'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. …

Barbara Walters' Special Airs for the 23rd Time

Bradley Cooper and Barbra Walters (ABC)
This will be Barbara Walter’s 23rd year to host the 10 Most Fascinating People special on ABC. This year’s 90-minute special will highlight the careers of various celebrities and what events, good or bad, that lead them to be analyzed by Ms. Walters this year. This year’s guests include Bradley Cooper, Amy Schumer, Tracy Morgan, Ronda Rousey, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, ballerina Misty Copeland, and fashion legend Donna Karan. The #1 person is kept secret until the broadcast.

In case you didn’t know, but Walters has been retired for at least a couple of years now. "I was absolutely delighted when ABC approached me to do another year of ‘10 Most Fascinating People’,” said Walters, which is exactly what she said last year as well. Barbara, don’t take this the wrong way, but, how are we ever going to miss you if you never leave?

But there is a reason why ABC continues to use her. The special has consistently been one of the highest rated specials of the year. Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015 will air Thursday, December 17 at 9:30 p.m. on ABC.


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