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
1.5/4 The Wave (2019) Mark Dujsik [The screenplay] seems to be making up the rules as the movie progresses. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
2/4 Feedback (2019) Mark Dujsik [T]he absence of any kind of sympathetic figure here becomes an issue. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
0.5/4 Disturbing the Peace (2020) Mark Dujsik 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
1/4 Dolittle (2020) Mark Dujsik In Dolittle, Robert Downey Jr. takes over the title role with the cheer, humor, and charm of a somnambulist. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
2/4 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Mark Dujsik 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
2.5/4 Weathering With You (2019) Mark Dujsik The story is, unfortunately, not quite as detailed and thoughtful as the artistic means used to tell it. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
2/4 Three Christs (2017) Mark Dujsik [The filmmakers] are too uncertain or, perhaps, timid about delving into the story's assorted questions and topics with any depth. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
1/4 The Sonata (2018) Mark Dujsik Instead of leaning into the inherent creepiness ... co-writer/director Andrew Desmond bypasses that for a dull, exposition-heavy scavenger hunt. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
3/4 Les misérables (2019) Mark Dujsik From one point of view, the final act of Les Misérables descends into chaos. From another, it ascends into a revolution of understandable rage. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
3/4 Inherit the Viper (2019) Mark Dujsik The darker heart of the film ... is in its examination of the addictive qualities of power. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
2/4 Underwater (2020) Mark Dujsik Underwater ... is an admirably simple thriller undone, not by its familiarity, but by a lack of basic craft. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
1/4 Like a Boss (2020) Mark Dujsik Each scene plays as its own isolated gag, unconnected to the story and only loosely founded on the broad sketches of these characters. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
3/4 Just Mercy (2019) Mark Dujsik We seem to have so few heroes these days, and it's encouraging to see one get his due in a mainstream film. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
1/4 The Grudge (2020) Mark Dujsik [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. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
2/4 Clemency (2019) Mark Dujsik Chukwu doesn't quite trust the ... basic setup -- simply observing Bernadine as her job ... becomes an intolerable web of hypocrisy and uncaring routine... EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
2.5/4 Spies in Disguise (2019) Mark Dujsik 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/4 1917 (2019) Mark Dujsik The film's formal trickery is impressive, to be sure. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
4/4 Little Women (2019) Mark Dujsik This is a boisterously charming and emotionally rich adaptation, giving new life to and new ways of looking at this story. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/4 Invisible Life (2019) Mark Dujsik The circumstances of the sisters' separation ... matter, but the characters ... matter much more. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
2/4 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Mark Dujsik 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/4 A Hidden Life (2019) Mark Dujsik [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. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
0.5/4 Cats (2019) Mark Dujsik 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
3/4 Richard Jewell (2019) Mark Dujsik Richard Jewell may veer into some wild speculation of its own, but it sets the record straight where it matters. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
1/4 Knives and Skin (2019) Mark Dujsik A movie as strange as this one needs some grounding in reality. Knives and Skin gives us some -- but not nearly enough. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
2/4 Black Christmas (2019) Mark Dujsik [T]he movie becomes just distracted enough by what it "should be" that it misses the full potential of what it could have been. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/4 Uncut Gems (2019) Mark Dujsik We don't have to like the guy. We just have to understand Howard, and Uncut Gems ... really makes us understand him. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
2/4 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Mark Dujsik It's neither an upgrade nor an update -- just more of the same and less of what made the movie's predecessor charmingly clever. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
2.5/4 Bombshell (2019) Mark Dujsik [T]he whole thing feels a bit disingenuous. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
3/4 The Two Popes (2019) Mark Dujsik It's an intelligent and, surprisingly, sometimes playful film about two intelligent and faithful men... EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
3.5/4 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Mark Dujsik Writer/director Céline Sciamma takes her time with Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and the results are mysterious, romantic, and quietly devastating. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
2/4 Little Joe (2019) Mark Dujsik Even before they're infected ... everyone seems pretty dull in Little Joe. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
3/4 In Fabric (2018) Mark Dujsik Does it make sense? When you're dealing with a killer dress, does it have to? EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
1.5/4 I See You (2019) Mark Dujsik I See You never finds a solid foundation for its story. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
2/4 Grand Isle (2019) Mark Dujsik A neo-noir in the key of Southern Gothic, Grand Isle is appropriately overblown but unfortunately half-baked. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
3/4 Dark Waters (2019) Mark Dujsik This is far from inspiring ... and that's exactly the point. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
2.5/4 Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Mark Dujsik 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... EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
2.5/4 Safe Spaces (2019) Mark Dujsik There's a level of sincerity to After Class that almost makes its narrative messiness worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
1.5/4 En brazos de un asesino (2019) Mark Dujsik A strange and sometimes discomforting combination of a violent thriller and an allegedly sexy romance... EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
2/4 The Aeronauts (2019) Mark Dujsik The Aeronauts sometimes works as a visceral experience, but the human side of its tale is severely lacking. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
3/4 I Lost My Body (2019) Mark Dujsik [The filmmakers] animate the hand with ... a distinct personality that make the detached appendage-if you can believe it-a sympathetic character. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
3/4 Atlantics (2019) Mark Dujsik 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
3.5/4 Queen & Slim (2019) Mark Dujsik [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. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/4 Knives Out (2019) Mark Dujsik 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/4 When Lambs Become Lions (2018) Mark Dujsik 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]. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
2/4 () Mark Dujsik [T]he movie's final condemnation of the paper feels hollow -- both in terms of sentiment and actual investigation. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/4 Waves (2019) Mark Dujsik Waves may play as a wide-reaching family drama ... but the message here is as plain as that of parable... EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
2/4 21 Bridges (2019) Mark Dujsik To damn with faint praise, 21 Bridges is wholly competent. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/4 Honey Boy (2019) Mark Dujsik It's a daring, honest piece of work. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
2.5/4 Frozen II (2019) Mark Dujsik The ultimate lesson of Frozen II, perhaps, is that some films exist as one-of-a-kind phenomena. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/4 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Mark Dujsik Heller's decision to mold this ... narrative within the format ... of the original show is simple, yes, but also unabashedly, affectingly hopeful. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019