John Serba Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

John Serba

John Serba
John Serba's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): MLive.com

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 93% La La Land (2016) Of course movie critics love this film; shamelessly referential, it clearly loves movies as much as we do. But don't let that scare you. Chazelle's filmmaking is at once virtuosic and instinctive.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
1.5/4 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) The absurd premise body-checks the movie's well-meaning intentions right out of the hockey rink, across 4th Street, into the river and downstream to the ocean, where it drowns, then is eaten by a school of barracudas.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
3.5/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Very good, and often great... A true cockle-tickler for fans hoping to stoke the excitement of their inner nine-year-olds.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
3/4 61% Allied (2016) The romantic chemistry between Pitt and Cotillard is more of a light microwaving than scorching sensual flame. But I liked the movie anyway.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
3.5/4 94% Arrival (2016) "Arrival," remarkably, tugs at the emotions and intellect with equal insistence.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
4/4 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) I could spend many more hours with these people, who are warm, funny, lived-in personalities existing in a plausible sphere outside the contrived story mechanics of many similar movies.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
4/4 98% Moonlight (2016) 'Moonlight' is a rarity in cinema. And like all rarities, it deserves to be held close, lovingly examined, and treasured.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
2.5/4 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) It meets expectations where its predecessor significantly exceeded them.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
1.5/4 19% Inferno (2016) Hanks is reduced to reciting embarrassing dialogue in idiotic situations with the conviction and enthusiasm of someone fulfilling a contractual obligation.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
2/4 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Burton's latest finds the distinctive visual stylist chasing his own tail out of duty instead of inspiration, like an aging black cat bored with the same old appendage on its hindquarters.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
3/4 71% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Parker is best at nurturing a simmering tension throughout the narrative, where the safety of Turner and his family is ever-precarious.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
3.5/4 79% The Alchemist Cookbook (2016) Nurturing an unsettling intensity in the film's final moments, Potrykus' work is difficult but invigorating.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
1.5/4 51% The Accountant (2016) Affleck's dead-eyed performance is weirdly inert and awkward, and he looks uncomfortable, like he's trying not to laugh, or holding in a fart on a hot date.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
1.5/4 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) The jokes and situations are toothless, gumming on the same old comedy gruel you've seen before.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
3/4 90% Certain Women (2016) Reichardt has no desire to state any intentions outright, stripping the storytelling bare so its simplicities can reveal truths in the margins of everyday occurrence.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
2.5/4 74% Trolls (2016) Far more sufferable in execution than in concept.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
2.5/4 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Pops with the type of psychedelic, kaleidoscopic weirdness that'll have you wondering who dosed your popcorn with psilocybin... although it never fulfills the potential of its main character.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
3/4 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Gibson certainly covers the broad range of the human condition, from purity to corruption.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
3/4 95% Gimme Danger (2016) Where Scorsese helms docs about George Harrison and Bob Dylan, a veteran indie auteur like Jarmusch profiles a group of proto-punk anti-heroes too ugly and loud for mass consumption. Seems about right.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
3.5/4 88% Christine (2016) Rebecca Hall's performance in "Christine" is nothing less than mighty. ‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
2/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Those of us without the pre-existing condition of fandom will likely be left cold by the film... it's strangely empty.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
3.5/4 95% Moana (2016) Singular in its imaginative, exotic visuals, which beg to be seen big and in the dark without distraction.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
3.5/4 93% Queen of Katwe (2016) Nair (emphasizes) authenticity in both performance and setting. She plants the seed early on, and never fails to fertilize that soil. ‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016
2.5/4 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) That it's in some ways a righteous portrayal of three caged, frustrated women seems accidental. Taylor would rather we recall a spiked pump in the eye than a Gloria Steinem lecture.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016
2.5/4 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Zellweger frequently seems awkward in Bridget Jones' skin this time around, as if lacking direction for the character's development from me me me to mama.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016
2 36% Blair Witch (2016) Resemble(s) stock slasher films in which pinheaded mortals are picked off one at a time by a lurking plot device.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016
3/4 61% Snowden (2016) It seems as if (Stone has) determined that a calm, measured statement can be stronger than one bellowed at maximum volume.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016
3/4 85% Sully (2016) A typically sturdy, no-nonsense directorial effort from Clint Eastwood, who crafts the film with his a stylistic juxtaposition of visual simplicity and sobering emotional complexity.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
2/4 73% Ghostbusters (2016) I laughed twice, when I should be losing count.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/4 69% The Infiltrator (2016) Cranston's ability to straddle a moral divide gives the film the bit of complexity and intimacy it needs.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/4 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) The filmmakers capture and nurture the warm spirit of throwback sci-fi adventure. "Star Trek Beyond" has no more ambition than that, nor does it need any.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
2.5/4 59% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) The zeitgeist is likely indifferent to 'Ab Fab' at this point, but the film's edgy, zany enthusiasm makes up for its lack of freshness.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
2/4 34% Equals (2016) A bromidic cautionary tale scavenged from the frozen ashes of the Cold War. It's message? Love each other, don't blow each other up. Well, duh.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/4 56% Jason Bourne (2016) A worthy antecedent to the original trilogy... Greengrass understands the strengths and limitations of the formula, and exploits them for sturdy, occasionally extraordinary entertainment.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3.5/4 70% Café Society (2016) 'Café Society' sets its hook deeper in the final act, where the story gradually becomes saturated with intense longing and regret - an emphasis Allen might not have made earlier in his career. ‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
2/4 26% Suicide Squad (2016) Needs three more re-writes, more depth to at least two out of the dozen characters at play here, more of a reason to give a rip, and about 15 more minutes of the Joker.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3.5/4 83% Captain Fantastic (2016) A winning, extraordinarily well-acted portrait of togetherness that pokes at common conventions with a playful, yet pointed stick. ‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3.5/4 94% Life, Animated (2016) Understanding Owen's life certainly will add meaning to ours.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/4 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) It's frequently warm and wondrous; just as frequently, it's chilly and troubling. If Herzog's work isn't an acute reflection of life itself, then nothing is.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
2/4 25% Ben-Hur (2016) Why bother?‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3.5/4 87% Don't Breathe (2016) Alvarez builds and builds and builds, putting his audience through an exhausting and intensely satisfying rigor.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
2/4 45% Hands of Stone (2016) A dutiful but emotionally hollow biopic.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
2.5/4 40% Morgan (2016) It's begging for a more virtuoso visual treatment to compensate for its substantive flimsiness, or a pulpy tone. See it to be an early member of Anya Taylor-Joy's fan club.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3.5/4 59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) At first, the film seems to assure us there's no terrible situation that can't get worse. Then it makes a more sincere, truthful assertion: things always get better.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
2/4 12% The Sea of Trees (2016) A perilous adventure in which (McConaughey) stumbles over symbols, like rocks in his path, and steps on allegories, which crack like twigs under his feet.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3.5/4 94% Finding Dory (2016) The brilliant animation functions with symbolic profundity, for the film is all about Dory exploring her own deep blues, an elusive sadness she can't identify, tugging from a place within.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
1.5/4 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) I enjoyed none of it; I endured all of it.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
4/4 57% The Neon Demon (2016) Consider it an unsettling reminder that sex and violent death share one attribute - penetration, of body, mind and soul.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
3/4 78% The Shallows (2016) Director Jaume Collet-Serra hard-sells the primal fear, building suspense with simple methods.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
2.5/4 75% The BFG (2016) There's a puzzling disconnect between the film's display of craftsmanship and our engagement with it.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016