Amid the slapstick comedies, sequels and superhero movies that have come to define summer moviegoing, two films opening today center on disturbed and disturbing romantic ties. Ruby Sparks and Killer Joe aren't fantasy or horror pictures, but they're within screaming distance — close enough to remind you how much deeper artists go when they barrel past realism into weirder areas of the psyche.

Step Up Revolution

Jul 27, 2012

Energetic dance sequences tell a story of youthful rebellion against business development in Miami.

Two movies with talented young people striving to perform magic and dance.

"This is our last song." You've probably heard words to that effect any number of times at concerts over the years, but when James Murphy said them on April 2, 2011, from the stage at Madison Square Garden, it was a little different.

This wasn't the last song before the encore. It wasn't the last song of the night, or the last song of the tour. This was to be the last song, period, that Murphy's band — the danceable indie-rock outfit LCD Soundsystem — would play together. Ever.

It's Movie Time July 20, 2012: The Dark Knight Rises

Jul 21, 2012

Films reviewed: The Dark Knight Rises.

The trilogy's third edition has John and Carolyn divided in their grades but of one mind about its super acting.


Make Believe

Jul 21, 2012

An informative  documentary about competition for Teen World Champion of magic.

The Dark Knight Rises

Jul 20, 2012

Batman returns from self-imposed exile for 8 years to save Gotham again.

Academy Award-winning actress Celeste Holm has died. A star on both stage and screen, Holm was best known for roles in Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve and Oklahoma! She was 95.

Holm died early Sunday morning in her Manhattan apartment with her husband, family and close friends by her side. She had been hospitalized a couple weeks ago following a fire in actor Robert De Niro's apartment in the same building.

If there was one role that put Holm on the map, it was as the coquettish Ado Annie, in the 1943 hit musical, Oklahoma!

The Intouchables

Jul 13, 2012

No better comedic bromance this year and one of the best ever.

Imagine you're a movie producer, and you've got a couple of hundred million dollars to gamble on a single massive blockbuster. Which genre do you suppose will be your safest bet — superhero? Action-adventure? Sci-fi? All of those have had huge successes, but they've also all had hugely expensive failures.

There's one genre, though, that's hardly a gamble at all. It's been almost foolproof since it first came into being in 1995: computer animation.

It's Movie Time July 13, 2012: Pixar

Jul 12, 2012

Films reviewed: Pixar classics including Toy Story and The Incredibles. 

It's Movie Time: Tim Burton

Jul 12, 2012

Films reviewed: Tim Burton's greatest films featuring actors like Johnny Depp.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Jul 11, 2012

Beasts of the Southern Wilds

Grade: A

Director: Benh Zeitlin

Screenplay: Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar

Cast: Quvenzhane Wallis, Dwight Henry

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 91 min.

John DeSando, WCBE’s “It’s Movie Time” and “Cinema Classics”

A Cat in Paris

Jul 11, 2012

A Cat in Paris

Grade: B

Directors: Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol

Screenplay: Gagol

Cast: Dominique Blanc (voice), Bruno Salomone (voice)

Rating: PG

Runtime: 70 min.

John DeSando, WCBE’s “It’s Movie Time” and “Cinema Classics”


Jul 11, 2012


Grade: C

Director: Oliver Stone (Wall Street)

Screenplay: Shane Salerno (Shaft), Don Winslow (Full Ride) from the Winslow novel.

Cast: Blake Lively (The Town), Taylor Kitsch (John Carter)

Rating: R

Runtime: 130 min.

John DeSando, WCBE’s “It’s Movie Time,” “Cinema Classics”

“They must love each other more than you, otherwise how could they share you.”Elena  (Salma Hyek to O about Ben and Chon)

Your Sister's Sister

Jul 6, 2012

Your Sister’s Sister

Grade: B

Director: Lynn Shelton (Humpday)

Screenplay: Shelton

Cast: Mark Duplass (People Like Us), Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau)

Rating: R

Runtime: 90 min

John DeSando, WCBE’s “It’s Movie Time” and “Cinema Classics”

May 3, 2012 Cinema Classics: Red Necks

May 3, 2012

A Cinema Classic: Red Necks

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

Films reviewed: Greenberg, Hot Tub TIme Machine

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

The Majestic

Dec 17, 2001

Darabont must have been counting his money from "Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile"; Jim Carrey must have been remembering he pulled off "Truman Show."

Kate and Leopold

Dec 11, 2001

Meg Ryan is surprisingly mature, while still retaining her shaggy perkiness.

Kate and Leopold is a sometimes romantic and amusing spin on a very tired H.G. Wells and Hollywood theme about time traveling. Fortunately it has some insightful things to say along the way about the loss of Victorian gentility and the dishonesty of modern marketing. Its references to "Breakfast at Tiffany's" are a reminder that all modern romantic comedies owe much to that model.