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'Puzzle' is Well Made, but a Few Pieces are Missing

MOVIE REVIEW
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. …

A New ‘American Idol’ Has Made History

Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe
American Idol finalists Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe (ABC)

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It may not be a fair assessment, but last night it appeared as if ABC couldn’t push the Dancing with the Stars: Athletes out the door fast enough in order to get the American Idol finale party started which began with Judge Lionel Richie singing his iconic song, “All Night Long” with this season’s ten finalists.

The two-hour finale featured numerous musical performances before crowning this season’s winner. This season’s two finalists, Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe held hands as they sang “Somewhere over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” before it was revealed who this season’s winner was.


2018 American Idol winner and Ryan Seacrest
2018 American Idol winner Maddie Poppe
and host Ryan Seacrest (ABC)
Throughout the night, special guests sang with the Final Ten including Darius Rucker who sang his song “Wagon Wheel” with Hutchinson and Kermit the Frog who sang “Rainbow Connection” with Poppe. Other performances included Bebe Rexha singing “Meant to Be,” Gary Clark singing “Bright Lights” with Dennis Lorenzo and Cade Foehner, Katy Perry singing “Part of Me” with Catie Turner and LeAnn Rimes singing “Blue” with Layla Spring and Dyxie Spring.

Luke Bryan sang “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” and later sang “Most People Are Good” with Gabby Barrett. Nick Jonas and Mustard sang “Anywhere” and later Jonas also sang “Jealous” with Jurnee. Patti LaBelle appeared with Ada singing “Lady Marmalade” and finally, Yolanda Adams sang “What the World Needs Now” with Michael J. Woodard.

In the end, it was Maddie Poppe who won this year’s American Idol competition and finished out the night with her new single, “Landslide.”


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