It's Movie Time

Fridays at 3:01pm and 8:01 PM

It’s Movie Time is an award-winning movie review show, hosted by John DeSando, which airs every Friday  at 3:01 and 8:01 PM.  You can also find "It's Movie Time" on Facebook.

 AWARDS

  • LA Press Club National Entertainment Journalism Awards, 2010
    Winner: Radio Feature/Series
    Honorable Mention: Radio Critic of the Year
  • Hermes Award: Gold Award, 2010
  • MarCom Awards: Gold Award, 2010
  • LA Press Club National Entertainment Journalism Awards, 2009
    Finalist: Radio Critic of the Year
  • Communicator Awards: Silver Award of Distinction, 2009
  • MarCom Awards: Gold Award, 2009

Ways To Connect

While We're Young

Apr 9, 2015

Oh, those yuppies are getting old.

 

  

While We’re Young

Grade: B+

Director: Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha)

Screenplay: Baumbach (Fantastic Mr. Fox)

Cast: Ben Stiller (Little Fockers), Naomi Watts (Birdman)

Rating: R

Runtime: 97 min.

by John DeSando

Beats Disney by a Yellow-Brick mile.

It's Movie Time April 3, '15 Spring

Apr 6, 2015

John and Helmut loved this love story.

Film reviewed: Spring

by host John DeSando with guest Helmut Kremling

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.

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

Effie Gray

Apr 6, 2015

Emma, what hapened?

 

 

  

Effie Gray

Grade: C

Director: Richard Laxton (Grow Your Own)

Screenplay: Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility)

Cast: Dakota Fanning (The Secret Life of Bees), Thompson (Much Ado About Nothing)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 108 min.

by John DeSando

Danny Collins

Apr 6, 2015

Great acting--story not so much.

 

 

  

Danny Collins

Grade: C+

Director: Dan Fogelman

Screenplay: Fogelman

Cast: Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman), Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club)

Rating: R

Runtime: 106 min.

by John DeSando

Spring

Apr 3, 2015

It's a splendid love story despite its horror touches.

 

 

  

Spring

Grade: A-

Director: Justin Benson (Resolution), Aaron Moorhead (Dating a Zombie)

Screenplay: Benson

Cast: Lou Taylor Pucci (Evil Dead), Nadia Hilker

Runtime: 109 min

by John DeSando

“Pick your poison.” Angelo (Francesco Catnelutti)

Wild Tales

Apr 1, 2015

Most of these tales are laugh-out-loud funny and terribly poignant.

Wild Tales

  

Grade: A

Director: Damian Szifron (On Probation)

Screenplay: Szifron (The Bottom of the Sea)

Cast: Dario Grandinetti (Talk to Her), Maria Murull (The Bottom of the Sea)

Rating: R

Runtime: 122 min.

by John DeSando

Run All Night

Mar 17, 2015

  

Run All Night

Grade: B

Director: Juame Collet-Serra (Non-Stop)

Screenplay: Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace)

Cast: Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List), Ed Harris (Snowpiercer)

Rating: R

Runtime: 114 min

by John DeSando

“Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” From the Bible, Galatians VI (King James Version):

Above and Beyond

Mar 17, 2015

Above and away a super doc.

Above and Beyond

  

Grade: A

Directors: Roberta Grossman (Hava Nagila: The Movie)

Screenplay: Sophie Sartain (Blessed is the Match), Sophie Sartain

Cast: Jd Roth-round, Mike van den Dobbelsteen

Rating: Documentary

Runtime: 90 min.

by John DeSando

It's Movie Time March 13, '15 Leviathan and Red Army

Mar 12, 2015

John and Linda disagree, then agree.

Film reviewed: Leviathan, Red Army

by host John DeSando with guest Linda Baas McClelland

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.

Buzzard

Mar 12, 2015

Buzzard

Grade: B

Director: Joel Potrykus (Ape)

Screenplay: Potrykus

Cast: Joshua Burge (Ape), Joel Potrykus (Ape)

Rating:

Runtime: 97 min

by John DeSando

“I may live badly, but at least I don't have to *work* to do it.” Hitchhiker from Richard Linklater’s Slacker.

Leviathan

Mar 6, 2015

Russian cinema in the dark tradition.

Leviathan

Grade: A-

Director:  Andrey Zvyagintsev (Elena)

Screenplay: Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin (Elena)

Cast: Aleksey Serebryakov,

Rating: R

Runtime: 140 min.

by John DeSando

The Priest: “All power comes from God. As long as it suits Him, fear not.”

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

  

Grade: B-

Director: John Madden (Shakespeare in Love)

Screenplay: Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)

Cast: Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van), Richard Gere (Arbitrage)

Rating: PG

Runtime: 122 min.

by John DeSando

It's solid family fare.

Film reviewed: McFarland, USA

by host John DeSando with guest Kevin Carr

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.

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

McFarland, USA

Feb 25, 2015

McFarland, USA

Grade: B

Director: Niki Caro (North Country, Whale Rider)

Screenplay: Christopher Cleveland (Glory Road) et al.

Cast: Kevin Costner (White or Black), Maria Bello (Prisoners)

Rating: PG

Runtime: 128 min.

by John DeSando

McFarland, USA, is Disney, USA, with a PG rating, nary a bad word, and very happy people, especially the Mexican families. Also, everyone is good looking and caring.  But, you know, I like a true, uncomplicated, old- fashioned, small town story about a little team that can.

It's Movie Time February 20, '15: Fifty Shades of Grey

Feb 21, 2015

Film reviewed: Fifty Shades of Grey

by host John DeSando with guest Linda Baas McClelland

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.

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

Timbuktu

Feb 21, 2015

A remarkably tranquil film hiding  lamentably oppressed lives.

Timbuktu

Grade: A

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako (Life on Earth)

Screenplay: Sissako, Kessen Tall

Cast:

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 97 min.

by John DeSando

Still Alice

Feb 15, 2015

Moore has the Oscar.

Still Alice

Grade: A-

Directors: Richard Glatzer (The Last of Robin Hood), Wash Westmoreland (Quinceaera)

Screenplay: Glatzer, Westmoreland from  Lisa Genova novel

Cast: Julianne Moore (Don John), Alec Baldwin (Blue Jasmine)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 101 min.

by John DeSando

“But this isn't fair.”  Lydia Howland (Kristen Stewart)

It's Movie Time February 13, '15: Mr. Turner

Feb 13, 2015

Genius artist, genius filmmaker.

Film reviewed: Mr. Turner

by host John DeSando with guest Linda Baas McClelland

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.

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

Mr. Turner

Feb 12, 2015

It's what superior biopics do: bring to life the geniuses of our civilization.

Mr. Turner

Grade: A

Director: Mike Leigh (Secrets and Lies)

Screenplay: Leigh

Cast: Timothy Spall (Topsy-Turvy)

Rating: R

Runtime: 150 min.

by John DeSando

“The Sun is God.” JMW Turner (Timothy Spall)

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