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'Puzzle' is Well Made, but a Few Pieces are Missing

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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. …

Meryl Streep Joins Emily Blunt For ‘Mary Poppins’ Sequel

Meryl Streep to play Mary's Poppins Counsin.
Meryl Streep (Inquisitr / Getty Images)
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Meryl Streep has joined the cast of Mary Poppins Returns, reports the Guardian. When Disney first issued press releases that the studio was creating a sequel to the 1964 award-winning classic, fans were skeptical of the new project. With news that Streep will be working alongside Emily Blunt and Hamilton’s Lin Manuel-Miranda, the new film sounds like it could be shaping up to become practically perfect after all.

Meryl will be playing the role of Topsy Tartlet, a maid featured in P.L. Traver’s Mary Poppins Comes Back. Topsy is also Poppin’s cousin by marriage who married Arthur Turvey and later became Topsy Turvy. Blunt has the coveted role of Poppins, made famous by Julie Andrews, and Manuel-Miranda will be taking the role of Jack, a street lamplighter.

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