John Serba, Decider

John Serba

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Grand Rapids, MI, United States

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Recent:
  • Decider
Past:
  • MLive
  • SIAdvance
  • NOLA.com

Recent articles by John:

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ on Peacock, the Continuing Saga of Rich British White People and Their Piddling Problems

Piddling, but lightly entertaining problems, I should say. → Read More

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes’ on HBO Max, a Sobering Assemblage of Harrowing Archival Footage Capturing a Tragedy

The film is the nonfiction flipside to acclaimed HBO miniseries Chernobyl. → Read More

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘The Man from Toronto’ on Netflix, a Surprisingly Just-Fine Action Buddy-Comedy Pairing Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson

Let’s damn this one with faint praise, shall we? → Read More

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Ted K’ on Hulu, an Unconventional Biopic in Which Sharlto Copley Chillingly Embodies the Unabomber

Ted K is by no means an easy or enjoyable watch. But is it oddly compelling, hypnotic and provocative? For sure. → Read More

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Jerry and Marge Go Large’ on Paramount+, a Marginally Heartwarming Collection of Colloquialisms Starring Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening

Warning: contains vast amounts of down-home smalltown folksiness. → Read More

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’ on Apple TV+, in Which Filmmaker/Star Cooper Raiff and Dakota Johnson Explore an Early-March/Mid-April Romance

Starring Dakota Johnson and Cooper Raiff (who also is the writer and director), tune in and feel those deep The Graduate vibes. → Read More

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘The Worst Person in the World’ on Hulu, a Wonderfully Disarming Comedy-Drama

Star Renate Reinsve is smart, sexy, funny, insightful and many other superlatives. → Read More

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Petite Maman’ on VOD, Celine Sciamma’s Sad and Lovely Drama Touching on Grief, Wonder and Femininity

The director of Portrait of a Lady on Fire returns with a gem. → Read More

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘The Card Counter’ on HBO Max, Starring Oscar Isaac as a Tall, Dark, Handsome and Deeply Disturbed Gambler

Director Paul Schrader conjures some more Taxi Driver vibes. → Read More

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ on VOD, the Continuing Saga of Rich British White People and Their Piddling Problems

Piddling, but lightly entertaining problems, I should say. → Read More

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ on VOD, in Which Michelle Yeoh Finds Herself Overwhelmed by the Ultimate Multiverse Story

You’ll be overwhelmed too — with enthusiasm and emotion. → Read More

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Father Stu’ on VOD, a True-Story Drama Starring Mark Wahlberg as a Priest and Mel Gibson as His Crusty Ol’ Dad

The character is a blend of Snarky, Sincere and Tough Guy Wahlberg. → Read More

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Emergency’ on Amazon Prime, a One-Long-Night Thriller Blending Big Laughs and Potent Social Commentary

RJ Cyler and Donald Elise Watkins play college guys whose plan to party gets epically derailed. → Read More

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Good Mourning’ on VOD, a Lazy Stoner Comedy Starring Machine Gun Kelly, Megan Fox and All Their Friends

Kelly and longtime collaborator Mod Sun direct, write and star. → Read More

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Hatching’ on VOD, a Delightfully Cracked Creature-Feature Satire

This Finnish horror-comedy is an exploration of mother-daughter psychology. It’s also ooey-gooey-gross! → Read More

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Sundown’ on Hulu, a Minimalist Drama in Which Tim Roth Does a Lot of Nothing, Fascinatingly

Michel Franco directs this mesmerizing microdrama. → Read More

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Firestarter’ on Peacock, a Flaming Dud of a Re-do of a Stephen King Adaptation

It can’t be worse than the original, can it? Right? Right? Hello? → Read More

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘The Bad Guys’ on VOD, a Modestly Clever Cartoon Riff on Heist Capers

Warning: “Clooney” is used as a verb in this movie. → Read More

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Senior Year’ on Netflix, a Culture-Shock Comedy in Which Rebel Wilson Flails for Laughs

Making a bad movie that reminds us of too many other, better movies is not a sound strategy. → Read More

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Jane by Charlotte’ on VOD, a Disarmingly Intimate Mother-Daughter Documentary

Charlotte Gainsbourg directs this series of deep conversations with her mother. → Read More