'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. …

'Battle of the Sexes': Emma Stone and Steve Carell To Play Tennis Greats

Emma Stone and Steve Carell, Bill Jean King and Bobby Riggs
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)
The "Battle of the Sexes" isn’t just a term, it is also a film. Fox Searchlight Pictures announced today that production of a new film starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell has begun. In Battle of the Sexes, Stone and Carell play 1970’s tennis greats Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. The tennis film also stars Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Silverman, Alan Cumming, Andrea Riseborough, Eric Christian Olsen, Natalie Morales, Austin Stowell, Wallace Langham, Jessica McNamee, Mickey Sumner and Bill Pullman.

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who were also responsible for the indie hits, Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks, direct the story behind the story of the 1973 tennis match between King and Stone which was known as "The Battle of the Sexes." Not only was this “battle” the most watched TV sporting event at the time, but it also ruffled a lot of feathers questioning gender equality.


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