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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. …

Jennifer Garner Stars in ‘Miracles From Heaven’

Information about the upcoming "Miracles From Heaven" film.
Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah and Kylie Rogers (Columbia Pictures)
MOVIES
The next “big” faith-based film to get a lot of attention is the upcoming Miracles From Heaven coming to theaters on March 18. The film is based on a true story and the memoir of Christy Beam whose life was nearly shattered when she learned that her 10-year-old daughter Anna has a rare and incurable disease. Instead of retreating backward, Beam forges on serving as her daughter’s advocate and praying for healing.

Miracles From Heaven stars Jennifer Garner, Martin Henderson, Kylie Rogers with Eugenio Derbez and Queen Latifah; a stellar cast for what appears to be a stellar movie. The firm is directed by Patricia Riggen who also directed 2015’s The 33. The screen play (written by Randy Brown) is based on the book of the same name by the real Christy Beam. The film is produced by T.D. Jakes (who also produced Heaven is for Real), Joe Roth and DeVon Franklin.

Click below to watch the trailer which looks really good as long as you ignore the overused “fight song” theme music:


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