‘Begin Again’ review: A Keira Knightley musical that misses too many notes

July 1, 2014 6:11 PM

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‘Begin Again’ review: A Keira Knightley musical that misses too many notes

“Begin Again” stars Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley in a can’t-miss setup to make a romance-starved moviegoer salivate. Which makes it all the more painful when it does miss. Written and directed by Irish filmmaker John Carney, who charmed the knickers off audiences with the winsome 2007 musical “Once,” this follow-up feels almost like a sequel, except with a bigger budget, better clothes and — here’s the bad news — worse music.

Ruffalo plays Dan, a record label executive who hasn’t broken an act in seven years, has pawned his Grammy Awards and split from his wife and teenage daughter (Catherine Keener and Hailee Steinfeld). He’s in the final throes of a potentially suicidal alcoholic bender when he hears the dulcet tones o...

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