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 Review
3/4 No Score Yet The Maestro (2019) The student-teacher dynamic here is intriguing -- and not in the obvious way. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
2/4 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) [T]he movie's targets are obvious, as is its approach to knocking them down in comedic fashion. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
2.5/4 68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Happy Death Day 2U may amp up and alter the conceit and focus of what came before it, but in the process, the movie loses too much of what made the original work. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/4 59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alita isn't simply an exquisitely rendered visual effect. She's an actual character, with a clear but dynamic personality... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
1/4 45% The Prodigy (2019) For the most part, The Prodigy is a dull experience, but its final five-or-so minutes are unnecessarily cruel. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 95% To Dust (2019) Snyder does not sugarcoat the realities of grief or biological inevitability, although he does, rather surprisingly, find humor in the protagonist's unhealthy obsession. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 74% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) Robert D. Krzykowski's debut feature is a melancholy examination of the utter loneliness of a man whose adventures are fantastical but, as he sees them, without any meaning. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/4 73% Cold Pursuit (2019) By the end, Cold Pursuit doesn't have a handle on its tone, its characters, or its purpose. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/4 46% What Men Want (2019) What Men Want tries to do far too much, and much of it is too much of a distraction from the stuff that does work. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/4 68% Lords of Chaos (2019) Despite its terrible characters and their equally terrible deeds ... Åkerlund's film gradually reveals a somewhat subversive level to this biographical account... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/4 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is a fine follow-up, although it's not quite as invested in the absurdist spirit of its superior original. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/4 88% Arctic (2019) [The film is] less about the particulars of survival and more about the ethics of it. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/4 93% Who Will Write Our History (2019) Who Will Write Our History tells the story of the archive, but it misses the more important point: to tell the stories for which the archive was created. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
1.5/4 71% Piercing (2019) The effect is more numbing than humorous or horrifying. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
1/4 14% Outlaws (2019) Outlaws is kind of like a modern-day interpretation of Macbeth that involves an Australian motorcycle gang ... The movie also ... is quite dumb. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2/4 23% Miss Bala (2019) By the finale, there's no sense of reality to Gloria and her travails. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/4 88% Braid (2019) [It's] such a nightmarish vision of co-dependent imagination ... that, if we actually knew for certain what the hell is happening here, it might be more disappointing. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/4 65% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) [A]fter experiencing the wackiness of the later horror, we wonder why Gilroy took so much time to get to it. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/4 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Even though it might seem to possess a jokey premise, there's a surprising degree of sincerity to The Kid Who Would Be King. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/4 85% West of Sunshine (2017) [T]he drama isn't in the debt or the potential violence. It's in wondering if it's too late for a guy like Jim. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
2/4 34% King of Thieves (2019) King of Thieves is of two minds about its anti-heroes... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
2/4 50% In Like Flynn (2019) [The opening] shows a lot of promise for a biography that adheres more to the legend of its subject ... The rest of the movie ... never matches that initial energy. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/4 96% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) The real subtlety of Martinessi's film is how our perspective of each of these women and their relationship gradually shifts, without much happening by way of a story. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
1/4 14% An Acceptable Loss (2019) An Acceptable Loss sees mass-scale horror and suffering only as a cheap plot device for a thin, hollow story. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
1.5/4 21% Serenity (2019) Serenity features a twist so bonkers that it's really a shame the movie doesn't justify spoiling it for critical effect. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3.5/4 73% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) Dunham obviously takes the less-is-more approach ... providing a plot that can be summed up in a single, simple sentence ... but ensuring that the simplicity ends there. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/4 93% Don't Come Back from the Moon (2019) [C]o-writer/director Bruce Thierry Cheung creates the atmosphere of a fable for this story. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
1.5/4 37% Glass (2019) The filmmaker's latest ... sets out to further subvert our superhero expectations, but it just ends up undermining the great conceit of the first film... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
1/4 83% Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2019) Ignorance was such bliss. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
1/4 25% Sgt. Will Gardner (2019) It's a mess of uncertain purpose, jarring tonal shifts, and melodramatic gimmickry. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
1.5/4 11% Replicas (2019) There are so many ideas here that the movie never decides upon a single one to follow through on to the end. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
1.5/4 77% Pledge (2019) The guys eventually fight back... By that point, though, Pledge hasn't given a single character enough of a brain or a spine to care. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
2/4 58% A Dog's Way Home (2019) [T]his movie might have worked significantly better if the screenplay ... didn't have the dog narrating the whole of its experiences. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
2.5/4 79% Buffalo Boys (2019) Buffalo Boys feels too familiar and too nondescript to stand out as a Western or a cultural variation of the genre. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
2/4 40% The Upside (2019) [T]he central performances seem to exist in their own, isolated bubbles. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
2/4 83% Perfectos Desconocidos (2019) Once it gets past the admitted cleverness of the premise ... the movie basically becomes little more than a one-set soap opera... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
2/4 38% State Like Sleep (2019) There's a feeling of randomness to the way that Katherine's investigation unfolds... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
3/4 84% Rust Creek (2019) Julie Lipson's screenplay ... isn't content to simply provide another foray into a tale of survival against the odds. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
1.5/4 48% Escape Room (2019) By using basic math, you can pretty much garner the core idea of how the movie operates, as well as how predictably conventional its aims are. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
3/4 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) [T]he film feels honest in how it portrays these two men as being simultaneously much more and much less than friends. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
0.5/4 10% Holmes and Watson (2018) [T]he movie is an abject failure as a comedy from the start. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
2/4 66% Vice (2018) Vice is a hollow, indecisive, and unconvincing biography, so emerged in jokes and structural gimmickry that it doesn't figure out how to judge its subject. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
3/4 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) [Screenwriter Daniel] Stiepleman (who happens to be Ginsburg's nephew) puts the focus of this section of Ginsburg's life ... where it matters: on the law. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
2/4 72% Destroyer (2018) Hay and Manfredi ... keep the revelations coming ... instead of taking the time to actually explore these characters or this situation in any significant way. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
1/4 31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Welcome to Marwen is a series of woefully miscalculated decisions... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 93% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Wiktor says that Zula is "the woman of my life." He's not lying, and that's what makes this anti-romance ... so mundanely tragic... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 62% Bird Box (2018) Here ... is a gimmicky thriller that transcends its gimmick. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
1.5/4 45% Second Act (2018) [The title] might as well serve as a warning for when this movie goes off the rails. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 93% Bumblebee (2018) [T]he film has a heart, which is something that has been sorely missing from all of its predecessors. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
1.5/4 65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman mostly ignores establishing, let alone developing or evolving, its eponymous superhero in any meaningful way. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018