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Irish filmmaker John Carney gives the modern movie musical a bit of a lift and his lilt in 'Sing Street'

Irish filmmaker John Carney gives the modern movie musical a bit of a lift and his lilt in 'Sing Street'

With his films "Once" and "Begin Again," Irish filmmaker John Carney went some way toward revitalizing the movie musical, giving that classic grace and romance a contemporary spin. His latest film, "Sing Street," now playing in Los Angeles, is something new again, a personal, semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale set to song.

In "Sing Street," a teenage boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) in mid-'80s Dublin is sent to a new school when his financially strapped parents can no longer afford to send him elsewhere. He soon meets Raphina (Lucy Boynton), an alluringly enigmatic aspiring model who is far too cool for him. To try to impress...

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