'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. …

Listen to Crowder Tonight, See Him in Concert this Fall

Crowder’s solo debut album, Neon Steeple won’t be released until May 27, but it was announced today that fans could stream the album for free exclusively at iTunes Radio as an iTunes Radio First Play.

In the only way that Crowder can, he describes “Neon Steeple” as “The Appalachians and Ibiza. Folk music and EDM. The music of the People. Folktronica. Digital and Analog. The Ones and Zeros and the Handshake. The Banjo and the 808. A critique and a hope.”  This is the longer version of the description he used in the video telling the story behind the song, “I Am.” There he refers to the styling of the album to be “where porch music meets computer music.” By the way, the song, “I Am” is still holding strong in the Top 5 on Billboard’s Christian Music chart.

If you like what you hear, you can pre-order the album now on iTunes as well. All pre-orders come with an instant download of "I AM" and "My Beloved." You can also download “I AM” for free by visiting Crowder’s website.

Delving deeper into folk/country music, Crowder will perform at the Grand Ole Opry, his debut, on May 31st and one of the new songs on Neon Steeples is a duet with Emmylou Harris on the song “My Sweet Lord.”

In support of Neon Steeple, Crowder will headline a fall tour which kicks off in Springfield, MO on September 30. 


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