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 500+ 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: Jackie

Natalie Portman on the set of JACKIE. Photo by Stephanie Branchu. © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

As Jackie Kennedy flatly states to her interviewer in the eponymous Jackie: "A First Lady must always be ready to pack her suitcases. It's inevitable." By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS When a reference is made to "November 1963," the event that immediately springs to mind is President John F. … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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As a novelist, J.K. Rowling is sheer magic. But as a first-time screenwriter, does she similarly enchant? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Let's consider the ingredients of this particular cauldron entitled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: - The pedigree of the Harry Potter … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Almost Christmas

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Does the title word of "Almost" merely point out that the holiday isn't here as yet? Or is it a hint that the movie doesn't quite live up to expectations? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Perhaps it was the December 25th dysfunctional family get-together that created the term "War on … [Read more...]

Movie Review: The Accountant

Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick in "The Accountant" Copyright: © 2016 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC. Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick

On balance, does The Accountant have more assets than liabilities? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) One is the loneliest number. And if, by chance, you're an autistic math savant who can take down an enemy with the swipe of a dinner knife? Then you're most definitely the cheese that stands … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Kevin Hart: What Now?

In Universal Pictures’ "Kevin Hart: What Now?," comedic rock-star KEVIN HART follows up his 2013 hit stand-up concert movie Let Me Explain, which grossed $32 million domestically and became the third-highest live stand-up comedy movie of all time.  Hart takes center stage in this groundbreaking, record-setting, sold-out performance of “What Now?”—filmed outdoors in front of 50,000 people at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field—marking the first time a comedian has ever performed to an at-capacity football stadium.

Kevin Hart now has three. Three what? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) To answer the above, Kevin Hart: What Now? is the comedian's third live stand-up feature-length film (his earlier projects are 2013's Let Me Explain and 2011's Laugh at My Pain). Along with a mere handful of others, the … [Read more...]

Movie Review: The Birth of a Nation

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The title The Birth of a Nation mirrors the name of D.W. Griffith's technically magnificent but highly racist 1915 film. This movie stands in diametric opposition. By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) This is what Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation is not: It's not a remake of D.W. Griffith's … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Storks

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Just how well does this baby fly? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) As Warner Bros.' first big budget animated feature since 2014's The Lego Movie, Storks delivers a nascent idea. Granted, 2016 has previously birthed some well-received originals such as Zootopia and The Secret Life of Pets; … [Read more...]

HBO TV Review: Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks

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Since June 2014, ISIS has conducted or inspired more than 140 terrorist attacks in 29 countries outside of Iraq and Syria, killing at least 2,043 people and injuring thousands more. For France, the nightmare began with the Charlie Hebdo attack. By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) In filmmaker Dan … [Read more...]

Emmy History: A 10-Question Quiz

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In honor of the 68th Emmy Awards, airing on 9/18/2016, we're offering a different kind of Emmy guessing game. Our guess: No one will correctly answer all 10 questions. But go ahead ... prove us wrong! By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) On January 25, 1949, the Academy of Television Arts & … [Read more...]

VOD Review: The Royal Road

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Can this film be considered a road movie of a whole other kind? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Having premiered at Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim, The Royal Road is at once a static, yet highly moving film. Filmmaker Jenni Olson's 16mm cinematographic meditation leans more … [Read more...]

Movie/VOD Review: In Order of Disappearance

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The film's title, In Order of Disappearance, may seem odd. Yet it ultimately reflects a perfect symbiosis of plot and tone. By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Think a Martin McDonagh sensibility (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) snowed in by a Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight winter. And add … [Read more...]

Gross Talk: Summer’s 2016 Movie Budgets Vs. Box Office

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By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Like the medal-laden Olympian Michael Phelps, Disney's Finding Dory took the gold in this summer's race to #1, accruing $478.5 million in the domestic box office. However, 2016's summer (summer being defined as the first Friday in May through the Labor Day weekend), … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Suicide Squad

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With Suicide Squad, it's the audience that may die ... of boredom. By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Super villains blessed with dazzling superhuman talents? Nope. Super cool, super lethal gizmos guaranteed to take down the opposition? Nah. Super suspense in a fresh, fun-packed comic book … [Read more...]

PBS TV Review: Iris

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On its face, fashion is a serious business ... yet look who's laughing now. By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) It's not just that the ninetysomething Iris Apfel is visually outrageous, charismatic and shrewdly funny – it's that her rags-to-famous-rags story is a documentarian's dream. … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Nerve

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Nerve's online game is like Pokémon Go, but with more risk. Think: Pokémon Go Play in Traffic; or Pokémon Go Set Yourself on Fire; or Pokémon Go Ahead and Try Not to Die ... By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Ever since gladiators were pitted against lions in the Roman coliseum in 80 A.D., … [Read more...]

Movie Review – The Legend of Tarzan

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Me Tarzan. You Jane. Movie dull. By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Per Duke Ellington's jazz standard, "It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing." But sometimes, even if it does have that swing ... it still don't mean a thing. Having more in common with Doctor Doolittle than The … [Read more...]