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.

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

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...]

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

Tilda Swinton

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

The Age of Adaline

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

The Harvest

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


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

Frank Claire 2

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...]