Rafer Guzman

Takeaway Film Contributor

Rafer Guzman is the film critic for Newsday and The Takeaway, and a member of the New York Film Critics Circle. Rafer has also been heard on "Soundcheck," "The Brian Lehrer Show" and the New York broadcast of "All Things Considered." On television, he is a frequent guest on NY1's "Talking Pictures on Demand."

He was previously a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, where he covered travel and tourism, before joining Newsday as a rock critic in 2002. He has written about music for publications small and large, including Rolling Stone, Blender, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The East Bay Express, The Buffalo News, The San Jose Metro, the New Times papers and Option magazine.

Rafer earned a bachelor's degree in English from UC Berkeley and graduated with honors from Columbia University's School of Journalism. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

Rafer Guzman appears in the following:

'Yesterday' Tries to Keep Beatlemania Alive in 2019

Monday, July 01, 2019

Rock and roll no longer rules the music charts, but "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Rocketman," and "Yesterday" have all found Hollywood looking back at the genre’s heyday.

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Can Hollywood Reverse a Slow Summer Movie Season?

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hollywood’s reliance on sequels and reboots has not succeeded with audiences this summer. The Takeaway looks at whether the film industry can turn things around in the coming months.

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'Booksmart' Marks a Wave of More Progressive Teen Films

Thursday, May 23, 2019

This Friday, Olivia Wilde's directorial debut, "Booksmart," hits theaters. It comes as part of a recent wave of teen movies that take a more modern look at high school relationships.

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Indie Superhero Movies Face Off Against Blockbusters at the Box Office

Thursday, April 25, 2019

"Avengers: Endgame" is expected to make more than $260 million this weekend. "Fast Color," an indie superhero movie that centers around women of color, has struggled to find an audience.

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Is Jordan Peele's "Us" the First Marxist Horror Film?

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Peele tackles race, class, and psycho-doppelgangers from a parallel universe in his follow-up to "Get Out."

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Can 'Captain Marvel' Stand Up to Weighty Expectations?

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

'Captain Marvel' is the first movie from Marvel Studios to be headlined solely by a female superhero. The Takeaway speaks with two critics about whether the film lives up to the hype.

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'Green Book' Nomination Raises Eyebrows

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The film Green Book scored five Oscar nominations on Tuesday after winning the Producers Guild Award on Friday. But many people feel the film traffics in stereotypes.

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The Best and Worst Movies of 2018

Monday, December 31, 2018

The Takeaway's film critic runs through his movie highs and lows from 2018.

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Turn On, Tune Out: Relaxing Movies and TV to Watch Over the Long Weekend

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

What can you watch this holiday season to forget about current events? Film critic Rafer Guzman joins The Takeaway to give his picks for relaxing things to check out.

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Does "Bohemian Rhapsody" Do Freddie Mercury Justice as a Queer Icon?

Thursday, November 01, 2018

The Takeaway explores how the new bio-pic "Bohemian Rhapsody," tells the story of Freddie Mercury’s life, music, and sexuality.

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"First Man" Tells a Story of American Exceptionalism. Is it Still Relevant in 2018?

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Takeaway film critic Rafer Guzman and New York Times critic-at-large Wesley Morris dissect "First Man," and explore whether the story of Neil Armstrong is still relevant in 2018.

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Rewatching Teen Flicks of the 80s with Modern Eyes

Thursday, October 04, 2018

What were teenagers like Brett Kavanaugh watching in the 80s? Many of the popular films of that time normalize rape culture.

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"Crazy Rich Asians" Set to Make a Splash at the Box Office

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

"Crazy Rich Asians," one of the most talked about movies of the summer, is out today. The Takeaway gives its review.  

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Black Lives at the Multiplex

Thursday, July 19, 2018

This week's culture roundup looks at "Sorry to Bother You," "Blindspotting," and "BlacKkKlansman," three new films explicitly focused on issues of racism and black life.

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The State of Onscreen Representation for the Disabled Community

Thursday, July 12, 2018

This Friday, there are two films coming out that feature individuals with disabilities. Both continue Hollywood's trend of casting big name, able-bodied stars as disabled characters.

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Hollywood Goes to the U.S.-Mexico Border

Thursday, June 28, 2018

In this week’s look at the movies, shows and music people are talking about, we discuss the sequel to "Sicario," which portrays the drug war on the U.S. Mexico border.

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A Cultural Roundup of the Horror Film Genre

Thursday, June 14, 2018

This week, Newsday film critic Rafer Guzman is joined by Alison Willmore, critic and culture writer for Buzzfeed News where they'll explore the horror film genre. 

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Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, May 25, 2018

Reviews of the weekend’s major movie releases, including the Han Solo origin story, "Solo," and "First Reformed," starring Amanda Seyfried.

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Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, May 18, 2018

Reviews of the weekend’s major movie releases, including the raunchy superhero sequel, “Deadpool 2,” and the saucy rom-com, "Book Club."

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Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, May 11, 2018

This week, Rafer gives his take on a few must-sees: "The Seagull" with Annette Bening, "Life of the Party," with Melissa McCarthy, and "RBG," documenting the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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