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'Life Itself,' 'Boyhood,' 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Friday, July 11, 2014

Rafer and Kristen grapple with serious questions about life and death as they review "Life Itself," "Boyhood," and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."
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'Earth to Echo,' 'America,' 'Tammy,' and Movie Therapy

Thursday, July 03, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen celebrate America's birthday with movies that may or may not leave you bored on the Fourth of July. 
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'Transformers 4,' 'Begin Again,' 'Obvious Child,' and Movie Therapy

Thursday, June 26, 2014

When is a robot fight sequence too violent? Why is Hollywood afraid to depict abortion? Does Hollywood understand the music industry? And would a movie centering on lawn darts be a hit?
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'Jersey Boys' and the cast of 'Think Like A Man Too'

Friday, June 20, 2014

A silver screen coming-of-age, featuring Clint Eastwood's new film 'Jersey Boys' and an interview with the cast of 'Think Like A Man Too.'

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'How to Train Your Dragon 2' and '22 Jump Street'

Friday, June 13, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at two movies focused on best friends who always have each others' backs: "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and "22 Jump Street." Helping them mull over the debatably homophobic humor of the latter is Eric Sasson, columnist behind the Wall Street Journal's CTRL-ALT column. Rafer and Kristen also dedicate some time to a listener in need of some Father's Day related Movie Therapy. And, as always, there's trivia!

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Movie Date: 'The Fault in Our Stars,' 'Edge of Tomorrow,' and Special Guest Gia Coppola

Friday, June 06, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen explore the theme of survival: against aliens and time (in "Edge of Tomorrow"), against cancer and first love (in "The Fault in Our Stars"), and against the awfulness of high school (in "Palo Alto"). Gia Coppola, writer and director of "Palo Alto," joins them, and shares some strange stories about navigating Hollywood as a Coppola, being a first-time director, and first coming into contact with James Franco (whose collection of short stories is the basis for the film).

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Movie Date: 'Maleficent,' 'A Million Ways to Die in the West,' and Special Guest Clive Owen

Thursday, May 29, 2014

What makes a hero and hero and a villain a villain? And are the two really so different? Rafer and Kristen mull over these questions as they look at this week's big releases: "Maleficent," "A Million Ways To Die In the West," and "Words and Pictures." And bonus! The very talented and handsome Clive Owen, star of "Words and Pictures," joins Rafer and Kristen in studio!

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WNYC News

The Best Summer Documentaries

Thursday, May 29, 2014

New films explore the life of legendary film critic Roger Ebert; the odd-couple legal team that fought California's ban on gay marriage; and the Freedom Summer of 50 years ago.

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Movie Date: 'Blended,' 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' and Special Guest John Ottman

Friday, May 23, 2014

Have we been here before? Because Rafer and Kristen are feeling some serious deja vu. It's all due to the release of the third Sandler-Barrymore romantic comedy ("Blended") and the seventh film in the X-Men franchise ("X-Men: Days of Future Past"). Helping Kristen and Rafer to cope wit their deja vu this week is John Ottman, composer and editor of "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

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Don Johnson Goes Back to the '80s

Friday, May 23, 2014

He left his cultural mark on the decade with "Miami Vice." Now he's on the big screen in the new film "Cold in July," an '80s Texas crime story.

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Movie Date: 'Godzilla,' 'The Immigrant,' 'Million Dollar Arm,' and Special Guest Mark Ciardi

Thursday, May 15, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at the theme of immigration on film through three of this week's big releases: "The Immigrant," "Godzilla," and "Million Dollar Arm." They also talk with Mark Ciardi, who, in addition to being a former professional baseball player, is the producer of "Million Dollar Arm."

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Movie Date: 'Neighbors,' 'Moms' Night Out,' 'Chef,' 'Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return'

Friday, May 09, 2014

It's an odd mix of adult humor, faith-based comedy, indie food porn, and animated family fair in this week's Movie Date podcast, as Rafer and Kristen review "Neighbors" (starring Seth Rogan and Zac Efron), "Moms' Night Out" (starring Patricia Heaton and Trace Adkins), "Chef" (starring Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, and Scarlett Johansson), and "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return" (starring Lea Michele and Dan Aykroyd).

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Movie Date: 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' 'Belle,' 'Locke'

Friday, May 02, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen enlist the help of a real comic book enthusiast as they review "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." Scott Rosenberg, in addition to loving superheroes, is the entertainment editor of AM New York. Rafer and Kristen also review two smaller movies: "Locke," a one-man movie starring Tom Hardy; and "Belle," a historical drama starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, and Emily Watson.

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WNYC News

New Spider-Man Opens Summer Movie Season of Remakes and Reboots

Friday, May 02, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, opens on Friday. 

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Movie Date: 'Brick Mansions,' 'The Other Woman,' and Movie Therapy

Friday, April 25, 2014

This week's Movie Date podcast is all about revenge, as Rafer and Kristen review "Brick Mansions" and "The Other Woman." "Brick Mansions" centers on a good cop (Paul Walker) who's out to kill the man who murdered his father. "The Other Woman" centers on several women (Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton) who've all been wronged by the same man, and set out to punish him. Additionally, Rafer and Kristen administer some Movie Therapy to a listener who needs help with an upcoming journey. And, as always, there's trivia!

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This Is Where: Deep in The Woods of East Texas

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Around the country, Takeaway listeners have been submitting their own poems about places that carry meaning, and among the memorable poems was this one from a listener from Palestine, Texas.

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Movie Date: 'Transcendence,' 'Heaven is for Real,' and the TV Series 'Fargo'

Friday, April 18, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen grapple with two very different interpretations of life after death, in "Heaven is For Real" and "Transcendence." The first is a faith-based film based on a real memoir, starring Greg Kinnear. The second is a sci-fi thriller about the melding of mind and computer, starring Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall. One of them has Rafer yelling about it being the worst movie of the year. The other has Kristen wondering whether Jesus really has blue-green eyes. Also on the podcast: A look at the new FX series, "Fargo," which is based on the 1996 film of the same name; listener mail about films with social messages; and, as always, trivia!

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Movie Date: 'Rio 2,' 'Draft Day,' 'Oculus'

Friday, April 11, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at three very different films: "Rio 2," which brings the message of eco-terrorism to children; "Draft Day," which attempts to do for football what "Moneyball" did for baseball; and "Oculus," a movie about a haunted mirror that brings far more than seven years bad luck. Helping them to dissect "Oculus" is scholar Mark Pendergrast, author of "Mirror Mirror: A History of the Human Love Affair with Reflection."

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The Takeaway

Colbert Sheds Character for 'Late Show' Chair

Friday, April 11, 2014

Yesterday CBS announced that David Letterman will pass the torch to Stephen Colbert. How might Colbert begin to "play himself" after a decade of acting in character? Who might succeed him at Comedy Central?

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The Takeaway

Colin Firth on Torture & 'The Railway Man'

Friday, April 11, 2014

Actor Colin Firth discusses his new film “The Railway Man,” which tells the true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who is tortured as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II.

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