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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
2.5/4 51% Rampage (2018) To its credit, it doesn't take itself seriously, and when you need a movie to not take itself seriously, you cast Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as your lead.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/4 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Maybe when dogs become less doglike, especially through an esoteric lens like Anderson's, it compromises the unconditional loyalty we sense from the real thing.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/4 73% Ready Player One (2018) Even though these heroes are simplistic... Spielberg makes sure their motives and goals are transparent, the force driving us breathlessly to the movie's climax. ‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/4 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) a ruthless livewire comedy... It tempts and teases the rigidly ideological portions of our minds to step into the light and laugh.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2/4 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) It aims for maximum impact, but is vaguely dissatisfying on both dramatic and spectacular levels.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/4 92% Love, Simon (2018) It's a funny movie, but not an uproarious one. It's not overstated or understated, but clearly and honestly stated, and anchored by strong performances from its young cast.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2.5/4 39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) There's a sense of deeper meaning in the movie that never crystallizes beyond its base emotional hooks.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2/4 47% Red Sparrow (2018) It's quite the emotional journey, going from peering through our fingers to derisive chuckles.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
1.5/4 17% Death Wish (2018) (The orignal 'Death Wish') at least illustrated the ugly internal and external consequences of such brutality. Eli Roth's remake... shows no such focus.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2.5/4 15% Mute (2018) "Mute" is by no means unwatchable, but ultimately inspires us to re-watch the movies that inspired it.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/4 87% Annihilation (2018) A potent and suspenseful trek into heady sci-fi.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/4 96% Black Panther (2018) It's truly elevating to watch "Black Panther" reveal itself as Marvel's most ambitious movie to date.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/4 73% Hostiles (2018) Scott Cooper uses the Native American genocide as a springboard to show that aggression begets aggression, and only unity can transcend it. It's an obvious statement, but a noble one.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
2/4 16% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) The movie's solid first and second acts fail to yield dividends, and the film crumbles into a confusing, poorly edited mess in the third. ‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
1.5/4 13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) We're officially witnessing the cultural denouement of a trilogy that, if my math is correct, adds up to roughly 150 shades of embarrassment.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
3/4 82% Molly's Game (2018) Chastain is one of the day's heavyweight screen presences, capable of counterbalancing Sorkin's bulldozer storytelling methods with her charisma. ‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
3.5/4 85% Darkest Hour (2017) Oldman's superlative work prohibits the movie from fading into the hedges like dozens of other dehydrated period pieces.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
4/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) It is at the same time many things that came before it, and something altogether new. To experience it is to love it.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
2.5/4 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) Do not expect deep insight into (Barnum)... he surely deserves the statues built in his honor, and, even more surely, a better movie someday. ‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
2/4 51% Downsizing (2017) The movie is a scattershot collection of large-scale ideas framed by the irony of its premise, but never reaches its potential for satire or commentary.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
2/4 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) There are moments where Winslet's depth and charisma cuts through Ginny's jittery mannerisms and neuro-psycho-bric-a-brac, and we sense something real, but they're fleeting.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
4/4 87% The Post (2018) Spielberg's work is an expository blast of energy, a vital, vibrant and often humorous dramatization of the journalistic process.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
3.5/4 90% I, Tonya (2018) The movie (is structured) as purposefully corrupt, darkly comic storytelling, boldly bridging the vast gap between soapy trash and an Akira Kurosawa cinema classic.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
2.5/4 57% The Commuter (2018) I enjoyed it more than the recent reiteration of 'Murder on the Orient Express'... Given the option, I'd choo-choo-choose 'The Commuter' any day.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
4/4 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Please savor the irony that one of the worst movies ever made has inspired one of the best movies of 2017.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
3.5/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The first half of the movie works in fits and starts, but Johnson makes up for it in the second, when the bundle of subplots intertwine tighter, and the narrative rockets forward, its action fleet of foot and tightly tied to its emotional highs.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
3/4 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) McDonagh's "In Bruges" is one of the great cinematic works of the new century. "Three Billboards" doesn't come close, even though it traffics in similar crackling dialogue and tremendous performances.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
3.5/4 77% Last Flag Flying (2017) Like Linklater's most significant work, "Last Flag Flying" is a heavyweight drama that's light on its feet.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
2.5/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) A goofy movie that feels relatively fresh, and freshness is a valuable commodity in a franchise that's now nine years and 17 movies deep. ‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
3.5/4 98% Lucky (2017) It's bittersweet without being sentimental, striking a remarkable tonal balance which, I reckon, can be credited to Stanton.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
1.5/4 19% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) A weird, misshapen conglomeration of innocuous juvenile yuks, politically incorrect humor and self-aware comedy punches aimed at the fourth wall.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
2/4 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Branagh embraces a corny, old-fashioned tone that should make it stand out at the modern cineplex, but he's disappointingly inconsistent in rendering the movie lively.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
3.5/4 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) I'm not certain exactly what Lanthimos is trying to say, but the language of his visuals and script is vigorous and confrontational.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
2/4 40% Justice League (2017) Where "Man of Steel" and "BvS" were like root canals, and "Suicide Squad" a brick in the face, and "Wonder Woman" a sweet, sweet rainbow, "Justice League" is merely a squandering of time and talent. ‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
4/4 96% The Florida Project (2017) One of those films that makes you feel like you're eavesdropping on others' lives. It's raw and authentic, heartbreaking and funny, profoundly humane.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
2.5/4 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) It's not all that ambitious, but it is upbeat and occasionally clever. ‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
1.5/4 28% Suburbicon (2017) The movie spikes with broadly comic or grisly violent extremes, but smooths out for dull stretches, and is oddly deaf to the tones of its thematic ambitions.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
3.5/4 97% Coco (2017) It's no exaggeration to say it shows us things we've never seen before, something that happens so rarely in modern cinema.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
3.5/4 77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) Cuts close to the bone, and never stoops to waving a flag for cheap sentiment.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
4/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) The movie is wonderful and true, an act of love in all its contradictions and complexity.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
1.5/4 8% The Snowman (2017) 'The Snowman' made me laugh when it probably shouldn't have.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
1.5/4 12% Geostorm (2017) 'Geostorm' is exactly what we expect it to be: an aggressively mediocre display of expensive digital effects. ‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
3.5/4 92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) (Baumbach) pens parallel discordant comedic harmonies that sometimes come together, at the point where his characters, finally, at last, are talking about the same thing.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
3.5/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) A masterful progression from the original film.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
3.5/4 86% American Made (2017) Cruise is terrific and entertaining, freewheeling and funny, and many years into his career, he still carries himself like one of Hollywood's top guns.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
3/4 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Stone's signature blend of breezy charm and deep empathy is so winning, it eclipses the screenplay's broader strokes, and the more heavily affected performances of her co-stars.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
3.5/4 82% Brad's Status (2017) Stiller's performance is funny and substantive, a subtle portrait of middle-age, middle-class, white-guy anxiety existing somewhere between his best commercial comedy roles and prickly indies.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
3/4 85% It (2017) The young cast's uniformly strong acting is a boon for "It" - they easily shift from comic to earnest, handling the raunchy bickering and heavy dramatic moments with equal conviction.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
3/4 82% Patti Cake$ (2017) Credit Danielle Macdonald for an emotionally authentic performance - one wrong turn, and she could be a caricature or, gulp, a Movie Character, fulfilling the screenplay's many familiar tropes.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
3/4 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Aubrey Plaza is a gifted comic actress whose skill set fits the material snug like a wine-bottle coozie.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017