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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. …

Michael W. Smith to Appear on 'CMA Country Christmas'

Michael W. Smith and Martina McBride (ABC)
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For those keeping score, Michael W. Smith will appear on the CMA Country Christmas special for the third time. Tonight, he will share the stage with Martina McBride singing “What Child is This,” a pairing that is featured on his Christmas album, Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas which was released last year. He is also scheduled to sing with LeAnn Rimes.

Last year, Smith paired up with Carrie Underwood (who stole the show) singing Smith’s “All is Well.” Smith is starting to become a regular staple of these specials who have broadened their musical scope to include acts, like Smith, who are not usually associated with country music and this year is no exception. This year the acapella group, Pentatonix and retro rock star, Brian Setzer join the line up.

Taped at the Grand Ole Opry House, the CMA Country Christmas special will once again be hosted by Jennifer Nettles with additional performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Dan + Shay, Mickey Guyton, Jewel, Charles Kelley, David Nail, Darius Rucker, Brian Setzer and Lindsey Stirling. The special airs at 9:00 p.m. on ABC. If you miss tonight's airing, chances are that you'll be able to catch it again before the holiday season is over.

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