'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. …

Lee Strobel’s Best-Selling Book, ‘The Case For Christ’ Comes Alive in Theaters This Week

Mike Vogel stars in "The Case for Christ."
Mike Vogel as Lee Strobel in The Case for Christ. (Pure Flix Entertainment)


If you were a fan of CBS’ former summer series, Under the Dome, you may have wondered whatever happened to Mike Vogel who played Barbie. Well, apparently, he’s been hiding under a beard and long hair and portraying author Lee Strobel in the faith-based film, The Case for Christ, based on Strobel’s award-winning and best-selling book of the same name.

The Case for Christ, which also stars Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway and Robert Forster, comes to theaters this Friday, April 7 and a special advanced screening will be shown as part of a live Fathom Event production at various theaters across the country on Thursday, April 6. The live event will feature a special Q and A with Lee Strobel and his wife, Leslie as well Vogel, director Jonathan Gunn and screenwriter Brian Bird. NFL Quarterback Kirk Cousins will moderate. Attendees of the April 6 screening will also receive a free download of The Case for Christ book.

The Case for Christ has been produced by Pure Flix Entertainment who surprised many by the success of 2014’s God’s Not Dead. The studio is also known for the movies, Do You Believe (2015) and God’s Not Dead 2 (2016). Pure Flix describes the movie as follows:

“A hard-driving journalist, Lee Strobel was exactly where he expected to be at work: on top. His award-winning investigative reporting recently earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. But things weren’t going nearly as well at home where his wife Leslie’s newfound faith in Christ went against everything Lee believed—or didn’t believe—as an avowed atheist.

“Utilizing his journalistic and legal training, Lee begins a quest to debunk the claims of Christianity in order to save his crumbling marriage. Chasing down the biggest story of his career, Lee comes face-to-face with unexpected results that could change everything he knows to be true."

For more information at the Fathom Events screening, click here and watch the trailer below:

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