'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. …

Straight from the Jedi’s Mouth

A teaser trailer of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" will be shown in theaters beginning November 28, 2014.
Well, it is almost officially one year away from the release of the Disney/Lucasfilm, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so let the propaganda begin! Announced just this morning, a new 88 second teaser trailer will begin to be played in select theaters beginning this Friday, November 28. That’s right, only a handful of theaters will be playing the trailer and even then, it’s less than a minute and a half long. Still, I wonder how many fans will make a trip to theaters this weekend to see it.

The finished product of Episode VII will enter theaters on December 18, 2015 providing that they don’t have any other setbacks (like Harrison Ford’s injury over the summer). Below are the participating theaters showing the preview this weekend:

  • AZ     Phoenix            Harkens      Tempe Marketplace
  • CA     Los Angeles     AMC           Century City
  • CA     Los Angeles     Indep          El Capitan
  • CA     Irvine                Regal          Spectrum Irvine 21
  • CA     San Francisco  AMC           Metreon 16
  • CA     San Jose          Cinemark    Oakridge 20
  • CA     San Diego        Regal          Mira Mesa 18
  • CO     Denver             AMC           Westminster 24
  • DC     Washington      AMC           Tyson's Corner 16
  • FL      Miami               Carmike      Parisian 20
  • GA     Atlanta              Regal         Atlantic Station
  • IL       Chicago            Regal         City North
  • MA     Boston              AMC          Boston Commons 19
  • MI       Detroit              Cinemark   Showcase 20
  • MN     Minneapolis      AMC          Southdale
  • MO     Kansas City      AMC          Studio 30
  • NY      New York         AMC           Lincholn Square 12
  • NY      New York         Regal         Union Square
  • OH     Cleveland         Cinemakr   Cinemark 24
  • PA     Philadelphia      Regal         Warrington 22
  • TN     Nashville           Carmike     Thoroughbred 20
  • TN     Knoxville           Regal         Pinnacle
  • TX     Dallas               Cinemark    West Plano 20
  • TX     Houston            Regal         Marq E Stadium 23
  • TX     Austin               Alamo         Alamo S Lamar
  • UT     Salt Lake City  Cinemark    Cinemark 24 West Jordan
  • WA    Seattle             Regal          Thornton Place 14
  • WI     Milwaukee        Marcus       Brookfield 16
  • CAN  Toronto            CPX            Younge & Dundas
  • CAN  Vancouver       CPX            Riverport

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