Rafer and Kristen look at this week's "It's Kind Of A Funny Story" and the history of movies set in psych wards, insane asylums and cuckoo's nests.
Rafer and Kristen discuss this past weekend's hit, "The Social Network."
"You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies," reads the tagline to what is expected to be this weekend's biggest movie, "The Social Network." Directed by David Fincher from a script by Aaron Sorkin, the film chronicles the meteoric rise of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and the people he walked over to get there.
Today, one of the greatest screen villains of the past quarter century returns in “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”
This time, Gordon Gekko, again played by Michael Douglas, returns to the investment banking world just in time to see it crash and burn ... and of course, in time to benefit from it crashing and burning.
But while some fans of Gekko and "Wall Street" are thrilled with the prospect of a sequel, we’re more interested in knowing whether the movie is good, the facts accurate, and what we might learn from it.
Rafer and Kristen (and special guest New York Times Wall Street and finance reporter Louise Story) discuss "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps."
Rafer and Kristen discuss "Easy A" and the history of teen sex comedies.
In February 2009, audiences watched with equal parts glee and horror as Academy Award nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix appeared to have a meltdown during an appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman." The actor, unrecognizable behind a unruly beard, dark glasses, and a belly, had everyone wondering whether another star was burning out or if it was some sort of hoax. Now the truth has come out. Yesterday, Casey Affleck, Phoenix's brother-in-law and director of "I'm Still Here," a so-called documentary about Phoenix's downfall, announced yesterday that Phoenix's behavior over the last two years has been part of an elaborate performance for the film. Newsday and Takeaway film critic Rafer Guzman has seen "I'm Still Here," and explains if this was a prank, performance art, or something else entirely.
Rafer and Kristen look at the recent strange tale of Joaquin Phoenix in what might (or might not) be a hoax documentary, "I'm Still Here."
Kristen and Rafer look at 'Machete': its over-the-top violence, serious political message and "Mexploitation" aesthetic.
The newest George Clooney vehicle, "The American," opened nationwide on Wednesday, and critics expect huge audiences in the coming days. Clooney plays an assassin, holed up in Italy for one last assignment. Given the film's star, one can expect intrigue and romance along the way, but does the newest Clooney film really show Clooney at his best? And what, exactly, is Clooney at his best?
We look back at Clooney’s films with two people who know his work well, and we’re asking, what's the best version of Clooney, and what makes Clooney's appeal is so broad?
Equally scared and entertained by "The Last Exorcism," Rafer and Kristen discuss low-budget horror movies, and what can make them so effective.
Inspired by this week's "The Switch," Rafer and Kristen consider Jennifer Aniston's highly varied filmography
It’s been a brutal summer for movie-goers, with only a few memorable hits and one or two Oscar contenders. Takeaway film contributor and Newsday critic, Rafer Guzman assures us that it will all be getting better soon. He walks us through the movies he’s most looking forward to this fall.
Rafer and Kristen discuss "Eat Pray Love" and the surprising gender-based role reversals it contains.
This weekend’s big movie releases include a highly anticipated adaptation of woman's mid-life memoir, and a highly anticipated adaptation of a comic-book about an angsty musician in love.
But alongside the self-discovery depicted in “Eat, Pray, Love” and the sensitivity of “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” theater-goers have one other big option to choose from: "The Expendables," a violent, punching, shooting, yelling testosterone-fest.
But there’s something funny about "The Expendables." Specifically, all the stars are washed-up geriatric '80s action heroes, including Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, and a short cameo by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Kristen and Rafer review this week's "Step Up 3D" and other dance movies, from "Footloose" to "Singin' in the Rain."
Several big movies open today, and Rafer Guzman, Takeaway contributor and Newsday film critic, gives us his take on what to catch in the theater and which ones to avoid.
Rafer and Kristen discuss "Charlie St. Cloud" and the history of teen heartthrobs in movies.
Several big movies for audiences of all ages open today, and Rafer Guzman, Takeaway contributor and Newsday film critic, gives us his take on three of them.