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Kimberly Gadette
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4.5/10 51% Unbroken (2014) Just in time for the holidays, UNBROKEN is akin to 'The 12 Days of Christmas" ... unbearably repetitive.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2014
5/10 90% Wild (2014) At the end of the long and winding road, between lack of dramatic heft and a character arc that's as slender as a sapling, we're left wondering just where the Wild went.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2014
9/10 96% Ida (2014) Rather than relying on any preceding work driven by the written word, the filmmakers have constructed a masterpiece that nods to the sheer poetry of the visual.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2014
8/10 95% Snowpiercer (2014) A refreshingly smart thriller, its geopolitical savvy mingled with a wholly unique look, Snowpiercer is quite the dystopian choo-choo.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2014
5/10 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Sometimes the Marvel universe isn't as Marvelous as we've come to expect. Might have been more enjoyable if there had been a compelling story to go along with all the sound and fury ... Nick Fury.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2014
2/10 20% Sabotage (2014) Sabotage is nothing more than an excuse for Arnold the AARPster to throw his weight around, bludgeoning us with equal parts of carnage and deathly boredom ... which is sort of like killing us twice.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2014
5/10 88% The Wind Rises (2014) 'The Wind Rises' is akin to sitting through an unbearably long flight in which the view can only be appreciated so much ...‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2014
4/10 28% 3 Days To Kill (2014) At the end of the day, this movie didn't need 3 days to kill. 2 hours was more than enough.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
5/10 30% The Monuments Men (2014) While this particular, um, 'Blingtime for Hitler and Germany' means well, it suffers from a tone problem: it's 'Ocean's 11' by way of 'Schindler's List.'‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2014
4.5/10 35% Labor Day (2014) What 'Knocked Up' did for pudgy slacker potheads, 'Labor Day' is now doing for escaped convicts.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2014
7/10 55% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) Inanities aside, the movie delivers suspense throughout. But between this turn and 'Star Trek,' Pine may find himself up to his neck in all sorts of re-booties. Let's hope he keeps away from Howard the Duck.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2014
8/10 78% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Before the rise of the economic echelon currently referred to as the one percent, there was Jordan Belfort ... the one percent of the one percent.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2013
9.5/10 92% American Hustle (2013) Think 'Casino' meets 'The Grifters,' shot through with a hefty dose of the off-kilter ... and that's 'American Hustle.'‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2013
5/10 71% The Wolverine (2013) Jackman's 126-minute scowl is a poor substitute for character. With this, his 6th tour of Logan, he could have capitalized on the 100-plus-year story arc, delivering a performance of greater depth. Certainly not less.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2013
7/10 71% Pacific Rim (2013) Though we may have seen bits of this and that in previous sci-fi adventures, the ingredients haven't ever been steeped together quite like this particular briny bouillabaisse. Soup's on ... enjoy.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2013
4.5/10 31% The Lone Ranger (2013) Tone deaf, it's as if Verbinski's prior film, 2011's marvelous Rango, got lost amid the Trail of Tears in a buddy comedy served up with a side of Hannibal Lecter.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2013
8/10 80% Iron Man 3 (2013) As compared to the overwrought, too-many-irons-in-the-fire second installment, Iron Man 3 proves its metal, oops, mettle, once again.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted May 2, 2013
4.5/10 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) Perhaps the witches put a spell on the filmmakers -- because for all of the movie's technical wizardry, the story and the characters are as flat as a Kansas plain.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2013
9/10 91% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) Bigelow and Boal are rare filmmakers in that they don't underestimate the intelligence of their audience. In the case of this extraordinary docudrama, we are allowed to make up our own minds.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2012
4/10 49% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) Other than the Bram Stoker meets "Braveheart" battle, this vessel offers very little to make our collective blood race.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2012
7/10 89% Lincoln (2012) Among the hundreds of characterizations in film, television and books, Day-Lewis' rendition of the 16th President - transmuting the myth into a man -- just may be the definitive portrayal for the ages.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2012
4/10 87% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) Disney can dress it up, take it out to the arcade and plug it full of quarters ... but at the end of the cord, the film's a simple, 8-bit I-gotta-be-me story, with a dull plot and tepid characters. Game over.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2012
7.5/10 78% Flight (2012) 'Flight' flies high due to Washington who rescues the film twice, as both the fictional hero and as the superb actor, etching a character awash in palpable guilt, denial and helplessness. He is Sky King, circa 2012.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2012
6/10 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) We should be able to come away from this film--purporting to examine the meaning of our destinies--with some sense of majesty, of message, of wonder. Yet with all the smoke and mirrors and prosthetics...we do not.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2012
3/10 33% Chasing Mavericks (2012) As one might assume, the surf cinematography is superb. But as a nod to the young surf king Jay Moriarty, rather than "Live Like Jay," this film comes far closer to the opposite, namely a burial at sea.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2012
2/10 12% Alex Cross (2012) While Tyler Perry slips into Madea's wigs and plus-size dresses just fine, his attempt to squeeze into the guise of psychologist/detective Cross strains at the seams as well as the credibility.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2012
9/10 82% Seven Psychopaths (2012) Suggestive of a blisteringly good-humored Quentin Tarantino (sans the uber gore), McDonagh possesses a rare talent for ushering black comedy to a bleak end, luring his audience into laughter all along its shootapalooza way.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2012
7.5/10 40% Here Comes the Boom (2012) If Kevin James continues to make films that no longer fight his considerable talents -- such as the highly entertaining 'Boom' -- he someday might look back at such missteps as 'Zookeeper,' and laugh long and hard.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2012
6/10 96% Argo (2012) An often riveting film, between the second act lag and Affleck's ponderous protagonist, 'Argo' is unfortunately not as wonderful as it should have been.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2012
8/10 87% Frankenweenie (2012) 28 years after the initial short, Frankenweenie finds itself ironically reanimated from the dead, morphed into a superb, 3D stop-motion feature. Young Frankenstein is alive!‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2012
3/10 22% Taken 2 (2012) Idiotic lines abound, such as commanding the daughter as she drives to, 'Go faster, go faster.' 'I can't, I can't!' she cries back. Perhaps the family is hoping to bore the killers to death with redundancy.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2012
9/10 93% Looper (2012) It's official: Looper closes the loop on any doubt that writer/director Rian Johnson is one of the most fascinating filmmakers to appear on the doorstep of the 21st century.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2012
8/10 44% Hotel Transylvania (2012) Other than a third act that drags on a bit longer than you-know-who's oversized cape, this time around a bloodless teaming of Sandler & Samberg is actually a good thing.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2012
4.5/10 71% Liberal Arts (2012) Radnor's annoyingly passive protagonist sports wide-eyed stares of wonderment, as if he got lost somewhere between the upper quad and the campus bookstore. Neither pass nor fail, this project's an 'incomplete.'‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2012
6.5/10 85% The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) The best perks of Perks come from the ragtag band of young actors, particularly Ezra Miller's theatrical Patrick, who exhibits a giddy, anarchic teen spirit that masks a most profound sorrow.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2012
4/10 51% Trouble with the Curve (2012) Given this talent scout's failing sight, Gus may not be able to see a hit, but he can most certainly hear one. Which just might be a perfect remedy for this film: keep the visual off the screen but crank up the audio.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2012
3.5/10 84% The Master (2012) As Hoffman's Master strives to impress w/eloquent language, fine suits and psychic parlor tricks, serving as cerebral misdirection, so too does Anderson, similarly pulling elaborate wool over our eyes. Quoting Ms. Stein: There is no there there.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2012
9/10 99% Finding Nemo (2003) Sea-worthy w/enhanced visual lure and rich, humorous characters set in a double narrative; this 3D revisit allows us to fall overboard all over again.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2012
5/10 56% Bachelorette (2012) Wicked LaBute-ian fun until that dastardly last act. When this black of a comedy is suddenly dipped into a rosy-red vat of sentimentality ... we know the dye's going to run very, very soon.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2012
7.5/10 89% Compliance (2012) Perhaps the most disturbing movie of the year. Not a horror film, but given that we can't excuse the behavior as belonging to illegal aliens or felons eluding of the law ... maybe it's a new strain of horror after all.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2012
7/10 56% For a Good Time, Call... (2012) It's a breezy, slightly pristine romp that, by its very nature of the virtual hands-off concept of ringing the caller's bell without so much as mussing one's hair, affirms that the bighearted sex-capade is alive and well.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2012
8/10 73% Premium Rush (2012) Like a bike wheel, the film reflects an ever-spinning cycle of scenes that race forward and then, just as quickly, pedal back in time. A riveting action, um, spiller, with Shannon as a bad cop who couldn't be better.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2012
4/10 67% The Expendables 2 (2012) A thudding scud of a sequel that defies the meaning of the word 'action' with excruciating pacing. Expect a cache of feeble jokes about aging that are as old as the entirety of the cast itself.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2012
5/10 88% ParaNorman (2012) Norman's world is a visual and technical marvel, but the plot drags down in elongated chase sequences and a third act fizzle.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2012
3/10 58% Sparkle (2012) Rather than a sing-along, consider this film a 'say-along,' with lines so clichéd that you might find yourself reciting them in perfect sync with the flat characters.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2012
5.5/10 56% The Bourne Legacy (2012) A quasi spinoff, a side-quel if you will, the plot runs in an obfuscated parallel construction. Hang thru the first hour for a much better second. Renner + Weisz are worth it.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2012
6/10 65% The Campaign (2012) The Campaign attempts to simultaneously appeal to fans of both the highbrow and the low. In effect, running its own contest between the slapstick versus the sly. And wins ... half the time.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2012
7/10 78% Ruby Sparks (2012) Though the character of Calvin will disagree, 'Ruby Sparks' isn't perfect. But it's a lovely first-time film from the highly promising talent of Zoe Kazan.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2012
8/10 31% Total Recall (2012) Between Beckinsale's feral killer, and Cranston's mix of wry humor with authoritarian villainy, this smart update streams like a bullet train. Kudos to filmmakers, who do it all sans the 3D/IMAX frills. ‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2012
8.5/10 94% Searching for Sugar Man (2012) A fascinating look at a "lost" musician from the late '60s as well as a meditation on the confluence of fame, art and riches.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2012