'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. …

Mary Poppins by the Numbers

In honor of Mary Poppins 50th anniversary and the release of Saving Mr. Banks, here are 25 bits of trivia by the numbers.

1: Actor to portray Walt Disney in a theatrical drama (Tom Hanks in Saving Mr. Banks)

2: Brothers who wrote the music for Mary Poppins (Robert and Richard Sherman)

3: Movies shot at Disneyland (Saving Mr. Banks, That Thing You Do and 40 Pounds of Trouble)

4: Children mentioned in the Mary Poppins book – only 2 remained for the movie

4: Occupations of Bert in the movie (One-man band, chalk artist, chimney sweep and kite salesman)

5: Academy Awards given to Mary Poppins (Best Actress, Best Effects, Best Film Editing, Original Score and Original Song)


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