'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. …

'Sherlock' Returns to Ring in the New Year

'Sherlock' airs a special January 1, 2016.
Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch and alter egos. (Inquisitr/Getty Images)
Steven Moffat and Mark Gattis, writers of the BBC and PBS series, Sherlock, have done a remarkable job of transporting everything that we know and love about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson from Victorian England to modern times. So it will surprise many fans that Sherlock returns for a special on New Year’s Day that is set in the very time frame that Moffat and Gattis tried so hard to avoid.

That’s right, on Friday night Holmes will appear prim and proper sporting a top hat and waistcoat. Dr. Watson will again by his side but with an added bowler hat and handlebar mustache. According to Moffat, Holmes will appear “a lot less brattish” than he is portrayed in the modern version and Dr. Watson will be “a bit more upright.” Since Sherlock is such a hit, why would the brains behind the show do this? Four words says it all: “Because we can,” says Moffat.


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