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New Movie Releases: 'Dark Shadows,' 'Girl in Progress,' 'Bernie'

Friday, May 11, 2012

There are several movie releases today, including Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s newest collaboration “Dark Shadows,” the coming-of-age film “Girl In Progress,” and Jack Black’s newest comedy, “Bernie.” Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, our Movie Date team, share what's worth seeing and what isn't. In addition to hosting the podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for The Takeaway.

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Movie Date: 'The Avengers'

Friday, May 04, 2012

This week, the fate of Joss Whedon's 'The Avengers' hangs in the balance. Who will come to the rescue this awesome, hulking green monster of a film? And who will come down on the movie like a giant hammer? Listen to find out where Kristen and Rafer stand on this superhero saga.

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New Movie Releases: 'Avengers,' 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,' 'First Position'

Friday, May 04, 2012

There are several new releases today, including the long-awaited super-hero movie “The Avengers,” the all-star senior citizens’ ensemble “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” and the dance documentary “First Position.” Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, our Movie Date team, are here. In addition to hosting the podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for the Takeaway.

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Movie Date: 'The Five Year Engagement'

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

In this week's Movie Date, Rafer bemoans what he considers the death of the romantic comedy. Kristen, as you'd expect, tell him to stop being a negative Nancy. It's all in honor of "The Five Year Engagement," starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt.

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New Movie Releases: 'Five Year Engagement,' 'The Raven,' 'Pirates: Band of Misfits'

Friday, April 27, 2012

It’s Friday, when we talk about movies at the Takeaway. And there are plenty of big ones today, from the romantic comedy "Five Year Engagement" to the claymation kids movie "Pirates: Band of Misfits." Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, our Movie Date team, are here as usual. In addition to hosting the podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for the Takeaway.

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Movie Date: 'The Lucky One'

Friday, April 20, 2012

He's got to be strong. He's got to be able to build a barn and get along with children. Being able to play a sultry, sexy musical instrument also helps. In case it wasn't apparent already, this week we're talking about Kristen's fantasy man. And also some movie called "The Lucky One," starring Zac Efron. Let Kristen and Rafer's sultry voices and razor-sharp smarts woo you in this week's podcast.

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New Movie Releases: 'Chimpanzee,' 'The Lucky One,' 'Darling Companion,' 'Think Like a Man'

Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday has come again, which means another movie weekend is upon us. Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer take to their critical perch as our intrepid Movie Date team. 

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Movie Date: Film as Political Propaganda

Friday, April 13, 2012

Heavy stuff this week. "October Baby" tells the story of a woman's discovery that her mother almost aborted her. Intended or not, the movie's politics — see what happens when you don't have an abortion? — align comfortably with those of the religious Right. Likewise, the recent film "The Lorax" and 2006's "Happy Feet" decry the ills of global warming in a quintessentially liberal parlance. But not all movies have agendas, right?

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New Movie Releases: 'Cabin in the Woods,' 'Three Stooges,' 'Lockout'

Friday, April 13, 2012

Three big movies out today: the horror movie “Cabin in the Woods,” the Farrelly brothers long-awaited “Three Stooges,” and the action movie “Lockout,” starring Guy Pierce. Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, our Movie Date team, are here as usual. In addition to hosting the podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for the Takeaway.

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Movie Date: Does 3D Make Movies Worse?

Friday, April 06, 2012

The Titanic sank 100 years ago this month. To mark the anniversary, James Cameron is re-releasing his mega-blockbuster "Titanic" in 3D, prompting some critics to say its strictly a marketing ploy while others cheer the innovation.

Will "Titanic 3D" burn a hole in your wallet, or will it blow your mind? This week, Rafer and Kristen put that question to Daniel Engber, senior editor at Slate. Listen to find out what he's got to say.

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New Movie Releases: 'Titanic' in 3D, 'October Baby,' 'American Reunion'

Friday, April 06, 2012

It’s Friday, when we talk about movies at The Takeaway. There are a couple very big ones this week, as well some smaller ones. On the big side, we have Titanic 3D, and on the small side, a socially conservative, religious, and very controversial film called “October Baby.” Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, our Movie Date team, are here as usual. In addition to hosting the podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is the culture producer for The Takeaway.

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Movie Date: 'Bully'

Friday, March 30, 2012

This week, Kristen and Rafer watched "Bully," the new documentary from the Weinstein Company that takes on the controversial topic of grade school ridicule. "Bully" was in the news this week for hitting theaters unrated after the MPAA promised an R rating. The hype has certainly drummed up support for the movie, but does "Bully" do its subject justice? Or is "The Hunger Games" actually a better tool for teaching kids about violence?

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Children's Violence on Film: 'Hunger Games' v. 'Bully'

Friday, March 30, 2012

Recent films "The Hunger Games" and "Bully" have faced struggles over how they should be rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. In the end, "The Hunger Games" received a PG-13 rating, while "Bully" received an R rating. But not everyone thinks these ratings make sense. David Long and his wife Tina Long appear in the film "Bully," in place of their son Tyler, who couldn't. After years of bullying, Tyler killed himself at the age of 17. Rafer Guzman is a film critic for Newsday and co-host of the Movie Date Podcast.

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Movie Date: 'The Hunger Games'

Friday, March 23, 2012

The long-awaited 'The Hunger Games' is finally here! If you wanted to like the Twilight movies but thought Bella was kind of a wimp, this movie is for you. Protagonist Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) leads a cast of young adults through a fictional reality TV show in which children battle to the death. It's an awesome take on the teen movie genre, but is this sci-fi flick about homicidal adolescents a good date movie?

Listen to this week's podcast to find out what Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer, culture producer for the Takeaway, think about this long-awaited and super-hyped blockbuster.

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Hunger Games: Gender, Violence, and Of Course, Merchandise

Friday, March 23, 2012

The big screen adaptation of the best-selling young adult novel the Hunger Games hits theaters this weekend. Our Movie Date podcasters Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer are here to discuss the themes of gender and violence in the film.

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Movie Date: '21 Jump Street'

Friday, March 16, 2012

This week, Movie Date is heading back to high school. And so are Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as a couple of young-looking rookie cops in "21 Jump Street," a remake of the 80s TV show. Listen to find out what grade Kristen and Rafer give this revisited classic.

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New Movie Releases: '21 Jump Street,' 'Casa De Mi Padre,' 'Jeff Who Lives at Home'

Friday, March 16, 2012

We have three big movie releases this week: "21 Jump Street," which is a reboot of the 1980s television series; "Casa De Mi Padre," which is a Spanish language telenovela for the big screen starring Will Ferrell; and "Jeff Who Lives at Home," a movie with a very self-explanatory title.

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Movie Date: 'Friends with Kids'

Friday, March 09, 2012

Jennifer Westfeldt's "Friends with Kids" asks an important question: do I really have to have kids? When two single friends realize that all of their friends are parents, they ditch bachelor life to have a baby of their own. "Friends with Kids" has an all-star comedic cast, but it's also rife with some language you might not want your own kids to hear. As always, Movie Date is brought to you by Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer, culture producer for the Takeaway.

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New Movie Releases: 'John Carter,' 'Friends with Kids,' and 'Silent House'

Friday, March 09, 2012

It’s Friday, when we talk about movies here on The Takeaway. There are three big releases this week: “John Carter,” “Friends with Kids,” and “Silent House.”

In addition to hosting the Movie Date podcast, Rafer Guzman is film critic for Newsday and Kristen Meinzer is a producer for The Takeaway.

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Movie Date: The Ultimate Party Movie

Friday, March 02, 2012

Remember those crazy parties in high school? Well, our Movie Date podcasters do. This week the Todd Phillips movie "Project X" rages into the movie theaters.  The director of "Hangover" and "Old School" takes on teenage rebellion when three buddies decide to throw the party of their lives. As always we hear from Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer, culture producer for the Takeaway.

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