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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. …

Horror Documentary ‘Rats’ Is Morgan Spurlock’s Latest Endeavor

Information about Morgan Spurlock's latest documentary "Rats."
Rats is the next documentary from Morgan Spurlock (Inqusitr)
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Known for documentaries with unusual takes on a variety of subject matter like fast food (Supersize Me), men’s grooming and manscaping (Mansome), and advertising (The Greatest Movie Ever Sold), Morgan Spurlock has just unleashed his latest endeavor at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF): the horror documentary Rats. The Academy Award-nominated director and producer, along with co-producer Jeremy Chilnick, premiered his latest film on September 13 as a “Midnight Madness” screening. According to Real Screen, during the 40 years that the festival has gone on, only seven documentaries have premiered there and Rats is the only one to be scheduled at such a time slot because no one thinks of documentaries as horror flicks, but that has apparently changed.

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