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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. …

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TOP 10 TV SHOWS FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 6-10, 2018:
1. America's Got Talent  / NBC / 11,044,000 viewers
2. 60 Minutes / CBS / 8,213,000 viewers
3. The Bachelorette / ABC / 6,722,000 viewers
4. Celebrity Family Feud / ABC/ 5,785,000 viewers
5. Big Brother (Sun.) / CBS / 5,743,000 viewers
6. Big Brother (Wed.) / CBS / 5,640,000 viewers
7. NCIS / CBS / 5,258,000 viewers
8. Big Brother (Thu.) / CBS / 5,150,000 viewers
9. American Ninja Warrior / NBC / 5,023,000 viewers
10. World of Dance / NBC / 4,753,000 viewers
(From Zap 2 It)




Sharknado: It's About Time – August 17 – SYFY – 8:00 p.m.
Our hero Fin (Ian Ziering) has battled sharks all over the globe, but in this last installment he will tackle the final shark-tier -- time travel. In the ending moments of “Sharknado 5: Global Swarming,” Fin was seen wandering alone on Earth after it was destroyed. Now he must travel back in time to stop the Sharknado that started it all. Will Fin and the gang be able to set everything right and save the world once and for all? A production of The Asylum, “The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time” is directed by Anthony C. Ferrante, based on an original screenplay by Scotty Mullen.

Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney - August 20 - CBS - 8:00 p.m.
This primetime special will feature never-before-seen footage from the wildly popular “Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke” segment which aired on The Late Late Show with James Corden on June 21, during the week of shows from Central Hall Westminster in London. During the “Carpool Karaoke” segment, Corden and McCartney drove around Liverpool, visited McCartney’s childhood home and several of the places referenced in the song “Penny Lane,” and surprised locals with an intimate performance at a pub.

The Story of the Royals - August 22 and 23 - ABC - 9:00 p.m.
A two-night, four-hour primetime television event documenting the fascinating lives of the British royal family, featuring an extraordinary panel of experts and voices. The special will explore pivotal moments in the crown's history beginning with a simple question: How exactly did we get here? The multi-part series captures the mystique of the monarchy through its many loves, losses, extravagances, challenges and charms.



The Proposal
Each one-hour episode of The Proposal, ABC’s new reality matchmaking show, features 10 eligible daters competing in four pageant-style rounds to win the heart of a mystery suitor whose identity is concealed from them. Within an hour, one will be asked for their hand in marriage. “This is not a game,” says Jesse Palmer, the show’s host during the beginning of tonight’s premiere episode. Palmer explains that the contestants for the show have been hand-picked by a panel of “blue ribbon matchmakers.” Uh-huh. The former NFL quarterback, contributor to Good Morning America and official “Bachelor” of 2004 (whose own proposal/engagement to Jessica Bowlin was short-lived and appears to still be single) makes for the perfect host of this mockery of true love. Read More>>>



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