'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. …

Geoffrey Rush Plays Albert Einstein in New TV Series, ‘Genius’

Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein in "Genius."
Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein in Genius. (National Geographic Channel)


National Geographic Channel has really stepped up its game in recent years starting with the 2015 mini-series, Saints & Strangers (about the those who traveled to America aboard the Mayflower) and last year’s underrated Mars (which was half documentary and half fictional story about traveling to the red planet. Now comes Genius, the 10-epsiode limited series about the life of Albert Einstein which premieres on April 25.

Created by Fox 21 Television Studios and executively produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Genius is National Geographic Channel’s first scripted series that stars Geoffrey Rush as the 20th century’s most brilliant icon, Albert Einstein. Fox 21 is still basking in the glow of the success of its award-winning mini-series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and hopes to have the same success with this new project.

Genius was filmed in Prague, Czech Republic, where Einstein lived and taught early in his career. The story begins with the young, imaginative and often rebellious thinker struggling to be recognized by the establishment through his rock star-like celebrity states as the man who came up with the theory of relativity. However, the series doesn’t intend to sugarcoat any aspect of this life and instead, will bring to light his difficulties dealing with those closest to him including his children, his two wives and even his mistresses.

"Genius" - National Geographic Channel
The cast of Genius includes an impressive list of co-stars including Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men and starred in Saints & Strangers) who plays consulate official Raymond Geist, Seth Gabel (Fringe) as close friend Michele Besso, Samantha Colley (Victoria) as a fellow physics student Mileva Maric, T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy) as J. Edgar Hoover and Emily Watson (The Book Thief) as Einstein’s cousin Elsa of whom he had an affair with. Genius also promises to include a number of other science “superstars” including Marie and Pierre Curie, Wilhelm Rontgen, Carl Jung, Werner Heisenberg among others.

In addition to premiering in America on the National Geographic Channel on Tuesday, April 25 at 9:00 p.m., the limited series will also air in 171 countries and in 45 languages.


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