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Rated R · 104 minutes · 2014
Keira Knightley sings in Begin Again, and who knew she could do that? It’s not a big, career-altering revelation or anything, but it’s perfectly believable in the context of this story about a young songwriter trying to make her way and a haggard industry veteran (Mark Ruffalo) looking for the next big thing. Begin Again was written and directed by John Carney, who gave us Once a few years ago. There are a lot of similarities between the two films, although this one is obviously a little more of a Hollywood experience. Budgets and stars tend to lead you down that path. Ruffalo is particularly good as the music impresario who has fallen on hard times, but Begin Again is ultimately a little too safe and direct in its execution. There’s not a shred of doubt about what’s going to happen, but it’s pleasant enough to watch things play out.
Official Site: beginagainfilm.com
Director: John Carney
Producer: Anthony Bregman, Tobin Armbrust, Nigel Sinclair, Guy East, Sam Hoffman, Judd Apatow, Tom Rice and Ben Nearn
Cast: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, Catherine Keener, James Corden, CeeLo Green, Yasiin Bey and Maddie Corman

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Salt Lake City Weekly Begin Again Once upon a time—in that long-ago year of 2007—there was a magical musical called Once. Set in Dublin, it was the tale of two emotionally damaged musicians whose lives intersected just enough for them to start picking up the pieces and heal through their collaborative project. by Scott Renshaw 07/09/2014
East Bay Express Begin Again And again, and again... by Kelly Vance 07/02/2014
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Creative Loafing Charlotte Begin Again: Once was not enough Rating: *** by Matt Brunson 07/03/2014
Inlander Once, Twice A filmmaker fails to re-create his past triumph in Begin Again by Scott Renshaw 07/09/2014
Gambit Review: Begin Again Ken Korman on John Carney’s latest, starring Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley by Ken Korman 07/07/2014
Portland Mercury Twice Begin Again: Like Once, but with Mark Ruffalo! by Eric D. Snider 07/02/2014
The Coast Halifax Begin Again Wherein Keira Knightly works on her brand by Tara Thorne 07/31/2014
Colorado Springs Independent Begin Again retreads Once's footsteps to self-defeat Everything fresh and original about Once has been recycled and sanitized, and Begin Again is broad and excessive where the former was charming and concise. by Daniel Barnes 07/09/2014
Boise Weekly Begin Again: One More Time (With a New Title) Now playing at The Flicks by George Prentice 07/09/2014
New Times San Luis Obispo Review: Begin Again Ken Korman on John Carney’s latest, starring Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley by Ken Korman 07/07/2014

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