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few_DT
films_NNS
in_IN
1999_CD
have_HV
divided_VBN
the_DT
critical_JJ
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sharply_RB
as_CS
alan_NP
parker_NP
's_POS
adaptation_NN
of_IN
frank_NP
mccourt_NP
's_POS
memoir_NN
angela_NP
's_POS
ashes_NNS
._.
many_DT
dismissed_VBD
it_PP
as_IN
an_DT
humorless_NN
,_,
sentimentalized_JJ
,_,
uninteresting_JJ
version_NN
of_IN
the_DT
hugely_JJ
popular_JJ
novel_NN
;_;
others_NNS
hailed_VBN
it_PP
as_IN
a_DT
heartfelt_NN
,_,
sincere_JJ
portrait_NN
of_IN
the_DT
human_JJ
spirit_NN
._.
i'm_???
somewhere_RB
in_IN
between_IN
,_,
leaning_VBG
strongly_RB
towards_IN
the_DT
latter_DT
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
certainly_RB
well-made_JJ
and_CC
it_PP
never_RB
becomes_VBZ
tedious_JJ
like_IN
some_DT
literary_JJ
adaptations_NNS
have_HV
a_DT
tendency_NN
to_IN
be_BE
._.
but_CC
i_PP
have_HV
a_DT
feeling_NN
that_CS
parker_NP
filled_VBD
the_DT
movie_NN
with_IN
pseudo-lyrical_JJ
shots_NNS
of_IN
rain_NN
falling_VBG
on_IN
the_DT
homely_JJ
streets_NNS
of_IN
ireland_NP
just_RB
so_RB
it_PP
can_MD
have_HV
the_DT
two-and-a-half_NNS
hour_NN
running_NN
time_NN
that_CS
screams_NNS
"_"
i'm_???
important_JJ
!_!
"_"
mccourt_NP
's_POS
book_NN
of_IN
the_DT
same_DT
name_NN
was_BEDZ
about_IN
him_PP
and_CC
his_PP$
family_NN
moving_VBG
from_IN
the_DT
us_NP
to_IN
ireland_NP
in_IN
the_DT
early_JJ
1900_CD
's_NNS
,_,
a_DT
time_NN
when_CS
most_DT
people_NN
were_BED
desperately_RB
trying_VBG
to_IN
get_VB
into_IN
the_DT
us_NP
._.
as_CS
he_PP
comments_VBZ
,_,
"_"
we_PP
were_BED
the_DT
only_RB
irishfolk_NP
to_IN
say_NN
goodbye_UH
to_TO
the_DT
statue_NN
of_IN
liberty_NN
._.
"_"
in_IN
ireland_NP
,_,
frank_NP
(_(
played_VBD
by_IN
joe_NP
breen_IN
as_IN
a_DT
small_JJ
child_NN
)_)
,_,
his_PP$
3_CD
brothers_NNS
,_,
his_PP$
mother_NN
angela_NP
(_(
emily_NP
watson_NP
)_)
and_CC
his_PP$
father_NN
malachy_NN
(_(
robert_NP
carlyle_NP
)_)
get_VB
financial_JJ
help_NN
from_IN
angela_NP
's_POS
mother_NN
,_,
a_DT
stereotypically_RB
strict_JJ
catholic_JJ
who_NP
chides_NNS
her_PP
daughter_NN
for_IN
marrying_VBG
a_DT
northern_JJ
irishman_NN
._.
she_PP
helps_VBZ
them_PP
get_VB
a_DT
rat-infested_JJ
apartment_NN
and_CC
malachy_NN
goes_VBZ
looking_VBG
for_IN
a_DT
job_NN
._.
positions_NNS
are_BER
scarce_JJ
and_CC
when_CS
he_PP
does_DOZ
finally_RB
find_VB
one_CD
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
unable_JJ
to_TO
hold_VB
on_IN
to_IN
it_PP
because_CS
of_IN
his_PP$
fondness_NN
for_IN
drinking_NN
._.
meanwhile_RB
,_,
frank_NP
goes_VBZ
to_IN
an_DT
uptight_NN
catholic_JJ
school_NN
,_,
where_CS
the_DT
instructors_NNS
beat_VB
students_NNS
with_IN
blunt_JJ
wooden_JJ
objects_NNS
as_IN
often_RB
as_CS
their_PP$
heart_NN
desires_NNS
._.
two_CD
of_IN
frank_NP
's_POS
brothers_NNS
soon_RB
die_VB
,_,
crippled_JJ
by_IN
the_DT
dreadful_JJ
living_NN
conditions_NNS
and_CC
malnutrition_NN
._.
as_CS
if_CS
the_DT
poverty_NN
and_CC
the_DT
suffering_NN
weren't_BED
intense_JJ
enough_RB
as_CS
it_PP
stood_VBD
,_,
malachy_NN
and_CC
angela_NP
have_HV
another_DT
baby_NN
,_,
worsening_JJ
the_DT
situation_NN
further_RBR
._.
i_PP
imagine_VB
this_DT
doesn't_DOZ
sound_JJ
like_CS
much_DT
of_IN
a_DT
plot_NN
._.
that_CS
's_BEZ
probably_RB
because_CS
it_PP
isn't_BEZ
one_CD
._.
these_DT
are_BER
people_NN
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
their_PP$
story_NN
._.
director_NN
alan_NP
parker_NP
(_(
the_DT
commitments_NNS
)_)
knows_VBZ
how_WRB
to_TO
tell_VB
a_DT
good_JJ
story_NN
and_CC
angela_NP
's_POS
ashes_NNS
,_,
despite_IN
its_PP$
relentlessly_RB
literary_JJ
tone_NN
remains_VBZ
interesting_JJ
._.
though_CS
the_DT
film_NN
occasionally_RB
indulges_VBZ
too_RB
much_DT
in_IN
its_PP$
gloomily_RB
picturesque_JJ
irish_JJ
setting_NN
,_,
it_PP
avoids_VBZ
looking_VBG
like_IN
a_DT
glorified_JJ
travelogue_NN
._.
supplementing_VBG
parker_NP
's_POS
able_JJ
direction_NN
are_BER
the_DT
engaging_JJ
,_,
often_RB
poignant_JJ
performances_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
leads_NNS
,_,
some_DT
of_IN
them_PP
seasoned_JJ
thespians_NNS
,_,
others_NNS
relative_JJ
beginners_NNS
._.
carlyle_NP
,_,
the_DT
charismatic_JJ
british_JJ
actor_NN
who_WP
has_HVZ
shown_VBN
astonishing_JJ
range_NN
by_IN
hopping_VBG
from_IN
the_DT
lead_NN
in_IN
a_DT
rowdy_JJ
slapstick_NN
comedy_NN
to_IN
the_DT
villain_NN
in_IN
a_DT
james_NP
bond_NN
movie_NN
and_CC
now_RB
to_IN
sentimental_JJ
melodrama_NN
,_,
perfectly_RB
portrays_VBZ
his_PP$
rather_RB
pathetic_JJ
character_NN
._.
we_PP
empathize_VB
with_IN
the_DT
guy_NN
,_,
but_CC
we_PP
don't_DO
like_IN
or_CC
admire_VB
him_PP
._.
emily_NP
watson_NP
turns_VBZ
in_IN
a_DT
heartfelt_NN
,_,
sincere_JJ
supporting_JJ
performance_NN
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
mostly_RB
she_PP
who_NP
implants_NNS
that_CS
lump_NN
in_IN
our_PP$
throats_NNS
._.
also_RB
worthy_JJ
of_IN
mention_NN
is_BEZ
little_JJ
joe_NP
breen_IN
,_,
whose_WP$
face_NN
graces_NNS
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
superb_JJ
poster_NN
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
breen_IN
's_CD
first_OD
feature_NN
film_NN
and_CC
he_PP
's_BEZ
extraordinary_JJ
as_CS
young_JJ
frank_NP
._.
not_XNOT
unlike_IN
sudden_JJ
oscar_NP
darling_NN
haley_NP
joel_???
osment_NN
of_IN
the_DT
sixth_OD
sense_NN
,_,
you_PP
can_MD
peer_VB
into_IN
the_DT
character_NN
's_POS
soul_NN
through_IN
breen_IN
's_CD
sad_JJ
eyes_NNS
._.
on_IN
the_DT
flip_VB
side_NN
,_,
one_CD
thing_NN
that_CS
could_MD
have_HV
vastly_RB
improved_VBN
angela_NP
's_POS
ashes_NNS
is_BEZ
a_DT
more_DT
decisive_JJ
editor_NN
._.
while_CS
gerry_NP
hambling_NN
sure_JJ
makes_VBZ
the_DT
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
scenery_NN
,_,
he_PP
and_CC
parker_NP
also_RB
leave_VB
in_IN
at_IN
least_DT
a_DT
half_NN
an_DT
hour_NN
of_IN
unnecessary_JJ
footage_NN
._.
the_DT
first_OD
half_NN
,_,
especially_RB
,_,
could_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
trimmed_VBN
down_RP
,_,
bringing_VBG
the_DT
film_NN
to_IN
a_DT
more_DT
reasonable_JJ
running_NN
time_NN
and_CC
doing_DOG
our_PP$
bladders_NNS
a_DT
favor_NP
in_IN
the_DT
process_NN
._.
things_NNS
pick_VB
up_RP
at_IN
about_IN
the_DT
halfway_JJ
point_NN
,_,
sort_NN
of_IN
dismissing_VBG
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
the_DT
criticisms_NNS
i_PP
accumulated_JJ
during_IN
the_DT
opening_NN
hour_NN
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
maintain_VB
that_CS
the_DT
aggressively_RB
deliberate_JJ
pace_NN
parker_NP
and_CC
co_NN
._.
set_NN
in_IN
the_DT
first_OD
half_NN
was_BEDZ
ludicrously_RB
unnecessary_JJ
._.
*_???
spoiler_NN
warning_NN
!_!
skip_NN
next_OD
paragraph_NN
if_CS
in_IN
suspense_NN
!_!
*_???
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
final_JJ
message_NN
is_BEZ
somewhat_RB
conflicted_VBN
,_,
as_CS
frankie_NP
,_,
in_IN
effect_NN
,_,
leaves_NNS
his_PP$
family_NN
famished_JJ
in_IN
ireland_NP
while_CS
he_PP
himself_PPX
goes_VBZ
back_RP
to_IN
america_NP
._.
what_WDT
,_,
exactly_RB
,_,
are_BER
we_PP
supposed_JJ
to_TO
make_VB
of_IN
that_DT
?_?
his_PP$
mother_NN
doesn't_DOZ
seem_VB
to_TO
mind_VB
because_CS
she_PP
wants_VBZ
the_DT
best_JJS
possible_JJ
future_NN
for_IN
her_PP$
son_NN
,_,
as_CS
any_DT
mother_NN
would_MD
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
still_RB
seems_VBZ
inconsiderate_JJ
of_IN
him_PP
._.
i_PP
haven't_HV
read_VBN
the_DT
book_NN
,_,
but_CC
i'm_???
sure_JJ
that_CS
mccourt_NP
justifies_NNS
his_PP$
actions_NNS
therein_RB
;_;
therefore_RB
,_,
i'm_???
suspicious_JJ
._.
another_DT
thing_NN
that_CS
's_BEZ
never_RB
made_VBN
clear_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
meaning_NN
of_IN
the_DT
title_NN
,_,
which_WDT
,_,
i'm_???
sure_JJ
,_,
is_BEZ
also_RB
explained_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
memoir_NN
._.
if_CS
seen_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
film_NN
onto_IN
itself_PPX
,_,
rather_RB
than_CS
an_DT
adaptation_NN
,_,
angela_NP
's_POS
ashes_NNS
stands_VBZ
tall_JJ
._.
despite_IN
a_DT
few_DT
minor_JJ
setbacks_NNS
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
captivating_JJ
story_NN
of_IN
people_NN
forced_VBN
to_IN
live_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
trenches_NNS
by_IN
an_DT
merciless_JJ
society_NN
where_CS
those_DT
of_IN
weaker_JJR
character_NN
are_BER
shoved_VBN
to_IN
the_DT
bottom_NN
of_IN
the_DT
financial_JJ
ladder_NN
._.