Begin Again

Show Times:

Fri 7/25 & Sat 7/26 7:15pm & 9:15pm
Sun 7/27 through Thurs 7/31 7:15pm only
Adults $5.00 / Children $4.00

Rated: R
Running Time: 104 minutes

John Carney is an Irish director who scored a hit with his small gem of an indie called , in 2006, a love story about two buskers on the streets of Dublin. In this aptly named film, he tries to do it again with real movie stars (Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo) supported by the always beguiling Catherine Keener. Ruffalo plays a music exec in a career trough, who stumbles across Knightley playing in a small New York club. The song is a dud, but Ruffalo rearranges it in his head, and within a few short reels (remember them?) records and releases an album of her music, which becomes a hit. This is an old fashioned, sentimental movie which, if you haven’t become too jaded and have a weakness for pop music and the streets of New York is surprisingly enjoyable.—Peter Biskind

“Carney has a knack for giving sentimental showbiz fairy-tales the texture and tang of life on the street, and for knowing when to darken the mood with notes of dissonance. He makes the case once more that a song can save your life in his charming musical drama, Begin Again.”—David Edelstein, New York Magazine

“Ruffalo and Knightley make an engaging pair of colleagues and their musical adventure together results in an enchanting, gently funny and occasionally poignant story.”—Claudia Puig, USA Today

“…the vivacious Knightley [is] an irresistibly watchable force of nature…”—Mark Jenkins, NPR

“It’s rare to find a movie that uses music to define love without sentimentalizing it. But Begin Again, with songs by Glen Hansard and New Radicals frontman Gregg Alexander, is a wonderfully appealing exception.”—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“This is a real love story that’s not about consummation or certainty, a variety we’ve all experienced in real life that only occasionally shows up in the movies.”—Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

“Begin Again may not always swing, but it makes up for that in sincerity and a welcome willingness to ambush expectations.”—Ann Hornaday, Washington Post