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: Keanu

(L-r) JORDAN PEELE, KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY in “KEANU,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Photo by Steve Dietl

Even if you don't have an affinity for the feline, Keanu is one cool cat. By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) When Comedy Central's TV series Key & Peele ended its fifth and final season in 2015, fans mourned. It's understandable: While film and TV is rife with such brilliant duos as Abbot … [Read more...]

Movie Review: London Has Fallen

(l to r) Angela Bassett, Aaron Eckhart, Gerard Butler in "London Has Fallen" Credit: Gramercy Pictures

In the often mundane world of sequels, prequels and reboots, what's the read on London Has Fallen? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) First came March 2013's uninspired Olympus Has Fallen. Now, in March 2016, we get the wan sequel London Has Fallen. Maybe things will look up with a final … [Read more...]

Just How Annual Are The Annual Academy Awards?

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When studying prior Best Picture winners, statistics tell all. Or do they? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Mad Max: Fury Road is indeed mad. And growing far more furious. Why, oh why, didn't filmmaker George Miller hold out for a fall release date? Forget the lack of gasoline and water, the … [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: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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Can director Michael Bay "transform" himself from sci-fi to reality? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) It may be that the more we're barraged with headlines reporting one horrific attack after another, the more we're likely to become numb. Though there's no end to words and photos, they're … [Read more...]

Movie Review: 45 Years

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It's challenging enough to wed a person still grieving for a prior lover who'd died without warning. It's quite another to find out about it 45 years after the fact. By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) In the poster for 45 Years, a woman stands at a slight distance behind a man, coolly assessing … [Read more...]

Movie Review: The Big Short

Left to right: Jeremy Strong plays Vinnie Daniel, Rafe Spall plays Danny Moses, Hamish Linklater plays Porter Collins, Steve Carell plays Mark Baum, Jeffry Griffin plays Chris and Ryan Gosling plays Jared Vennett in The Big Short from Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises

Is The Big Short dead on the money? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) If we want to revisit the wholesale thievery perpetrated by Wall Street that led to the crash of 2008, at least The Big Short makes us laugh all the way to the bank. Um, if we only had a bank that we wanted to … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Legend

Tom Hardy as the Krays: Ron (l) and Reggie (r) in "Legend"

Since Tom Hardy is playing a double role, is Legend twice as good? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) It's not as rare an occurrence as you'd think. Oscar winners/nominees Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, Marion Cotillard and Edward Norton have done it. Freddie Highmore, Bette … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Youth

Michael Caine as "Fred" and Harvey Keitel as "Mick" in YOUTH. Photo by Gianni Fiorito. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Paolo Sorrentino's previous film, The Great Beauty, won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Does Youth belong in the same stratosphere? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) There is little to no irony in the fact that a story about two octogenarians is entitled Youth. Film auteur Paolo Sorrentino … [Read more...]

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

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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
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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

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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

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"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

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"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

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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...]