'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. …

Andrea Logan White is No Mean Girl

Interview with Andrea Logan White from "Do You Believe."
Andrea Logan White in Do You Believe (Pure Flix)
Last fall I was treated to an on-site visit for the production of Do You Believe in Michigan. While there, I got a chance to speak to Andrea Logan White about her role in the film, her marriage and life as an acting family.

Like last year's hit, God's Not Dead, Believe tells of multiple storylines of everyday people whose lives come crashing together one fateful night. Andrea plays the role of...Andrea, but the woman I met with is a lot friendlier and happier than the one in the film. “ I don't even know if that name is even mentioned on camera,” she tells me, “but she is a lawyer – and is cynical and questioning and hopeful and really wanting to believe that Christians are who they say they are.” She explains that this fictional Andrea is a lawyer with a hard shell because she feels that she can prove her point by proving others are wrong. “I think that she is a fighter but that is just a shell for being brokenhearted. She wants a relationship with the Lord but doesn't know how to get there because of some bad experiences in her life.”
And how was it playing the mean girl? “She is very fun to play. I love playing mean people,” says White. “Comedy is actually harder to play believe it or not. [My character] is in a relationship with Dr. Farrell (played by Sean Astin) who is an atheist, so it is kind of a relationship where she likes the fact that he's very strong and very opinionated. They both live in their egos. They are very strong-willed, controlling, self-obsessed and kind of narcissistic, so it is very fun to play but very sad in the sense that they are searching more than anybody.”

In addition to appearing in this new film, last year's Mother's Day comedy, Mom's Night Out, and many others she is also married to David A.R. White, fellow actor and producer of those faith-based films – 32 since 1998. I asked her what it's like to be married to dreamer. Is your life chaotic at home?

“You know...Yes. I mean, our life doesn't stop. My husband and I are polar opposites. He is doing a million things at once and I think I would be do well living in the '70's. It's chaotic, but we are very specific in making sure that our family comes first. For us, that is a priority. We never want to be doing things for God but forget about what he blessed with first and foremost and that's our children and our marriage. So, it is crazy, especially after God's Not Dead came out, I mean the traveling and everything has been really busy, but we are very prayerful about it. I am pretty specific on the types of projects that I take on. This is the first project that I've taken on where I've been away from my kids more than four days. We always say that if we don't have peace about something than that's like a sign from the Lord to not take anything more on.”


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