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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. …

This Day in Pop Culture for May 15

McDonald's was founded on May 15, 1940.

McDonald’s is Founded

Before there was Ronald, there was Speedee. With his hamburger-shaped head and chef’s hat, Speedee was representative of Richard and Maurice McDonald’s Speedee Service System at their hamburger stand which opened on this day in 1940. The first location was built in San Bernardino, California. By 1955, there were nine locations and the 9th was owned by Ray Croc who later purchased the chain. It wasn’t until 1961 that the name “McDonald’s” was trademarked. Ronald didn’t enter the scene until 1967 and the term “golden arches” wasn’t part of American vocabulary until 1968. The history of the franchise was featured in the unflattering movie The Founder starring Michael Keaton in 2016.

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