Rafer Guzman is the film critic for Newsday and a member of the New York Film Critics Circle. He is the co-host of the WNYC podcast "Movie Date" and a regular guest on the station's news show "The Takeaway."
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.
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Friday, December 05, 2014
In a Movie Date first, Rafer and Kristen review three films starring and co-starring women.
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Whether it's "The Hunger Games" or the new indie film "Snowpiercer,” divisions between a powerful ruling class and society's poorest continue to dominate Hollywood dialogue.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
It's Black Friday! What better time to watch good movies, bad movies, and maybe sit around in your sweatpants?
Friday, November 21, 2014
Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and Rafer and Kristen are rubbing their stomachs. Fortunately, there's both hunger and supermarkets on the big screens, vying for some attention.
Friday, November 14, 2014
If you doubted it was Oscar season, we have two words for you: "Dumb and Dumber To."
Friday, November 07, 2014
How important is logic in a movie? And when is a family actually a cult? Rafer and Kristen contemplate this and other big questions on this week's Movie Date.
Friday, October 31, 2014
It's a haunted Halloween Movie Date with a wide range of creepy options, from an amnesia suspense flick to a sociopath-centered thriller.
Friday, October 24, 2014
A blind boy plays football, an ordinary man blows the whistle, and Keanu Reeves makes a heroic return. Plus, Jason Schwartzman, star of "Listen of, Philip," stops by!
Friday, October 17, 2014
It's a rage-filled podcast, as Rafer & Kristen delve into race relations, child abuse, career angst, and war. On the bright side, there's also Movie Therapy & a new feature: Sweatpants!
Friday, October 10, 2014
This week's podcast is filled with some real jerks, from controlling fathers to grumpy babysitters to abusive teachers. Enjoy!
Friday, October 03, 2014
There's a lot to be afraid of this week: the rapture, homicidal husbands, the internet, and, of course, dolls.
Friday, September 26, 2014
At first glance, it really seems we're digging to the bottom of the 1980s TV barrel with "The Equalizer." But maybe we'll feel differently at second glance.
Friday, September 19, 2014
It's a week for people on film and off (ahem, Rafer) to take personal responsibility for their lives. But do all of them rise to the occasion?
Friday, September 12, 2014
Rafer thinks it's a red-letter week for women in the movies (if you count dolphins). Kristen's not so sure.
Friday, September 05, 2014
What really happened during the fall of Saigon? Was Elvis Jewish? Are voiceovers ever okay? And why is Stuart Murdoch so darn nice? This and other questions, on this week's Movie Date.
Friday, September 05, 2014
Our Movie Date podcast team reviews “The Identical,” “Last Days in Vietnam” and the anniversary re-releases of "Forrest Gump" and "Ghostbusters."
Friday, August 29, 2014
Fall 2014 movie season is right around the corner, and the Movie Date team is geared up with ten of the movies they're most looking forward to.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Sometimes it feels like the only thing you can say at the end of a movie is: "Nothing to see here. Move on." And sometimes that feeling applies to every single movie in the theatre.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Rafer and Kristen are having a tough week; the kind of week that has them tag-teaming three movies in one day and quoting lines from "Splash."
Friday, August 08, 2014
Warning: This week's episode of Movie date includes singing by Kristen, which is pretty terrible. But does anyone sound good singing the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" theme song?