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Rafer Guzman

Film Contributor

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:

Vacation to an Achievable Mission

Friday, July 31, 2015

Is this mission really impossible? Do we need another vacation? And why is William F. Buckley swearing at Gore Vidal?
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Movie Date: Films to See and Avoid This Weekend

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Movie Date Podcast team is back to review the weekend's new releases, including "Vacation" and "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation." 

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Pac-man, Punches, Prison, and Pissed-Off Moms

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pac-man, punches, prison, and pissed-off moms. There's a lot to enjoy in this week's movies if you're a fan of any of these. 
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Is That Your Finger In the Jelly?

Friday, July 17, 2015

There are three very different jars of jelly on the shelf this week, and one man has his finger in every jar. 
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Movie Date: Films to See and Avoid This Weekend

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Movie Date Podcast team is back to review the weekend's new releases, including "Trainwreck," and "Antman."

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Check in Your Brain and Swap Your Body

Friday, July 10, 2015

Check in your brain, because you won't necessarily need it. And swap your body, because yes, you can. It's "Minions" and "Self/Less" time!  
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Movie Date: Films to See and Avoid This Weekend

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Movie Date Podcast team is back to review the weekend's new releases, including "Self/Less," and "Minions."

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Proud to be an American

Thursday, July 02, 2015

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "Terminator Genisys," "Amy," and "Magic Mike XXL." They also discuss the movies that make them proud to be American. 
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Meeting Amy

Thursday, July 02, 2015

With the documentary "Amy" out in theaters, Movie Date Podcast co-host Rafer Guzman shares his own memories of being one of the first American reporters to cover Amy Winehouse.

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When Animals Talk, Do We Really Want to Hear What They Say?

Friday, June 26, 2015

When animals talk, do we really want to hear what they say? It depends on whether it's a teddy bear or a dog who's doing the talking. 
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It's All About That Sax

Friday, June 19, 2015

Is "Inside Out" ripping off "Herman's Head"? Is "Dope" a remake of "Risky Business"? And what's up with all the sax solos on this week's Movie Date podcast?
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Quirky Girls, Crazy Dads, and Working Women

Monday, June 15, 2015

This week's Movie Date podcast has a little something for everyone, especially those who love quirky girls, hate crazy dads, and presume that working women are the root of all evil. 
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Movie Date: Films to See and Avoid This Weekend

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Movie Date Podcast team is back to review the weekend's new releases, including "Jurassic World," "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," and "Live From New York!"

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Sex and War and Rock and Roll

Friday, June 05, 2015

This week's Movie Date podcast is all sex and war and rock and roll, as Rafer and Kristen review "Entourage," "Spy," "Testament of Youth," "Love and Mercy," and a special Mystery Date!
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Movie Date: Films to See and Avoid This Weekend

Friday, June 05, 2015

The Movie Date Podcast team is back to review the weekend's new releases, including “Spy” and “Entourage.”

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The Earth is Mad and So is Everyone in Hawaii

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The earth is mad in "San Andreas" and everyone is mad in Hawaii. At least, they will be mad after they see "Aloha." 
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The Future Isn't What It Used to Be

Friday, May 22, 2015

The future used to be a bright shiny thing covered in chrome and dreams. But as "Tomorrowland" reminds us, the future isn't what it used to be. 
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Let's Sing A Song About Dystopia

Friday, May 15, 2015

When the world is coming to an end, and mankind is reduced to their most animal instincts, the only logical thing to do is race cars and sing pop songs a capella. 
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Were You The Coolest Kid In Your High School?

Friday, May 08, 2015

Were you the coolest kid in your high school? Rafer and Kristen weren't. But neither was Jack Black (in his latest movie, that is).
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It's Like A Foreign Movie With No Subtitles

Friday, May 01, 2015

This week's Movie Date podcast features a look at "Welcome to Me," "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck," and more!
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