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.

Movie Review: Unbroken

Jack O'Connell as Louis "Louie" Zamperini
Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) It appears that the title "Unbroken" is an unsubstantiated claim. A claim that – akin to the hero's leaky life raft – can't hold water. Even with all Jolie's horses and all Jolie's men (i.e., screenwriters the Coen Bros. [True Grit, No Country for Old Men, … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Wild

Reese Witherspoon in "Wild"

By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Wild? Or Mild? Given that the story is supposed to captivate us in its exploration of one woman's physical and emotional journey on a 3-month, 1,100-mile hike (adapted from Cheryl Strayed's bestselling 2012 memoir, "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest … [Read more...]

Streaming Movie Review: Ida

Ida - 6

By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) As Poland's official submission for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film (currently considered the frontrunner), Ida should be required viewing for all budding filmmakers. Rather than relying on any preceding work that had been driven by the written … [Read more...]

Streaming TV Series Review: Transparent

Amy Landecker as Sarah, Jeffrey Tambor as Maura in "Transparent"

Transparent streams on Amazon Prime By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Let’s say your family is gathering en masse for the upcoming holidays – and let’s say that after the fourth football game and the third mash-up of the Thanksgiving leftovers, it’s agreed that there’s been enough … [Read more...]

VOD Movie Review: Snowpiercer

(l to r) John Hurt, Chris Evans, Jamie Bell in "Snowpiercer"

By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Usually, when the confined and abused underclass instigates a bloody revolt against the oppressor, the overthrow leads to an escape to a brighter, happier world. But in Snowpiercer, the twist is that there is no escape. No matter which section that the earth's … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

captain america elevator scene

By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Sometimes the Marvel universe isn't as Marvelous as we've come to expect. While Captain America: The Winter Soldier packs more punch – literally – than most comic-based action movies, it could have been far more enjoyable if there had been a compelling story … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Sabotage

TEN RZ PRINTS Arnold fires from atop truck Nov 19 2012 xl CH__0519.tif

By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) It must be nice to have such international box office cred that no amount of flops can, um, Sabotage your career. But even considering Arnold Schwarzenegger's earlier sewage such as 1999's End of Days or 1996's Jingle All the Way, this one's a doozy. In this … [Read more...]

Movie Review: The Wind Rises

Wind Rises 3

By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Sometimes The Wind Rises soars. Yet, on the other wing, it often crashes to earth. Due to the film's tepid story, flat characters and achingly slow pace, while the wind does indeed rise ... it also blows. One of the constant themes mentioned throughout the … [Read more...]

Movie Review: 3 Days to Kill

Three Days To Kill

By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) In 3 Days to Kill, Kevin Costner's semi-retired CIA agent Ethan is forced into a Faustian bargain: if he agrees to go back into the field for one last mission, he'll receive injections of an experimental drug that just might cure his cancer. However, the drug's … [Read more...]

Movie Review: The Monuments Men

George Clooney;Matt Damon;Bill Murray;Bob Balaban;John Goodman

By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) George Clooney directs and co-writes The Monuments Men, based on a true story in which seven middle-aged art historians, scholars and architects were tasked with the mission of recovering millions of pieces of art and cultural items stolen by the Third Reich. Far … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Labor Day


By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) What Knocked Up did for pudgy slacker potheads, Labor Day is now doing for escaped convicts. (Note to wardens everywhere: After viewing this film, battalions of lovelorn ladies may be battering down your prison gates.) Granted, Josh Brolin's Frank Chambers is … [Read more...]

Movie Review – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit


By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Good, bad or indifferent, film reboots/reimaginings inadvertently entertain. With each new production, the audience can't help but play a game of compare and contrast. Television series notwithstanding, which actor's interpretation of an iconic action hero is … [Read more...]

Movie Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

wolf of wall street pic

By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Before the rise of the economic echelon currently referred to as the one percent, there was Jordan Belfort... the one percent of the one percent. Director Martin Scorsese is at it again, intertwining his The Wolf of Wall Street into a Manhattan that we've never … [Read more...]

Movie Review: American Hustle

Christian Bale;Jeremy Renner;Bradley Cooper

By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Think Casino meets The Grifters, shot through with a hefty dose of the off-kilter ... and that's American Hustle. Between the surprisingly wacky performances and a twisty screenplay bristling with wit, soaked to a fare-thee-well in the pop culture explosion of the … [Read more...]

Movie Review: The Wolverine

the wolverine image

By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Note to the producers and filmmakers of The Wolverine: Not everyone is an X-Men aficionado. Though rabid devotees of the series know their lore from A to X, the rest of the audience may be perplexed by the film's timeframe, or lack thereof. Or why such fascinating … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Pacific Rim


By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Let's face it: We can't exactly hope for something completely new in the action/adventure/sci-fi genre. Given the decades of movies portraying alien take-overs, giant monsters and apocalyptic mano-a-mano scenarios in which humans snatch Earth away from the … [Read more...]

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