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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. …

I Don’t ‘Noah’ About This Next Movie

The poster says that the movie’s title is Noah, but it looks a lot like Abraham Lincholn: Vampire Hunter. (What's with the axe?) 

By watching the trailer, (see below), it’s hard to tell how biblically accurate it will be. On one hand, it looks pretty epic and features a great cast including Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman (apparently those living in Noah’s time spoke with a British accent). On the other, this tale is being director Darren Aronofsky, the guy behind The Wrestler and the creepy and odd Black Swan. He certainly has a way with capturing images. What do you think? What are first impressions? Noah, will be making waves on March 28, 2014.



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