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
1/4 14% The Turning (2020) There's no rule that a movie adaptation has to stay true to its original source, but this one is just cowardly in its approach. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
2.5/4 No Score Yet John Henry (2020) [The] third act ... pummels any notion ... that the filmmakers can resolve the central conflict in a way that respects the real strength of the title character. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
2/4 72% The Gentlemen (2020) It's a story ... that's really about how tricky and showy Ritchie can be when telling a story. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
3/4 59% The Last Full Measure (2020) The heart of the film is in these stories, communicated by physically and psychologically wounded men, and why the telling of those stories is vital... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
2/4 84% Color Out of Space (2020) The major issue ... is that the movie -- at first, a tale of implied horror -- becomes ... a more literal kind of horror show... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
1.5/4 63% The Wave (2020) [The screenplay] seems to be making up the rules as the movie progresses. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
2/4 75% Feedback (2020) [T]he absence of any kind of sympathetic figure here becomes an issue. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
0.5/4 13% Disturbing the Peace (2020) This is an old plot, and the filmmakers appear to coast on the notion that such a story is easy to tell. The movie ultimately serves as proof that such is not the case. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
1/4 17% Dolittle (2020) In Dolittle, Robert Downey Jr. takes over the title role with the cheer, humor, and charm of a somnambulist. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
2/4 78% Bad Boys for Life (2020) The filmmakers don't take any of this too seriously, which is a bit of a shame -- although also to be completely expected, given the series' history. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
2.5/4 92% Weathering with You (2020) The story is, unfortunately, not quite as detailed and thoughtful as the artistic means used to tell it. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
2/4 44% Three Christs (2020) [The filmmakers] are too uncertain or, perhaps, timid about delving into the story's assorted questions and topics with any depth. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
1/4 53% The Sonata (2020) Instead of leaning into the inherent creepiness ... co-writer/director Andrew Desmond bypasses that for a dull, exposition-heavy scavenger hunt. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
3/4 85% Les Misérables (2020) From one point of view, the final act of Les Misérables descends into chaos. From another, it ascends into a revolution of understandable rage. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
3/4 42% Inherit the Viper (2020) The darker heart of the film ... is in its examination of the addictive qualities of power. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
2/4 50% Underwater (2020) Underwater ... is an admirably simple thriller undone, not by its familiarity, but by a lack of basic craft. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
1/4 21% Like a Boss (2020) Each scene plays as its own isolated gag, unconnected to the story and only loosely founded on the broad sketches of these characters. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
3/4 83% Just Mercy (2020) We seem to have so few heroes these days, and it's encouraging to see one get his due in a mainstream film. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
1/4 19% The Grudge (2020) [N]one of this is particularly suspenseful, not only because of our previous knowledge of the gimmick, but also because the movie itself offers no genuine sense of discovery. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
2/4 92% Clemency (2019) Chukwu doesn't quite trust the ... basic setup -- simply observing Bernadine as her job ... becomes an intolerable web of hypocrisy and uncaring routine... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
2.5/4 76% Spies in Disguise (2019) The central plot conceit of Spies in Disguise is so strange -- to the point that it's almost absurd -- that one has to admire it. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/4 90% 1917 (2020) The film's formal trickery is impressive, to be sure. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
4/4 95% Little Women (2019) This is a boisterously charming and emotionally rich adaptation, giving new life to and new ways of looking at this story. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/4 92% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) The circumstances of the sisters' separation ... matter, but the characters ... matter much more. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
2/4 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker latches its existence to the past, and in doing so, the movie fails its own characters and story. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/4 81% A Hidden Life (2019) [T]he only thing that really matters in this film is this world, and that makes this story all the more challenging, thought-provoking, and emotionally devastating. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
0.5/4 20% Cats (2019) For the life of me, I cannot determine, calculate, or even divine what this movie is, what purpose it serves, and what line of thinking brought it to life. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
3/4 74% Richard Jewell (2019) Richard Jewell may veer into some wild speculation of its own, but it sets the record straight where it matters. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
1/4 66% Knives and Skin (2019) A movie as strange as this one needs some grounding in reality. Knives and Skin gives us some -- but not nearly enough. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
2/4 40% Black Christmas (2019) [T]he movie becomes just distracted enough by what it "should be" that it misses the full potential of what it could have been. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/4 91% Uncut Gems (2019) We don't have to like the guy. We just have to understand Howard, and Uncut Gems ... really makes us understand him. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
2/4 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) It's neither an upgrade nor an update -- just more of the same and less of what made the movie's predecessor charmingly clever. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
2.5/4 69% Bombshell (2019) [T]he whole thing feels a bit disingenuous. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3/4 89% The Two Popes (2019) It's an intelligent and, surprisingly, sometimes playful film about two intelligent and faithful men... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
3.5/4 97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Writer/director Céline Sciamma takes her time with Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and the results are mysterious, romantic, and quietly devastating. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
2/4 64% Little Joe (2019) Even before they're infected ... everyone seems pretty dull in Little Joe. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
3/4 94% In Fabric (2019) Does it make sense? When you're dealing with a killer dress, does it have to? - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
1.5/4 72% I See You (2019) I See You never finds a solid foundation for its story. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet Grand Isle (2019) A neo-noir in the key of Southern Gothic, Grand Isle is appropriately overblown but unfortunately half-baked. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
3/4 90% Dark Waters (2019) This is far from inspiring ... and that's exactly the point. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
2.5/4 80% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) The third act of Daniel Isn't Real ... searches for an answer to the mystery of Daniel, and in unlocking it, the movie loses itself... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
2.5/4 89% After Class (Safe Spaces) (2019) There's a level of sincerity to After Class that almost makes its narrative messiness worthwhile. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
1.5/4 No Score Yet En Brazos de un Asesino (2019) A strange and sometimes discomforting combination of a violent thriller and an allegedly sexy romance... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
2/4 72% The Aeronauts (2019) The Aeronauts sometimes works as a visceral experience, but the human side of its tale is severely lacking. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
3/4 96% I Lost My Body (2019) [The filmmakers] animate the hand with ... a distinct personality that make the detached appendage-if you can believe it-a sympathetic character. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
3/4 96% Atlantics (2019) The film becomes a ghost story, but there's no attempt or need on Diop's part to instill it with any sense of horror. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
3.5/4 82% Queen & Slim (2019) [I]t's a quiet, tender, compassionate, and thoughtful character piece about two people who, having nothing to lose, learn just how much they have to gain. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/4 97% Knives Out (2019) Without sacrificing any of the fun and thrills of a murder mystery, Johnson toys with the basic structure and expectations of a well-worn genre. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/4 92% When Lambs Become Lions (2019) In a rather stunning achievement of access, When Lambs Become Lions takes a look at both sides of the battle for the preservation of elephants in [Kenya]. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
2/4 79% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) [T]he movie's final condemnation of the paper feels hollow -- both in terms of sentiment and actual investigation. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019