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

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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. …

Sing-Along Version of ‘Frozen’ in Theaters Now

Disney’s animated movie, Frozen is quite the phenomenon. Created with a budget of $150,000,000, the film has already made over $350,053,022 in the U.S. alone. Released during Thanksgiving, the movie is still in 4th place of most popular films (as of last week anyway), the soundtrack of the movie is still #1, toys are flying off the shelves,  it won the Golden Globe for best new animated picture and it is sure to win the Oscar as well. 

The fact that a Disney cartoon is doing well is not news, but the fact that it is doing SO well is. The music of Frozen has a lot to do with it - people seem to really resonate with it. It’s not surprising that Disney is considering creating a stage version of the musical.

If you are one of those who can’t get enough of “Let it Go,” you’ll be glad to know that starting today, Disney will be releasing special sing-along versions of the film in theaters across the country. The lyrics of all the songs will pop up on the screen followed by a bouncing snowflake. 

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