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'Puzzle' is Well Made, but a Few Pieces are Missing

MOVIE REVIEW
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. …

Oscars by the Numbers

Neil Patrick Harris host this year's Oscars on Sunday (ABC)
Neil Patrick Harris hosts the 87th Oscars this Sunday night on ABC. Have you ever wondered what all goes into each show? Here are just a few of interesting stats.
8.5
Number of pounds of the Oscar statuette.
13.5
Number of inches tall of the Oscar statuette.
19
Number of times that Bob Hope had hosted the show.
24
Number of competitive award categories this year.
25
First Academy Awards to be televised (1953)

40
Number of ushers and ticket takers inside the Dolby Theatre
43.7
Million Americans watched the 86th telecast.
50
Number of Oscar statuettes created for this year’s ceremony.
50
Number of years that ABC has broadcast the Academy Awards including this year.
51
Number of Oscar statuettes that were created for last year’s ceremony.
67 
Number of print reporters on the red carpet last year.
83
Number of countries submitting foreign language films.
78
Number of still photographers on the red carpet last year.
86
Number of Academy Award presentations to date.
100
Number of production vehicles and trailers.
100
Number of minutes of the shortest Oscar ceremony (1959).
225
Number of countries which will be watching this year’s telecast.
263
Number of minutes of the longest Oscar ceremony (2002).
300
Number of people who work in the Oscar telecast production office.
323
Number of features eligible for Best Picture this year.
350
Number of crew members working during the telecast.
500
Length of feet of the red carpet.
915
Number of press organizations requesting credentials. (269 received them)
771
Number of Red Carpet fan bleacher seats.
2,951
Number of Oscar statuettes presented since the very first Oscars.
3,300
Number of seats available at the Dolby Theatre.

6,124
Number of voting members.

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