'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. …

2018 Winter Olympic Games NBC Schedule: February 16

NBC Highlights: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Speed Skating: Women’s 5000m Gold Medal Final
At age 45, Claudia Pechstein of Germany could become speed skating’s oldest-ever Olympic medalist with a podium finish in the women’s 5000m.

Cross-Country Skiing: Men’s 15km Gold Medal Final
Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway and Dario Cologna of Switzerland headline the field in the men’s 15km freestyle.

Ski Jumping: Men’s Individual Large Hill Competition
Poland’s Kamil Stoch begins pursuit of back-to-back ski jumping golds in the men’s individual large hill event (qualifying).

NBC Highlights: 8 p.m. - Midnight
Figure Skating: Men’s Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
With technical skills that belie his age, 18-year-old Nathan Chen is among figure skating’s most extraordinary talents. The Salt Lake City native, whose program features multiple quadruple jumps, brings podium potential to the men’s free skate against an experienced field that includes defending champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan.

Alpine Skiing: Women’s Super-G Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
American Lindsey Vonn, 33, could become alpine skiing’s oldest female Olympic medalist with a podium effort in the super-G.

Freestyle Skiing: Women’s Aerials Gold Medal Final
Reigning world champion Ashley Caldwell and Kiley McKinnon give Team USA a pair of medal contenders in the women’s aerials freestyle skiing event.

Skeleton: Women’s Competition
The women’s skeleton competition gets underway with runs 1 and 2.

NBC Highlights: 12:35 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Freestyle Skiing: Women’s Slopestyle Gold Medal Final
Devin Logan and U.S. teammate Maggie Voisin are medal contenders in women’s slopestyle. Four years ago in Sochi, Logan earned silver, but Voisin, at age 15, had to withdraw after suffering an injury while training prior to the start of competition.

Figure Skating: Men’s Postgame


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