Begin Again (15) ***

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In 2007, Carney sent audiences and critics into a collective swoon with his micro-budget fourth feature, Once.

Keira Knightley with Mark Ruffalo.

Keira Knightley with Mark Ruffalo.

Shot for a paltry 160,000 euros, it was a modern-day romance between a Dublin busker and a Czech flower girl.

Begin Again – which should perhaps have been re-christened Once Again – sees Carney orchestrate another musical collaboration between emotionally damaged misfits.

Shot against the backdrop of New York’s iconic landmarks, this hugely entertaining romantic comedy is blessed with strong performances and an infectious soundtrack.

Greta (Keira Knightley) comes to Manhattan with her boyfriend Dave Kohl (Adam Levine), who has just landed a major recording contract. But he cheats on her, and she starts her own musical career.

Musical sequences are full of energy including a blistering guitar solo from Steinfeld on a rooftop rendition of the film’s best song, Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home.