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Rafer Guzman

Takeaway Film Contributor

Rafer Guzman is the film critic for Newsday and a member of the New York Film Critics Circle. He is a regular guest on The Takeaway.

Rafer has also been heard on "Soundcheck," "The Brian Lehrer Show" and the New York broadcast of "All Things Considered." On television, he is a frequent guest on NY1's "Talking Pictures on Demand."

He was previously a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, where he covered travel and tourism, before joining Newsday as a rock critic in 2002. He has written about music for publications small and large, including Rolling Stone, Blender, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The East Bay Express, The Buffalo News, The San Jose Metro, the New Times papers and Option magazine.

Rafer earned a bachelor's degree in English from UC Berkeley and graduated with honors from Columbia University's School of Journalism. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

Rafer Guzman appears in the following:

Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, December 09, 2016

Reviews of the musical "La La Land," starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and the raunchy comedy "Office Christmas Party," featuring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman. 

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Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, December 02, 2016

Reviews of the Jackie Kennedy bio-pic "Jackie," starring Natalie Portman, and a look ahead to some of December's big releases. 

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Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, November 11, 2016

Reviews of the science-fiction film, 'Arrival' starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner and the dysfunctional-family comedy, 'Almost Christmas,' and Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge. 

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Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, October 28, 2016

Reviews of Ron Howard's new film "Inferno," which stars Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones, and "American Pastoral," which features Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, and Dakota Fanning.

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Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, October 21, 2016

Reviews of the Tom Cruise action sequel "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back," the espionage comedy "Keeping Up with the Joneses," and the documentary "Michael Moore in TrumpLand."

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Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, October 14, 2016

Reviews of the Ben Affleck starring thriller, "The Accountant," the Holocaust denier drama "Denial," and the stand-up film "Kevin Hart: Now What?"

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Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, September 30, 2016

Reviews of the biographical disaster thriller "Deepwater Horizon," the adventure fantasy film "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," and the revenge comedy "The Dressmaker."

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Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, September 16, 2016

Reviews of the Joseph Gordon Levitt's film "Snowden," our next guilty pleasure "Bridget Jones's Baby," and the "Blair Witch Project" reboot "Blair Witch."

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Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, September 09, 2016

Reviews of the new Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks film "Sully," the Jerry Lewis drama-comedy "Max Rose," and the animated children's film "The Wild Life."

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Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, September 02, 2016

Worth a watch? Film critic Rafer Guzman reviews "Morgan" and "The Light Between Oceans."

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Listening to the Unlistenable: A Short List of The Best Worst Music

Friday, August 12, 2016

"Outsider music" is a loaded term often used by cultural insiders and snobs. But who are we to say what’s bad or good? In fact, some of the bad is very good.

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Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, August 12, 2016

Reviews of the Meryl Streep dramedy "Florence Foster Jenkins," Disney's new adventure film "Pete’s Dragon," and the R-rated animated comedy "Sausage Party."

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Films to Catch and Skip at The Box Office This Weekend

Friday, August 05, 2016

Reviews of the star-packed action film "Suicide Squad" and the new drama "Indignation."

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Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, July 29, 2016

Reviews of the new comedy "Bad Moms," the latest action flick in the "Jason Bourne" franchise, and the techno crime thriller "Nerve."

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Women Run the Show in Wall Street Thriller 'Equity'

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The financial thriller "Equity" is being billed as the first Wall Street movie that stars women. It's also written, produced, and directed by women.

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Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, July 22, 2016

Reviews of "Star Trek Beyond," "Lights Out," "Absolutely Fabulous," and "Ice Age: Collision Course."

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In 'Wiener-Dog,' One Dachshund Connects Many People

Friday, July 01, 2016

In a new film, "Wiener-Dog," a dachshund is bounced from one person to another, from a boy surviving cancer, to a professor whose career is failing, to an elderly woman facing death.

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Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, June 24, 2016

Reviews of "Neon Demon," a horror film starring Elle Fanning; "Free State of Jones," a Civil War film with Matthew McConaughey; and the thriller "The Shallows," starring Blake Lively.

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Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, June 17, 2016

Newsday Film critic Rafer Guzman reviews "Finding Dory," "Central Intelligence," and "Tickled."

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Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, June 10, 2016

Reviews of "Warcraft," a new fantasy film from Director Duncan Jones; the new comedy/action flick "Now You See Me 2" with Daniel Radcliffe; and the star-packed drama "Maggie's Plan."

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