'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. …

Disneyland Celebrates 60th Birthday Early with Many Stars

Though Walt Disney first opened his first theme park, Disneyland, on July 17, 1955, the park will start celebrating its Diamond Celebration on Sunday, February 21st with a televised special on ABC. The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 will celebrate 60 years of the “Happiest Place on Earth” with special musical performances and star appearances that might make viewers forget that the special is a thinly veiled marketing campaign for tourism.

Hosted by Dancing With the Stars’ Derek Hough, Disneyland 60 will feature many stars ready to party. Hough himself will and sing and dance to the song, “Step in Time” from the musical film, Mary Poppins. Legendary actor and dancer Dick Van Dyke, who appeared in the film as Bert the chimney sweep, is scheduled to make an appearance during the number as well.


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