'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. …

Crowder’s Performance of “Run Devil Run” at the Grand Ole Opry Premieres on Rare Country

Crowder's performance at the Grand Old Opry
Crowder performing at the Grand Ole Opry. (Rare Country)


Ever since Hank Williams sang “I Saw the Light” at the Grand Ole Opry, the venue has been place for singers to share their struggles with sin, darkness and light and has been echoed by other singers including Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill and now Crowder. Today, Rare Country is exclusively premiering Crowder's performance of "Run Devil Run" from Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium.

“There’s no better example of this tradition than this electrifying new Opry performance from Crowder,” says writer Hunter Kelly. “The band, fronted by David Crowder, delivers a southern-fried anthem called ‘Run Devil Run’ about the power of the Holy Spirit to defeat the darker forces at work in our lives. According to David, it’s a song that’s tailor-made for the Opry stage.”

"The Grand Ole Opry is a sacred thing," said Crowder. "The sounds and words still echo. To join into that great chorus is thrilling and humbling. What I love most about so much of the music that has been part of the history of the Opry is that the struggle between light and dark was so visible. It is the exact thing that inspired the song ‘Run Devil Run.' The struggle is real. Thank God for the Light."

In the new year, Crowder will embark as the headliner for the 2017 nationwide Winter Jam Tour. For the most up to date tour stops, click here. “Run Devil Run” is included on Crowder’s latest album, “American Prodigal,” available now.

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