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Rafer Guzman

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Movie Date: 'Horrible Bosses'

Friday, July 08, 2011

Kristen and Rafer are having the debate of debates: Which kind of horrible boss could you stomach? That's the topic of one of this weekend's big expected box office earners, "Horrible Bosses." In yet another surprise for the Movie Date podcast, Kristen and Rafer agree! Again! Must be a full moon. Listen to find out whether our intrepid film watchers actually liked the film or not. 

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New Movie Releases: 'Horrible Bosses,' 'Zookeeper,' 'Project Nim'

Friday, July 08, 2011

This weekend's film releases include the comedy "Horrible Bosses," starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, and the family-friendly "Zookeeper," starring Kevin James. For animal lovers, there's also the documentary "Project Nim," the sad tale of a chimpanzee who was raised as a human child. 

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Movie Date: 'Transformers,' 'Larry Crowne,' 'Monte Carlo'

Friday, July 01, 2011

It's a big blockbuster summer weekend. But do Kristen and Rafer like this weekend's big blockbusters? Well there's one thing we can say: they agree on something! If you wanted to know whether that's missing Megan Fox in "Transformers" or being sort of unimpressed with Tom Hanks in "Larry Crowne," you'll just have to listen. 

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New Movie Releases: 'Transformers 3,' 'Larry Crowne,' 'Monte Carlo'

Friday, July 01, 2011

It’s Friday, which means we'll be talking about new movies here at The Takeaway. This week’s big openers are the 3D action spectacular "Transformers 3: Dark Side of the Moon," the Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks–led romantic comedy "Larry Crowne," "Monte Carlo," a teen chick flick centering around a case of mistaken identity.

 

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Movie Date: 'Bad Teacher'

Friday, June 24, 2011

This week, Rafer and Kristen couldn't disagree more about Cameron Diaz comedy "Bad Teacher." Rafer thinks it's unfunny hogwash, Kristen says that if it was a guy playing Diaz's raunchy, gold-digging character, it would be a different story for moviegoers. What do you think? 

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New Movie Releases: 'Cars 2' and 'Bad Teacher'

Friday, June 24, 2011

It’s Friday and, as usual, that means we talk about movies here at the Takeaway. This week’s big openers are the animated Pixar sequel “Cars 2” and “Bad Teacher,” starring Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake.

 

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Movies: 'Green Lantern,' 'Mr. Popper's Penguins,' 'Tree of Life'

Friday, June 17, 2011

This weekend, movie goers have a wide range of options to choose from. For mainstream audiences, there’s “The Green Lantern,” which stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, and Peter Sarsgaard. For families and kids, there’s “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” starring Jim Carey and Angela Lansbury. And for the indie crowd, “The Tree of Life,” directed by Terrence Malick and starring Brad Pitt, goes into wide release. If you could only see one, which would it be?

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Is 'Super 8' Super Great?

Friday, June 10, 2011

For months, JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg have been keeping audiences guessing about their new film, “Super 8.”

Here’s what we know about: It centers on a group of pre-teens in the late 1970s who witness a train crash while making their own low-budget film. After the crash, the kids begin to notice strange things happening in their town.

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Movie Date: 'X-Men: First Class'

Friday, June 03, 2011

In this week's Movie Date: Rafer Admits something that's never happened before and may never happen again. Kristen Rejoices. Both agree that "X-Men: First Class" is the kind of superhero film that succeeds in being relatable to the real world, and maybe the first great superhero movie of the summer (sorry, "Thor"). Take a listen.  

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Movies: 'X-Men: First Class'

Friday, June 03, 2011

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.

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Movie Date: 'The Hangover Part II'

Friday, May 27, 2011

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?

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Movie Date: The Two Woody Allens

Friday, May 20, 2011

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? 

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Movies: Sequel-Mania and the End of the World

Friday, May 20, 2011

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?

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Movie Date: Is 'Bridesmaids' a Breakthrough Feminist Movie?

Friday, May 13, 2011

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!

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'Bridesmaids': A Great Step Forward for Feminism?

Friday, May 13, 2011

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. 

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Movie Date: Is 'The Beaver' a Masterpiece or a Mess?

Saturday, May 07, 2011

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.

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New Movie Releases: 'Thor', 'The Beaver', 'Something Borrowed'

Friday, May 06, 2011

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."

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Movie Date: Prom on Film

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

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."

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Movie Date: Royal Romances On and Off Screen

Friday, April 22, 2011

In this week's Movie Date, Kristen is crackling with excitement for the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
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Movie Date: Stupid Movies Worth Watching This Summer

Friday, April 15, 2011

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.

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