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

Recent Articles
  • Late Night

    I have a love/hate relationship with actress/writer Mindy Kaling. I’ve always loved her on The Office, and in my review of Ocean’s 8, I said I wished she had more to do. Yet when I panned A Wrinkle in Time (it was the worst movie of 2018), she said in multiple interviews that too many critics are old white guys (guilty as charged). Yet there were plenty of female critics, and some female critics of color, that disliked that awful […]

  • Jakob Dylan Sings in San Diego after Echo in the Canyon

    I love talking movies with Chip Franklin, a radio host at KGO 810 AM in San Francisco. He’s a stand-up comedian, as well as a film lover. He’s also a singer/guitarist, and when I was on his show Friday I was reviewing the great documentary Echo in the Canyon (you can read the review here: ) As we talked about our shared love of some of these ‘60s bands, he said that he saw a survey online asking what […]

  • The Secret Life of Pets 2

    This movie is better than the first one, although that’s not a ringing endorsement, since the first was rather disappointing. Both movies borrow a lot from Toy Story, but ya know what? In one way, this is the perfect movie for you to bring the kids to this weekend. They’ll love every second of it (the children at the showing I just saw at the Reading Town Square did)…and there’s enough humor for the adults. My wife and I chuckled […]

  • Echo in the Canyon

    This documentary is so in my wheelhouse. I’m a huge music fan, especially of ‘60s bands, which is what led to my working for years as a DJ at a classic rock radio station. Since I know so much about the Laurel Canyon music scene, I was worried I’d already know all these stories. Especially after watching the documentary Under the Covers a few years ago (about album cover photographer Henry Diltz, who had a few photos pop up here). […]

  • Maiden

    One of my movie buddies asked me why I watch so many documentaries. I told him it’s a mix of being a critic and trying to watch every film that’s released, whether it’s a big blockbuster, foreign film, indie picture, or documentary. And I often find documentaries to be among the most interesting pictures I see in a year. That’s because the filmmakers do such a great job putting the pieces together. It is also because of the fun of […]

  • Ma

    Ask any of the chickies in my pen/They’ll tell you I’m the biggest mutha hen I love them all and all of them love me. Because the system works, the system called reciprocity. Got a little motto/Always sees me through When you’re good to Mama/Mama’s good to you. There’s a lot of favors/I’m prepared to do You do one for Mama/She’ll do one for you. — Matron Mama Morton from Chicago I love Octavia Spencer. I love, love, love, love […]

  • The Souvenir

    Do you want to know the stupidest thing I’ve done in years? I missed the first half of the NBA Finals (when the Warriors lost) to catch this movie at the Angelika Film Center. That’s because I love that theatre, love Tilda Swinton, and I missed the press screening of this movie. Perhaps the only thing this was good for, was it gave me the #1 movie on my list of the “worst films of the year.” Writer/director Joanna Hogg […]

  • Rocketman

    Director Dexter Fletcher made the studio a billion bucks with his Queen biopic, which I have to admit, wasn’t that great of a movie. I had fun watching it because I own every Queen album and grew up loving them. It just wasn’t great cinema. Fletcher now takes the geeky actor he directed in Eddie the Eagle (a bizarre true story about a skier in England), and has him playing Sir Elton John. It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t look […]

  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    In the last few months of the year, studios often release a lot of the films they want critics to vote on for awards consideration. There have been times I’ve seen four screenings in one day. The other day we had four screenings. Only one of them was in the morning, so I had to pick one of three movies to see that night. When a friend sent me an email about Godzilla, it helped make my decision easier. Here’s […]

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