'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 May 12

Skateboarder Tony Hawk was born on May 12, 1968.

Tony Hawk is Born

Though seen as a confident sports icon, skateboarder Tony Hawk, now 46, wasn’t always as cocky. When he was really young and playing a little league game, he struck out. He became so embarrassed that he went hiding until his father found him. He turned his attention to skateboarding and by the time he was 14, he became a professional receiving nicknames like “The Birdman” for his aerial stunts. Hawk was the first skater to successfully land a 900 degree spin out of a half pipe. Years later, he is known worldwide. Hawk has three children. Riley has also become a professional skater.


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