
a_DT
delight_NN
,_,
but_CC
rarely_RB
used_VBN
to_IN
her_PP$
full_JJ
advantage_NN
in_IN
feature_NN
films_NNS
._.
funny_JJ
and_CC
enjoyably_RB
offbeat_NN
,_,
douglas_NP
gets_VBZ
to_IN
utter_JJ
the_DT
best_JJS
line_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
:_:
while_CS
talking_VBG
to_IN
maggie_NP
about_IN
tom_NP
's_POS
visions_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
girl_NN
,_,
she_PP
remarks_NNS
,_,
"_"
i_PP
wouldn't_MD
be_BE
worried_VBN
about_IN
him_PP
seeing_VBG
another_DT
girl_NN
,_,
although_CS
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
she_PP
's_BEZ
dead_JJ
gives_VBZ
one_CD
pause_NN
._.
"_"
also_RB
of_IN
note_NN
are_BER
jenny_NP
morrison_NP
(_(
1998_CD
's_NNS
"_"
intersection_NN
"_"
)_)
,_,
who_WP
is_BEZ
truly_RB
poignant_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
last_OD
half_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
when_CS
we_PP
flash_VB
back_RP
to_IN
see_NN
what_WDT
really_RB
happened_VBD
to_TO
her_PP$
missing_JJ
character_NN
,_,
and_CC
liza_???
weil_???
,_,
remarkable_JJ
in_IN
1998_CD
's_POS
"_"
whatever_WDT
,_,
"_"
as_CS
morrison_NP
's_POS
grieving_JJ
teenage_JJ
sister_NN
,_,
debbie_NP
._.
if_CS
the_DT
resolution_NN
of_IN
"_"
stir_NN
of_IN
echoes_NNS
"_"
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
live_VB
up_RP
to_IN
its_PP$
obviously_RB
frightful_JJ
full_JJ
potential_NN
(_(
and_CC
it_PP
doesn't_DOZ
)_(
,_,
what_WDT
comes_VBZ
before_IN
is_BEZ
both_PDT
involving_VBG
and_CC
appropriately_RB
gritty_JJ
._.
the_DT
music_NN
score_NN
,_,
by_IN
james_NP
newton_NP
howard_NP
,_,
and_CC
unsettling_VBG
use_NN
of_IN
whispers_NNS
and_CC
ghostly_JJ
sound_NN
effects_NNS
,_,
successfully_RB
compliment_NN
and_CC
foreshadow_VB
the_DT
off-kilter_NN
frame-of-mind_IN
that_DT
tom_NP
is_BEZ
put_VBN
into_IN
,_,
and_CC
director_NN
david_NP
koepp_???
proves_VBZ
once_RB
again_RB
that_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
director_NN
with_IN
a_DT
knack_NN
for_IN
creating_VBG
almost_RB
unbearably_RB
tense_JJ
situations_NNS
that_CS
revolve_VB
around_IN
realistically-written_NP
characters_NNS
._.
"_"
stir_VB
of_IN
echoes_NNS
"_"
isn't_BEZ
as_CS
good_JJ
as_IN
"_"
the_DT
sixth_OD
sense_NN
,_,
"_"
but_CC
why_WRB
should_MD
it_PP
need_VB
to_TO
be_BE
?_?
both_RB
films_NNS
are_BER
fully_RB
capable_JJ
of_IN
standing_VBG
on_IN
their_PP$
own_DT
two_CD
feet_NNS
,_,
and_CC
"_"
stir_NN
of_IN
echoes_NNS
"_"
really_RB
is_BEZ
a_DT
spinetinglingly_RB
good_JJ
horror_NN
film_NN
._.
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