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Song of the Sea

Feb 1, 2015

Hand-drawn, heartfelt Irish animation in the Secret of Kells family.

Song of the Sea

Grade: A-

Director: Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells)

Screenplay: Will Collins (My Brothers) from Moore story

Cast: Brendan Gleeson (Calvary), voice, Fionnula Flanagan (Four Brothers), voice

Rating: PG

Runtime: 93 min.

by John DeSando

My son, remember me in your stories and in your songs. Know that I will always love you, always.”  Mother Bronagh

February 1, 2015 On the Marquee

Jan 30, 2015

On this week's show, Kristin and Nick discuss new releases Project Almanac and Black or White, new Blu-rays Fury and The Judge, and more.

On the Marquee highlights the week’s movie releases—both in theaters and on DVD and Blu-ray.  It airs on WCBE every Sunday morning at 9:01.

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A Most Violent Year

Jan 28, 2015

One of the best low-key crime movies in years.

A Most Violent Year

Grade: A

Director: J.C. Chandor (All is Lost)

Screenplay: Chandor

Cast: Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Jessica Chastain (Interstellar)

Rating: R

Runtime:

by John DeSando

Black Sea

Jan 28, 2015

Cliched but still scarily claustrophobic.

Black Sea

Grade: C+

Director: Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland)

Screenplay: Dennis Kelly

Cast: Jude Law (Dom Hemingway), Scott McNairy (Argo)

Rating: R

Runtime: 115 min.

by John DeSando

“I lost my family because of this job.” Captain Robinson (Jude Law)

It’s dark and dangerous under the entombing Black Sea, and the crew assembled by Cpt. Robinson in the film of the same name goes there by sub to retrieve several million dollars in gold from a sunken Nazi U boat.

Diplomacy

Jan 23, 2015

One of the best-acted films in recent memory.

Diplomacy

Grade: A

Director: Volker Schlondorff (The Tin Drum, The Handmaid’s Tale)

Screenplay: Cyril Gely (from his play), Schlondorff

Cast: Neils Arestup (War Horse), Andre Dussollier (Amelie)

Rating: NR

Runtime: 84 min

by John DeSando

“The dark outside world of Paris under German occupation exerted a strong containing pressure.” Gerard Debreu

January 25, 2015 On the Marquee

Jan 23, 2015

On this week's show, Kristin and Nick discuss new releases Mortdecai and The Boy Next Door, new Blu-rays The Boxtrolls and The Drop, and more.

On the Marquee highlights the week’s movie releases—both in theaters and on DVD and Blu-ray.  It airs on WCBE every Sunday morning at 9:01.

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It's Movie Time Jan 23, '15: Little Accidents

Jan 23, 2015

John and Wayne review a writer/director's first feature, Little Accidents.

Film reviewed: Little Accidents

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 survey the new films for 2015.

A Cinema Classic: 2015 Preview

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.

Winter Sleep

Jan 21, 2015

A slow, beautifully written drama set in Turkey.

Winter Sleep

Grade: A-

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Screenplay: Ceylan, et al.

Cast: Haluk Bilginer, Melissa Sozen

Runtime:196 min.

by John DeSando

"You always float to the surface like olive oil." Necla (Demet Akbag)

Little Accidents

Jan 20, 2015

These accidents are not "little."

Little Accidents

Grade: B

Director: Sara Colangelo

Screenplay: Colangelo

Cast: Elizabeth Banks (W.), Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl)

Rating: NR

Runtime: 105 min

by John DeSando

“What do you think it’s like to die?”  Owen (Jacob Lofland)

Two Days, One Night

Jan 20, 2015

Two Days, One Night

Grade: B

Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne (The Kid with a Bike), Luc Dardenne

Screenplay: Dardennes

Cast: Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 95 min

by John DeSando

“A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

Film reviewed: American Sniper

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

Song One

Jan 18, 2015

A one-note romance.

Song One

Grade: C+

Director: Kate Barker-Froyland

Screenplay: Barker-Froyland

Cast: Anne Hathaway (Interstellar), Johnny Flynn (Something in the Air)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 86 min

by John DeSando

Logically, when you talkin' about folk music and blues, you find out it's music of just plain people.” Brownie McGhee

January 18, 2015 On the Marquee

Jan 16, 2015

On this week's show, Kristin and Nick discuss new releases American Sniper and Blackhat, new Blu-rays Gone Girl and A Walk Among the Tombstones, and more.

On the Marquee highlights the week’s movie releases—both in theaters and on DVD and Blu-ray.  It airs on WCBE every Sunday morning at 9:01.

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American Sniper

Jan 16, 2015

It's rough out there in real life.

American Sniper

Grade: B

Director: Clint Eastwood (Flags of Our Fathers)

Screenplay: Jason Hall (Paranoia), from Chris Kyle book

Cast: Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Sienna Miller (Foxcatcher)

Rating: R

Runtime: 134 min.

by John DeSando

“That was evil like I’ve never seen before.” Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper)

John and Johnny discuss  new entries in The National Film Registry

A Cinema Classic: The National Film Registry

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.

Clay Lowe and John DeSando started It's Movie Time 14 years ago.

Film reviewed: Forgotten Films of '14 and celebrating

It's Movie Time's 700th Show

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.

Inherent Vice

Jan 12, 2015

Inherent Vice

Grade: B

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be blood)

Screenplay: Anderson, from Thomas Pynchon novel

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix (Her), Josh Brolin (Labor Day)

Rating: R

Runtime: 148 Min

by John DeSando

“Doc may not be a ‘Do-Gooder’ but he's done good.” Sortilege (Joanna Newsom)

Selma

Jan 10, 2015

A first-class tribute to The Civil Rights Movement and MLK.

Selma

Grade: A

Director: Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere)

Screenplay: Paul Webb

Cast: David Oyelowo (A Most Violent Year), Carmen Ejogo (Alex Cross)

Rating: NR

Runtime: 122 min.

by John DeSando

“We must March! We Must Stand up!” Dr. King

January 11, 2015 On the Marquee

Jan 9, 2015

On this week's show, Kristin and Nick discuss new releases Taken 3 and Selma, new Blu-rays No Good Deed and Get on Up, and more.

On the Marquee highlights the week’s movie releases—both in theaters and on DVD and Blu-ray.  It airs on WCBE every Sunday morning at 9:01.

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