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.

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

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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

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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...]

5 Binge-Worthy Cable Series Hiding in Plain Sight

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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

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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

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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...]