Josh Board is a member of the San Diego Film Critics Society and has been reviewing movies since 1990.

Recent Articles
  • The Midwife

    I see so many movies that people call me up before the Academy Awards, if they’re in a pool, to ask me what will win for best foreign film. One local critic always gave me crap for not liking French films. There have obviously been some that I’ve enjoyed, but at least 80% of them are disappointing. Yet I went into this one with high expectations. You see, it’s got the two Catherine’s — Catherine Frot and Catherine Deneuve. Surprisingly, […]

  • Logan Lucky

    When people in the entertainment industry make a production about how they’re retiring, I just roll my eyes. It all started in the early ‘90s when I was a DJ at a rock station and Ozzy Osbourne went on his “No More Tours” tour. That lasted a few years, before he started his annual Ozz-fest tours and reunited Black Sabbath a number of times. The Who has done a number of “farewell” tours. The most recent Hollywood talent to claim […]

  • The Only Living Boy in New York

    What would happen if Marc Webb, the director that gave us the terrific break-up movie 500 Days of Summer, decided to do a version of The Graduate, as if he were Woody Allen? The result would be this film. It’s both a love letter to literature and book stores in New York, as well as the punk clubs (CBGB). So, you throw in more literary references than any movie in the last 10 years; have a dinner party where pretentious […]

  • The Hitman’s Bodyguard

    How is it Ryan Reynolds is in this and not Nicolas Cage? It totally feels like the kind of crappy buddy picture he would’ve done in the ‘90s. Or hell, in 2017. Director Patrick Hills impressed us with Red Hill (2010) but his last movie was The Expendables 3, so that might explain the direction of his career. Although more of the blame should be levied on Tom O’Connor (Fire with Fire) who wrote this mess. Reynolds plays Bryce, a […]

  • The Glass Castle

    I remember being surprised in 2013, when San Diego filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton got so much attention for Short Term 12 with Brie Larson. It was an okay indie film, that was overly praised by everyone. Yet I was thrilled to see them team up again for this picture. Larson impressed me so much in Room (winning the Oscar and Critics’ Choice award). I was looking forward to seeing how she’d tackle playing Jeannette Walls, who in 2005 gave us […]

  • Day of Days

    The last few years I’ve enjoyed seeing older actors I like getting starring roles in movies. The list includes Sally Field, Michael Keaton, Lily Tomlin, and most recently — Sam Elliott. The latest film I include on this list is Day of Days, which gives a nice part to Tom Skerritt. Here in San Diego, most people are probably familiar with him as Tom Cruise’s mentor in Top Gun. The grunge fans probably remember him from Singles (a movie done […]

  • Wind River

    It’s amazing that Taylor Sheridan went from being an actor on Sons of Anarchy, to writing the screenplay for Sicaro, and then his Oscar-nominated screenplay for Hell or High Water. Now he wrote this, and steps behind the camera for the first time. The story takes place on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. Jeremy Renner plays Cory Lambert, a U.S. Fish & Wildlife tracker that keeps wolves and mountain lions from killing livestock. Lambert comes across a dead […]

  • Step

    This documentary was done by Tony-award winner Amanda Lipitz. When she was in her mid-20s I saw her production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (John Lithgow, Norbert Butz). It was fantastic. She’s doing some documentaries, and this first one profiles three members of a step dance team at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. It’s a charter institution that’s helping prepare inner city girls for college. We start off thinking it’s all about the big competition at Bowie State. They’ve […]

  • Brigsby Bear

    One morning a few months ago, the critics were contacted about going to an early morning screening of Brigsby Bear. That’s because director Dave McCarty (co-writer, and Saturday Night Live producer) and star Kyle Mooney (also of SNL) would possibly be in town to do some press. It was also interesting to find out that Mooney is a graduate of Scripps Ranch High School. The interviews never materialized, unfortunately. I would’ve loved to talk to them about this quirky film. […]