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Rafer Guzman

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Rafer Guzman is the film critic for Newsday and a member of the New York Film Critics Circle. He is the co-host of the WNYC podcast "Movie Date" and a regular guest on the station's news show "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:

Con Artists, Bringing Back the Dead, and Vampires in their Downtime

Friday, February 27, 2015

In this week's podcast, there are a lot of heavy topics and lousy movies. But on the bright side, Jemaine Clement, of Flight of the Conchords fame, stops by to talk about his new film!  
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Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords on His New Comedy-Horror Mockumentary

Friday, February 27, 2015

The new mockumentary focuses on the less glamorous side of vampire life. Called "What We Do in the Shadows," Clement co-wrote, co-directed & stars in it with Oscar nominee Taika Waikiti.

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'The Duff,' 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2,' 'McFarland USA,' and Interviews with the Oscar Nominees

Friday, February 20, 2015

It's a jam-packed Movie Date, with reviews of 'The Duff,' 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2,' and 'McFarland USA,' as well as interviews with the Oscar nominees!
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The 2015 Oscars: Who Will Win & Who Should Win

Friday, February 20, 2015

All this week, in the lead up to the Oscars, we've been looking at the films nominated for Best Picture. Today, we talk predictions with our Movie Date Podcast team. 

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Best Picture Preview: 'The Imitation Game'

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

All week in the lead up to the Oscars, we're taking a closer look at some of the films nominated for Best Picture. Today, we speak with the writer and director of "The Imitation Game."

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'Fifty Shades of Grey,' 'Old Fashioned,' 'Kingsman: The Secret Service,' 'The Slap'

Friday, February 13, 2015

Put on your handcuffs. After much anticipation, 'Fifty Shades of Grey' hits theatres. Also on the chopping block: 'Old Fashioned' and 'Kingsman: The Secret Service.' 
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Report Claims Right-Wing Films Break the Box Office

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

According to conservative watchdog group Movieguide, conservative films made three times as much money as liberal ones last year: $71.49 million per movie versus $22.48 million per film.

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'Jupiter Ascending,' 'Mr. Turner,' 'Lovesick,' 'Spongebob,' 'Seventh Son,' Movie Therapy & Sweatpants!

Friday, February 06, 2015

It's a jam-packed week at the Movie Date podcast, as Rafer and Kristen take on 'Jupiter Ascending,' 'Mr. Turner,' 'Lovesick,' 'Spongebob,' 'Seventh Son,' Movie Therapy & Sweatpants!
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'Black or White,' 'Project Almanac,' 'Song One,' Sweatpants & Movie Therapy

Friday, January 30, 2015

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen cover all the bases with new releases, Sweatpants picks, an interview, Movie Therapy, and, of course, Trivia!
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'Cake,' 'The Boy Next Door,' 'Strange Magic,' 'Mordecai,' and Movie Therapy

Friday, January 23, 2015

In this week's podcast, Rafer and Kristen review 'Cake,' 'The Boy Next Door,' 'Strange Magic,' and 'Mordecai.' They also administer some Movie Therapy!
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Films to See and Avoid This Weekend

Friday, January 23, 2015

"Strange Magic," "The Boy Next Door," and "Cake" hit the box office on this chilly weekend. Our Movie Date team lets us in on what's good.

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'Paddington,' 'Black Hat,' 'Still Alice,' 'The Wedding Ringer'

Friday, January 16, 2015

It's the kind of week that will make you laugh and cry, and maybe think you have early onset Alzheimer's. 
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Movie Date: Films to See & Avoid This Weekend

Friday, January 16, 2015

Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer, culture producer for The Takeaway, review the new films hitting the box office this weekend.

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'Taken 3,' 'Inherent Vice,' 'Mozart in the Jungle,' and Listener Mail

Friday, January 09, 2015

It's the early days of January, and you know what that means when it comes it movies...
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Movies to Marathon and Miss This Awards Season

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Even the critics who are "Wes Anderson-ed out" are calling his cohort Jason Schartzman's film, "Listen Up Phillip," a hilarious sleeper bound to make top ten lists, if not win awards.

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The Best Movies of 2014

Saturday, January 03, 2015

As we move forward into 2015, Rafer and Kristen take a look back at the very best movies of 2014. 
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The Movie Date Podcast's Holiday Film Guide

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tonight's the biggest release date of the year - Christmas Eve! Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman review seven movies out on the big screen tonight.

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The Christmas Movie Extravaganza!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

There are eight movies you can see in the theatres this Christmas, but which one is the most suitable for the season?
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'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,' 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,' 'Annie,' 'The Interview'

Monday, December 22, 2014

Two sequels, one remake, and a film you may never see. It's a bizarre and exciting Movie Date podcast!
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'Wild,' 'Life Partners,' 'She's Beautiful When She's Angry,' Movie Therapy, and Listener Mail

Friday, December 05, 2014

In a Movie Date first, Rafer and Kristen review three films starring and co-starring women. 
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