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Movie Date: 'J. Edgar,' 'Jack and Jill,' 'Melancholia'

Friday, November 11, 2011

This week's new movie releases include "Jack and Jill," starring Adam Sandler as both the title characters, "J. Edgar," with Leonardo DiCaprio as the original head of the FBI, and a smaller film by Lars Von Trier and starring Kirsten Dunst, called "Melancholia." 

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Movie Date: 'Tower Heist'

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

What does Brett Ratner's new movie "Tower Heist," have to do with Occupy Wall Street?
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Movie Date: 'Harold & Kumar' and 'Tower Heist'

Friday, November 04, 2011

This week's big new releases at the multiplex are "A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas in 3D," starring John Cho and Kal Pen; and "Tower Heist," starring Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda, Judd Hirsch, and Matthew Broderick. Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday,;and Kristen Meinzer, The Takeaway's culture producer, are co-hosts of The Takeaway’s Movie Date Podcast, and give their reviews of this week's new movies.

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Movie Date: Your and Our Favorite Scary Movies

Friday, October 28, 2011

From "Hellraiser" to "Halloween," we are in the middle of scary movie season. To some that's a horror; to us, it's a delight. Movie Date podcast hosts Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman gave us some of their favorite picks, and you did too. Combine those with the favorite options from our hosts, and you've got a set of truly hair-raising titles. Post your scream-inducing flicks here, if you dare. 

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Critics' Picks: Pop Music

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Newsday critic and Takeaway contributor, Rafer Guzman shares what pop music he's looking forward to this fall.

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Movie Date: 'Paranormal Activity 3'

Monday, October 24, 2011

It brought in the big bucks, but did "Paranormal Activity 3" actually scare our intrepid movie date podcasters? Well, the review is mixed. Neither really lost any sleep about it, even though Kristen has a long history of being kept up by scary ("The Shining") and non-scary ("The Hulk") movies and TV shows. Unsurprisingly, the podcast turns into a discussion of Kristen and Rafer's favorite scary movies as well as a review of the latest blockbuster. 

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Movie Date: 'Footloose'

Monday, October 17, 2011

Forget about classics — what are the odds for success when you're remaking a film that was cheesy the first time around? Well, depending on who you talk to, cheesy movies can be a good thing, especially if they involve Kevin Bacon. That's why the new version of "Footloose" will be judged with scrutiny. Kristen and Rafer discuss how it stacks up, from the soundtrack to the dance moves. 

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New Movies: 'The Ides of March' and 'Real Steel'

Friday, October 07, 2011

This weekend, two of the season's biggest star vehicles are opening in theaters. "The Ides of March," with George Clooney as a distinctly pre-2008 Obama-like candidate, and Ryan Gosling as an idealistic campaign staffer. "Real Steel" stars Hugh Jackman as a boxer eight years in the future, when robot boxing has replaced actual human boxing as America's favorite bloodsport.

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Movie Date: 'The Ides of March'

Friday, October 07, 2011

What makes a great political movie? Suspense? A unique plot line? A surprising reveal? Or...Marisa Tomei? In this weeks' podcast, Rafer and Kristen happen to agree. On what? You'll have to listen to find out, as they discuss the latest political epic with a wide release — and Ryan Gosling's 18,000th movie this year, apparently.  

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Movie Date: 'What's Your Number'

Friday, September 30, 2011

What's your number? No, not your phone number, but the number of sexual partners you've had. Awkward question right? It's also the basis and title for a new Anna Faris movie. But is "What's Your Number" a good idea for a movie? Kristen and Rafer agree on the final judgment, but if you want to know what it is, you'll have to take a listen to this week's movie date podcast. 

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New Movies: '50/50' and 'What's Your Number"

Friday, September 30, 2011

It’s Friday, when we talk about new movies here on The Takeaway. This week, we're talking about "50/50," a comedy about a young guy with cancer, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, and "What's Your Number?," another comedy — this one centers on dating and relationships — with Anna Faris.

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Movie Date: Moneyball

Sunday, September 25, 2011

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Kristen, Rafer, join a baseball-loving guest in discussing stats movie "Moneyball," starring Brad Pitt. Can a movie about baseball statistics be remotely interesting? Does Kristen's knowledge of the game run deeper than "Bad News Bears"? Does the movie, in the final judgment, satisfy people who aren't number crunchers? To get answers to these questions, you must listen!  

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New Movies: 'Moneyball,' 'Dolphin Tale,' 'Abduction,' 'Killer Elite'

Friday, September 23, 2011

This weekend, a variety of anticipated movies are hitting theaters. "Moneyball," starring Brad Pitt, is a dramatic film based on Michael Lewis's popular 2003 book of the same name. "Dolphin Tale," which stars Morgan Freeman, is a family film based on a true story about an injured bottlenose dolphin. "Abduction" is a thriller about a teenager who discovers that he was kidnapped as a young child. And "Killer Elite" is an action flick with Clive Owen and Robert De Niro.

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Movie Date: Actress Christina Hendricks on TV and Movies

Monday, September 19, 2011

This week our Movie Date podcasters get a special treat: a visit from "Mad Men" actress Christina Hendricks. Hendricks, who is also in two fall films, including "Drive," talks about approaching the differences between acting for movies and for TV, and about the next season of "Mad Men." 

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Movie Date: 'Warrior'

Monday, September 12, 2011

You can't say Kristen and Rafer don't go to great lengths to make their movie date fit the bill. This week's topic is epic mixed martial arts film "Warrior," and how do they discuss it? With a "Movie Date throwdown," of course! After a few weeks of surprised agreement, Rafer and Kristen are back in separate corners, ready to go to (friendly) blows at the ring of the bell. Who wins? Who loses? You have to listen to find out! 

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New Movies: 'Contagion' and 'Warrior'

Friday, September 09, 2011

The biggest release this weekend is the thriller "Contagion," which has a formidable cast of big names in Hollywood: Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburn, and Jude Law. "Warrior," a mixed martial arts movie starring Nick Nolte, is also opening this weekend.

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Movie Date: Fall Movie Preview

Sunday, September 04, 2011

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Kristen and Rafer take a look back at the summer that was...a "bummer summer." But rather than harp on how they were disappointed with the list of blockbusters that didn't deliver, they look forward at the movies being released this fall, and talk about what they're looking forward to and what they're dreading. From that list, our critics make picks for each other to see. What do they pick and how do they react? You'll have to listen to find out. 

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New Movies: 'The Debt,' Fall Movie Preview

Friday, September 02, 2011

Every Friday, The Takeaway looks at the weekend's new releases. Opening this weekend: "The Debt," an American remake of a 2007 Israeli thriller, starring Helen Mirren. We'll also talk about films to see this fall, including the haunting film "Martha Marcy May Marlene," and the 3-D family adventure film "Hugo."

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New Movies: 'Our Idiot Brother,' 'Colombiana,' and 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'

Friday, August 26, 2011

We here at The Takeaway don't want you to head into the weekend without knowing which movies to check out — particularly if Hurricane Irene is going to keep you indoors. Every Friday we review new films here at The Takeaway. This week, we're talking about the bromance-style comedy "Our Idiot Brother," the revenge thriller "Colombiana," and the horror movie remake "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark."

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Movie Date: 'One Day'

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Ahh...so many little moments are packed into the day. Moments where you're eating lunch or reading the paper, and moments when you're falling in love. The latter is the basis for new film "One Day," which is the latest film looked at in Kristen and Rafer's podcast. For one of our movie reviewers, this is a "good time, I'd go out again" date, for another, it's a "I probably won't call you again" kind of date. Take a listen.

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