'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. …

App of the Week: David vs. Goliath

David vs. Goliath is a new app for children by Righteous Games.
(Image: Righteous Tales)
A new Bible-based app for children, David vs. Goliath is now available by Righteous Tales. In the past, Christian families have complained that video games based on the Bible are lame, but this one looks different. For one, it doesn't take itself too seriously. The story is told like a modern cartoon with a lot of humor. Second, if features a lot of different levels to achieve and a bunch of mini-games. Third, while taking some liberties with hang-gliding sheep or other things, the story remains true to the Bible.

Righteous Tales is a Seattle-based company that believe that “more kids will know God if we put the greatest stories ever told in their language on their devices.” The downloadable apps are designed for children age 12 and younger, but I wouldn't be too surprised to see a few parents trying it out as well. To get a better idea on how the play, watch the video below:


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