'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. …

Hillsong UNITED, Skillet and ‘God’s Not Dead’ Win Big at 45th Dove Awards

For an award show, 45 years is a pretty big deal. Last night GMA celebrated its 45th presentation of the Dove Awards. The thing is; getting timely information from GMA (or any source for that matter) is difficult at best. The awards were given out at Allen Arena in Nashville, Tennessee last night and were hosted by Bart Millard of MercyMe and Lecrae and sounds like a good time was had by all, but the event will not be televised until this Sunday, October 12, 2014 on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network). Photos from the awards are not yet available and information about the TV special is either not listed or is hidden on the TBN website. Be that as it may, below are the main winners this year. If you want to be surprised, stop reading now.

Hillsong UNITED were the big winners of the night with five awards for their song including Song of the Year, Artist of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year and Worship Song of the Year. “The song ‘Oceans’ has opened so many new doors and so many great opportunities to share the message of Jesus,” Hillsong United's Jonathan Douglass said backstage as reported on Billboard.com. “Only by the grace of God is this song doing what it’s doing. . . People keep telling us the song is doing really well, but the way we gauge it is when we talk to people one on one, either back in Sydney [Australia, the worship band’s home base] or all over the world. People grab me by the shoulders, look me in the eyes and say, ‘I was going through this and that song is what helped me.’ That’s why we do these albums.”

Switchfoot won three Doves, including Rock Contemporary Song for “Love Alone is Worth the Fight” and Rock/Contemporary album and Long Form Video of the Year for “Fading West.” The rock group Skillet won Rock Album of the Year for RISE and Rock Song of the Year for “Not Gonna Die.”

"Have to say it was pretty cool hearing the news about these wins," remarked lead singer John Cooper in press release statement. "We couldn't be there since we're heading to Europe again this week [their third visit in a year], but to have this album recognized in this way is definitely an honor, and we're really thankful."

Again, the Dove Awards took time to award Director Harold Cronk and Pure Flix Entertainment an award for Inspirational Film of the Year, God's Not Dead.


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