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


Recent Articles
  • Everything, Everything

    I was a kid when John Travolta did the movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble and it broke my heart. It was years before he’d do Grease and Saturday Night Fever and become the biggest actor on this big blue bubble called Earth. Watching the trailers for this YA novel-turned-movie made me Y-A-W-N, but I had nothing to do tonight, so my wife and I headed to the Angelika Film Center to check it out. My wife was sarcastically […]

  • Chuck

    One of my all-time favorite movies is Requiem for a Heavyweight. It stars Anthony Quinn as an aging boxer that goes the distance in a fight he shouldn’t have been able to (it was with Cassius Clay…that’s Ali before he changed his name). He finds out his slimy manager, played by Jackie Gleason, had bet a lot of money against him and lost. Quinn, as Mountain Rivera, being the classy guy he was…tries helping him out of the jam. Trainer […]

  • Alien: Covenant

    The beginning of this year, actor John Hurt died. As a kid, I sat shocked watching Alien on HBO, and seeing an alien burst out of his chest. Watching it happen again, in this movie, made me just wonder why we’re supposed to be exhilarated by that again. This film felt a bit like it was trying to reboot the Alien franchise. It also felt a bit like a lie. It’s called Alien: Covenant, but perhaps should’ve been called Prometheus […]

  • Paris Can Wait

    Usually when a first-time filmmaker gives us something, they’re in their late 20s and it’s an indie project. This first-time filmmaker is 80! She’s also the wife of Francis Ford Coppola. Now, that’s not counting Eleanor Coppola’s terrific documentary Heart of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse. She certainly deserves credit for casting. Diane Lane looks as beautiful as ever and this would be a terrific role for her. The problem is the same thing I had with films like Cairo Time […]

  • The Lovers

    I love Tracy Letts. We’re all so lucky that he graces us with his writing and acting. He was one of the few things I liked about Indignation. In this movie, he’s totally miscast. He looks too much like a sad sack, and as my wife said, “I can’t buy this woman wanting him as a lover. He looks like he smells of BO and coffee breath.” I’ve never been a fan of Debra Winger. She and William Hurt are […]

  • Buster’s Mal Heart

    My wife is a huge fan of Mr. Robot. I’ve never seen an episode, but after actor Rami Malek was so sweet to her at the Critics’ Choice Awards one year, I easily became a fan. As we sat there watching this movie, she kept mentioning how much the character was like his paranoid hacker Elliott in Mr. Robot. In writer/director Sarah Adina Smith’s (The Midnight Swim) second film, she throws some intriguing premises our way. But as the story […]

  • The Wall

    I brought a young guy in his 20’s that just got out of the Marines to see this film with me. I was surprised that I liked it more than he did, when I’m usually not big on war pictures. He said as we were leaving, “It just got repetitive.” It’s set in 2007, near the end of the Iraq War. Two American soldiers (John Cena and Aaron Taylor-Johnson) get trapped by an infamous Iraqi sniper. Staff Sergeant Matthews (Cena) […]

  • The Dinner

    Director Oren Moverman frustrated me with Love & Mercy. The early segments with Brian Wilson (Paul Dano) were good. The segments with John Cusack were awful. I was frustrated with his critically praised Rampart (Woody Harrelson). I didn’t buy a single way those police officers acted. The other movie he did with Woody Harrelson, The Messenger, was one of the best movies of 2009. Moverman worked with Richard Gere a few years ago in Time Out of Mind. It was […]

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    The audience at the screening seemed to laugh maniacally at all the shenanigans (well, aside from the two 3-year-olds in attendance that just kept talking). My wife and I laughed a few times, but we were really disappointed. For a movie that lazily relies on classic rock hits for hip cred, I can use a band as an analogy. You love their debut album and even enjoyed their concert. You’re anxiously awaiting the second release and…it’s not very good. There […]