Cinema: Angela's Ashes

STARRING: Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle and, as Frank, Joe Breen, Ciaran Owens and Michael Legge DIRECTOR: Alan Parker OPENS: Dec. 25 in N.Y.C. and L.A.; wide in January

No one need bother mocking or pitying the Irish; they do such a good job of it themselves. Frank McCourt beautifully juggled contempt and sympathy in his memoir of growing up poor and wet in Limerick in the '30s and '40s, before squandering the goodwill he had accrued with the taint of 'Tis (it'll be a while before that sour screed is filmed). Parker, who did right by the Irish in The Commitments,...

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