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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. …

Uplifting Reality TV - Really

Gladamere, Doc and Rev Kev hug Rev. Roseboro, 
the pastor of a small “Bapticostal” church.
(Photo: T-Group Productions)

FROM PEANUTS & POPCORN

Reality television has nearly taken over our TV sets. From little girls wearing too much makeup to spoiled housewives to bachelors looking to win the hand of Ms. Right…most of these shows are not worth watching let alone reading about. However, there are a few diamonds in the rough including Church Rescue, which may take some digging to find since it is currently airing on the National Geographic Channel.

Church Rescue follows the adventures of three ordained ministers, called the Church Hoppers, as they travel across the country to help faith-based churches and organizations “reestablish themselves in the marketplace so they can continue spreading the good word to their followers,” according to their page on the channel’s website. However, the show is more than that.

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