About Kimberly Gadette

Film critic Kimberly Gadette, born and raised in movie-centric L.A., believes celluloid may very well be a part of her DNA. Having received her BA and MFA from UCLA's School of Theater, Film & Television, she spent many of her formative years as an actress (film, tv, commercials, stage) before she literally changed perspective, finding a whole new POV from the other side of the camera. You can find her last 450+ reviews on Rotten Tomatoes (www.rottentomatoes.com/critic/kimberly-gadette/). Other than taking the occasional side trip to Cannes or Sundance, you can find her at the movies ... sitting in the dark as usual.

10 Worst Casting Choices in Film History

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By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) When Irish actor Jamie Dornan was hired to take on the part of the hot and bothered Christian Grey in the film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey, a huge portion of the book's 70 million followers loudly voiced their outrage. Dornan didn't have the right color eyes. … [Read more...]

VOD Movie Review: Danny Collins

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Though Al Pacino has been acting professionally for nearly half a century, he's never had the chance to play a rock star. Until now ... By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) With his theatrical scarves, open-necked silk shirts, and shaggy, slightly greasy hair, Al Pacino's Danny Collins is a … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl won two prestigious awards at this year's Sundance Film Festival (Grand Jury and Audience Awards). But does the movie genuinely live up to the Festival's accolades? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Far from the sappy, oft-used formula of budding teen love … [Read more...]

Book vs. Movie: Which One Wins? Part 2: The Book

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By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) In Part 2 of Book Vs. Movie, we're flipping to the other side of the page, in which the book is far better than its ensuing film adaptation. The Cat in the Hat (the book, published 1957, written by Theodor Seuss Geisel): The Dr. Seuss children's classic that … [Read more...]

Book vs. Movie: Which One Wins? Part 1: The Movie

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By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) In looking at film adaptations of literary source material, the prevailing criticism is, "The movie was OK, but the book was so much better!" But in some cases -- as rare as a female director winning the Oscar -- the movie trumps the book. Following are five … [Read more...]

Movie Review: The Age of Adaline

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In The Age of Adaline, can a woman find happiness with a man who is 75 years her junior? And will we ultimately care? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) The Age of Adaline is indeed a romantic drama. But the romance that captivates most is the one between the camera and the sparkling city of San … [Read more...]

Movie and VOD Review: The Harvest

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It's been 29 years since director John McNaughton created his first iconic horror film Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer. Will The Harvest grow into another thriller hit? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) The primary horror in The Harvest comes from watching the superlative talents of … [Read more...]

Streaming Review: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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When NBC handed its 13-episode comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt over to Netflix, the excuses offered up sounded something like, "The show needs an earlier debut," or "The show is too cutting-edge for primetime." Hmmm ... and then the dog ate NBC's homework. By Kimberly Gadette … [Read more...]

Streaming Review: House of Cards, Season 3

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In the first two seasons, we relished the sight of Frank Underwood clawing his way to the top. But now that he's made it ... is House of Cards in danger of toppling? (Note: Many spoilers ahead) By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) In House of Cards, Season 1, House Majority Whip Frank Underwood … [Read more...]

VOD Movie Review: Citizenfour

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Did the NSA have foreknowledge that Citizenfour was going to win the Oscar for Best Documentary? Um, probably ... By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Edward Snowden's whistleblowing actions about the mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy undertaken by the National Security Agency … [Read more...]

VOD Movie Review: Nightcrawler

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Before the 87th Academy Awards ceremony airs this Sunday, February 22 – ending all speculation as to this year's winners – we're peering into Nightcrawler's intrusive lens to see if it has a clear shot at winning Best Original Screenplay. By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Quoting Don … [Read more...]

Reel Love: Romantic Movies Through the Decades

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By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Ah, Valentine's Day! The Hallmark holiday of sentimental cards, flowers and chocolate... and often followed up with a romantic movie. But how many viewings of When Harry Met Sally and Casablanca can you watch before wanting to take Cupid's arrow and stick it in … [Read more...]

The Timeless Groundhog Day

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Though Groundhog Day occurred earlier this week, we sure took our sweet time traveling back to that classic film of the same name. But since the hero had nearly all the time in the world, did we really have to rush? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) On its face, Groundhog Day looks like a sweet … [Read more...]

Movie Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Tied with Birdman for the most Oscar nominations (9), as well as the Golden Globe winner for Best Comedy, is The Grand Budapest Hotel deserving of all the accolades? Currently available on streaming and cable, we had to revisit: By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) In our all-too-brief stay at The … [Read more...]

Sundance 2015: Sundancing to a Different Tune

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By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Stretching out over 11 days, from January 22 through February 1, the 31st year of the Sundance Film Festival will be known as the year of the comedian. The joke? Actually, there isn't one. This is the year that the comedians get serious. Nearly half (OK, 7) … [Read more...]

Movie Review: The Wedding Ringer

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Does The Wedding Ringer espouse some fun? Read on! By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Another matrimonial comedy? You’d think that the ceaseless cinematic march to the altar has made the wedding aisle runner as thin as the fanatically dieting bride on her special day. In the last few … [Read more...]

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