'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. …

Warner Bros. Announces 2015 Film Line Up

Here is what you can look forward to from Warner Bros. this Year:

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending - February 6 
“Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. It is only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along.”  

Focus – February 27
Will Smith comes back to the movies as Nicky, acon artist who teaches novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie) the ropes while navigating a relationship that ultimately falls apart. Fast forward three years when Nicky runs into Jess at a high stakes racecar circuit. Warner Bros says, “In the midst of Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop…and the consummate con man off his game.”

Run All Night
Run all Night – TBD
After being “Taken” for three times now, Liam Neeson is yet running again as the “Gravedigger,” a hit man who is getting a little too old for the job. “Haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years, Jimmy’s only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass.”

Get Hard
Get Hard – March 27
“Darnell (Kevin Hart) is hired by James (Will Ferrell) to prepare him for the rough life behind bars. However, it turns out that Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison. Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to “get hard” and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things – including each other. “

Mad Max
Mad Max: Fury Road – May 15
Did anyone ask for this one? Director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the “Mad Max” franchise returns with yet another sequel with Tom Hardy starring as Max and Charlize Theron as Furiosa, a leader of women escaping one bad situation only to find themselves in yet another one. 

San Andreas
San Andreas – May 29 
“After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning.  And when they think the worst may be over…it’s just getting started.”

Entourage – June 5
In the latest TV show-turned movie feature, “Entourage,” brings back the cast of the HBO series of the same name including Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven. “Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and often cutthroat world of Hollywood.”

Pan – July 24
Based on the characters from the J.M. Barrie classic, “Peter Pan,” this film dares to create an origin story before Peter met Hook. Hugh Jackman stars as Blackbeard. Garrett Hedlund as Captain Hook, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily and Adeel Akhtar as Smee.

The Man from UNCLE
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – August 14
Henry Cavill  and Armie Hammer play new versions of Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin in director Guy Ritchie’s action adventure. “Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology.” 

The Intern – September 25
Nancy Meyers directs her owns screenplay that stars Robert De Niro as Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway).  Perhaps Hathaway learned a few things when she was an intern for the devil who wore Prada.

In the Heart of the Sea
In the Heart of the Sea – December 11
Director Ron Howard shares the dramatic true journey of the Essex whaling ship of 1820 which was attacked by a giant whale which inspired Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick.” Apparently, that is only half the story.  This movie will reveal the encounter’s harrowing aftermath.  Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.


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