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

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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. …

Hugh Jackman to Play the Apostle Paul

Hugh Jackman signed on to play the Apostle Paul in an upcoming film.
Hugh Jackman (de.wikipedia)
"Deadline" just broke the news this morning that Warner Bros. has given the go-ahead for a new big screen film story based on the life of the Apostle Paul. The "year of the Bible" has stretched beyond its 365 days and interest in biblical stories is apparently still popular. But what might be the most surprising news about this project is who is involved in it. Hugh Jackman will not only produce the film but will also star as Paul (AKA Saul of Tarsus). He is partnering with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck under their Pearl Street Films banner which was formed in October of 2012.

This new faith-based project follows several other films that have had mixed results (Son of God and God's Not Dead - good; Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings -not so much). No news has been given on a possible release date. Jackman is scheduled to appear in The Greatest Showman on Earth about PT Barnum which is set to arrive in theaters in 2016 as well as two more stints as Wolverine also set for 2016 and 2017.

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