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


Recent Articles
  • Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

    I was a child in the ‘70s, and didn’t realize then how big Grace Jones was. I’d occasionally see her on TV or on a magazine cover, and her androgynous look and long legs freaked me out. By the time I was 15 and saw her with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Destroyer, and a year later as a Bond girl in A View to a Kill — she fascinated me. She was both beautiful, and…still scary. I was looking […]

  • Book Club

    A week before the press screening for Book Club, my wife and I kept seeing commercials for it. She’d say, “You know that’s going to be horrible, right?” I’d nod my head in agreement, thinking about movies like It’s Complicated (Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep, Steve Martin). And you can’t tell me about who the demographic is for a movie. I contend a good movie is a good movie, and it shouldn’t matter. In 1991, I was a 23-year-old guy with […]

  • Deadpool 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy was so funny, and the second one was such a let down. Kingsman: The Secret Service was funny, and the second one was horrible. So the fact that Deadpool was so much fun, didn’t necessarily give me high hopes for this sequel. Especially after we heard about the original director dropping out, and Ryan Reynolds taking more creative control over the film (including being one of the three screenwriters). And since we all remember Green Lantern, […]

  • RBG

    It doesn’t sound like the most exciting Saturday night, to go out and catch a documentary about  an 84-year-old. But that’s what I did. I headed over to the Angelika Film Center, to see a documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And while I was expecting a law story, it was a love story that snuck up on me. It was an interesting story of two lawyers in love (that sounds like a Jackson Browne song). Since I didn’t know a […]

  • Disobedience

    Chilean director Sebastian Lelio won an Oscar for the overrated A Fantastic Woman, and he’s getting heavily praised for his adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s novel that takes place in a London Hasidic community. A woman named Ronit (Rachel Weisz) gets news of her rabbi father’s death, and that causes her to go to a bar, drink, and have sex with a man in a bathroom. It felt like a bad TV movie or something I would’ve seen on Cinemax late […]

  • Breaking In

    My wife offered me some good advice as we were driving to the screening of Breaking In. She said, “I don’t want to hear you complain about all the things that are so unrealistic.” Now, my wife has offered me lots and lots of advice, and as she’ll attest, I often dismiss it. For some reason, this sounded like sound advice. I took it, and because of that…I had more fun with this movie than I thought I would. Sure, […]

  • Life of the Party

    I’ve seen Melissa McCarthy, on a few different interviews, talk about her husband (Ben Falcone, who directed, co-wrote, and has a funny scene in, this film) and how he got the idea watching her talk to her mom, and wondering about how different generations would feel about their mom being around them in college. Uh, Melissa….Ben probably got the idea from the Rodney Dangerfield movie Back to School which has many similar scenes. And that’s fine, but just admit it. […]

  • Measure of a Man

    I might have liked Measure of a Man more had I never seen The Way Way Back (which was one of my favorite movies of 2013). This is similar in many ways — A dad that is mean and might be having an affair, a summer home where a young teen gets his first job, elaborate fireworks over the water, and a nerdy kid that just might get the girl. It’s a serviceable coming of age story based on the […]

  • Bad Samaritan

    In one of screenwriter William Goldman’s (The Princess Bride, Butch Cassidy, All the President’s Men) books, he talked about how disappointed he was in how his script for Absolute Power turned out. I thought the story worked. It was about a burglar (Clint Eastwood) who is robbing a mansion, that just happens to be where the President (Gene Hackman) brings a mistress. She ends up being shot and killed by the Secret Service, and they cover it up. Except, the […]