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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Labyrinth of Lies

Nov 3, 2015

Germany's own docudrama about hunting Nazis.  A good one.

Our Brand is Crisis

Nov 2, 2015

Sandy does well, but the film lacks focus about the machinery of political campaigning.

It's Movie Time Oct. 30, '15 Truth

Oct 30, 2015

John and Kevin find truthfully dramatic moments if not the ultimate truth.

John and Johnny praise Goodfellas, showing at Gateway Film Center Nov 1 at 2 & 8 PM.

Truth

Oct 28, 2015

Dan Rather is forced to retire, and producer Mary Mapes is canned over Bush's National Guard record.

Truth

Grade: A-

Director: James Vanderbilt

Screenplay: Vanderbilt (Zodiac) from Mary Mapes’s "Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power"

Cast: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Robert Redford (A Walk in the Woods)

Rating: R

Runtime: 121 Min.

by John DeSando

Bone Tomahawk

Oct 25, 2015

Western, Horror, Comedy--Bone has it all.

It's Movie Time Oct. 23, '15 Bridge of Spies

Oct 22, 2015

John and Wayne compliment Steven Spielberg's spy thriller starring Tom Hanks.

The Martian

Oct 22, 2015

One of the best science-fiction film adaptations ever.

John and Johnny, inspired by Julia Roberts' recent film, survey her career.

A Cinema Classic: Julia Roberts

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 WCBE.org. Stay connected on Facebook.

Breathe

Oct 20, 2015

Breathe breathes new life into a well-worn formula.

Bridge of Spies

Oct 19, 2015

Old-fashioned Cold-War spy story perfectly directed.

It's Movie Time October 16, '15 The Walk

Oct 16, 2015

John and Linda  agree on this walk.

As promised in September, John and Johnny return to preview films of November and December.

A Cinema Classic: Fall Preview 2 Nov-Dec

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 WCBE.org. Stay connected on Facebook.

It's Movie Time October 9, '15 Summer '15

Oct 8, 2015

John and Hope differ on their choices for best films of Summer '15.

Films reviewed: Summer '15

by host John DeSando with guest Hope Madden

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

Listen to the live show on WCBE 90.5 Fridays at 3:01 and 8:01 PM.

With the new James bond thriller, Spectre, John and Johnny are reviewing the career of the current Bond, Daniel Craig.

It's Movie Time October 2, '15 Sicario

Sep 30, 2015

John and Hope find Sicario thrilling and beautifully photographed.

John and Johnny review the Hitchcock thriller for Gateway Film Center's Hitchcocktober.

A Cinema Classic: Strangers on a Train

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 WCBE.org. Stay connected on Facebook.

The Walk

Sep 29, 2015

See it in IMAX 3-D: It's a superior American biopic about a Frenchman.

The Walk

Grade: A

Director: Robert Zameckis (Forrest Gump)

Screenplay: Zameckis, Christopher  Browne

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon), Charlotte Le Bon (Nice and Easy)

Rating: PG

Runtime: 123 min

by John DeSando

Sicario

Sep 29, 2015

Thrilling drug war.

Partisan

Sep 29, 2015

Utopia's not what it used to be.

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