articles & reviews

  • Coco review: To the other side and back
    by Kasia Kwasniewska on January 15, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    The Riviera family holds a grudge against music that spans generations. Since the head of the family left his wife and their little girl to fulfil his dream years ago, nobody could speak about music again. Instead, they dedicated themselves to growing their family business which became renowned for shoemaking. Miguel feels that it isn’t… The post <em>Coco</em> review: To the other side and back appeared first on Beside Magazine. […]

  • A Woman’s Life review: A story of growing up that doubles as visual delight
    by Kasia Kwasniewska on January 10, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Stéphane Brizé employs every detail in his film to develop the storyline and the character arches, adapting prose for the silver screen with a poetic flair that creates a world of visual wonder and breathes new life into Guy de Maupassant’s novel. When Viscount Julien de Lamare asks for Jeanne’s hand, she’s still an optimistic… The post <em>A Woman’s Life</em> review: A story of growing up that doubles as visual delight appeared first on Beside Magazine. […]

  • Downsizing review: Big ideas, scaled down
    by Kasia Kwasniewska on January 8, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Asking us all to start small to see the bigger picture, Alexander Payne offers us a handful of thought-provoking ideas. But pitching us the vision of the future that won’t change without our efforts, the script forgets to scale it up. Once upon a time, a Scandinavian scientist comes up with a technology that could… The post <em>Downsizing</em> review: Big ideas, scaled down appeared first on Beside Magazine. […]

  • All the Money in the World review: Ridley Scott adds fuel to the flame in an adaptation of J. P. Getty biography
    by Kasia Kwasniewska on January 6, 2018 at 3:13 am

    Ridley Scott pictures this scene in J. P. Getty’s English mansion: the head of security, Fletcher Chase, turns to the world’s richest man and says, “No one has ever been richer than you are at this moment. What would it take for you to feel secure?” The businessman turns to him, stern stare fixed on… The post <em>All the Money in the World</em> review: Ridley Scott adds fuel to the flame in an adaptation of J. P. Getty biography appeared first on Beside Magazine. […]

  • Brad’s Status review: On monotony, disappearing ideals, and generational gap
    by Kasia Kwasniewska on January 5, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Mike White, the scriptwriter behind hard-hitting Beatriz at Dinner as well as The School of Rock and Nacho Libre has done a lot to prove his ability to write about anything he wants. With Brad’s Status, which he’s written and directed, he connects the thoughtful responses to human behaviour and subtle humour – the result… The post <em>Brad’s Status</em> review: On monotony, disappearing ideals, and generational gap appeared first on Beside Magazine. […]

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri review: Bottomless sorrow, dark humour and an abundance of Oscar contenders
    by Kasia Kwasniewska on January 3, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Martin McDonagh, an Oscar-winning filmmaker of In Bruges and Six Shooter fame returns with a movie which provides an excellently executed story and a springboard for every single member of the cast. Behind the mouthful of a title hides bottomless sorrow, rage that pushes for consequences blindly, and situational, bleak humour which is a signature… The post <em>Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri</em> review: Bottomless sorrow, dark humour and an abundance of Oscar contenders appeared first on Beside Magazine. […]

  • Molly’s Game review: A game of skill, exposed
    by Kasia Kwasniewska on January 1, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    The Poker Princess who gained the attention of the rich and famous as well as the crime lords of New York has quite a life story to tell, and Aaron Sorkin was the right person to adapt it into a script. Known for his previous writing that gained him a whole lot of buzz and… The post <em>Molly’s Game</em> review: A game of skill, exposed appeared first on Beside Magazine. […]

  • I, Tonya review: I for idolised, I for ill-treated, I for imperfect
    by Kasia Kwasniewska on December 29, 2017 at 12:08 am

    In 1994, just before the Winter Olympics, a massive scandal shook America up: an ice skater Tonya Harding was accused of planning and executing an attack on her competitor, Nancy Kerrigan. The FBI and media became preoccupied with nitpicking the incident: the primer pursuing justice, the latter seeking out a juicy story. The disgraced sportswoman… The post <em>I, Tonya</em> review: I for idolised, I for ill-treated, I for imperfect appeared first on Beside Magazine. […]

  • The Greatest Showman review: A P.T. Barnum-inspired spectacle favours style over substance
    by Kasia Kwasniewska on December 26, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Inspired by the story of P. T. Barnum, a skilled entrepreneur and self-made showman who blew up the front pages of New York newspapers with his tricks, the first-time director Michael Gracey retells the tale of the man who deceived the crowds to their pleasure and outrage. Although it’s quite a spectacle graced by big… The post <em>The Greatest Showman</em> review: A P.T. Barnum-inspired spectacle favours style over substance appeared first on Beside Magazine. […]

  • Ocean’s 8 first look: The first trailer released
    by Kasia Kwasniewska on December 19, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    The new spin-off Ocean’s 8 features a star-studded cast playing a female gang led by Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), a sister of the original’s main character, who head to the MET Gala to steal some expensive jewellery. In case you don’t remember its 2001 predecessor, Ocean’s Eleven was a heist film directed by Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich, Sex, Lies and… The post <em>Ocean’s 8</em> first look: The first trailer released appeared first on Beside Magazine. […]

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