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: 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...]

VOD Movie Review: Boyhood

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By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) When we first learn that Boyhood is a coming-of-age piece about a first grader named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), we might think: Haven't we seen this scenario a million times before? What's the big deal? But the fact that this particular coming-of-age story is … [Read more...]

Streaming Movie Review: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

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By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) It's well-known that Hollywood has such a short memory that any contenders vying for attention during awards season will try to postpone their film's release date to October at the very earliest. Which makes the kudos for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night all the … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Unbroken

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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

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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

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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...]

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