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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Begin Again’ Proves that Sometimes, ‘Once’ Really is Not Enough

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Begin Again’ Proves that Sometimes, ‘Once’ Really is Not Enough
BY NANCY R. MANDELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

Is John Carney, the writer and director of “Begin Again,” just a Johnny One-Note? Or was “Once” truly not enough for this musician turned filmmaker?

Sorry, but the puns are inevitable. A former bassist in the Irish rock band The Frames, Carney is the party responsible for “Once,” the multi-award winning 2006 indie film that went on to earn a Tony for Best Musical in its Broadway reincarnation. While the two movies share Carney’s view of musical collaboration as another kind of love affair, “Begin Again” uses an excellent cast--headed by Mark Ruffalo and (surprisingly out of period costume) Keira Knightley--to make us understand this complex connection.

This is not exactly a SPOILER ALERT in the traditional sense, but be warned that if your idea of a summer movie involves superheroes, supernaturals or super-machines, you can cross this film off your must-see list. “Begin Again” is that summer sleeper about the complicated ways people relate to each other. It may put your emotions through the wringer, but it lets you off with a smile.

 

Streets of New York Lured Director, Cast of Movie Musical 'Begin Again'

Streets of New York Lured Director, Cast of Movie Musical 'Begin Again'
BY JOE TYRRELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Trying to recapture the low-key magic of “Once” on a larger, glossier canvas, Irish director John Carney was fortunate to recruit a high-profile cast ready for the s...

Rosie O'Donnell moving to New Jersey for the schools

Rosie O'Donnell moving to New Jersey for the schools
BY KRISTEN LAULETTI
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Rosie O’Donnell is selling her four homes in New York and moving to Saddle River, New Jersey.

According to Yahoo! Homes, the reasoning behind the move was to put...

'tick...tick...BOOM!' Off Broadway Review: Jonathan Larson's Musical Portrait

'tick...tick...BOOM!' Off Broadway Review: Jonathan Larson's Musical Portrait
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Devotees of Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” can taste a bittersweet slice of its maker’s too-short life in the intimate musical “tick…tick…BOOM!,” wh...

Movie Review: 'The Last Sentence' Swedish Film Focuses on Personal Life of Anti-Nazi Journalist

Movie Review: 'The Last Sentence' Swedish Film Focuses on Personal Life of Anti-Nazi Journalist
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

Filming in black and white seems to be all the rage these days, and it makes sense for a movie set in the 1930s. Our visual memory of that time is in bla...

'Holler If Ya Hear Me' Broadway Review: A Bleak Jukebox Show

'Holler If Ya Hear Me' Broadway Review: A Bleak Jukebox Show
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

Talented performers intermittently pump life into “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” the new Broadway musical based on the rapping lyrics of Tupac Shakur, bu...

'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Star Promotes Fabellini Wine Despite Controversy

'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Star Promotes Fabellini Wine Despite Controversy
BY MARY MARSHALL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Paterson-native reality TV star Teresa Giudice will be promoting her new sparkling wine at the VB3 Restaurant & Bar in Jersey City Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. accor...

MOVIE REVIEW: Roman Polanski's "Venus in Fur" Adapts Kinky Comic Play

MOVIE REVIEW: Roman Polanski's
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

A noisy, disheveled actress, her wet hair plastered to her head, shows up hours late for an audition, just as the exasperated director/playwright is read...

MOVIE REVIEW: Documentary 'Code Black' Tackles Life in ER

MOVIE REVIEW: Documentary 'Code Black' Tackles Life in ER
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

At times, the documentary “Code Black” feels like a pilot for a new medical reality show, the kind that is populated by sexy young doctors employing dram...

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