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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. …

‘DWTS’ Winner – is Anyone Really Surprised?

Bindi Irwin won Dancing With the Stars.
Derek Hough and Bindi Irwin celebrate their win. (ABC)
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In the two-hour season finale of Dancing With the Stars, Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough were awarded the coveted mirrorball trophy for the 21st season of the show. But this is hardly a surprise as Irwin started out in top form from the very first episode and never really had a bad night. The ever-smiling and humble proved to be the most likeable contestant ever on the show. Some wonder if the pairing of her and Derek wasn’t a form of stacking the deck. Hough has won the competition many times in the past and ABC did its best to remind its audience every week that Irwin is the daughter of the late Steve Irwin, the former “Crocodile Hunter” which brought her to tears nearly every week and heartstrings were pulled everywhere.

Sharna Burgess was gracious that she missed the win again with partner Nick Carter who came in second. Lindsay Arnold and Alek Skarlotos came in third.

The two-hour finale included reuniting all of the seasons contestants (except for Tamar Braxton who is still receiving medical treatment for blood clots found in her lungs) including the infamous Gary Busey and the sassy Paula Dean who were featured in a “Twas the Night Before Christmas” spoof serving as Santa and Mrs. Claus. Jockey Victor Espinoza appeared as an elf.
 

It was also announced that Dancing With the Stars will return in the spring and head judge, Len Goodman, will be back.

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