'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. …

The 72nd Golden Globes was Full of Surprises

Tina Fey and Amy Amy Poehler at the 72nd Golden Globes (NBC)
When Richard Linklater's Boyhood arrived in theaters many months ago, many critics suspected that the film could walk away with a bunch of awards this year and if tonight's winnings at the 72nd Golden Globes are any indication, that suspicion could come true. The movie was nominated for five awards and won three including Best Motion Picture. Other than that, the rest of the night was full of surprises.

Shown live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel and hosted once again by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey (who both swear that this will be their last time to host), were fantastic as usual. The Grand Budapest Hotel won for Best Motion Picture: Comedy or Musical (for some reason), and The Theory of Everything and Birdman both won two awards each. How to Train Your Dragon 2 actually beat out Disney for Best Animated Film and the only musical, Annie, did not for Best Original Song. That tribute went to Selma for John Legend's song "Glory."


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