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: Manchester by the Sea

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) If there is one thing I can say about Manchester by the Sea is that it is probably one of the most honest film I've seen all year. You'll notice I didn't call it the best film of the year like most critics, and that's because for all of its virtues, it really isn't … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Bad Santa 2

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The long-awaited sequel Bad Santa 2 is here. By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Christmas is known as the most wonderful time of the year. Personally, my favorite reaction to the holidays is "bah humbug." I don't dislike the message of the holidays, but the crass over-commercialization, … [Read more...]

TV Review: Ash Vs. Evil Dead – Season 2, Ep 8: “Ashy Slashy”

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) This season of Ash Vs. Evil Dead has not been kind to actors with speaking roles. Where the first season of the show was more of a quest, season two has stayed put in Elk Grove, which means we get to know some of the characters before they're unceremoniously killed … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

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...]

TV Review: Ash Vs. Evil Dead – Season 2, Ep 7: “Delusion”

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The latest episode of Ash Vs. Evil Dead sees our hero in an insane asylum By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) There's a certain argument which explains a difference between most filmgoers and television viewers, and critics. Namely, that a critic is a professional viewer who is forced to take … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Almost Christmas

Film Title: Almost Christmas

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: Arrival

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Growing up I was a huge fan of science-fiction novels and still am to this day. My favorite authors ended up being along the lines of what's known as the A, B, C's of sci-fi, with "A" meaning Asimov, "B" for Bradbury, and "C" for Clarke. On the television side, I … [Read more...]

TV Review: Ash Vs. Evil Dead – Season 2, Ep 6: “Trapped Inside”

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Ash vs. Evil Dead exists for only one reason: fans wanted a new chapter of the Evil Dead franchise starring Bruce Campbell. It is something that exists entirely because of nostalgia. Bringing the slapstick-horror franchise to television made some people wonder … [Read more...]

London Film Festival Review: Christine Starring Rebecca Hall

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Our review of Christine at the 2016 London Film Festival By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) It's fair to say that the live on-air suicide of a mentally ill television news reporter is a very difficult subject matter to adapt successfully to the screen. While the death of journalist Christine … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Inferno

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Ridiculous. Seriously, all you need to know about Inferno in a review is that one word. I'm not sure where this film sits in the series — having not watched either The DaVinci Code or Angels & Demons — but this film's plot was utterly ridiculous. The … [Read more...]

TV Review: Ash Vs. Evil Dead – Season 2, Ep 4: “DUI”

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Episode four of Ash Vs. Evil Dead season two is an episode that will be tough to review. First of all, it closes off a four episode mini-arc that gets Ash out of Jacksonville, Florida, but also sets up the series' first real big bad. Like every other episode … [Read more...]

London Film Festival Review: Bleed For This

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Certain stories are so extraordinary that they are destined to be immortalized on the screen. Director Ben Younger's Bleed For This , which screened at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival, centers on real-life boxing champion Vinny 'Paz' Pazienza (played by Miles … [Read more...]

London Film Festival Review: The Young Offenders

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) One of the great pleasures of attending film festivals is happening upon cinematic gems which you know absolutely nothing about. And for me, Irish buddy-comedy The Young Offenders was this year's rough diamond in among the event's more sophisticated offerings. Based … [Read more...]

Movie Review – Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Never before in the history of filmmaking has there ever been a more appropriate title like Jack Reacher: Never Go Back — because they never should have gone back. Or I assume so, having not seen the original film. Let us go over again my criteria for an … [Read more...]

TV Review: Ash Vs. Evil Dead – Season 2, Ep 3: “Last Call”

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Season one of Ash Vs. Evil Dead seemed to be all about setup and reintroduction. Bringing Bruce Campbell's Ash Williams out of retirement to face off against the hordes of deadites with a chainsaw hand, boomstick, and a bevy of one liners. Coming into the second … [Read more...]