'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. …

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is Amazing

In what has truly felt like a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, episode six of Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi played in theaters in 1983. Fans have been clamoring for more ever since. And even though director George Lucas tried to comfort fans by presenting prequels to the saga including The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005), it really wasn’t what they wanted. This film is.

Under the care of director J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens brings fans what we all really want to see. Our friends. Sure, we can make new friends, but we have been waiting so long to see what happened to Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Sola, Chewbacca, R2D2 and C-3PO and in The Force Awakens, they’re all here. Some share more screen time than others – but they’re all here!

From the movie’s very first moment and trumpet blast cueing up the tradition theme, The Force Awakens brings you back to the very first time you saw the original Star Wars. With the reboot of Star Trek (2009), Abrams proved that he had a knack for recreating iconic moments in TV and film so that the new franchise feels familiar and yet brings something new as well. Episode seven of Star Wars is filled with callbacks to the original film with great humor, but none of it is overdone. It brings back the classic story of good vs. evil, with no extreme violence, no illicit sex or even swearing. It is truly the adventure film that you can take your five-year-old and grandma to at the same time.


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