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 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) For all of its simple plotting and fairy-tale trappings, Tigers Are Not Afraid does get to the heart of the situation of its young protagonists... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/4 57% 3 Days with Dad (Life Support) (2019) To say that 3 Days with Dad loses its way is an understatement. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/4 93% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) [Ivins'] voice comes through strongly ... which is the best that can be said of this otherwise pedestrian documentary. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/4 86% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice contains no shortage of praise. It does, however, possess a significant shortage of insight. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet Imprisoned (2019) The real sticking point of Imprisoned ... is how little it actually cares about capital punishment as anything more than a plot device. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/4 65% Haunt (2019) There's some chillingly effective technique that keeps the premise going. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/4 89% Give Me Liberty (2019) [W]hen co-writer/director Mikhanovsky tries to imbue his ... story with more significance ... the filmmaker loses track of what makes his movie significant in the first place. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/4 86% Freaks (2019) As beguiling as the piecemeal world-building may be, it's just a way to disguise how straightforward and routine this tale actually is. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
0.5/4 50% American Dreamer (2019) What the hell were they thinking? - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/4 66% Edie (2019) Edie doesn't just tell an inspiring story. It shows us one in action. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/4 88% Hustlers (2019) The major success of this film, beyond its sharp focus on characters and relationships, is a matter of tone and purpose. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
1.5/4 25% The Goldfinch (2019) Handsomely mounted but vapid in almost every other regard, The Goldfinch relates the events of a story and pretty much ends its ambitions there. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/4 72% Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2019) There are many uncomfortable truths revealed in this film, which Spurlock presents with the deadpan irony of his professional trickster persona. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
1.5/4 58% Satanic Panic (2019) You can almost sense the desperation for laughs coming from Satanic Panic. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
1/4 16% Night Hunter (Nomis) (2019) Night Hunter only has two things to offer: a foul attitude toward women and a messy jumble of plot. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/4 92% Ms. Purple (2019) The filmmakers obviously understand these characters, and ... the film presents them and their fractured relationships without an ounce of judgment. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
3.5/4 100% The Load (Teret) (2019) It has no need for battles or skirmishes or chases or explosions. This is a film about the consequences of war on an intimate level... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/4 100% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) [I]t's a fairly intelligent study of what happens when artistic vision collides with harsh reality. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
2/4 62% It Chapter Two (2019) This extended conclusion is just more of the same, with an unfortunate unwillingness to develop its characters, its ideas, or its methods. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/4 92% Ága (2019) [C]o-writer/director Milko Lazarov ... depicts the deep, almost unspoken bond between this couple with tender and acute perception. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/4 98% Love, Antosha (2019) We see these people smile, laugh, and continue to be genuinely befuddled by Yelchin's existence -- his talent, his compassion, his health struggles, his mind, his humility... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
1.5/4 50% Itsy Bitsy (2019) The spider feels ... like a tease in the first act and a matter of story convenience ... to clean up all the messy drama by the finale. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
1/4 19% The Fanatic (2019) The biggest issue is that Durst and co-writer Dave Bekerman don't say anything here. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2/4 39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) Don't Let Go sacrifices the genuine promise of an emotionally rich thriller for the less-promising, hollow thrills of a gimmick. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 83% Before You Know It (2019) Utt and Tullock's screenplay avoids ... broad strokes. They would rather find the humor in these deep but frayed relationships ... [and] these flawed but decent characters... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 89% Aquarela (2019) Aquarela is unassuming in structure and looks mostly like a technical exercise ... but there's a vital and frightening message here, too. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2.5/4 79% Official Secrets (2019) Official Secrets doesn't show us the full story of Gun's bravery and determination to do what's right. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
1.5/4 19% Killerman (2019) It's all pretty simple (albeit wildly convoluted). That's no excuse for how simplistic it all is. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) The film isn't inspiring because of what Brittany does. It's because of who she becomes in the process. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
1/4 50% Overcomer (2019) The whole is cheap, cheesy, and, to put it charitably, churchy. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
2/4 41% Vita & Virginia (2019) It's ... a shame that Eileen Atkins and director Chanya Button's screenplay seems uncertain as to how to frame this tale... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
1.5/4 36% Tone-Deaf (2019) In going off the deep end with his satirical method throughout Tone-Deaf, Bates beats himself to the punch line. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
2/4 5% Jacob's Ladder (2019) The whole movie lacks almost all of the original's punch... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
2/4 18% Hot Air (2019) Hot Air is mostly toothless -- as a dissection of figures like Lionel, as a political comedy ... as a message of unity in divisive times. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/4 58% Burn (2019) Burn is perhaps best viewed as a discomforting study of pain and desperation, wearing the clothing of a mechanical but nimble thriller. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/4 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Here's a film that feels both like a fable and quite authentic. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
1.5/4 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) [H]ere, we see the modern-day sequel laid bare as a hollow, money-driven expectation -- no story or creativity required. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/4 88% Ready or Not (2019) Ready or Not is a wicked, wild ride. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
4/4 86% The Nightingale (2019) This simple plot ... is merely the backbone of a much larger, much more nuanced examination of various levels of cruelty and horror, as well as grief and trauma. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/4 81% Jirga (2019) Its overall message ... is important, although the steps it takes to get there are sometimes questionable -- especially during one lengthy passage. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/4 68% Gwen (2019) Gwen is an atmospheric and potent allegory. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/4 79% Good Boys (2019) There's some really simple and, hence, easily effective comedic material here... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/4 100% Every Time I Die (2019) Every Time I Die lives up to both the evocative nature and the weirdness of its title. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/4 67% Driven (2019) Driven tells the wrong side of the story, but it's not too enlightening about that other side, either. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/4 82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) The amount of information in this documentary is overwhelming, and the evidence ... is convincing. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/4 46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) As the plot becomes more ludicrous ... the mystery of the reason and the solution for Bernadette's absence from her own life becomes overly simplistic. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/4 44% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) The third act of 47 Meters Down: Uncaged is a rush ... That turns out to be the right approach ... and it's only too bad it takes so long for the filmmakers to learn that. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/4 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) The well-meaning but thoroughly generic Blinded by the Light tells the old story of a young man who feels trapped in a small town... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/4 72% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) The sequel still isn't good, but it is much more in the mindset of a cartoony diversion... - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
2.5/4 86% Socrates (2019) [T]he story seems engineered to pile misery upon misery upon [the character]. - Mark Reviews Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019