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

Recent Articles
  • Top 10 Movies of 2018 (as well as the worst)

    In one of the critics’ groups I vote in, before a meeting a few of them were talking about how it was a bad year for movies. I disagree. Usually when I start these lists, I complain about it being a weak year. There was a lot of stuff I loved in 2018, although most weren’t the ones most critics went gaga over (which include things like First Man, Widows, A Quiet Place, Leave No Trace, Vice, The Favourite, mid90s, […]

  • New Netflix Movies Reviewed — The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Dumplin’

    Netflix is stirring up some controversy this awards season by releasing some films in theaters prior (or simultaneously) to their release online. Here are a couple: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs came out on Netflix a few weeks ago. I kept putting off watching the Coen brothers latest, because just like Tarantino — their movies used to be great and just keep becoming mixed bags. The Coen’s No Country for Old Men was like a modern Western, and it was […]

  • The Favourite

    Critics are hard to figure out. They always end up liking garbage like this. I’m not talking about period pieces (Sense and Sensibility is one of my all-time favorites). It’s movies that are artsy, but crap that I can’t stand. And Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos is someone that makes films that fall into this category, and critics always praise him. His movie Dogtooth had moments of brilliance, but was flawed, and disgusting in so many ways. He made The Lobster […]

  • A Party for Green Book — The Best Movie of the Year

    It’s very rare that I go back and write again about a movie I’ve already reviewed on various radio and TV stations. Yet it bummed me out to see that Green Book isn’t doing much at the box office, when it’s the best movie of the year. And I’m saying that as someone that’s seen every movie that’s come out this year (even some of the artsy ones that aren’t out yet but getting Oscar buzz). My friends all loved […]

  • Green Book

    Stop what you’re doing right now, and go see this movie. If it’s not out yet, go to your nearest theatre, camp out and wait. Some do it for another Harry Potter movie, or the Boba Fett Star Wars film. Do it for this one. I guarantee you’ll love it. I was worried by the trailers. You see a dumb guy spitting out fancy food he’s tried at a swanky party. You see two guys (one black, one white) bicker […]

  • All About Nina

    Early on in the movie my wife said, “Her comedy isn’t funny.” I replied, “I think it is. She’s capturing the vibe of a comedy club, and a risque female comedian.” One of my pet peeves with movies about people doing stand-up is, they’re often not authentic. The amount of arguments I got into over the horrible Punchline (Tom Hanks, Sally Field), which was neither funny nor authentic. The handful of more recent movies that deal with stand-up comics that […]

  • Ralph Breaks the Internet

    I liked Wreck-It Ralph so much, after a year of bugging my wife to watch it (since she hadn’t seen it), she finally sat down to watch it last month. She shrugged her shoulders saying, “It was okay, but you wouldn’t shut up about how great it was, so I was expecting more.” I was expecting more from this sequel. In fact, the first laugh didn’t come until 20 minutes into the movie, a joke involving a character running a […]

  • Creed II

      I was a kid when the first Rocky came out and like everyone else, I loved it. When they continued to make sequels, everyone made fun of that. But other than Rocky IV, the sequels were good. So, it’s not just the fact that this movie reminds me of Rocky IV. In fact, this movie will remind you of every Rocky movie; of every boxing movie. It recycles everything in the Marquess of Queensberry Rules of Boxing Movie Cliches. […]

  • A Tribute to One of Hollywood’s Best Screenwriters — William Goldman

    When Stan Lee died recently, I didn’t take it as hard as so many other film lovers did. Perhaps it’s because the last few years we’ve been hearing about his health problems (and legal problems). It might also have to do with the fact that I never read comic books. Sure, I liked a lot of the Marvel movies (despite being burned out by so many superhero flicks). His cameos in them are always fun. But, it was the recent […]