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Iron Man 3

May 5, 2013

Iron Man 3 Grade: A- Director: Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) Screenplay: Black (Lethal Weapon), Drew Pearce (Pacific Rim) Cast: Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes), Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love) Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 130 min. by John DeSando “I'm Tony Stark. I build neat stuff, got a great girl, occasionally save the world. So why can't I sleep?” You can’t sleep because writer/director Shane Black has made you this third time around the most interesting superhero since Superman flew onto the comic book scene.

It's Movie Time May 3, '13: The Company You Keep

May 3, 2013

John and Linda review Robert Redford's new film and his career.

May 5, 2013 On the Marquee

May 3, 2013

On this week's show, Kristin and Nick discuss new releases Iron Man 3 and Gimme the Loot, new Blu-rays Silver Linings Playbook and Broken City, 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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Cinema Classics May 2, 2013: 14 min.Uncut Robert Downey Jr.

May 1, 2013

John, Johnny, and Jordan are intrigued by the range and resilience of Robert Downey Jr.'s career.

Cinema Classics May 15,'13: Roger Ebert

Apr 30, 2013

April 28, 2013 On the Marquee

Apr 26, 2013

On this week's show, Kristin and Nick discuss new releases Pain & Gain and The Big Wedding, new Blu-rays Gangster Squad and A Haunted House, 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.

For more updates and reviews, find On the Marquee on Facebook.

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Redford: An Entertainer Who Looks To Inform

Apr 22, 2013

Robert Redford's new movie, The Company You Keep, draws on a turbulent time in recent history: Forty years ago, there was a violent faction of SDS, the Students for a Democratic Society, that was known as the Weather Underground. It turned from organizing marches and sit-ins against the war in Vietnam to planting bombs — and in one case robbing a bank truck and killing a guard.

The Company You Keep

Apr 22, 2013

The Company You Keep Grade: B+ Director: Robert Redford (Ordinary People) Screenplay: Lem Dobbs (Limey) From the Neil Gordon novel Cast: Robert Redford (All the President’s Men), Shia LebEOUF Rating: R Runtime: 125 min. by John DeSando “When we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe.” Frantz Fanon In Robert Redford’s The Company You keep, Jim Grant (Redford) is an attorney on the lam for participating in Weather Underground anti-Vietnam activities over 40 years ago.

Mud

Apr 22, 2013

A small psychological thriller with a big delivery.

42

Apr 17, 2013

42 Grade: B Director: Brian Helgeland (A Knight’s Tale) Screenplay: Helgeland (Mystic River) Cast: Chadwick Boseman (The Kill Hole), Harrison Ford (Cowboys & Aliens) Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 128 min. by John DeSando Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman): “You want a player who doesn't have the guts to fight back?” Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford): “No. I want a player who's got the guts ‘not’ to fight back.” SAFE!

The Place Beyond the Pines

Apr 17, 2013

The Place Beyond the Pines Grade: B+ Director: Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) Screenplay: Cianfrance, Ben Coccio (The Beginner), Darius Marder Cast: Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) Rating: R Runtime: 140 min. by John DeSando “If you ride like lightning, you're going to crash like thunder.” Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) Luke (Ryan Gosling) rides a motorcycle at lightning speed with the abandon promising a thunderous crash, mostly metaphorical.

Any comics fan of any seriousness can rattle off female superheroes who have either had their own books or appeared in other or ensemble books.

But what about ordinary absorbers of culture?

The same people who don't actually read comics but can tell you that Superman is the idealized, square-jawed fighter for good, while Batman is the darker, more conflicted survivor of tragedy and Spider-Man is the scrapper barely concealing an ordinary kid — how many women can they name who have worn capes, particularly ones that aren't superhero derivatives like Supergirl or Batgirl?

No

Apr 13, 2013

An instructive look inside very rough politics.

It's Movie time April 12, 2013: Room 237

Apr 13, 2013

John and Carolyn are amused by the sometimes outrageous interpretations of The Shining.

Trance

Apr 12, 2013

Trance

Grade: B+

Director: Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)

Screenplay: Joe Ahearne, John Hodge (Trainspotting)

Cast: James McAvoy (The Last Station), Rosario Dawson (Zookeeper)

Rating: R

Runtime: 101 min. by John DeSando

“The choice is yours. Do you want to remember or do you want to forget?” Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson)

Room 237

Apr 11, 2013

Kubrick's The Shining holds up to intense interpretive scrutiny.

Cinema Classics April 11, 2013: Al Pacino

Apr 10, 2013

Al Pacino gets the adulation he can't refuse.

A Cinema Classic: Uncut 12 min. Al Pacino

It's Movie Time April 5, 2013 Ginger & Rosa

Apr 5, 2013

John and Carolyn finally find a good movie after too many weeks of the January to April movie dead zone.

Film reviewed: Ginger & Rosa

by hosts John DeSando and Carolyn Bruck

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

John DeSando is also co-host of WCBE's Cinema Classics and appears on Fox 28's Man Panel.

Carolyn Bruck is a news anchor for ABC 6/ Fox 28.

April 7, 2013 On the Marquee

Apr 5, 2013

On this week's show, Kristin and Nick discuss new releases Evil Dead and Jurassic Park 3D, new Blu-rays The Sweeney and John Dies at the End, 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.

For more updates and reviews, find On the Marquee on Facebook.

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Apr 4, 2013

Mindless fun for a dull afternoon.

G. I. Joe: Retaliation

Grade: C

Director: John M. Chu (Step Up 2: The Streets)

Screenplay: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick (both Zombieland) Cast: Dwayne Johnson (Snitch), Jonathan Pryce (Evita)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 110 min

by John DeSando

“Soon the world will bow down to Zeus.”

Evil Dead

Apr 4, 2013

As good a scare fest as it gets.

Cinema Classics April 4, 2013: The Graduate

Apr 3, 2013

Johnny and John obviously love this film.

These boys sure do love their Graduate--all 15 minutes of scintillating discussion.

Ginger & Rosa

Apr 1, 2013

Ginger & Rosa
Grade: B+
Director: Sally Potter (Orlando)
Screenplay: Potter (The Tango Lesson)
Cast: Elle Fanning (Super 8), Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures)
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 90 min
by John DeSando

Ginger & Rosa is a deceptive title because this slight tale is intensely about Ginger (Elle Fanning), whose life is affected by Rosa (Alice Englert), but still defined by her own sense of herself and her notions of right and wrong.

The Gatekeepers

Mar 30, 2013

Watch real power talk about itself.

The Gatekeepers
Grade: A
Director:
Cast: Ami Avalon, Avraham Shalom
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 101 min.
by John DeSando

"These are philosophical questions, not practical ones," Yaakov Peri

If the Arab-Israeli conflict interests you, then take a close look at The Gatekeepers, a first-rate documentary about Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency primarily responsible for Israel’s complicated relationship with Palestine, for both good and bad.

It's Movie Time March 29, 2013: Olympus Has Fallen

Mar 29, 2013

John and Carolyn definitely disagree.

Film reviewed:  Olympus Has Fallen

by hosts John DeSando and Carolyn Bruck

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

John DeSando is also co-host of WCBE’s Cinema Classics and appears on Fox 28’s  Man Panel. Carolyn Bruck is a news anchor for ABC 6/Fox 28.

March 31, 2013 On the Marquee

Mar 29, 2013

On this week's show, Kristin and Nick discuss new releases G.I. Joe: Retaliation and The Host, new Blu-rays Lincoln and Parental Guidance, 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.

For more updates and reviews, find On the Marquee on Facebook.

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Cinema Classics March 28, 2013: Musicals

Mar 28, 2013

The Johns, prompted by Les Miserables' popularity, discuss classic musicals.

We know John's favorite musicals, but go figure Johnny's!

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