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

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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. …

Bryan Popin and VeggieTales Join Hurricane Relief Efforts

Bryan Popin's Family and Big Idea Entertainment
Susan Popin, Bryan Popin, Leslie Ferrell (general manager, Big Idea Entertainment),
and four of the Popin's children (TKO Publicity)

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Gospel singer Bryan Popin and Big Idea Entertainment, home of the leading faith-based studio and producer of the children's brand, VeggieTales found a way to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts from their Nashville, TN hubs. Big Idea donated VeggieTales school supplies, toys and clothing to families that have been displaced from their homes because of Hurricane Harvey's flooding and storm damage. Popin, his wife Susan, and four of their children ferried VeggieTales supplies to a holding facility for the Church of Christ Disaster Relief Center in Nashville, TN in preparation for an upcoming delivery to Houston area families.

"We wanted to do something to help the families that have suffered so much from the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey," said Leslie Ferrell, General Manager of Big Idea Entertainment. "Hopefully our toys, games, Veggie school supplies and t-shirts will bring a smile and some comfort during this very difficult time."

"I have 5 kids and one on the way, and I love being a dad. I don't know how parents are finding the words to help their kids cope with all the loss and chaos. When I heard that my kids' favorite talking veggies, VeggieTales, were going to make a donation and needed help making the delivery, my hand (and my kids' hands!) went up! So glad we can help bring a smile to the faces of kids who have lost so much," said Bryan Popin.

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