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

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. …

Four New Books that are Good for Mind, Body and Soul

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"Hi January! Time for the whole 'new year, new you' blah, blah, blah!" Yes, we are imperfect creatures and yes we could all strive to do better with our lives, but we can't do it all. Instead of trying to keep your resolutions, why not take a step back, relax a bit and try for something a little smaller. Here are four new books that will help transform your mind, body and soul without giving you the guilt trip.

Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters  

Jon Acuff is not your ordinary religious writer. His first brush with success came with his book Stuff Christians Like, based on his blog of the same name. Then, his book, Quitter helped leap him to almost household name status. He doesn’t write like a religious person. He writes like a comedian with practical tips, tools and truths.


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