'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 6

The roller coaster Magnum XL-200 opened at Cedar Point on May 6, 1989.

World’s Tallest Roller Coaster is Built

The steel roller coaster Magnum XL-200 opened for the first time on this day in 1989 at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. At the time, it was the tallest, fastest and steepest roller coaster in the world reaching up past 200 feet in height. It won the Golden Ticket Award for Best Steel Roller Coaster for three years (1998-2000) until it was passed by the Millennium Force which rose above 300 feet. 


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