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

MOVIE REVIEW
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. …

The 15 Days of Christmas Music

Lincoln Brewster (Photo: Beliefnet)

FROM BELIEFNET

No matter how many Christmas albums come out each year, we tend to go back and listen to our favorites from years ago. Whether you prefer a White Christmas with Bing, a Tennessee Christmas with Amy or just want to Have a Merry Little Christmas with Frank, we are creatures of habit. Be that as it may be, here are 15 new albums to compete for your attention:

1. Lincoln Brewster: Joy to the World
Last year, Lincoln Brewster released his best-selling Christmas album and decided to release it again only bigger and better with two new studio tracks, five new live performances, three new live worship videos and over 45 minutes of bonus content.

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