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 76% Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) [T]his character comes across as an anachronism. Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase could have played that as a joke, but smartly, it doesn't. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
1.5/4 50% Captive State (2019) The thinking behind Captive State is admirable. The execution is far from that. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/4 95% Transit (2019) While Transit comes from a 77-year-old story, it remains bleakly relevant today, and in this ... re-telling, Petzold reminds us that such stories will always be with us. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
2/4 30% Wonder Park (2019) For a story that's about the power of imagination ... Wonder Park itself just coasts along on a hollow conflict, a group of jokey sidekicks, and a reliance on action... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
2.5/4 52% Five Feet Apart (2019) This movie gets so much right ... that it's a genuine shame the filmmakers stumble so much in the third act. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 82% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) Ruben Brandt, Collector is to be experienced as a weird and wild ode to art. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/4 41% The Kid (2019) The Kid examines [the power of legend] with some thoughtfulness. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
2/4 72% Climax (2019) It's cruel, to be sure, and, at times, viciously funny. Climax is also ... a single idea ... repeated over and over until the effect is numbing. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/4 79% Captain Marvel (2019) [T]he film isn't so much about conflict as it is about discovery. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/4 72% Triple Frontier (2019) This story seems to be a promise of a certain amount of action, but Chandor and Boal are far more interested in the toll of that violence... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
2/4 44% The Wedding Guest (2019) [F]ilmmakers have difficulty grasping a pretty basic notion: Just because a story features a man and a woman, that doesn't mean they have to fall in love. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
2.5/4 86% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) The miserable-inspirational balance of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is quite a bit off. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/4 94% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) [L]ike in a great tragedy, we can see the whole of humanity in how the foibles of these characters overwhelm their better selves. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/4 99% Apollo 11 (2019) The power of Miller's documentary is that it feels very much in-the-moment. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
2.5/4 61% Saint Judy (2019) [W]hile its message is sincere, it's also a little too broad to make much of an impact. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
1.5/4 54% Greta (2019) The filmmakers and actors obviously have put some thought, care, and effort into this fairly generic thriller, which makes it all the more frustrating. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/4 94% Styx (2019) [T]he film becomes a harrowing, despairing experience, in which the protagonist and we are left helpless... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
3/4 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) It's a nice ad for the wrestling franchise, but thankfully, the film is even a better story about how difficult it is to hold on to a dream in the face of cold, hard reality. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
2/4 17% The Iron Orchard (2019) Gerry De Leon's screenplay ... rarely, if ever, stops to examine the narrative beyond the surface of its melodramatic events. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
2.5/4 71% The Changeover (2019) Unfortunately, the story, which involves all sorts of distracting schemes and spells and even time travel, gets in the way of the movie actually being about [the main character]... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World doesn't do much that's new, but writer/director Dean DeBlois ... provides us with a solid send-off... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet The Maestro (2019) The student-teacher dynamic here is intriguing -- and not in the obvious way. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
2/4 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) [T]he movie's targets are obvious, as is its approach to knocking them down in comedic fashion. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
2.5/4 67% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Happy Death Day 2U may amp up and alter the conceit and focus of what came before it, but in the process, the movie loses too much of what made the original work. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/4 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alita isn't simply an exquisitely rendered visual effect. She's an actual character, with a clear but dynamic personality... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
1/4 45% The Prodigy (2019) For the most part, The Prodigy is a dull experience, but its final five-or-so minutes are unnecessarily cruel. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 89% To Dust (2019) Snyder does not sugarcoat the realities of grief or biological inevitability, although he does, rather surprisingly, find humor in the protagonist's unhealthy obsession. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 75% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) Robert D. Krzykowski's debut feature is a melancholy examination of the utter loneliness of a man whose adventures are fantastical but, as he sees them, without any meaning. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/4 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) By the end, Cold Pursuit doesn't have a handle on its tone, its characters, or its purpose. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/4 47% What Men Want (2019) What Men Want tries to do far too much, and much of it is too much of a distraction from the stuff that does work. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/4 70% Lords of Chaos (2019) Despite its terrible characters and their equally terrible deeds ... Åkerlund's film gradually reveals a somewhat subversive level to this biographical account... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/4 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is a fine follow-up, although it's not quite as invested in the absurdist spirit of its superior original. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/4 88% Arctic (2019) [The film is] less about the particulars of survival and more about the ethics of it. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/4 88% Who Will Write Our History (2019) Who Will Write Our History tells the story of the archive, but it misses the more important point: to tell the stories for which the archive was created. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
1.5/4 71% Piercing (2019) The effect is more numbing than humorous or horrifying. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
1/4 22% Outlaws (2019) Outlaws is kind of like a modern-day interpretation of Macbeth that involves an Australian motorcycle gang ... The movie also ... is quite dumb. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2/4 23% Miss Bala (2019) By the finale, there's no sense of reality to Gloria and her travails. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/4 88% Braid (2019) [It's] such a nightmarish vision of co-dependent imagination ... that, if we actually knew for certain what the hell is happening here, it might be more disappointing. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/4 65% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) [A]fter experiencing the wackiness of the later horror, we wonder why Gilroy took so much time to get to it. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/4 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Even though it might seem to possess a jokey premise, there's a surprising degree of sincerity to The Kid Who Would Be King. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/4 85% West of Sunshine (2017) [T]he drama isn't in the debt or the potential violence. It's in wondering if it's too late for a guy like Jim. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
2/4 34% King of Thieves (2019) King of Thieves is of two minds about its anti-heroes... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
2/4 50% In Like Flynn (2019) [The opening] shows a lot of promise for a biography that adheres more to the legend of its subject ... The rest of the movie ... never matches that initial energy. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/4 97% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) The real subtlety of Martinessi's film is how our perspective of each of these women and their relationship gradually shifts, without much happening by way of a story. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
1/4 14% An Acceptable Loss (2019) An Acceptable Loss sees mass-scale horror and suffering only as a cheap plot device for a thin, hollow story. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
1.5/4 19% Serenity (2019) Serenity features a twist so bonkers that it's really a shame the movie doesn't justify spoiling it for critical effect. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3.5/4 73% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) Dunham obviously takes the less-is-more approach ... providing a plot that can be summed up in a single, simple sentence ... but ensuring that the simplicity ends there. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/4 93% Don't Come Back from the Moon (2019) [C]o-writer/director Bruce Thierry Cheung creates the atmosphere of a fable for this story. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
1.5/4 37% Glass (2019) The filmmaker's latest ... sets out to further subvert our superhero expectations, but it just ends up undermining the great conceit of the first film... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
1/4 83% Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2019) Ignorance was such bliss. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019