'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. …

This Day in Pop Culture for February 19

Jeff Kinney was born on February 19, 1971.

'Wimpy Kid' Author, Jeff Kinney is Born

On this day in 1971 in Fort Washington, Maryland, Jeff Kinney was born. Kinney grew up in one sense, but in another, he has always been a kid. A wimpy kid. Kenney initially came up with the idea for the book series back in 1998 but worked on it for eight years before showing it to a publisher. The first A Diary of a Wimpy Kid book was published in 2007. Since then, 11 Wimpy Kid stories have been published with more than 100,000 copies in print in the U.S. alone. His website is typically read by 70,000 kids (and the occasional adult) every day. Three movie adaptations have been made based on his books and a fourth is currently under development with Kinney serving as executive producer.

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