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Rated R / 104 minutes
Directed by: John Carney
Starring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Catherine Keener and Ceelo Greene

The latest film from writer-director John Carney (ONCE), BEGIN AGAIN is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City.

'Begin Again' is romantic musical in city of second chances
Doggedly indie but unpretentious, “Begin Again” is one of the best movies I’ve seen about the music industry and the ways it changes people whose paths diverge. Although the big-city bustle and bittersweet songs (mostly by Greg Alexander of New Radicals) are familiar elements of a musical romance, Carney doesn’t steer the story in the expected direction. While Greta is as charmingly waifish as an alt-pop Audrey Hepburn, weathered Dan has lingering ties to his ex wife (Catherine Keener) and estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). And rock-star Dave returns from his SoCal sojourn with a soulful beard and a bouquet of new songs that (almost) no woman could resist. With scarcely a false note or lazy lyric, Carney convinces us that these are real people and that “Begin Again” is just the end of their beginning. (three out of four stars) Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch