'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. …

Mandisa is Having a "Good Morning"

Mandisa has had a couple of great weeks. Two weeks ago, she won the Dove award for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year with "Overcomer" and this week she received a plaque that commemorates the RIAA Gold Certification of her digital single, "Good Morning" which means that over 500,000 digital singles have been sold. The song has proven so popular, it has been "adopted" by many a DJ for their morning radio shows and is used as their current theme song. Congrats!

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