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Magic Lantern to pick up the movie ‘Puzzle’


And what about the Magic Lantern? On Friday, Spokane's only arts movie house will pick up a little film titled "Puzzle," which opened last week at AMC River Park Square.

Directed by Marc Turtletaub, better known as a producer ("Little Miss Sunshine," "Loving"), "Puzzle" stars Kelly Macdonald as a suburban housewife whose life changes when she discovers a talent for solving jigsaw puzzles. Adapted from the 2009 Argentine film "Rompecabezas," "Puzzle" earned an 82 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Here are some of the critical comments, most of which focus on the talented Macdonald, whom movie fans should remember from such movies as "Trainspotting," "No Country for Old Men" and the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire":

Anthony Lane, The New Yorker: "In truth, there is barely enough story here to make a film. Yet the play of emotions on Macdonald's face tells of worries and wounds much deeper than anything that can be accounted for in the script."

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: "In "Puzzle," Macdonald has finally found a movie that she doesn't need to steal, because it belongs to her completely."

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: "Macdonald is so good, on her own or with a scene partner, director Marc Turtletaub's movie refuses to fall apart."

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