Mark Dujsik

Mark Dujsik
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Mark is the sole writer/editor/webmaster of Mark Reviews Movies(www.markreviewsmovies.com) and co-film critic at </i>UR Chicago Magazine (www.urchicago.com). He has been a member of the Online Film Critics Society since 2002 and the Chicago Film Critics Association since 2006.
Favorites:
The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The Third Man, Vertigo, Grave of the Fireflies, The Seventh Seal, Citizen Kane, 2001: A Space Odyssey, On the Waterfront, The Passion of Joan of Arc, Casablanca, Apocalypse Now, Singin' in the Rain, Schindler's List, Mon Oncle, Die Nibelungen, Fantasia, Raging Bull, The Thin Red Line
Location: Chicago, IL
Official Websites: markreviewsmovies.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 58% Trial by Fire (2019) There's a fairly pragmatic argument against the death penalty made by Trial by Fire. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/4 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) The Sun Is Also a Star is a hopelessly romantic gesture in seemingly hopeless times. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
1.5/4 No Score Yet The Professor (2019) The biggest problem with The Professor is one of casting. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/4 73% All Is True (2019) It's a fine -- handsome and intelligent -- piece of speculative fiction. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2.5/4 62% All Creatures Here Below (2019) [T]he movie ends with a feeling that it never fully trusted the strength of these characters as they are. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/4 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum possesses enough new ideas -- in terms of its world and John's methods of dispatching foes -- to remain exciting. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/4 49% A Dog's Journey (2019) Just as in the last movie, multiple dogs die in assorted and depressing ways here. Since we already know the game of this story, it's much easier to become numb to it... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/4 90% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) First and foremost, the film is selling a simple, hopeful idea. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3.5/4 94% Shadow (2019) Shadow is ... a fearless gesture of high emotions and spectacular action... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
1/4 32% Poms (2019) It's embarrassing, not only because the movie turns these characters ... into a joke, but also because it's not even funny. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2/4 85% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) [N]either man seems to be on the other's wavelength. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/4 92% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) The resulting movie is at times hypnotic ... but mostly an act of evasion. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3/4 51% Charlie Says (2019) Charlie Says neither sympathizes with ... nor outright condemns ... the three women at the center of the story. They, not Manson, are the real mystery here. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2/4 51% Tolkien (2019) The outline of Tolkien's life is accurate, but in the end, the story feels only like an outline. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
1.5/4 15% The Hustle (2019) The Hustle is a copy of a copy, half-heartedly reliant on the old and unwilling to take advantage of the potential of its new gimmicks... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2/4 65% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Pokémon Detective Pikachu neither successfully satirizes a noir tale nor expands the Pokémon world in a way that could appeal to newcomers. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2/4 66% The White Crow (2019) Fiennes seems to recognize the main character's flaws ... but The White Crow never finds a way to elicit sympathy for him. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2.5/4 52% Tell It to the Bees (2019) The ending ... doesn't follow the story's logical and emotional progression. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
1.5/4 29% The Intruder (2019) [T]he premise is obvious and director Deon Taylor starts up with the fake-out scares almost as soon as the two move into the house. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 96% Hail Satan? (2019) Despite its promotional tone and approach, Hail Satan? remains a funny examination of how this group turns religious hypocrisy on its head... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 93% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) [T]he joy of the film is to see Westheimer in her element -- which, by the way, is anywhere at any time. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 81% Long Shot (2019) The romance here ... may be a form of fantasy, but we can buy it, because Charlotte is written and played as well as she is. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 100% Knock Down the House (2019) Knock Down the House works as a fine biography of Ocasio-Cortez ... and a fly-on-the-wall picture of what it's like to run a grassroots political campaign. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
3/4 72% Stockholm (2019) Budreau illuminates why, especially in this particular case, such a bond might not be as strange as it may seem. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2.5/4 57% J.T. LeRoy (2019) From this angle, the story ... possesses a less uncomfortable, more relatable central figure. The story itself ... remains slightly discomforting. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/4 86% Hesburgh (2019) It's easy to talk about empathy, but here is a man who genuinely, truly, and unwaveringly lived in that state of compassion and understanding for others. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/4 75% Family (2019) Family remains consistently funny, because the comedy is grounded in its characters. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
1.5/4 65% Body at Brighton Rock (2019) [I]t becomes increasingly difficult to find a reason to relate to or sympathize with her gradually perilous plight. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/4 72% I Trapped The Devil (2019) This is a film that's entirely about establishing and sustaining an atmosphere of dread... It's simple, and because of that, it works. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2.5/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) After more than a decade and ... 22 movies, that [nostalgic] impulse is understandable. It also feels a bit too easy, a little underwhelming, and more than a pinch manipulative. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/4 89% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Despite the film's eclectic side players and subdued comedic tone ... Olnek still has made a fairly reliable biography of Dickinson... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/4 100% Mine 9 (2019) Mensore does his due diligence in showing us the claustrophobic, perilous conditions of the mine, even before disaster strikes... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/4 96% Little Woods (2019) Little Woods constantly provides a sense of dread ... because that's what it's like to live life on so many edges, with few options and even fewer choices. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/4 84% Her Smell (2019) There's an undeniable sense of the pain, the fear, and the doubt that feed the character's addictions... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
1.5/4 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) The Curse of La Llorona gives us plenty of [jump scares], without rhyme or reason, and a supernatural villain who deserves better. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2/4 71% Teen Spirit (2019) Everything unfolds almost exactly as one would anticipate, although there are some unexpected developments. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2/4 30% Red Joan (2019) As a study of a conflicted character ... it takes that conflict too far, leaving us with only a confused sense of that character. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/4 83% High Life (2019) What remains from the experience of High Life is the overwhelming sense of isolation that co-writer/director Claire Denis conveys. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
1.5/4 61% Breakthrough (2019) Less a story than it is a sermon, aimed directly at the choir and nobody else. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
1/4 15% After (2019) After opens with some narration about how certain moments in life seem to define a person, and from there, the clichés pretty much don't stop. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/4 100% Maze (2019) Writer/director Stephen Burke doesn't take a side and, instead, simply looks on with lament at the toll of the strife. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/4 45% Mary Magdalene (2019) [W]hile the film may deal with matters of religion and faith, it has more earthly things on its mind. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/4 93% Diane (2019) [W]e understand the inner workings of the eponymous character about as well as we can hope to understand a character in a film. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/4 44% The Chaperone (2019) [B]y the end, the movie itself doesn't even seem too convinced of its main character's significance. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/4 87% Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2019) The storytelling ... feels like a rushed, hollow imitation, starring a character whose personality and philosophy are constantly overshadowed by the plot. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
1.5/4 15% Hellboy (2019) You'd think it would be impossible to turn this much absurdity into a fairly straightforward and dully generic tale, but somehow, Hellboy pulls off that unlikely feat. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/4 99% Amazing Grace (2019) [I]t gives us a better, in-the-moment appreciation for its star as an artist. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/4 89% Missing Link (2019) You know that you're in sure hands at the beginning of Missing Link. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/4 63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) The good news is that The Man Who Killed Don Quixote exists, and the bad news is that the movie seems unsure as to why it exists. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
2/4 80% The Wind (2019) The story ... and the way in which it is told ... are far less convincing than the use of the setting. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019