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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. …

Comedians Shine in ‘Kirstie’

The cast of TV Land’s new original 
sitcom “Kirstie,” premiering Wednesday, 
December 4th at 10pm ET/PT. 
(L-R) Michael Richards, Rhea Perlman,
Kirstie Alley and Eric Petersen

Kirstie Alley has had her ups and downs over the years from her start as a Vulcan in the Star Trek II movie to her most recent stint on Dancing with the Stars where she proved that she is still well-liked. This week she unveils a new character that was tailor-made for the actress in the new sitcom, “Kirstie” which premieres Wednesday, December 4 at 10:00 p.m. on the TVLand network.

The Emmy® Award-winner Alley portrays successful Broadway star Madison Banks who has been in the limelight so long that she doesn’t know how to relate to “everyday” people. That is about to change as she meets Arlo (Eric Petersen), the son she gave up for adoption, for the very first time. Arlo’s adopted mother has recently passed away and he became curious about finding his birth mom. Helping Madison get over this shock is her personal assistant, Thelma (“Cheers” co-star Rhea Perlman) and limo driver Frank (“Seinfeld’s” Michael Richards). In the pilot episode, the cast also featured Gilles Marini as Madison’s personal chef, but must have been dropped after the initial episode as he isn’t seen or mentioned in the subsequent episodes.

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