'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. …

2015 Golden Globes Nominees Announced

Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Paula Patton and Peter Krause had the honor
of announcing the nominees for the 72nd Annual Golden Globes. 
(Golden Globes)

Early this morning, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Peter Krause and Paula Patton had the honor of announcing the nominees for the 72nd Annual Golden Globes. This of course means that none of them are up for an award but who is may surprise you. This year’s nominees seem to focus more on movies and TV shows that are on the fringe rather than the most popular.

In TV, only a handful of mentions are given toward the main four traditional networks. The CW received two surprise nominations for Jane the Virgin and ABC’s Modern Family did not receive a single nomination this year. In addition, a lot of attention has gone toward the mini-series Fargo (five nominees) and True Detective (three nominees).

For movies, Michael Keaton’s Birdman received the most nominations (seven) with The Imitation Game and Boyhood close behind with five nominations each. Some surprises include Jennifer Aniston receiving a nomination for Best Actress in a Drama for Cake (the internet seemed to be more impressed that she played the role sans makeup), Robert Duvall receiving a nomination for his work in The Judge, a film that was greatly panned by critics and that Noah received any nominations at all. Meanwhile, nobody is surprised that Meryl Streep is nominated for her supporting role in Disney’s Into the Woods, a film that nobody has even seen yet.

Julianne Moore is up for two awards for Still Alice and Maps to the Stars. Bill Murray is doing double duty this year being nominated for Best Performance for the movie St. Vincent and for his guest role in the TV mini-series Olive Kitteridge.


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