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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
3/4 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) I found the film pleasantly old-fashioned as long as I squinted a bit, blurring the profligate modern special effects and focusing on its retro tone and intent. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jul 11, 2016
3.5/4 95% Tickled (2016) The old cliche about truth being stranger than fiction rarely feels so apt. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jul 11, 2016
2/4 35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) I think I didn't totally dislike it for the Kendrick-Plaza potential it never really fulfilled or exploited, and if that sounds like faint praise, well, it's intentional. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jul 11, 2016
3/4 57% Money Monster (2016) Switch-hits between a foam bat and a good old-fashioned hardwood Louisville Slugger. The former is used for character, the latter for bits of harsh commentary about The State of Things. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jun 15, 2016
2.5/4 61% High-Rise (2016) Often feels like a thought experiment gone awry. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jun 15, 2016
1.5/4 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) "Inside Out" this is not... the most constructive outlet for anger is a violent bombing of the birds' adversaries, as if Ted Cruz's foreign policy advisor wrote the screenplay. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jun 15, 2016
3.5/4 92% The Nice Guys (2016) All about the chemistry between Gosling and Crowe, and the witty script, and the saucy tone, and the vintage textures, and the unexpected comic twists. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jun 15, 2016
2/4 62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) Offers diminishing returns in both laughs and heart. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jun 15, 2016
3.5/4 98% Love & Friendship (2016) An effervescent work, acute in its comedy, a tonal nudge in the ribs, with a slight, but perceptible vein of wry cynicism. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jun 15, 2016
2/4 29% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) (This sequel is ) as if someone saw a birthday cake filling an entire room, its layers stacked to the ceiling, and decided that what we really need is more cake. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jun 15, 2016
2/4 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) So many beads of sweat dripping down the sides of angsty faces. So many eyes shut tight in intense concentration. So many implied intestinal blockages. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jun 15, 2016
3.5/4 89% A Bigger Splash (2016) Gregarious and understated, unpredictable and absorbing, anchored by Fiennes and Swinton's smartly contrapuntal performances. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jun 15, 2016
1.5/4 5% The Do-Over (2016) Brain-dead, hopeless, annoying, pestilential crap. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jun 15, 2016
3/4 89% The Lobster (2016) The film is sort of allegorical, sort of science fiction, sort of philosophical, definitely original, definitely unpredictable and most definitely weird. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jun 15, 2016
1.5/4 28% Warcraft (2016) Stuck with mostly vacant characters, the cast is lost in a dense woods, and even the horses they ride look embarrassed. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jun 15, 2016
2/4 38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) A heavily sugared and caffeinated spinning kaleidoscope dervish whirling like an arena-sized cotton candy machine, the final product quickly dissolving upon consumption. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jun 15, 2016
3.5/4 85% Maggie's Plan (2016) No movie so insightfully unpacks a ficto-critical anthropologist like "Maggie's Plan." ‐ MLive.com
Posted Jun 15, 2016
3.5/4 90% Green Room (2016) A grueling experience, viscerally suspenseful, inspiring in me a mighty clench in my seat. ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 10, 2016
3/4 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) (Visually), the Russos aim for clarity and hit the bullseye. And more importantly, they'll satisfy a core audience of fan-types that can be, shall we say, high-maintenance. ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 10, 2016
4/4 97% Krisha (2016) Shot like a creeper of a horror movie, it's intense and focused, seemingly crafted from raw tension, building to boiling catharsis. ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 10, 2016
3/4 76% Keanu (2016) You'd think (this) ridiculous comedy might be all about the laughs. And although there are many to be had, you'd be wrong. It's about the human inability to resist irrepressible cuteness. ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 10, 2016
1.5/4 7% Mother's Day (2016) There are moments in "Mother's Day" where the film grabs comedy's hair, pulls back its head and slits its throat. ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 10, 2016
1.5/4 17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) Drafting on a recent smash Disney success, (the film) aims to answer the question no one asked: What if the characters from "Frozen" were complete jerks? ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 10, 2016
3/4 73% Miles Ahead (2016) Messy, audacious and entertaining, a passionate truth about the man, as the filmmaker sees it, hears it, feels it. ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 10, 2016
4/4 86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) The film's slyly profound tagline reads, "Here for a good time. Not a long time." Subtext: enjoy it while it's here, because it'll be gone before you know it. ‐ MLive.com
Posted May 10, 2016
4/4 95% The Jungle Book (2016) A new masterpiece of artful visual effects. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 18, 2016
2.5/4 83% Midnight Special (2016) With "Midnight Special," filmmaker Jeff Nichols writes checks he can't quite cash. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 18, 2016
2.5/4 19% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016) With the original's wondrous, naturalist cinematography so clearly burned into the memory, it's difficult not to make an unfavorable comparison. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
2.5/4 98% Zootopia (2016) "Zootopia" is a vibrant and smart movie... at times, though, it feels more like commercial compromise than the distinctive art of superior animated works. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
2.5/4 68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) A classic case of a star's charisma overcoming a screenplay's shortcomings. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
3/4 52% Demolition (2016) Gyllenhaal's presence levels out a screenplay that's an assortment of truisms and thoughtful moments, heavy on one hand but subtle on the other. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
2.5/4 46% Knight of Cups (2016) It's by turns maddening and beautiful, passive and provocative. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
1.5/4 30% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) Regressive on all fronts, a broad, shallow thing, miles wide and an inch deep. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
2/4 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) All this gloom and doom is just the pits. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
2/4 12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) This (series) drags on, and continues, and lingers, and keeps on truckin', and if I sound redundant, believe me, it's absolutely in the spirit of the movies. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
3/4 82% Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016) I laughed long and hard at Pee-wee's corny puns and throwback sensibilities, a satirical reflection of times when innuendo wasn't always intentional, but was all the funnier for it. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
2/4 37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) It's extreme for its own sake, and too rarely for the satirical purposes of Baron Cohen's better vehicles, "Borat" and "Bruno." ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
3/4 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) (It's) all about how the filmmakers control the narrative, making it easier to manipulate the audience. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 11, 2016
3.5/4 83% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) It's a feel-good movie you won't feel guilty for enjoying, or even loving. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Apr 5, 2016
1.5/4 16% Gods Of Egypt (2016) It's with a quiet, sad desperation that one yearns for the doofus almost-charm of a Brendan Fraser movie, but this is where "Gods of Egypt" leaves us. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 29, 2016
2.5/4 80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) You might say the character has some texture. The guy's flawed, a born outsider, and you can't help but like him. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 29, 2016
3.5/4 91% The Witch (2016) It adheres to the orthodoxy of the genre with standard jump-scares that satisfy in the theater, although troublesome questions bubble up from the cauldron after you walk out. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 22, 2016
3.5/4 31% Mojave (2016) Monahan has an ear for loaded and clever dialogue, an eye for intimidating landscapes and a feel for the desolation of the soul. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
1/4 10% Dirty Grandpa (2016) Do not watch this movie while alive. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
3.5/4 93% Anomalisa (2015) Charmingly odd and disarmingly funny. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
1.5/4 7% Fifty Shades of Black (2016) How do you satirize something that's already a joke? ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
2.5/4 63% The Finest Hours (2016) See it to invoke further appreciation of your cozy and dry couch and mattress, and to witness Affleck's charismatic performance. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
3/4 87% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) There's a rich, colorful narrative to experience through a character like Po, who's a klutzy goof on the outside, but is finding the graceful spirit within. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
4/4 97% 45 Years (2015) The final shot of "45 Years" is an emotional atom bomb. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016
2/4 43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) Once the gimmickry is exhausted - and a few of the jokes repeated - you'll be wondering why a movie titled "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" isn't funnier, wittier, more glibly satirical. ‐ MLive.com
Posted Feb 15, 2016