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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. …

When Sitcoms Come Back: the 10 Best TV Show Reunion Movies

"A Very Brady Christmas" 1988
Although we are hearing a lot of talk lately of reuniting old TV casts, this is nothing new of course. For better or worse, television has churned out TV movies, specials and even series based of their former hits. Here a just a few that came for a visit.

The Brady Bunch
Original Run: 1969-1974

The Brady family had a second chance of life in the 1981 sitcom, The Brady Brides, which focused on the double wedding of sisters Marcia and Jan and their new husbands. It only lasted for six weeks. Then in 1988, the TV movie, A Very Brady Christmas which featured all of the original cast members except for Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady) who was on her honeymoon during the movie's filming. More of a comedy-drama, the movie tried to give an update on each of the sibling's lives and new families. A favorite of true fans, the film is still during the Christmas holiday season on various TV stations. The movie itself provided a basis for a new series, The Bradys in 1990 which DID include Olsen, but lost Maureen McCormick who played Marcia. The comedy/drama wasn't as well received and was canceled after just five weeks.

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