'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. …

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Greg Kinnear and Djimon Hounsou star in Same Kind of Different as Me
Greg Kinnear and Djimon Hounsou star in Same Kind of Different as Me.
(Paramount/Pure Flix Entertainment)


Those who complain that faith-based movies are “bad,” cheaply made, poorly written and/or feature bad actors haven’t seen one in awhile. In recent years, movies like God’s Not Dead, Heaven is For Real, Miracles from Heaven and The Case for Christ have surprised both moviegoers and critics alike. Chances are good that Same Kind of Different as Me, opening in theaters on October 20, 2017, will be more of the same.

Starring Greg Kinnear, Renee Zellweger and Djimon Hounsou, Same Kind of Different as Me is a partnership between Paramount Pictures and Pure Flix Entertainment and is based on the New York Times best-selling book of the same name by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. And even better, it’s based on a true story. Kinnear and Hounsou have the honor of playing out the author’s stories.

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.

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I was recently given a five minute section of the finished film to preview and while I haven’t seen the whole film, what I saw gives a good idea of what this film is all about. Yes, you expect Kinnear and Zellweger to give it their all, but I was impressed by the other actors as well. The short scenes were strong enough to evoke a varitey of emotions and even choked me up a bit. I can only imagine what the rest of the film will be like. The dialogue is well-written and even surprising. To give you an idea of what to expect, check out this “behind the scenes” feature.

I can’t wait to see this movie and I’m thrilled to be given the opportunty to give away a pair of tickets as well. But you’ll have to act quick. The deadline is this Monday, October 16, 2017.


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