‘Begin Again’ is beautifully absorbing

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Keira Knightley in ‘Begin Again’

In 2007, writer/director John Carney’s Once had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the World Cinema Audience Award in the Dramatic category.  While there are some familiar elements in his latest film, Begin Again, it is a different movie.

Begin Again is the story of “Greta” (Kiera Knightley), “Dave Kohl” (Adam Levine) and “Dan Mulligan” (Mark Ruffalo).  Greta and Dave have come to New York City because a record label has signed Dave.  He refers to Greta as his partner, and they have written music together for some time.  Greta is also a singer.  The label provides everything they need, including an apartment and for Dave, someone who tempts him to stray.  This brings their romance to a bad ending.

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‘The Avengers’ is a work of superhero beauty

Scarlett Johansson in 'The Avengers'
Scarlett Johansson in ‘The Avengers’

[rating=4]Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson
Director(s): Joss Whedon
Writer(s): Screenplay by Joss Whedon; Story by Josh Whedon and Zak Penn

There are six certifiable heroes, each worthy of a feature film, each played by a superstar actor capable of carrying a feature film.

But there is no “I” in team. And there is no “I” in Marvel’s The Avengers, either.

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Clever ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ gets treated well with collector’s edition DVD

[rating=3]Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinson
Director(s): Michel Gondry
Writer(s): Story by Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Pierre Busmuth; Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman

Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'
Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’

This was one of those films that came to me highly recommended by several people. For some reason, however, I dragged my feet in reviewing this DVD. The funny thing was my sister-in-law had recently loaned us her copy of the movie, which was the original single-disc release. But when I got the collector’s edition for review, I still dragged my feet.

Why? I don’t have a clue.

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