'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 22

NBC Highlights: 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Figure Skating: Ladies’ Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Figure Skating competition concludes with the ladies’ free skate. Team USA is represented by 2018 national champion Bradie Tennell; 2010 Olympian Mirai Nagasu; and 2017 national champion Karen Chen, fourth at last year’s World Championships. Yevgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova, competing as Olympic Athletes from Russia, are favored.

Short Track: Men’s 500m Gold Medal Final, Women’s 1000m Gold Medal Final, Men’s 5000m Relay Gold Medal Final
Short Track finals include the men’s 500m, women’s 1000m and men’s 5000m relay. South Korea boasts a number of podium contenders, including Choi Min-Jeong and Shim Suk-Hee in the women’s 1000m.

NBC Highlights: 12:35 – 2:00 a.m.
Freestyle Skiing: Women’s Ski Cross Gold Medal Final
Switzerland has podium potential as well in the women’s ski cross final, with Fanny Smith joining Sweden’s Sandra Naeslund as medal favorites. Canada’s Marielle Thompson, the defending Olympic gold medalist, tore her ACL this fall, but has returned to the Games looking to win a second gold medal.

Biathlon: Women’s 4x6km Relay Gold Medal Final
Belarus, led by three-time Olympic gold medalist Darya Domracheva, is expected to be a top contender.


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