'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. …

Michael Bay Appears in Live Event Movie Screening This Week

Special Q&A with Michael Bay January 14, 2016.
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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi officially opens in theaters on Friday, January 15, but you can catch the film one day earlier with an added bonus. In addition to the screening of 13 Hours, director Michael Bay, producer Erwin Stoff, and three real life heroes, Mark Geist, Kris Paronto and John Tiegen will present a live Q and A session at over 100 Cinemark Theatres on Thursday, January 14 after the movie. And the best news is, the seats won’t cost you a dime more. (However, don't expect to hear any news about Transformers.)

Tickets are on sale now for the regular price of admission at www.Cinemark.com and participating theatre box offices. Screenings for the film will start at 5:00 p.m. pacific time, 6:00 p.m. mountain time, 7:00 p.m. central time and 8:00 p.m. eastern time.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is the gripping true story of six elite ex-military operators assigned to protect the CIA who fought back against overwhelming odds when terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012. When everything went wrong, six men had the courage to do what was right.

The film is written by Chuck Hogan, based on the book 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff and Members of the Annex Security Team. It stars James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Pablo Schreiber, Toby Stephens, David Denman, and Dominic Fumusa.


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