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'Puzzle' is Well Made, but a Few Pieces are Missing

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Based on the film Rompecabezas, Puzzle is one of those little-known independent films that sneaks into theaters with little to no fanfare, although the fact that it is being promoted “from the producer of Little Miss Sunshine” should help it get noticed somewhat. Puzzle is a quiet, little film about a woman who discovers that jigsaw puzzles are the key to changing her life. While the subject matter doesn’t sound all that exciting, the film really isn’t about puzzles but instead about one finding their voice, or so it appears. It’s also a message film that has its own agenda expecting the audience to agree with the choices of the main character and applaud her “brave” behavior. Frankly, it just feels manipulative.

Directed by Marc Turtletaub, Puzzle’s most impactful scene comes within the first few minutes. We see Agnes (Kelly MacDonald) cleaning up the house and they decorating it for a birthday party. Then we see her serving appetizers while being ignored by the guests. …

‘Soul Surfer’ Bethany Hamilton to Appear in ‘Dolphin Tale 2'

Bethany Hamilton and her co-star on the set of
"Dolphin Tale 2." Photo: Warner Bros.
The sequel to the 2011 surprise hit family movie, “Dolphin Tale,” will add two new members to the cast. It was announced today that Bethany Hamiliton, (the subject of the feature "Soul Surfer”) will join the cast of “Dolphin Tale 2.” Also joining the cast will be the real-life, new baby dolphin, Hope, who was saved and rehabilitated by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Together, the two will join the original film’s cast, including Harry Connick, Jr., Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff. Charles Martin Smith will also direct again as well as pen the second script.
As with the first, “Dolphin Tale 2” will tell another true story inspired by the life of the rescued bottle nose dolphin, Winter, the star of “Dolphin Tale.”

As you may recall, Hamilton, who will play herself in the film, was bitten by a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing off Kauai’s North Shore when she was only 13. She survived the attack but lost her arm in the process. Miraculously, she was able to return to the water after only one month. She went on to win the national title and became a professional surfer, to which she continues to do today.  She has become a source of inspiration to many through her story of faith, determination and hope.

“Dolphin Tale 2” is currently filming in Clearwater, Florida.  Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the film and has slated the film for a September 19, 2014 release.

Related: Surprise! Dolphin Tale is Actually Good!

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