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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. …

'God's Not Dead' Surprises Hollywood

Kevin "Hercules" Sorbo stars in "God's Not Dead" a
surprise hit in theaters last weekend. (Photo: Pure Flix)
Sure, it wasn’t the biggest movie opening last weekend, (That honor went to Divergent which made $56 million), but Pure Flix’s faith-based movie God’s Not Dead made a fairly big splash anyway and people are noticing including Entertainment Weekly. “The biggest surprise of the weekend is undoubtedly the success of God’s Not Dead, an inspirational drama about a college student who defends his belief in God against a non-believing professor,” said Adam Markovitz on the magazine’s website on Monday. “With no marquee stars (Kevin Sorbo and Dean Cain appear in the film, as does Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson) and little mainstream press, the film earned $8.6 million from just 780 theaters.” Variety also referred to the movie as the “biggest shocker” of the week.

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