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
3/4 100% Held for Ransom (Ser du månen, Daniel) (2021) Held for Ransom is ... effective as a kind of real-world thriller. It's also more than that. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
2/4 62% The Blazing World (2021) It's an admirably imaginative piece, although the narrative's ... predictable trickery ultimately get the better of its visual elements. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
2/4 40% Needle in a Timestack (2021) Ridley is trying to accomplish too much, and both the plot and these characters suffer from the lack of attention toward both. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
3/4 87% The Last Duel (2021) [Marguerite] is the most important person in this tale, and the screenplay is smart in the way it presents her. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
2/4 35% Hard Luck Love Song (2021) [I]ts simple intentions more or less fall apart in an extended, climactic scene. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
2/4 40% Halloween Kills (2021) Green and company might not understand this character and what he represents as well as the previous film displayed. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
3/4 86% Bergman Island (2021) Hansen-Løve does find some truth here, as uncertain as the storyteller and as blurry as the lines of that truth may be. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
2.5/4 96% The Velvet Underground (2021) There is nothing new or particularly deep about the story told in The Velvet Underground. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2021
3/4 42% South of Heaven (2021) Keshales maintains ... [an] air of tenderness and sorrow, even as people's lives are put into constant jeopardy and the body count rises with apparent impunity. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2021
3/4 100% Jacinta (2021) Jacinta may raise some vital and necessary questions about how Earnshaw tells this story, but regardless, it is a story that is equally vital and necessary to tell... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2021
2/4 No Score Yet American Insurrection (The Volunteers) (2021) It's neither thoughtful political filmmaking nor engaging drama, but ... the movie could have been a lot worse. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2021
3/4 85% Detention (2019) The horror of Detention resonates. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2021
3.5/4 97% The Rescue (2021) The Rescue puts us right in these moments, and it's a harrowing -- if ultimately ... encouraging -- experience. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2021
2.5/4 84% No Time To Die (2021) [It] gives us a number of reasons to appreciate the Bond he [Craig] has been -- as well as to wonder what kind of Bond he could have been. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2021
3/4 95% Mass (2021) Even if some of the film's specifics risk working against its best qualities, Mass ultimately and in general succeeds. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2021
1.5/4 84% Lamb (2021) [H]ow it's told is a joke, and why it's being told remains a mystery. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2021
2.5/4 49% There's Someone Inside Your House (2021) That the movie ultimately falls into and for the usual routine of these stories is disappointing. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2021
2/4 70% Fever Dream (2021) Too much of Llosa's approach and the central narrative ... end up working against ... the actual point that's being made here. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2021
2/4 30% The Addams Family 2 (2021) The Addams Family 2 takes and expands the wrong lessons from its predecessor. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2021
3/4 95% Old Henry (2021) Henry is a firm character before we get to know him and even more fascinating once we really get to know him. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2021
3/4 73% The Many Saints of Newark (2021) On its own, the film is a solid and admirably eccentric gangster tale, but it's probably better if you know this thing of theirs. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2021
2/4 70% Falling for Figaro (2021) Falling for Figaro settles for a series of predictable setups and expected clichés. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2021
1/4 No Score Yet American Night (2021) Beyond the winding storyline, nothing really defines this movie... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2021
1.5/4 50% Adventures of a Mathematician (2021) Director Thor Klein's screenplay never quite decides what it wants to do or focus upon... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2021
1.5/4 60% Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) Venom: Let There Be Carnage ... remains indecisive about the character but is decidedly, safely, and tediously routine. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2021
1.5/4 17% This Is the Night (2021) We buy that the boxing movie at heart of This Is the Night means something-and possibly a lot-to DeMonaco. One isn't quite as convinced about the story surrounding that movie. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2021
2/4 87% Titane (2021) [T]he movie lacks ... a consistency of ideas, story, and purpose. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2021
2/4 50% Mayday (2021) Cinorre's screenplay falls into a routine, fails to further develop its world and ideas, and seems to evade the broader critiques of society within the movie... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2021
2/4 67% No One Gets Out Alive (2021) The third act ... certainly raises the real-world menace and otherworldly stakes ... and in the process, the movie gives up ... [what] made it different from all that usual stuff. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2021
2/4 77% Surge (2020) While there's a tantalizing sense of spontaneity to everything, it also feels incredibly shallow. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
2/4 61% Birds of Paradise (2021) It's an intriguing, if ultimately shallow, experiment in perception and sympathy. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
3/4 100% The Auschwitz Report (2021) [T]he film tells its story well, as well as with reverence and relative restraint. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
3/4 96% I'm Your Man (2021) [I]t's funny and surprisingly romantic -- but also thoughtful and clever, with a tone that evolves from silly, to melancholy, and, finally, to bittersweet. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
3/4 72% The Guilty (2021) [T]he filmmakers have done exactly what they need to do here. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
2.5/4 66% The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) [T]he movie too often feels as if it's pulling its punches on targets demanding to be hit. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
1.5/4 30% Dear Evan Hansen (2021) Dear Evan Hansen is a misguided, phony affair. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
1/4 23% Intrusion (2021) One thought persists as Intrusion unfolds: Can we just get to the point, already? - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2021
3/4 89% Wife of a Spy (Supai no tsuma) (2021) [T]he basic setup ... gradually and thoughtfully expands... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
1.5/4 21% The Starling (2021) The tone for the most part here is so alternately sardonic and silly that the movie's sudden eruptions of sincerity are jarring. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
3/4 95% My Name Is Pauli Murray (2021) The filmmakers know that there's little that's more rewarding in a documentary than the ability to meet and learn from a uniquely great person... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
2/4 86% The Mad Women's Ball (Le bal des folles) (2021) Co-writer/director Mélanie Laurent's The Mad Women's Ball attempts too much and leaves us with little. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
0.5/4 31% Lady of the Manor (2021) The lesson of Lady of the Manor, perhaps, is that, while you can fool good actors into a bad comedy, you can't fool your way into making a good one. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
2/4 60% Cry Macho (2021) Everything about the movie becomes so relaxed that almost nothing seems to matter. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
2.5/4 80% The Wonderful: Stories From The Space Station (2021) While these stories may give some children the inspiration to look at the stars and dream, they don't make for a particularly engaging documentary. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
1/4 65% Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) [T]he filmmakers don't seem to be searching for any meaning in or reason for telling this story, beyond the fact that it might be neat. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
2/4 69% The Nowhere Inn (2021) The central idea of The Nowhere Inn is clever. Once that runs its course, there's really nowhere else for this movie to go... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
3/4 81% Copshop (2021) In Copshop, a clockwork plot is bolstered by simple but strongly defined characters. Sometimes, that's all a story needs. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
1.5/4 17% Collection (2021) Todd M. Friedman's screenplay doesn't care about the country's debt crisis any more than it cares about crafting a believable drama or thriller. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
3/4 75% Blue Bayou (2021) Blue Bayou gets at the sad, tragic heart of both its political message and, more importantly, its central figure. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
2/4 51% Best Sellers (2021) [The] last-act change only confirms that ... [the filmmakers] aren't sure what to do with the original conceit. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021