There’s only one new film being released widely this weekend, and it’s a big one: "X-Men: First Class," a prequel to the X-Men films that were so popular between 2000 and 2006. Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday co-hosts the Movie Date podcast with Takeaway producer Kristen Meinzer. They talk about the mutant powers they'd each like.
If the marketing and the first film's popularity is any indication, "The Hangover Part II" will pull in tons of money this weekend. Kristen and Rafer share their opinions on the sequel, and as per usual, there's plenty to debate. Can a sequel with a mission of giving viewers "something familiar" also be original? And is this movie offensive to Asians, women, and really all humans?
Kristen and Rafer share their opinions on the new Woody Allen film, "Midnight in Paris." It's the latest in Allen's slew of "new Woody" movies. But is the "old Woody" better? And where does the old become the new?
This weekend’s anticipated top opener "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." This is the third sequel in the "Pirates" franchise. But "Pirates of the Caribbean" isn’t the only sequel machine out there. This year, the movie industry will be breaking records, releasing a total of 27 sequels (including "The Hangover 2," "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Cars 2," "Twilight" – Part 1 of Part 3, and "Harry Potter" – Part 2 of Part 7). Why does the moviegoing public put up with all the repeats?
This week, Rafer tells Kristen why he thinks "Bridesmaids" is the most feminist film to come along in years. Kristen, in turn, tells Rafer that he might not know a darn thing about what feminism is.
WARNING: A clip from the movie contains some of the gross-out actions described and may be disturbing to some listeners!
This weekend, movie goers are talking about one movie: "Bridesmaids." A new raunchy ensemble comedy, it features a cast that's almost entirely female. "Bridesmaids" stars Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, of "Saturday Night Live" fame, as well as Ellie Kemper from "The Office" and Wendi McLendon-Covey from "Reno 911." Crass to the point of being shocking, some cultural critics are arguing that this could be a watershed moment for women in film and comedy.
Mel Gibson is trying to jump start his career with a movie about a depressed man who takes solace in a handheld beaver puppet. Rafer and Kristen debate whether the movie is a work of genius or an utter train wreck.
It’s Friday, and Rafer Guzman reviews this weekend's releases: "Thor," "The Beaver," and "Something Borrowed." Film critic for Newsday, Rafer Guzman also co-hosts the Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast. Below: The trailer for "Something Borrowed." Unfortunately, says Guzman, this movie is "neither a comeback nor a self-immolation for Mel Gibson."
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look back at their memories of the high school prom and share their thoughts on proms on the screen — from John Hughes's "Pretty in Pink" to the new Disney teen flick, "Prom."
In this week's Movie Date, Kristen is crackling with excitement for the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Rafer couldn't care less, but he agrees to look back at royal romances on film with Kristen, if only to get off the subject of commemorative wedding tea towels. Everybody loves tea towels, right?
In this week’s podcast, Kristen and Rafer talk about the movies they’re most looking forward to seeing this summer. Warning: most of them are extremely stupid.
Here's a sampling: Woody Allen's new star-packed flick "Midnight in Paris"; "Larry Crowne," starring Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks; "Bad teacher with Cameron Diaz as a drunk irresponsible teacher and Justin Timberlake as the hot new sub; Alex Gibney's latest documentary, "Magic Trip"; "The Change Up," starring Ryan Reynolds; and "30 minutes or Less," about a pizza delivery guy-turned robber.
Rafer Guzman, Newsday film critic and co-host of the Movie Date podcast previews the weekend's new releases. There's the new animated birdbrained film "Rio" as well as the latest in modern slasher blockbuster series "Scream 4."
What's worse? Jokes about farts or boobs? Are there certain subjects that should be off limits for humor? And when does a movie cross the line from raunchy to completely tasteless? Rafer and Kristen debate these questions and share their opinions on the medieval raunch fest "Your Highness."
What should you see and what should you skip this weekend? Co-hosts of the Movie Date podcast, Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman look at some of the weekend's anticipated films. In addition to being the co-hosts of the podcast, Kristen is a culture producer with the Takeaway and Rafer is a Film Critic for Newsday.
In honor of April Fool's Day, Rafer and Kristen decided to turn this week's Movie Date into a Movie Dare. Knowing that Kristen would never choose to see "Road House" on her own, Rafer dared her to see the Patrick Swayze classic. And knowing that Rafer had yet to enjoy the entire Mariah Carey oeuvre, Kristen dared him to see "Glitter." Was this the scariest dare ever?
This week's biggest film news was all about an actress who appeared in her first movie at the age of nine. Rafer and Kristen look back on the career of Elizabeth Taylor and share their favorite memories of the legendary star who died this week, aged 79.
Rafer and Kristen have a major disagreement about the drugs-make-you-smarter themed movie “Limitless.” They also look back on other movies – good and bad – in which drugs are a main character.
This week, Rafer and Kristen look at the newest imagining of Red Riding Hood and discuss their favorite fairy tales on film. Along the way, Rafer explains why fairy tales make men feel like objects and Kristen explains why she'd like them to be a little more like Sophie's Choice.
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at the new Johnny Depp animated lizard cowboy vehicle, "Rango," and debate whether the film's grissly characters and graphic violence make it the best or worst children's movie ever.
Movie Date co-host and Newsday movie critic, Rafer Guzman gives us his take on the weekend's releases: the conspiracy theory romance “The Adjustment Bureau,” which stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt; the eighties-themed romantic comedy “Take Me Home Tonight,” which stars Topher Grace and Anna Faris; and the new animated feature “Rango,” in which Johnny Depp stars as a lizard cowboy.