'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. …

Exodus: Good Movie, Wrong Story

Review of "Exodus: Gods and Kings"
Moses (Christian Bale) shows the Hebrews how to fight with the
prophet Nun (Ben Kingsley) looking on. (20th Century Fox)
One has to wonder why some in Hollywood feel like they have to improve on stories based on the Bible. Perhaps it has to do with the idea that if you present a Bible story on screen, people will already know the ending, so you might want to shake things up a little. But I suspect that there is something more to it, but I can’t figure out what it is.

When Noah came to theaters earlier this year, many Christians appreciated the effort and would rely on the thought, “At least people are talking about the Bible. Maybe now they will read it.” Others felt that it was their job to warn the masses of its false doctrine. Months later, the film has failed to capture the hearts of many, nobody is talking about it and America is no worse off. However, people are still talking about the little production of God’s Not Dead, a film that didn’t try to change who God is, and it isn’t even a Bible story.

Review of "Exodus: Gods and Kings"
Ramses (Joel Edgerton) contemplates. Something he does a lot of
throughout the movie.
From the trailers, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings looks like Oscar-bait, but I wouldn’t clear off a place on the mantel just yet if I were him. The thing is, Exodus is actually a good movie, albeit a rather long one. It is beautiful to look at, features impressive 3D technology and the action scenes are done well without a lot of gore. It only has one flaw – the story is only remotely related to the Bible.

Those with only a little bit of Bible knowledge will be able to figure out the flaws immediately. What we know about Moses is that God chose him to be a leader, but he didn’t want the job. He stuttered when he spoke and wasn’t confident that anyone would listen to him. For that reason, God had him partner with his brother to do the talking. Scott’s version has a whole different type of Moses in mind.


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