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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 74% The Void (2017) It's chock full of amusing, ooey-gooey weirdness, admirable stuff that mostly eclipses its weaknesses. ‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
2/4 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) It's all visual panache with no true dramatic weight. Maybe there's a richer story occurring in the corners of the screen; perhaps the film plays better with the sound off. ‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
2/4 64% Gifted (2017) Functions reasonably well as an ankle-deep melodrama until its third act, when characters are thrown into the gears of the plot machine.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
1.5/4 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) (Maybe) the dumbest one yet.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
2/4 29% Sandy Wexler (2017) The screenplay is a grab-bag of aimless scenes frequently getting in the way of Sandler's reasonably earnest, if flimsy attempt at a character study.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2017
2.5/4 40% Wilson (2017) Woody Harrelson plays Wilson as a classic bundle of contradictions, and even if the characterization never really congeals, you learn to appreciate and sympathize with the guy.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
2/4 47% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Bless Banks for cutting a campy swath through a movie that very much needs it. Otherwise, it's a mess, unsure whether it should be a kitschy throwback romp or ultramodern emo-reboot. ‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
3/4 88% My Scientology Movie (2017) (Theroux) doesn't really get anywhere in his attempts to discuss and understand Scientology, but his exploration is nonetheless entertaining.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
2.5/4 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Nothing distracts from the troublesome rendering of the Beast, who always appears more manufactured than soulful. It's a hurdle I just couldn't get over.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
3.5/4 77% Kong: Skull Island (2017) There's no mistaking "Kong" for anything but gregarious, sometimes goofy entertainment.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
4/4 99% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) A vital documentary, a gripping, deeply upsetting essay on the American racial divide. ‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3.5/4 92% Logan (2017) This is Death Wish Wolverine, with spring-loaded self-loathing action and retractable claws he can hide, but never discard. Comes complete with sadness, depression and existential darkness.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3.5/4 99% Get Out (2017) With strong visual sense and even stronger writing, Peele keeps us off-kilter, approaching the material from odd angles, challenging us to ruminate on racial paranoia.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
2.5/4 35% The Great Wall (2017) As ambitious as it is flat.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3.5/4 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Exists to let the air out of Batman's balloon of pretention real loud and fast, so it makes that awesome flatulent BLAPALAPALAP noise.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
1/4 9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) If the film was any more shallow, it would be a piss-puddle in Death Valley.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3.5/4 91% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) It's bigger, better, funnier and even more stylishly violent. But it's still thematically concise: Vengeance. Reprisal. Retribution. Wrath. Consider the Old Testament righteously evoked.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3.5/4 90% Elle (2016) Verhoeven directs "Elle" as if wielding a corkscrew. He stabs it into our brains with that disturbing opening sequence, then microtwists it for two hours.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
2.5/4 42% Gold (2017) The performance is hyperbolic and testicular, in the sense that McConaughey seems to be summoning the character from deep within his id and gonads. ‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
2/4 32% A Dog's Purpose (2017) As any film aimed at children but potentially traumatizing for them might be, "A Dog's Purpose" is at odds with itself, straining to balance the levity of poop jokes with the tragedy of loss.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3/4 84% The Founder (2017) "The Founder" gives Keaton the kind of arc - a golden arch, you might even say - and character to continue his creative renaissance.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
2.5/4 75% Split (2017) The slow-build suspense Shyamalan nurtured in his best work is intact, generating the kind of creeping dread that doesn't rely on cheap shock-cuts or sharp spikes on the soundtrack.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
1.5/4 43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) The warmth you feel traveling down your spine as you watch is nothing to worry about. It's just brain melt, and you won't need the organ to survive a screening of the film.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
3.5/4 80% Patriots Day (2017) Watching it is an upsetting, discomfiting experience, but also a necessary act of recognition for the people involved, the lives irrevocably changed.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
3/4 34% Live By Night (2017) A focused and insightful character study, it's not. But reframed as a genre exercise, a pulpy throwback comic book... the film is an absorbing diversion.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
2.5/4 85% Silence (2017) Our predilection to follow one of film's greatest storytellers anywhere he may go results in a troublesome journey, arresting in fits and starts, sometimes enlightening, but more often fatiguing.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
3/4 87% A Monster Calls (2017) The film is essentially about Conor's internal struggle - man vs. himself maybe, although he's not yet a man - where hope battles despair.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
4/4 89% Loving (2016) The film asserts that racism isn't always loud, but always hideous and overbearing, that hatred is a conscious act of the human brain, corrupted. And loving is not an act. It's a force of nature.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3.5/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Lonergan and his cast perfect the art of the verbal squabble, funny and sad, vibrant and testy. It feels like life.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3.5/4 93% Hidden Figures (2017) The film isn't always subtle, but a broad brush sometimes leaves behind a big, beautiful swath of color.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
2.5/4 89% Jackie (2016) "Jackie" is artful when it needs to be heartful; its overly ambitious visual dramatics are often a glass wall between Portman and the audience. But when she breaks through it, watch out.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
2.5/4 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) It's satire, it's noir, it's melodrama; it's all of the above, but also not quite any of the above.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3.5/4 93% Fences (2016) The bare-bones aesthetic means the film functions as a showcase for its cast, with Washington and Davis outsizing their environs with vivid grandiosity. ‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3/4 86% Lion (2016) The film sometimes has no strict thematic focus, but that's fine. Neither does life.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
2.5/4 40% Why Him? (2016) I recommend it with reservations, although I am also reserving the right to feel, someday, probably sooner rather than later, embarrassed for laughing at it as much as I did.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
1.5/4 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) As I squinted at the screen, mentally parsing reams of exposition, trying to distinguish one character from the next, I wondered if playing the game for 150 hours would have helped. I have my doubts.‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
2/4 31% Passengers (2016) The most lighthearted movie about existential despair you'll likely ever see. ‐ MLive.com
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
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 80% 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 52% 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