'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. …

'The Finest Hours': The Man Behind the Movie

Kyle Gallner
Kyle Gallner as Andy Fitzgerald in The Finest Hours (Disney)
The Finest Hours is the latest action movie from Disney, and as you can see from the trailer, it’s a pretty big deal. In addition to featuring an impressive starring cast, the film is being presented in three 3D formats giving audiences a “you are there” feeling. For one man watching the movie, he was.

Andy Fitzgerald is the last remaining member of the four Coast Guardsmen featured in the film. While filming the movie inside an old building at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts, the very same spot where much of The Finest Hours takes place, Fitzgerald was on hand to relive the experience that happened 64 years earlier.


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