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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. …

This Day in Pop Culture for September 2

Keanu Reeves was born on September 2, 1964

Keanu Reeves is Born

Keanu Charles Reeves, who was born on this day in 1964, has led a pretty crazy life so far. His father left him and his mother when Reeves was just three years old. His mother married at least four times. He attended four different high schools, struggled with dyslexia and never earned his high school diploma. His first acting job was theatre production of Damn Yankees, his first television appearance was for the show Hangin' In (1984) and his first movie was Youngblood (1986). But most of us “met” Reeves when he starred with Sandra Bullock in 1994's Speed. While he has been a fan favorite, he has also been nominated for numerous Golden Raspberry awards for bad acting.



Oakland Bay Bridge Becomes World’s Widest Bridge

The original San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge opened on November 12, 1936 – six months before the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge features two sections: the Western section, a double suspension bridge which connects to Yerba Buena Island and the newer eastern section which connects the island to Oakland. In 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake caused a section of the Eastern section’s upper deck to collapse onto the lower one and was closed for a month. Reconstruction of that section of the bridge began in 2002 and it was reopened on this day in 2013. It cost about $6.5 billion and was given the title of the world’s widest bridge according to Guinness World Records.

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