Puzzle: A Character Study in a Period-esque Drama

Kelly Macdonald delivers a strong performance as all the pieces fit nicely into Puzzle. Puzzle plays out like a period drama except for one minor detail: smartphones.  Oren Moverman and Polly Mann’s screenplay, based on 2009’s Argentine film Rompecabezas, manages to give us a sharp character study of a middle-aged woman. Agnes (Kelly Macdonald) is in her early 40s.  She’s not a woman who tends to leave her community.  She isn’t fully reclusive but when she does leave the…

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CCFF 2018: Puzzle

Starring Kelly Macdonald, Marc Turtletaub’s Puzzle is a character study that plays like a period drama.  This would especially be the case if it were not for the use of smartphones. Agnes (Kelly Macdonald) is in her early 40s.  She’s not a woman who tends to leave her community.  Once Agnes gets a jigsaw puzzle as a birthday gift, it’s as if her entire world has changed.  She’s not just good at it but she soon…

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Fantasia: Tragedy Girls brings comedy to the slasher genre

Tragedy Girls is a horror comedy that offers us a fresh comedic take to the slasher genre. Directed by Tyler MacIntyre, who co-wrote the film with Chris Lee Hill based on an original screenplay by Justin Olson, the film stars Alexandra Shipp, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Quaid, Josh Hutcherson, Timothy V. Murphy, Nicky Whelan, Austin Abrams, Kerry Rhodes, with Kevin Durand, and Craig Robinson. Sadie Cunningham (Shipp) and McKayla Hooper  (Hildebrand) are best friends living in…

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Amazon unveils Brad’s Status trailer

Amazon Studios has unveiled the official trailer for Brad’s Status. Written and directed by Mike White, Brad’s Status stars Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, Jemaine Clement and Jenna Fischer. Synopsis: When Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) accompanies his college bound son to the East Coast, the visit triggers a crisis of confidence in Brad’s Status, writer and director Mike White’s bittersweet comedy. Brad has a satisfying career and a comfortable life in suburban Sacramento…

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