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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:

The 4 Worst Movies of The Modern Era

Friday, April 29, 2016

What makes a zero-star movie? How does a movie become something worse than bad? Find out here.

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Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Takeaway reviews "The Jungle Book," "Criminal," and "Barbershop: The Next Cut." 

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Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, April 01, 2016

Reviews of the sci-fi thriller "Midnight Special," and "Born to Be Blue," a biopic about legendary jazz trumpeter Chet Baker.

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How the Oscar Speech Became a Political Manifesto

Friday, February 26, 2016

Back in the 1950s, Oscar speeches were short, sweet, and succinct. Nowadays, the stage at the Academy Awards is more like a soap box for political issues. 

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Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, February 12, 2016

Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, drops by to review the new releases hitting the box office, including "Zoolander 2" and "Deadpool."

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Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, February 05, 2016

Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, drops by to review "Hail, Caesar!" and "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies."

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Films to Catch and Skip This Weekend

Friday, January 29, 2016

Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, drops by to review "The Finest Hours," "Son of Saul," and "Kung Fu Panda 3." 

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Films to Catch and Skip At the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Takeaway reviews the sci-fi action flick "The 5th Wave," and the stop-motion drama "Anomalisa."

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Films to Catch and Skip This Weekend

Friday, January 15, 2016

This week we look at "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi," "Norm of the North," and "Ride Along 2." 

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Films to Catch and Skip This Weekend

Friday, January 08, 2016

This week, a solo Rafer Guzman reviews "The Forest," "45 Years," and gives his final thoughts on "Star Wars." 

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Movie Date's Best Films of 2015

Friday, January 01, 2016

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Rafer and Kristen wrap up 2015 with their favorite films of the year.
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2015 Was a Great Year for Fierce Movie Characters

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Also, cartoons about our emotions. From Mad Max to Inside Out, the Movie Date team looks back at the best movies of 2015.

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Concussion, Joy, The Revenant, The Hateful Eight, and Much More!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

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There are seven big releases this Christmas 2015, and Rafer and Kristen review (almost) all of them. 
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What's on the Big Screen This Christmas

Thursday, December 24, 2015

There are a number of big Christmas Day releases, and we're reviewing four of them with our Movie Date Podcast team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Sisters, Coat of Many Colors

Friday, December 18, 2015

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In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "Sisters," and "Coat of Many Colors."
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In the Heart of the Sea, The Big Short, Lady in the Van, and the Golden Globe Nods

Friday, December 11, 2015

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In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "In the Heart of the Sea," "The Big Short," and "Lady in the Van." They also weigh in on this year's Golden Globe nods. 
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Youth, Chiraq, The Letters, Krampus, Master of None

Friday, December 04, 2015

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In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "Youth," "Chiraq," "The Letters," "Krampus," and "Master of None."
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Movie Date: Films to Catch and Skip This Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Every week, the co-hosts of The Movie Date Podcast drop by to review the new releases hitting the box office.

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Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, The Secret in Their Eyes, The Night Before

Friday, November 20, 2015

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In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "The Secrets in Their Eyes," "The Night Before," and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2." 
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Love the Coopers, 33, By the Sea, Spotlight

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review Love the Coopers, 33, By The Sea, and Spotlight. They also share some confessions.
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