The Old Guard

Jul 10, 2020

Immortals feeling mortal in an enjoyable fantasy thriller.


Jul 7, 2020

It's a thrilling take on the power of the Internet.

John and Johnny explore Nazis and Neo-Nazis in recent films.

Nobody Knows I'm Here

Jul 6, 2020

A beautifully photographed drama from Chile that captures the loneliness of a gifted singer.

The Truth

Jul 4, 2020

See it for Deneuve or just a matchless mom.


Jul 3, 2020

Not much savvy humor but some wisdom about 30 somethings and love.

John and Kevin wish for more from satirist Jon Stewart.

Straight Up

Jun 30, 2020

A different kind of romcom from Netflix, and its good.

John and Johnny recount the fun drive-in experience of the mid-twentieth century.

It's resistible, with little wit or insight into the political process that will consume us until November.

Feel the Beat

Jun 27, 2020

It captures the requirements of the genre, doesn't offer much new, but still is pleasant with its dancing and simplicity.

Lost Bullet

Jun 27, 2020

Escape these demanding times with a thriller so lean and mean you'll wish it longer than its modest hour and a half.

It's Movie Time June 26, '20 , Shirley

Jun 25, 2020

John and Hope delight in the  Shirley Jackson (The Lottery) fictional biopic.

by host John DeSando and guest, Hope Madden

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

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

Hope Madden writes for Columbus Underground and

The 5 min NPR show:

Wasp Network

Jun 24, 2020

Unwieldy docudrama about Cuban spies from the '90's, it is still fascinating and vivid as only good cinema can do.

John and Johnny visit a  new sci-fi about UFOs by a young director who shold be watched.

Film discussion: The Vast of Night

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 Stay connected on Facebook.


Jun 23, 2020

A smart variation on the Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf motif. Listen to Hope and John on Friday June 26's It's Movie Time. On Amazon Prime.


Jun 22, 2020

Ride the wave with specacularly gifted athlete adventurers from the mountains to the oceans.


Jun 20, 2020

An ill teen falls in love: There's much more than that and even humor.


Jun 20, 2020

An expert thriller that combines the dread of air travel gone wrong  with very tight cabin space.

You Should Have Left

Jun 19, 2020

A tidy little thriller evocative of The Shining. Good deal for those who prefer their thrillers bloodless and jumpscareless. Smart it is.

It's Movie Time June 19, '20: The Half of It

Jun 18, 2020

John and daughter, Courtney, enjoy one of the best young adult romances ever.

Last week: After looking at Tom Cruise, we had to attend to Tom Hardy, a mumblecore star.


Jun 15, 2020

A neo-noir with intellectual challenges and  post-modern detached heroes.


Jun 14, 2020

A formulaic thriller with a teen heroine not to mess with. You'll not sleep through this actioner.

The Wrong Missy

Jun 6, 2020

Don't think for a minute you'll relieve pandemic effects by seeing this "comedy."

It's Movie Time June 5, '20, The Painter and The Thief

Jun 4, 2020

Linda and John sort out the many  motifs of an unusually challenging documentary.

In our epidemic time and the time for equality, Jeffrey provided humor and perspective on AIDS.

The Vast of Night

Jun 3, 2020

An exciting old-fashioned UFO film from an exciting new filmmaker.

John and Johnny do a miserable job hiding their admiration for Tom Cruise.

The Half of IT

May 29, 2020

No better comic romance out there, teen or otherwise.