Daniel Barnes @ the SN&R, 7/3 issue

index*Everything fresh and original about Once has been recycled and sanitized for Begin Again, only it’s broad and excessive where Once was charming and concise. The rumpled male lead is now a struggling music executive desperate for one last chance at whatever (Mark Ruffalo), the mousy Czech songwriter has become a manic pixie nightmare played by Keira Knightley, and the only major player in this musical who can actually sing is Adam Levine of Maroon 5, and he can’t act.

*Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth installment of Michael Bay’s long-form paean to soullessness, is better than some of its predecessors and worse than others, but God only knows which ones or why.

*The documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon is a fast-paced and calorie-free puff piece with enough name-dropping to hold your attention, not unlike an Us Weekly magazine cover story, although it would have been more interesting to know how the sausage was made.

*My Earth to Echo review was reprinted in this week’s Colorado Springs Independent.