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


Recent Articles
  • Manolo: The Boy Who Makes Shoes for Lizards

    Documentaries almost always entertain me. If it’s a subject I enjoy, it would be obvious as to why. If it’s a subject I know little about, it’s a chance to learn something in an interesting way. For example, I knew nothing about the national spelling bee — and loved watching Spellbound cover some of the participants. I knew next to nothing about video games — and loved watching a bunch of backstabbing geeks compete for the Donkey Kong championships in […]

  • Goodbye Christopher Robin

    Seeing this made me think of two movies. The disappointing Tom Hanks/Emma Thompson movie Saving Mr. Banks, about the woman who wrote Mary Poppins; also the equally disappointing Professor Marston and his Wonder Women, which came out this week. It dealt with the bizarre Harvard professor that created Wonder Woman. So it was a pleasant surprise to see this handsomely put together period piece. It tells the story of the inspirations behind the classic children’s Winnie the Pooh books. A.A. […]

  • The Snowman

    I wonder if because I was born and raised in San Diego, I like when snow is mixed in my murder mysteries. It was great in Fargo, Thin Ice, and this year’s Wind River. So when there’s a movie that one of Britain’s biggest production companies is doing, and is produced by Martin Scorsese, and adapted from a bestselling Jo Nesbo novel…I’m interested. When I saw the talented cast, I couldn’t wait. That cast includes Michael Fassbender as Harry Hole […]

  • The Florida Project

    You know what’s so frustrating about this movie? It’s got terrific cinematography from Alexis Zabe. It’s got an understated, warm and wonderful performance from Willem Dafoe that I hope leads to an Oscar nomination. Yet there’s no story here, and you hate all the characters in it. The writer/director Sean Baker (Tangerine) needed to write a better script. In fact, one of the best scenes was ad-libbed. A bunch of cranes came into the motel parking lot and Dafoe (as […]

  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

    I waited half the movie to see Gal Gadot before realizing she probably wouldn’t be making an appearance. I’m joshing, of course. I knew going in this was the real life story of William Moulton Marston, the former Harvard psychology professor that created the most popular female superhero ever. Now, I liked the movie The People vs Larry Flynt, but hated the fact that everyone tried to act like he was some great crusader for the First Amendment. In reality, […]

  • Loving Vincent — An Interview with the Artists

    For artists and art lovers, the most anticipated movie of the year has got to be Loving Vincent. It’s the first film that uses fully oil painted pictures, bringing the artwork of Vincent van Gogh to life. It’ll explore his controversial death and complicated life, all the while treating your eyes to something rather stunning. Over 800 personal letters were used for dialogue, and over 65,000 painted frames were used, over six years, to complete this film. There were over […]

  • The Foreigner

    There’s not another action star as likable as Jackie Chan. He’s always so sweet in interviews, and you can tell he’s a genuinely nice person.    As a kid, I liked Bruce Lee movies and acting them out with the other boys on the block. As an adult, the first few times I saw Jackie Chan movies I thought there were mildly entertaining. Mostly at the end credits with the bloopers that show him falling or actually taking some hard […]

  • Marshall

    It was an interesting choice that instead of going the regular bio-pic route for Marshall, the filmmakers took a specific case Thurgood Marshall had worked on and showed us that. The problem was…it quickly became a run-of-the-mill courtroom drama. Marshall (played by Chadwick Boseman) was the first African-American to be named to the United States Supreme Court, where he served for 25 years. This movie shows his early career as a crusading lawyer in an endless fight for civil rights, […]

  • Loving Vincent

    I have an average knowledge when it comes to the classic artists and my ability as an artist was minimal. I could draw cartoon characters that cracked my friends up in school, but that’s about it. When I was in New York once, I made a point of going to the Guggenheim. Some of the big name artists’ work didn’t do much for me, while other pieces really moved me. One thing you are amazed by, is the history of […]