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

Recent Articles
  • Love, Simon

    I love when a teen comedy (or romantic comedy) reminds me of my teen years. That could be the fact that it reminds me of my real life in high school, or how me and millions of others felt watching John Hughes’ movies. It’s nice that some of these films now can involve gay characters. I’m thinking back to how terrific q was a few years ago. It was a pleasant surprise that writer/director Greg Berlanti, who is known for […]

  • Tomb Raider

    This is the first reboot of a movie, that was original based on a video game. If there isn’t a bigger sign that Hollywood has just run out of ideas and stopped trying. I guess they figure it’s been 15 years since the Angelina Jolie version, and since she’s now going to other countries and raiding orphanages instead of tombs, they got a new actress. And just like Jolie, this actress has won a “best supporting actress” Oscar — it’s […]

  • Foxtrot

    Oy! Another Oscar nominated foreign film, another disappointment. This time, it’s the Israeli drama Foxtrot, which started off strong. It also ended strong. It’s all the surrealistic crap in the middle that just didn’t work. If I want to see the absurdity of life in the military, I’ll stick with Catch-22 and M*A*S*H* (both the movie versions of those came out the same year — 1970). It’s a shame that it starts with such a powerful premise (a couple being […]

  • Loveless

    This movie is another example of why people hate movie critics. Director Andrey Zvyaginstev (Leviathan) was lucky enough to have this movie nominated for an Oscar for “best foreign film.” Some might see it because of that, but more will see it because of the critical praise. And that’s a shame, because this is one long slog of a movie to sit through. I’m guessing this is one Oscar nomination Mother Russia won’t be so proud of. Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) […]

  • The Leisure Seeker

    This movie has all the predictable cliches you could imagine. Even the soundtrack is filled with the types of songs you’d expect — Janis Joplin (Me and My Bobby McGee), Carole King (It’s Too Late, which in my opinion, is the best breakup song of all-time), a healthy dose of Dylan, Chicago’s cheesy “If You Leave Me Now.” But just as it surprised me with the Iggy Pop tune “Real Wild Child,” it also surprised me with how moved it […]

  • Thoroughbreds

    Young playwright Cory Finley writes and directs his first feature, and it was a long shot that paid off big for those that bet on this filly…err…Finley. It’s a sharp, edgy, thought-provoking film that my wife and I enjoyed watching, and discussing on the way home from the Reading Town Square theatre. Amanda is played by Olivia Cooke, who was the dying girl in one of favorite movies of 2015 — Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. In the […]

  • Go See Gringo — An Interview with Director Nash Edgerton

    This interview couldn’t have come at a better time. I finished reading the Union-Tribune, and was disgusted to see that syndicated film critic Katie Walsh gave a bad review to Gringo, while giving 2 ½ stars to A Wrinkle in Time, which is going to be on many critics’ “worst of the year” lists. One of her complaints mentions “body shaming” a character, but she missed the point. The person doing the body shaming was an evil woman, and we’re […]

  • Gringo

    I’ve been looking forward to this movie more than any other film in years. That’s because one of the best films I’ve ever seen is The Square, a 2008 movie out of Australia. It was written by and starred a then unknown Joel Edgerton, and was directed by his brother Nash. They were stuntmen (Nash Edgerton still is), and it’s nice to see them teamed up again with Nash helming this project. Watching this movie reminded me of the fun […]

  • A Wrinkle in Time

    After movie screenings, I’ll sometimes stand around with the other critics and we discuss what we just saw. There’s usually a debate of some kind. With this movie, we all agreed. It sucked. Director Ava DuVernay (Selma) gave us a message before the movie to remember what it was like to be a child. That made it hilarious when one of the critics said, “I channeled my inner 12-year-old. He hated it, too.” This is based on the beloved 1962 […]