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John goes Far From the Madding Crowd; Johnny is Mad Max.

A Cinema Classic: The Summer So Far

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 June 19, '15: Jurassic World

Jun 18, 2015

John and Wayne are like kids with Wayne's toys as they praise Jurassic World.

Film reviewed: Jurassic World

by host John DeSando with guest Wayne Miller

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.

La Sapienza

Jun 18, 2015

Light, loving, and arty. It's great summer fare.

La Sapienza

Grade: A-

Director: Eugene Green (Toutes les nuits)

Screenplay: Green

Cast:  Fabrizio Rongione, Christelle Prot  

Runtime: 109 min.

by John DeSando

Love is difficult enough in any language and art form, so layer a French film in a Swiss-Italian setting (Ticino is in southern Switzerland) with an architecture motif, and you have an insight into what makes it all work—light. La Sapienza will indeed make you wise if it doesn’t confound you with its arty dialogue.

Director Brad Bird's Tomorrowland is a disappointment. What's his career been like?

A Cinema Classic: Brad Bird

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

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 Connection

Jun 17, 2015

Expert French thriller with a hint of a French Connection.

The Connection

Grade: A-

Director: Cedric Jimenez

Screenplay: Jimenez, Audrey Diwan

Cast: Jean Dujardin (The Artist)

Rating: R

Runtime: 135 min.

by John DeSando

Jurassic World

Jun 15, 2015

Nothing pre-historic about this filmmaking. It's modern thrills from 65 million years ago.

Jurassic World

Grade: B

Director: Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed)

Screenplay:  Rick Jaffa (Dawn of Planet of the Apes), et al.

Cast: Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 124 min.

by John DeSando

“Something is wrong. They're communicating.” Barry (Omar Sy)

It's Movie Time: June 12, '15--Spy

Jun 12, 2015

She's now a Hollywood golden girl.

Film reviewed: Spy

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

A Cinema Classic: Lady Laughter

Spy

Jun 8, 2015

McCarthy is the premiere motion picture comedian of her time.

It's Movie Time June 5, '15 Pitch Perfect 2

Jun 4, 2015

John and Wayne enjoy the music, dance, and characters-- just about everything.

Film reviewed: Pitch Perfect 2.

by host John DeSando with guest, Wayne Miller

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 and Johnny prepare for Young Frankenstein screening at the Gateway Film Center Sunday, June 7 at 2 PM.

Lambert & Stamp

Jun 1, 2015

What The Who!

Lambert  & Stamp

Grade: B+

Director: James D. Cooper

Cast: Kit Lambert, Chris Stamp, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend

Rating: R

Runtime: 117 min.

by John DeSando

Pitch Perfect 2

Jun 1, 2015

A pleasure for eyes and ears.

It's Movie Time May 29, '15: Tomorrowland

May 29, 2015

John and Hope disagree considerably about this benign summer blockbuster.

Film reviewed: Tomorrowland

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.

He's macabre and memorable.

John and Johnny survey the films of the class Film's Cool at Gateway Film Center starting June 3. Go to GatewayFilmCenter.com to register.

A Cinema Classic: Film's Cool's Films

It's Movie Time May 22, '15 Far From the Madding Crowd

May 23, 2015

It's beautiful out there in every way.

Film reviewed: Far From the Madding Crowd

by host John DeSando with 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.

Tomorrowland

May 23, 2015

May be a bit too much Disney sugar, but nourishing as no other blockbusters this summer are.

Tomorrowland

Grade: A-

Director: Brad Bird (Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Iron Giant)

Screenplay: Bird, Damon Lindelof (World War Z), et al.

Cast: George Clooney (Monuments Men), Britt Robertson (Dan in Real Life)

Rating: PG

Runtime: 130 min

by John DeSando

When I was a kid," Frank Walker (George Clooney) says, "the future was different.”

Tangerines

May 21, 2015

War at its worst and best.

Good Kill

May 21, 2015

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Good Kill

Grade: B

Director: Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show, Lord of War)

Screenplay: Niccol

Cast: Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), January Jones (Unknown)

Rating: R

Runtime: 102 min.

by John DeSando

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