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Toronto Film Review: 'Can a Song Save Your Life?'
With its cutesy title, John Carney's "Can a Song Save Your Life?" distracts from the real question looming over the "Once" director's latest blend of romance, music and dreams: Can Keira Knightley sing? Based on the available evidence, the answer to both inquiries is "yes," making for another upbeat outing in which characters strum their way through tricky emotional situations, this time benefiting from a much bigger budget and set against the backdrop of New York City. Featuring Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener and Maroon 5 lead crooner Adam Levine onboard -- and such producers as Judd Apatow and Nigel Sinclair behind it -- this Weinstein Company pickup could spark another mini-phenom, complete with musical tie-ins.
September 9, 2013