Mark Reviews Movies

Mark Reviews Movies is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Mark Dujsik
Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Head Count (2018) Mark Dujsik 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/4 Framing John DeLorean (2019) Mark Dujsik [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. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
1.5/4 Shaft (2019) Mark Dujsik Shaft ... gets Shaft -- the actual character(s) and the character's legacy -- wrong, just for some easy laughs. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
3.5/4 5B (2018) Mark Dujsik Directors Paul Haggis and Dan Krauss have made, above all else, an astonishingly humane film. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
2/4 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Mark Dujsik [F]or all of the low-key grandstanding and political jabs, this is a one-note joke, making a depressing point slightly more tenable. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
2/4 You Can Choose Your Family (2018) Mark Dujsik 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
3.5/4 American Woman (2018) Mark Dujsik American Woman serves as a quietly devastating portrayal of how every step forward after a loss can be simultaneously hopeful and tragic. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
2/4 Men in Black: International (2019) Mark Dujsik This world of aliens and gadgets and history influenced by extraterrestrial involvement has no right to have remained this static for this long. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
2/4 Under the Silver Lake (2018) Mark Dujsik Mitchell's approach ... unintentionally buys into the subject of the gag and, hence, misses the joke. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
1.5/4 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Mark Dujsik 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/4 Halston (2019) Mark Dujsik [T]his documentary is simply a straightforward biographical account of the famous fashion designer's rise and fall. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
1.5/4 La chute de l'empire Américain (2018) Mark Dujsik The plot ... is nearly as messy as Arcand's confused intentions. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/4 Late Night (2019) Mark Dujsik [W]hile Kaling avoids the pitfalls of a simple plot for a while, the third act shifts drastically... EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) Mark Dujsik [W]e're watching the imprecise mashing together of two very different concepts for how the story of Dark Phoenix could be told. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/4 Pavarotti (2019) Mark Dujsik [I]t offers little to no insight into any specific element of what made the man unique. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/4 The Third Wife (2018) Mark Dujsik The point is to show ... this system as inherently flawed. It does not need to be attacked, because it condemns itself. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
2.5/4 Ma (2019) Mark Dujsik [I]t's a genuine shame screenwriter Scotty Landes feels the need to pigeonhole a great character ... into a thriller. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
2.5/4 Domino (2019) Mark Dujsik Through pure skill, De Palma almost makes us forget the shallow plotting, characters, and thematic intentions of Domino, but almost isn't enough. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
3/4 The Tomorrow Man (2019) Mark Dujsik First and foremost, The Tomorrow Man portrays a sweet but believable romance between two people who cannot let go... EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3.5/4 Rocketman (2019) Mark Dujsik In marrying the music and the biographical tale with such care, the film transcends the gimmicky conceit of the jukebox musical... EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
1.5/4 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Mark Dujsik Co-writer/director Michael Dougherty basically has given us the worst of both worlds -- the human and the monster -- with this movie. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3/4 Double Lives (2018) Mark Dujsik [Assayas is] concerned with seeing how the uncertainty of the future affects and is reflected in these characters and their relationships. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/4 Funny Story (2018) Mark Dujsik [T]he film begins as a comedy of errors and evolves with the realization that those errors were choices and that choices have consequences. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
1.5/4 Brightburn (2019) Mark Dujsik [T]he premise of Brightburn certainly feels novel. That doesn't mean the movie should only aim to exist as a macabre novelty. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2.5/4 Avengement (2019) Mark Dujsik As Cain's story goes on and on ... we realize just how hollow all of this is. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/4 Booksmart (2019) Mark Dujsik Booksmart is quite funny ... but the film is primarily honest in its presentation of our protagonists... EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
1.5/4 Aladdin (2019) Mark Dujsik Aladdin is primarily a failure of imagination. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/4 Trial by Fire (2018) Mark Dujsik There's a fairly pragmatic argument against the death penalty made by Trial by Fire. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3/4 The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Mark Dujsik The Sun Is Also a Star is a hopelessly romantic gesture in seemingly hopeless times. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
1.5/4 Richard Says Goodbye (2018) Mark Dujsik The biggest problem with The Professor is one of casting. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3/4 All Is True (2018) Mark Dujsik It's a fine -- handsome and intelligent -- piece of speculative fiction. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
2.5/4 All Creatures Here Below (2018) Mark Dujsik [T]he movie ends with a feeling that it never fully trusted the strength of these characters as they are. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3/4 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Mark Dujsik John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum possesses enough new ideas -- in terms of its world and John's methods of dispatching foes -- to remain exciting. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
2/4 A Dog's Journey (2019) Mark Dujsik 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... EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3/4 The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Mark Dujsik First and foremost, the film is selling a simple, hopeful idea. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3.5/4 Shadow (2018) Mark Dujsik Shadow is ... a fearless gesture of high emotions and spectacular action... EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
1/4 Poms (2019) Mark Dujsik It's embarrassing, not only because the movie turns these characters ... into a joke, but also because it's not even funny. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
2/4 Meeting Gorbachev (2018) Mark Dujsik [N]either man seems to be on the other's wavelength. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/4 Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018) Mark Dujsik The resulting movie is at times hypnotic ... but mostly an act of evasion. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3/4 Charlie Says (2018) Mark Dujsik 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. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
2/4 Tolkien (2019) Mark Dujsik The outline of Tolkien's life is accurate, but in the end, the story feels only like an outline. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
1.5/4 The Hustle (2019) Mark Dujsik 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... EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
2/4 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Mark Dujsik Pokémon Detective Pikachu neither successfully satirizes a noir tale nor expands the Pokémon world in a way that could appeal to newcomers. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
2/4 The White Crow (2018) Mark Dujsik Fiennes seems to recognize the main character's flaws ... but The White Crow never finds a way to elicit sympathy for him. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
2.5/4 Tell It to the Bees (2018) Mark Dujsik The ending ... doesn't follow the story's logical and emotional progression. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
1.5/4 The Intruder (2019) Mark Dujsik [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. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 Hail Satan? (2019) Mark Dujsik Despite its promotional tone and approach, Hail Satan? remains a funny examination of how this group turns religious hypocrisy on its head... EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Mark Dujsik [T]he joy of the film is to see Westheimer in her element -- which, by the way, is anywhere at any time. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 Long Shot (2019) Mark Dujsik 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. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 Knock Down the House (2019) Mark Dujsik 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019