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:
Friday, April 29, 2016
What makes a zero-star movie? How does a movie become something worse than bad? Find out here.
Friday, April 15, 2016
The Takeaway reviews "The Jungle Book," "Criminal," and "Barbershop: The Next Cut."
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.
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.
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."
Friday, February 05, 2016
Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, drops by to review "Hail, Caesar!" and "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies."
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."
Friday, January 22, 2016
The Takeaway reviews the sci-fi action flick "The 5th Wave," and the stop-motion drama "Anomalisa."
Friday, January 15, 2016
This week we look at "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi," "Norm of the North," and "Ride Along 2."
Friday, January 08, 2016
This week, a solo Rafer Guzman reviews "The Forest," "45 Years," and gives his final thoughts on "Star Wars."
Friday, January 01, 2016
Rafer and Kristen wrap up 2015 with their favorite films of the year.
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.
Thursday, December 24, 2015
There are seven big releases this Christmas 2015, and Rafer and Kristen review (almost) all of them.
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
Friday, December 18, 2015
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "Sisters," and "Coat of Many Colors."
Friday, December 11, 2015
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.
Friday, December 04, 2015
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "Youth," "Chiraq," "The Letters," "Krampus," and "Master of None."
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.
Friday, November 20, 2015
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."
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
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.