'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. …

Disney Releases New Posters for 'Beauty and the Beast'


Disney has released new posters for the live action version of their animation masterpiece, Beauty and the Beast, which comes to theaters on March 17, 2017. According to Disney, the new film "refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs." I've never thought that the movie needed to be "refashioned," but I do look forward to the new film. Directed by Bill Condon, it stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.
Emma Watson and Kevin Kline in "Beauty and the Beast"
Emma Watson as Belle and Kevin Kline as her father Maurice. (Disney)
Josh Gad and Luke Evans in "Beauty and the Beast"
Jash Gad as LeFou and Luke Evans as Gaston

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Stanley Tucci in "Beauty and the Beast"
Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette and Stanley Tucci as Cadenza
Ewan McGregor and Audra McDonald in "Beauty and the Beast"
Ewen McGregor as Lumiere and Audra McDonald as Garderobe
Dan Stevens and Emma Thompson in "Beauty and the Beast"
Dan Stevens as the Prince and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts
Ian McKellen and Dan Stevens in "Beauty and the Beast"
Ian McKellan as Cogsworth and Dan Stevens as The Beast

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