John DeSando

It's Movie Time and Cinema Classics Co-Host

John holds a doctorate in English literature and has been a humanities professor, teaching award recipient, and university academic vice president.

In 2010 he was awarded the Los Angeles Press Club’s first place National Entertainment Journalism Award for best radio feature.

John is on the boards of Actors’ Theater, Shadowbox Live, Early Music of Columbus, Gateway Film Center, and Crichton Club.

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X-Men: Apocalypse

Jun 3, 2016

The worst of the series.

The Lobster

Jun 1, 2016

Strange and funny, a bit like romance itself.

Love & Friendship

Jun 1, 2016

One of the best Austen adaptations in film history.

John and Johnny reprise their show this week on Cinema Classics about Top Gun at the Gateway Film Center in 70 mm.

Film reviewed: Top Gun

by host John DeSando and guest, Johnny DiLoretto

It’s Movie Time has won numerous national awards including LA Press Club, MarCom, Communicator, Hermes, and Silver Microphone honors.

John DeSando, a Los Angeles Press Club first-place winner for National Entertainment Journalism, is also host of WCBE’s Cinema Classics. Contact him at

John and Johnny, big Tom Cruise fans, celebrate Gateway's screening of the 70 mm print.

A Cinema Classic: Top Gun

with co-hosts John DeSando and Johnny DiLoretto

Award-winning Cinema Classics discusses great movies then and now. From films, genres, directors, and actors to everything else in between, the hosts don't always agree, but they are always fun and informative.

Cinema Classics is regularly broadcast at 8:01 pm Thursday on WCBE 90.5 FM and streaming at Stay connected on Facebook.

John and Sommer are still laughing at this raunchy, witty comedy.

John and Johnny love this bloody, brooding Western.

A Bigger Splash

May 18, 2016

Moody, gorgeous, complex melodrama and thriller.

It's raunchy and witty, but, hey, that's sorority life.

John and Kevin agree this is one super movie.

John and Johnny talk about Gateway Film Center's 70mm screening of Lawrence of Arabia.

Finding Mr Right 2

May 12, 2016

A Fine Romance.

It's much more than a super-heroes' blast fest.

Sing Street

May 9, 2016

An most enjoyable musical born out of cliches but made fresh by John Carney.

John and Wayne give a cursory look at upcoming movies for summer '16.


May 5, 2016

Highly improbable and uniquely likeable, both movie and star.

Visually splendid, culturally a bit inauthentic.

Brainy and imaginative, this 'toon has it all.

It's Movie Time April 29, '16 Green Room

Apr 29, 2016

John and Linda talk about Patrick Stewart's Green Room.