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
2/4 56% The Lion King (2019) [I]n taking away the imagination and freedom of its predecessor's style, The Lion King ultimately feels like a sedate imitation. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/4 100% The Farewell (2019) It's a considerable act of narrative and tonal juggling... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
1.5/4 61% Trespassers (2019) [T]he second act of Trespassers suggests the potential of a genre-challenging parable, only for the movie to embrace the obvious and the cruel. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
2/4 78% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) With only some trivial information about Ihlen ... Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love essentially becomes a biography of Cohen. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.5/4 99% Maiden (2019) Maiden is a stirring and suspenseful documentary. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/4 84% Crawl (2019) Simplicity is the key to Crawl. It's a lean and mean thriller... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
2.5/4 42% Stuber (2019) It almost feels unfair to Bautista and Nanjiani to say the movie doesn't work. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/4 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) [W]e get a film that looks at Morrison's writing and her significance as a writer with far more depth than we might expect. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
1/4 23% Phil (2019) [T]he story is an aggressively lazy situational comedy. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
1/4 No Score Yet Cold Blood (La mémoire du sang) (2019) [T]he whole of Cold Blood could be described [as] obligatory and unconvincing. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
3/4 100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) [O]ver the course of The Chambermaid, Avilés creates a fascinating world ... out of the behind-the-scenes operations of the hotel. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
3/4 82% Midsommar (2019) There's a reckoning coming for everyone in Midsommar, and it's as cold, harsh, and unforgiving as the light of a northern sun. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) The villain here is one of the best we've had in this franchise and one of the better we've seen throughout all of Spider-Man's cinematic iterations. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
2/4 63% Yesterday (2019) Richard Curtis' screenplay simply maneuvers a nifty premise into a generic and familiar corner. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/4 78% Pasolini (2019) [I]n simply depicting the ordinary day of a man of such creative influence, the film taps into something existentially terrifying -- and, maybe, a little hopeful. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
1.5/4 59% Ophelia (2019) Ophelia feels pretty much useless as a critique of, a re-evaluation of, or a commentary on the original text. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
2.5/4 90% Funan (2019) [T]he movie neglects to communicate the scope of cruelty and mass murder performed by the regime. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
1.5/4 20% Euphoria (2019) [T]he movie finds ways to inject superficial, artificial conflict into what could be a thoughtful examination... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
1.5/4 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Which of these new creatures or cursed items will ... become the central gimmick of yet another installment? ... Stay tuned. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
2.5/4 64% Child's Play (2019) [W]hile it's clever and occasionally biting about reliance on technology, Child's Play doesn't quite live up to its potential. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2.5/4 81% Leto (2019) [T]he movie is less compelling as a narrative than it is as a recreation of the atmosphere of a certain time and place. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/4 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a lovely, mournful tone poem about longing for home... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/4 87% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2019) A surprisingly deep slice-of-life about the trials of working-class monotony... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2/4 30% Holy Lands (Les terres saintes) (2018) Holy Lands mistakes the sweep of its story for depth. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
1/4 27% Anna (2019) Anna is more a template for the concept of a spy thriller than an actual one. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/4 94% Wild Rose (2019) The movies are all about wish fulfillment in one way or another ... This one dares to keep our expectations in check... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/4 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) It might not be a necessary installment in the series, but it isn't an unnecessary one, either... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/4 69% Head Count (2019) The debut feature of director Elle Callahan is a clever little chiller, based in an urban legend ... and crafted with a keen sense of staging. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/4 90% Framing John DeLorean (2019) [T]he filmmakers make the weird and distracting decision to transform their non-fiction account into a sales pitch for ... a "real" movie about the man. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
1.5/4 31% Shaft (2019) Shaft ... gets Shaft -- the actual character(s) and the character's legacy -- wrong, just for some easy laughs. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3.5/4 100% 5B (2019) Directors Paul Haggis and Dan Krauss have made, above all else, an astonishingly humane film. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2/4 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) [F]or all of the low-key grandstanding and political jabs, this is a one-note joke, making a depressing point slightly more tenable. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2/4 33% Being Frank (2019) Most of this is the stuff of a screwball sitcom, which might work if Frank were purely a buffoon or if the emotional stakes weren't as high. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3.5/4 82% American Woman (2019) American Woman serves as a quietly devastating portrayal of how every step forward after a loss can be simultaneously hopeful and tragic. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2/4 22% Men in Black International (2019) This world of aliens and gadgets and history influenced by extraterrestrial involvement has no right to have remained this static for this long. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2/4 57% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Mitchell's approach ... unintentionally buys into the subject of the gag and, hence, misses the joke. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
1.5/4 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) It would come as no surprise to discover that The Secret Life of Pets 2 was envisioned as a series of shorts, only for them to be crammed together without much thought. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/4 76% Halston (2019) [T]his documentary is simply a straightforward biographical account of the famous fashion designer's rise and fall. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
1.5/4 60% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) The plot ... is nearly as messy as Arcand's confused intentions. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/4 80% Late Night (2019) [W]hile Kaling avoids the pitfalls of a simple plot for a while, the third act shifts drastically... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) [W]e're watching the imprecise mashing together of two very different concepts for how the story of Dark Phoenix could be told. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/4 86% Pavarotti (2019) [I]t offers little to no insight into any specific element of what made the man unique. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/4 88% The Third Wife (2019) The point is to show ... this system as inherently flawed. It does not need to be attacked, because it condemns itself. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
2.5/4 55% Ma (2019) [I]t's a genuine shame screenwriter Scotty Landes feels the need to pigeonhole a great character ... into a thriller. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
2.5/4 33% Domino (2019) Through pure skill, De Palma almost makes us forget the shallow plotting, characters, and thematic intentions of Domino, but almost isn't enough. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3/4 45% The Tomorrow Man (2019) First and foremost, The Tomorrow Man portrays a sweet but believable romance between two people who cannot let go... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3.5/4 90% Rocketman (2019) In marrying the music and the biographical tale with such care, the film transcends the gimmicky conceit of the jukebox musical... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
1.5/4 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Co-writer/director Michael Dougherty basically has given us the worst of both worlds -- the human and the monster -- with this movie. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3/4 89% Non-Fiction (2019) [Assayas is] concerned with seeing how the uncertainty of the future affects and is reflected in these characters and their relationships. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/4 83% Funny Story (2019) [T]he film begins as a comedy of errors and evolves with the realization that those errors were choices and that choices have consequences. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019