Movie Review: Live By Night


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Live By Night wasn't a bad movie — far from it — but something was amiss from the whole thing, from beginning to end. Based on the Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone) crime novel of the same name, the film follows Joseph (Ben Affleck) as the son of a police chief … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Moonlight


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Very rarely do I come out of a theater and think, "Wow, that movie is important," and Moonlight definitely falls into that category. The plot concerns a young black boy named Chiron coming to terms with his own sexuality in a low income part of Miami, through three … [Read more...]

Movie Review: La La Land


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) I have a confession to make, I had already half written off La La Land before stepping into the theater. The promos and trailers I saw made me think this film would be just a nostalgic romp through a genre that had already passed us by. There would be cute modern … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Silence


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) How do you approach a review of a film like Martin Scorsese's Silence? This isn't just a movie, but a decades long journey the director took to bring a film about spirituality and human nature to the big screen. Silence is about two Christian missionaries, … [Read more...]

TV Review: The Doctor Who Christmas Special Wasn’t So Super


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Christmas Day we got out annual gift from the BBC with the Doctor Who Christmas Special. It had been over a year, believe it or not, since the Doctor and River Song spent their 27 year last night together, and her loss is keenly felt. But while The Return of Doctor … [Read more...]

The 5 Worst Films of 2016


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) When I think back on it, 2016 felt like a year filled with awful movie after awful movie. But when I went through most of my notes, I realized that there were only a few terrible movies, but a lot of mediocre ones. (Here's my 5 favorite films of 2016.) As much … [Read more...]

The 5 Best Films Of 2016


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) It's that time of year again! After 52 weeks of watching film after film, I've compiled my favorite and least favorite films I've seen in 2016. It's been a very uneven year, and it was surprisingly difficult to put these lists together, since there were so many … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Paterson


The unique Paterson stands out from the cinematic crowd. And given the halting crowd of 2016 ... it's about time. By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) In this 2016 year of American films of overblown actioners, dull drama and utterly tragic comedies comes Paterson, a quiet character study that … [Read more...]

Streaming Review – Sense8: A Christmas Special


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) I was a big fan of the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski's Sense8 when it premiered back in June 2015. Big ideas explored through science-fiction/fantasy tends to be something that really piques my interest, with a plot revolving around eight different … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Hidden Figures

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Introducing some lesser-known stars in space ... By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Astronaut Neil Armstrong's first words as he set foot on the moon in 1969 still resound: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." Yet in Hidden Figures, the inspirational true story about … [Read more...]

Movie Review: A Monster Calls

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When A Monster Calls ... is it safe to answer? By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) The path from childhood to maturity never runs smooth. But this one is riddled with sharp thorns, sinister branches and a monstrous 40-foot tree. It seems that if a child can overcome obstacles like these, he just … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Passengers


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) I remember watching the trailer for Passengers, and being really excited. Along with Arrival, it seemed like serious science-fiction was making a comeback, and for a huge genre fan like me, it felt like Hollywood was starting to cater to my own personal … [Read more...]

Movie Review — Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Lucasfilm and Disney have a lot riding on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In fact, I'll argue that this film is the one that will justify or not the $4.05 billion dollar price tag for acquiring Lucasfilm that Disney spent. It's one thing to buy Star Wars but at that … [Read more...]

TV Review: Ash Vs. Evil Dead – Season 2, Episodes 9 and 10


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) I've held out on reviewing the ninth episode of Ash Vs. Evil Dead, because it seemed like the first part of a two part episode. So here we go with a review of episodes nine and ten of Ash Vs. Evil Dead "Home Again" and "Second Coming". Right off the bat I have … [Read more...]

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


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...]