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New Movie Releases of the Week: Turbo, R.I.P.D, The Conjuring, Red 2

Friday, July 19, 2013

Snails, spooks, spirits...and Bruce Willis. That's your Movie Date lineup for this weekend. The new films "Turbo," "R.I.P.D," "The Conjuring," and "Red 2" are all out this weekend. Bringing us the reviews of these films is our Movie Date team—Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer. They weigh in with their top picks from the week and the films to steer clear of.

 

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Summer Of '93: Blockbuster Soundtracks With 'Movie Date'

Friday, July 19, 2013

There was a lot happening musically during the summer of '93 -- and there was also a lot happening in the movie theaters. The blockbuster hit "Jurassic Park" -- directed by Steven Spielberg and scored by John Williams -- became the top earning film of all time (only to be beaten out a few years later by "Titanic"). But that wasn't the only memorable film to come out of that summer, especially when it came to soundtracks.

Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman of The Takeaway's "Movie Date" podcast join us to talk about their personal favorites from that summer -- from the rap-rock of "Judgment Night" to the indie pop of "So I Married An Axe Murderer." 

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Movie Date: "Pacific Rim" and "Grown Ups 2"

Friday, July 12, 2013

Things you'll learn in this week's Movie Date podcast:

  1. Taylor Lautner in "Grown Ups 2" may be the best Taylor Lautner you ever see.
  2. "Pacific Rim" is not a porno.
  3. Rafer and Kristen do not have a future career in singing. 
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New Movie Releases: 'Grown Ups 2,' 'Pacific Rim,' and An Update From Johnny Depp

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Takeaway's Movie Date team, Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman, review this week's major releases. On the roster this week:“Grown Ups 2," a buddy comedy sequel featuring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade; and “Pacific Rim,” a sci-fi film starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day. 

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The New Movie Releases of July 4th Weekend

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Independence Day is of course one of Hollywood's favorite holidays. The box offices offer up some of summer's expected big hits. Hitting the theaters this weekend is Disney's "The Lone Ranger," the comedy concert film "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain," and Steve Carell's kid flick "Despicable Me 2." Our Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weigh in with their reviews for this holiday weekend. 

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Movie Date: 'The Lone Ranger,' 'Despicable Me 2,' 'Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain'

Thursday, July 04, 2013

When's the last time Johnny Depp played an average, regular guy? What exactly are those yellow egg-shaped things in the "Despicable Me" movies? And does Kevin Hart really need to explain anything? These and other questions are explored in the newest Movie Date podcast, as Rafer and Kristen review "The Lone Ranger," "Despicable Me 2," and "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain." To help them with "The Lone Ranger," and specifically with the depiction of Tonto, they're joined by Rick Chavolla, Education and Development Officer at the American Indian Community House in New York.

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The Politics of Johnny Depp as Tonto

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Johnny Depp plays Tonto, a Native America character, in the new Disney film “The Lone Ranger.” With Depp in the role, the long tradition of non-Native actors playing Tonto continues, which began back in 1933. But it’s not 1933 anymore—it’s 2013. Why does Hollywood still struggle in its depictions of Native peoples? Adrienne Keene is a blogger and activist with Native Appropriations, a website that examines the representations of native peoples in media. She joins The Takeaway to discuss her thoughts on the film, and the depiction of Tonto.

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New Movie Releases: 'The Heat,' 'White House Down,' '20 Feet from Stardom'

Friday, June 28, 2013

Every Friday The Takeaway looks at the new films set to open up at the box office. In this week's look, our resident Movie Date Podcast team—Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer, Culture Producer for The Takeaway—discuss the new releases "The Heat," "White House Down" and "20 Feet from Stardom."

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Movie Date: 'The Heat,' 'White House Down,' '20 Feet From Stardom'

Thursday, June 27, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer wonders if "White House Down" might be the exact same movie as "Olympus Has Fallen,"Kristen tries to fake out Rafer with her feelings about "The Heat," Rafer talks about the most spine-tingling moment in "20 Feet From Stardom," and both imagine themselves as the lead characters in "Turner and Hooch."

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Jim Carrey Pulls Support For Kick-Ass 2 Movie

Monday, June 24, 2013

How do you get out of a movie you've already shot? That's the current dilemma for actor Jim Carey who announced he'll no longer support the film Kick-Ass 2, where he plays a leading role in the comic book sequel. Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday and co-host of the Takeaway Movie Date podcast, joins us to discuss the film.

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Movie Date: 'World War Z' and 'Monsters University'

Friday, June 21, 2013

 

This week, Rafer and Kristen look at two monster movies, one of which deals with the training and coming of age of monsters ("Monsters University") and one which deals with their apocalyptic rise ("World War Z"). To help Kristen and Rafer better understand the latter, they're joined by Scott Gordon, a recent honors graduate of Adelphi University whose bachelor's thesis was entitled, "Revolution of the Dead: The New Zombie Apocalypse."

 

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Movie Date: "Monsters University", "World War Z", and "Before Midnight"

Friday, June 21, 2013

Moviegoers face no shortage of great movies to choose from this weekend: "Monsters University" is the prequel to Disney/Pixar's "Monsters, Inc."; Brad Pitt stars in "World War Z", a zombie apocalypse thriller; and "Before Midnight" is the third installation in Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy's love story. 

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Movie Date: 'Man of Steel,' 'This is the End,' and 'The Bling Ring'

Friday, June 14, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen talk about the dark side of Superman, the bright side of the apocalypse, and the inside of Paris Hilton's closet. It's all in honor of "Man of Steel," "This is the End," and "The Bling Ring."

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New Movie Releases: 'This is the End,' 'Man of Steel'

Friday, June 14, 2013

Movie fans have two wide releases to choose from this weekend: "This is the End," an apocalyptic comedy directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg; and Christopher Nolan's “Man of Steel”, a reboot of DC Comics hero Superman.

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Movie Date: "The Internship," "The Purge," "Much Ado About Nothing"

Friday, June 07, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review the new Owen Wilson - Vince Vaughn comedy, "The Internship," and look back at their own experiences as adult interns. They also review "The Purge" (which Kristen was surprised to discover, is not about bulimia) and Joss Whedon's take on the Shakespeare classic, "Much Ado About Nothing."

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New Movie Releases: "The Internship," "The Purge," "Much Ado About Nothing"

Friday, June 07, 2013

Movie fans have plenty of films to choose from this weekend. They include “The Internship,” a comedy reuniting Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as they take on an internship at Google; "The Purge," a thriller starring Ethan Hawke, where one day a year, all crime is legalized; and Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing”, a modern take on the Shakespeare play.

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Movie Date: 'After Earth,' 'Now You See Me,' 'We Steal Secrets'

Friday, May 31, 2013

In this very special episode of Movie Date, Rafer raps a full song that he composed himself, Kristen reveals some secrets about her childhood, and both of them issue a public apology for a spoiler alert that didn't go far enough. And, of course, they talk about some movies, as well. On the chopping block: "After Earth," "Now You See Me," and "We Steal Secrets."

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New Movie Releases: 'Now You See Me' and 'After Earth'

Friday, May 31, 2013

In this week's look at new movies, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer discuss two highly anticipated wide releases: “After Earth,” a father and son survival movie, starring real father and son Will Smith and Jaden Smith; and “Now You See Me,” starring everyone from Michael Cain and Mark Ruffalo to Jesse Eisenberg and Isla Fisher.

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Movie Date: 'Hangover 3,' 'Fast & Furious 6,' 'The English Teacher,' 'Frances Ha'

Friday, May 24, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review two big releases with seemingly never-ending sequels: "The Hangover 3" and "Fast and Furious 6." They also climb into the backseat for a couple of female-led quickies: "Frances Ha" and "The English Teacher." Tune in to find out which satisfies better: the quickies or the big boys.

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New Movie Releases: 'The Hangover Part III,' 'We Steal Secrets,' 'Fast & Furious 6'

Friday, May 24, 2013

Movie fans have plenty to choose from this weekend. The new releases include "The Hangover Part III," "Fast & Furious 6," "We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks," "Frances Ha," and "The English Teacher."

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