American Folk Music Magazine
Review: Begin Again (Christianity Today)
The director of 'Once' is back, this time in New York City, with a work of love.
**mpaa rating:**R (For language, including some sexual content.)
**Genre:**Comedy, Drama, Musical
**Directed By:** John Carney
**Run Time:** 1 hour 44 minutes
**Cast:** Keira Knightley, Hailee Steinfeld, Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener
**Theatre Release:**July 04, 2014 by Weinstein Co.
In his book _Culture Making_, Andy Crouch (executive editor of this magazine) writes that "to be Christian is to stake our lives on this belief: the only cultural goods that ultimately matter are the ones that love creates."
I don't know what John Carney's personal religious beliefs are, but I'm pretty that the director agrees–and he makes movies that testify to this belief. Carney, onetime bassist for the Irish rock band The Frames, has directed music videos, TV, and films, but he's best known on this side of the pond for _Once_, the 2006 breakout hit that introduced us to the Swell Season and garnered an Independent Spirit Award, an Oscar, and an Emmy.
_Once_ was a fairy tale set in a real world, the story of a washed-up Dublin street musician (Glen Hansard, who formed The Frames) who meets a Czech immigrant (Marketa Irglova). …
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