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'Puzzle' is Well Made, but a Few Pieces are Missing

MOVIE REVIEW
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. …

A New MasterChef Has Been Crowned

The judges of MasterChef season 8
Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, Joe Bastianich and Aaron Sanchez (Greg Gayne/FOX)

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FOX has aired a rather truncated version of MasterChef for the show’s 8th season airing numerous back-to-back epsiodes and tonight, it all came to a head with the crowning of yet another home chef turned master – and $250,000 which is nothing to sneeze at. Tonight’s finale included bringing back Joe Bastianich to judge alongside Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi and Aaron Sanchez.

On this season of MasterChef, the home cooks learned how to prepare live crawfish, cook for and serve 50 VIP guests to celebrate Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino’s 50th anniversary and created a Nutella dish inspired by their childhood, as well as take on the infamous MasterChef tag team and restaurant takeover challenges. Of course there can only be one winner and tha winner was…

Dino was crowned the winner of MasterChef season 8
Dino, Eboni and Jason were the remaining three contestants who cooked their hearts out, but in the end it was Dino who reigned victorious. Not only does Dino get bragging rights, but he has also been offered a cookbook deal and a $250,000 grand prize.

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