Begin Again (2013)
aka Can a Song Save Your Life?
First screened in July 2014
Director: John Carney. Cast: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, James Corden, Yasiin Bey, Catherine Keener, Cee-Lo Green, Rob Morrow, Jennifer Li, Ian Brodsky, Shannon Maree Walsh, David Abeles, Kena Onyenjekwe, Harvey Morris, Terry Lewis, Nicholas Daniel Gonzalez, Aya Cash, Maddie Corman, Melissa Maria Gonzalez, Keen Ruffalo. Screenplay: John Carney.

Twitter Capsule: After clumsy exposition, Carney conjures relaxed magic. Every actor an asset. Basically Twice upon a time, but I wept.

VOR:   I loved this movie and want everyone to see it. Can't say originality or risk are its hallmarks, though. Terrific intimacy with characters, but Once did it all even better.

Photo © 2013 Exclusive Media Group/Sycamore Pictures/
Likely Story, © 2014 The Weinstein Company

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Original Song: "Lost Stars"

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