'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. …

10 Things You Didn’t Know about the ‘Hobbit’ Movies

Think you know everything you need to know about the three Hobbit movies? Think again. Here are some little-known facts about this massive fantasy undertaking:

Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson and Bilbo Baggins.
1. Sherlock Holmes and Bilbo Baggins

There is a strange connection between the Hobbit movies and Sherlock Holmes. Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug), Martin Freeman (Bilbo), Stephen Fry (Master of Laketown), Christopher Lee (Saruman) and Ian McKellen (Gandalf) have all played roles in various Sherlock Holmes movies and TV productions. Director Peter Jackson wanted Martin Freeman to play the role of Bilbo Baggins, but at the start of production of the first film, he was already committed to playing Dr. Watson on PBS' Sherlock. Jackson shifted the entire production schedule in order to have Freeman play the role.

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