'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. …

New ‘Ben Hur’ Movie to be Made

Director, Timur Berkmambetov
The so-called "Year of the Bible" will be extending at least until 2016. Today, MGM and Paramount Pictures announced that principle photography had begun on the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur. Filming for the movie will take place isn Rome and Matera, Italy. Jack Huston will star as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman as Ilderim, Toby Kebbell as Messala and Nazanin Boniadi as Esther. The William Wyler classic will be directed this time by Timur Berkmambetov (Wanted) with a script written by Keith Clarke (The Way Back) and John Ridley (12 Years a Slave). It too is based on the epic novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ. The film is set to release in about a year from now on February 26, 2016.
Roma Downey and Mark Burnett
Mark Burnett, creator of TV’s Survivor and co-creater of The Bible miniseries (as well as the upcoming A.D. miniseries) serves as a producer of the new film while his wife, actress Roma Downey, serves as an executive producer. Together, they will be working with Sean Daniel, Duncan Henderson, Joni Levin, Keith Clarke, John Ridley and Jason Brown.

Ben-Hur also stars Rodrigo Santoro as Jesus Christ, Sofia Black D’Elia as Tirzah, Ayelet Zurer as Naomi, Moises Arias as Gestas and Pilou Asbæk as Pontius Pilate.

“You could not have imagined a more perfect location to shoot this epic than Italy. We can’t wait to get started,” said Bekmambetov.

The story of Ben-Hur tells the tale of a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him. Both must come to choose between retribution or forgiveness.


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