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.

VOD Movie Review: 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets

Parents Ron Davis, Lucia McBath at rally

On November 23, 2012, aka Black Friday, many people went out shopping. But one man went out shooting. By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Perhaps Michael Dunn misunderstood the term "Black Friday." Perhaps he didn't know that its origins harkened back to the 1960s, when the Philadelphia Police … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Brooklyn

Saoirse Ronan as Eilis, Emory Cohen as Tony. Photo by Kerry Brown, © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Could Brooklyn be considered a forebear to screenwriter Nick Hornby's earlier film, An Education? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Brooklyn's Eilis ("eye-lish"), played by Saoirse Ronan, undertakes an arduous sea voyage from her Irish homeland to America. But it's the voyage from girlhood to … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Spotlight

(l to r) Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdam, John Slattery, Brian D'Arcy James
(courtesy of Open Road)

In 2001-02, an elite investigative team at the Boston Globe exposed the pandemic sexual abuse carried on by Catholic priests. How well does Spotlight illuminate the subject? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) It started with a lone column published in the Boston Globe about an accusation of … [Read more...]

Movie and VOD Review: Beasts of No Nation

bigger beast

Per recent UNICEF statistics, "More than 300,000 child soldiers are currently exploited in situations of armed conflict." Beasts of No Nation takes an unflinching look at one particular child soldier. By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Armies fighting each other for territorial control is a … [Read more...]

Interview: Afia Nathaniel & Her Award-Winning Film, Dukhtar – Part 2 of 2


"My dictate is to not give in and to fight the good fight for all women filmmakers, and for all female talent on the screen." - Afia Nathaniel By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNews) Selected as Pakistan's Official Entry for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film category, Dukhtar … [Read more...]

Interview: Afia Nathaniel & Her Award-Winning Film, Dukhtar – Part 1 of 2

Saleha Aref, foreground, Samiya Mumtaz, behind
Photo credit: Armughan Hassan

"We took risks doing things in a way that is not done in our part of the world." - Afia Nathaniel By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNews) Selected as Pakistan's Official Entry for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film category, Dukhtar (translation: Daughter) is a highly charged drama about … [Read more...]

First Rungs: How Entertainment Women Execs Began Their Climb to the Top


By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNews) Mary Pickford had the right idea. Become a movie mogul by forming an independent film company in 1919 with three trusted colleagues (Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith), call it something catchy like United Artists, control your product from … [Read more...]

5 Binge-Worthy Cable Series Hiding in Plain Sight

Rami Malek, Christian Slater in "Mr. Robot"

And you thought you had to sit around and wait for TV's upcoming fall season ... By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) We know it's Emmy time when the shows that have already waved goodbye are being defibrillated for one last curtain call (i.e., Mad Men, Newsroom, Parks and Recreation, Nurse … [Read more...]

Movie Review: 7 Chinese Brothers


The title is definitely quirky. But will this quirk ... work? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Per the press notes on 7 Chinese Brothers, writer/director Bob Byington stated that Olympia Dukakis "felt the part wasn't big enough for her." Oh my. Why she ever accepted the role in this … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Straight Outta Compton

straight outta compton cast

Does Straight Outta Compton deliver the straight truth about the life and times of the seminal hip-hop group N.W.A.? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) A classic rags-to-riches celeb story, framed by the racial unrest of the mid-1980s, Straight Outta Compton delivers a hard punch in the face to … [Read more...]

VOD Movie Review: Welcome To Me


Welcome To Me: Kristen Wiig virtually wigs out in this strange, cinematic selfie: By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Kristen Wiig's Alice Kleig used to be in love with her television. An unrequited love, since whenever Alice hugged her TV, it never hugged back. But when Alice inadvertently ends … [Read more...]

The Case of the Missing Actresses


Yesterday's leading ladies have gone missing from the movies. Should we alert the media? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) In the run-up to the latest Meryl Streep star vehicle, Ricki and the Flash (releasing August 7), the movie trailer is on display on screens everywhere. As is Ms. Streep. … [Read more...]

10 Worst Casting Choices in Film History


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

Danny Collins

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


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

The Great Gatsby

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...]