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the_DT
calendar_NN
year_NN
has_HVZ
not_XNOT
even_RB
reached_VBN
its_PP$
midway_NN
point_NN
,_,
but_CC
that_CS
hasn't_HVZ
prevented_VBN
columbia_NP
pictures_NNS
from_IN
trotting_VBG
out_RP
a_DT
lavish_JJ
period_NN
drama_NN
more_DT
befitting_VBG
of_IN
the_DT
winter_NN
oscar-bait_NN
season_NN
._.
bille_NP
august_NP
's_POS
high-profile_JJ
adaptation_NN
of_IN
victor_NP
hugo_NP
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classic_JJ
les_NP
miserables_NNS
delivers_VBZ
everything_PN
one_CD
would_MD
expect_VB
from_IN
a_DT
classy_JJ
hollywood_NP
epic--handsome_NN
production_NN
values_NNS
,_,
strong_JJ
performances_NNS
by_IN
a_DT
top-notch_NN
cast_VBN
,_,
a_DT
literate_JJ
screenplay--with_NP
one_CD
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element_NN
:_:
emotional_JJ
sweep_NN
._.
for_IN
those_DT
not_XNOT
familiar_JJ
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hugo_NP
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or_CC
the_DT
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it_PP
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,_,
the_DT
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of_IN
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down_RP
to_IN
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a_DT
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french-set_NN
version_NN
of_IN
the_DT
fugitive_NN
._.
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a_DT
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for_IN
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a_DT
loaf_NN
of_IN
bread_NN
,_,
the_DT
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jean_NP
valjean_JJ
(_(
liam_NP
neeson_NN
)_)
is_BEZ
paroled_VBN
._.
immediately_RB
upon_IN
release_NN
,_,
he_PP
steals_VBZ
valuable_JJ
silverware_NN
from_IN
a_DT
kindly_JJ
bishop_NN
who_WP
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him_PP
in_IN
for_IN
a_DT
night_NN
;_;
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by_IN
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,_,
only_RB
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forgiven_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
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,_,
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valjean_JJ
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the_DT
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to_IN
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a_DT
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life_NN
on_IN
the_DT
straight_JJ
and_CC
narrow_JJ
._.
that_CS
he_PP
does_DOZ
,_,
and_CC
in_IN
doing_DOG
so_RB
breaks_VBZ
his_PP$
parole_NN
,_,
which_WDT
sets_VBZ
the_DT
obsessively_RB
determined_VBN
inspector_NN
javert_NP
(_(
geoffrey_NP
rush_NN
)_)
,_,
who_WP
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one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
guards_NNS
in_IN
valjean_JJ
's_POS
prison_NN
camp_NN
,_,
on_IN
his_PP$
trail_NN
._.
thematically_RB
,_,
however_RB
,_,
les_NP
miserables_NNS
is_BEZ
a_DT
story_NN
about_IN
redemption_NN
,_,
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valjean_JJ
finds_NNS
through_IN
his_PP$
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with_IN
two_CD
women_NNS
,_,
the_DT
hard-luck_JJ
factory-worker-turned-prostitute_NN
fantine_JJ
(_(
uma_???
thurman_JJ
)_(
,_,
and_CC
her_PP$
illegitimate_JJ
daughter_NN
,_,
cosette_NN
._.
years_NNS
after_IN
breaking_VBG
parole_NN
,_,
valjean_JJ
becomes_VBZ
mayor_NN
of_IN
the_DT
town_NN
of_IN
vigau_NP
,_,
where_CS
he_PP
forms_VBZ
a_DT
warm_JJ
friendship_NN
with_IN
fantine_JJ
after_IN
saving_NN
her_PP
from_IN
an_DT
unjust_JJ
arrest_NN
by_IN
javert_NP
._.
valjean_JJ
promises_NNS
the_DT
gravely_RB
ill_JJ
fantine_JJ
he_PP
will_MD
rescue_VB
the_DT
young_JJ
cosette_NN
(_(
mimi_???
newman_NP
)_)
from_IN
her_PP$
cruel_JJ
caretakers_NNS
,_,
the_DT
thenardiers_NNS
,_,
and_CC
raise_VB
the_DT
child_NN
as_IN
his_PP$
own_DT
._.
the_DT
"_"
father_NN
"_"
and_CC
"_"
daughter_NN
"_"
eventually_RB
land_NN
in_IN
paris_NP
,_,
where_CS
the_DT
teenage_JJ
cosette_NN
(_(
claire_NP
danes_NNS
)_)
falls_VBZ
for_IN
dashing_VBG
student_NN
revolutionary_JJ
marius_NP
(_(
hans_NP
matheson_NP
)_)
._.
the_DT
decades-spanning_NN
story_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
stuff_NN
that_CS
cinematic_JJ
epics_NNS
are_BER
made_VBN
of_IN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
danish_JJ
august_NP
turns_VBZ
in_IN
his_PP$
most_DT
accomplished_JJ
english-language_JJ
work_NN
,_,
following_JJ
the_DT
underrated_JJ
1994_CD
superstar_NN
soap_NN
the_DT
house_NN
of_IN
the_DT
spirits_NNS
and_CC
last_OD
year_NN
's_POS
stylish_JJ
but_CC
highly_RB
preposterous_JJ
mystery_NN
smilla_NN
's_POS
sense_NN
of_IN
snow_NN
._.
he_PP
and_CC
screenwriter_NN
rafael_NP
yglesias_NNS
bring_VB
the_DT
sprawling_JJ
tale_NN
into_IN
clear_JJ
focus_NN
and_CC
keep_VB
the_DT
events_NNS
moving_VBG
at_IN
a_DT
brisk_JJ
pace_NN
._.
production_NN
designer_NN
anna_NP
asp_???
,_,
costume_NN
designer_NN
gabriella_NN
pescucci_NP
,_,
and_CC
cinematographer_NN
jorgen_NP
persson_NP
give_VB
les_NP
miserables_NNS
a_DT
sumptuous_JJ
period_NN
look_NN
whose_WP$
accomplishment_NN
is_BEZ
mostly_RB
matched_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
efforts_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
cast_NN
._.
neeson_NN
is_BEZ
commanding_JJ
yet_RB
endearingly_RB
vulnerable_JJ
;_;
rush_NN
's_BEZ
finely_RB
modulated_VBN
menace_NN
is_BEZ
far_RB
more_DT
rewarding_JJ
than_CS
his_PP$
overrated_JJ
,_,
oscar-winning_VBG
theatrics_NN
in_IN
shine_NN
;_;
and_CC
thurman_NN
disappears_VBZ
nicely_RB
into_IN
her_PP$
highly_RB
unglamorous_JJ
role_NN
._.
the_DT
younger_JJR
members_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
cast_NN
fare_NN
less_DT
well_RB
._.
danes_NNS
is_BEZ
convincing_JJ
as_CS
cosette_NN
,_,
but_CC
her_PP$
overdone_NN
lip_NN
quivering_JJ
during_IN
her_PP$
crying_NN
scenes_NNS
becomes_VBZ
a_DT
distraction_NN
;_;
and_CC
matheson_NP
,_,
while_CS
competent_JJ
,_,
is_BEZ
a_DT
less_DT
interesting_JJ
robert_NP
sean_NP
leonard_NP
._.
as_CS
technically_RB
adept_JJ
and_CC
cerebrally_RB
engaging_VBG
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
,_,
by_IN
the_DT
time_NN
les_NP
miserables_NNS
was_BEDZ
over_IN
,_,
my_PP$
emotions_NNS
had_HVD
only_RB
been_BEN
superficially_RB
involved_JJ
._.
while_CS
i_PP
was_BEDZ
touched_VBN
by_IN
valjean_JJ
's_POS
relationships_NNS
with_IN
fantine_JJ
and_CC
cosette_NN
,_,
i_PP
was_BEDZ
not_XNOT
moved_VBN
._.
not_XNOT
even_RB
reaching_VBG
the_DT
"_"
touching_JJ
"_"
level_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
cosette-marius_NN
pairing_NN
._.
my_PP$
only_JJ
previous_JJ
experience_NN
with_IN
les_NP
miserables_NNS
is_BEZ
with_IN
the_DT
musical_JJ
(_(
as_CS
i_PP
am_BEM
sure_JJ
many_DT
others_NNS
'_"
is_BEZ
)_(
,_,
and_CC
i_PP
was_BEDZ
dismayed_JJ
to_TO
see_VB
eponine_JJ
,_,
a_DT
friend_NN
of_IN
marius_NP
's_POS
who_WP
selflessly_JJ
dies_VBZ
in_IN
the_DT
name_NN
of_IN
her_PP$
unspoken_JJ
love_NN
for_IN
him_PP
,_,
almost_RB
completely_RB
jettisoned_VBN
from_IN
this_DT
adaptation_NN
(_(
the_DT
daughter_NN
of_IN
the_DT
thenardiers_NNS
,_,
here_RB
she_PP
is_BEZ
only_RB
briefly_RB
seen_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
child_NN
)_)
._.
her_PP
presence_NN
would_MD
have_HV
added_VBN
some_DT
much-needed_JJ
conflict_NN
and_CC
emotional_JJ
heft_???
to_TO
the_DT
youthful_JJ
romance_NN
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
suppose_VB
august_NP
and_CC
yglesias_NNS
felt_VBD
one_CD
tragic_JJ
heroine_NN
(_(
fantine_JJ
)_)
was_BEDZ
enough_RB
._.
even_RB
so_RB
,_,
as_CS
1998_CD
creeps_VBZ
into_IN
summer_NN
blockbuster_NN
season_NN
,_,
les_NP
miserables_NNS
is_BEZ
a_DT
thoughtful_JJ
,_,
well-made_JJ
,_,
entertaining_JJ
film_NN
,_,
one_CD
that_DT
will_MD
sate_???
moviegoers_FW
hungry_JJ
for_IN
a_DT
dose_NN
of_IN
drama_NN
before_IN
popcorn_JJ
no-brainers_NNS
invade_VB
the_DT
multiplex_JJ
._.
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