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Sing Street

Sing Street: The new movie by the director of “Once” creates a similar kind of feeling in a very different era – 1980’s in Dublin. Connor (who calls himself Cosmo) is 15 years old, lives with his parents who are constantly fighting, a sister, and a much older brother who is a kind of music mentor to him. When he transfers to a new school, he meets Raphina and asks her to star in a music video with his band. Since Cosmo has no band, he has to put one together within a week. The rest of the movie is about the relationship between Cosmo and Raphina, the special relationship that Cosmo has with his brother, and the band Sing Street. It’s a really wonderful and magical film that is about the freedom that music brings and how it helps us rise above what is going on around us. It is also about the creative process, and being young and in love. The movie has an awesome 80’s sound track, the original songs are really quite catchy and fun, and the band members experiment with the different styles that were unique to that era. Big thumbs up from me for a film that is somewhat predictable but exudes optimism and hope and just seems to soar on the music. The original music and the story, while set in the 80’s, still feel very contemporary. This is my favorite movie of the year so far. (2016; 4.5 stars)

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