'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. …

Renee Zellweger and Greg Kinnear Star in Upcoming Faith-Based Movie

Same Kind of Different as Me
Austin Filson, Olivia Holt, Renee Zellweger and Greg Kinnear in
Same Kind of Different as Me. (Paramount Pictures/Pure Flix Entertainment)


"Nobody can help everybody, but everybody can help somebody." These are the words of wisdom from a homeless man found in the pages of the New York Times best-selling book, Same Kind of Different as Me. This October, Paramount Pictures and Pure Flix Entertainment bring the pages to the big screen along with some big talent.

Same Kind of Different as Me stars Renee Zellweger, Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou and Jon Voight in a story were three unlikely people form a friendship and change a community. The story is about a successful couple, Ron and Debbie Hall, whose marriage begins to fall apart after it is revealed that Ron has been having an affair. Fed up with him, Debbie gives Ron a choice to leave or stay, but if he stays, he must remain truthful and do what she asks of him. When she asks that he help serve at a homeless shelter, he would rather just write a large check.

According to the makers of the film, Debbie is guided by her faith and spurred on by a dream she has involving a homeless man named Denver that she believes will change her city. It is a true story about forgiveness, friendship, family and faith and looks great. Same Kind of Different as Me opens in theaters on October 20, 2017.


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