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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, 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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The 50 Best Films by Black Directors

Friday, June 03, 2016

From "Car Wash" to "Do the Right Thing," The Takeaway takes a look at some of the best films by black directors. 

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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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