Rafer Guzman

Film Contributor

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.

Rafer Guzman appears in the following:

'Penguins of Madagascar,' 'Horrible Bosses 2,' 'The Imitation Game,' and More!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It's Black Friday! What better time to watch good movies, bad movies, and maybe sit around in your sweatpants?
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'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1,' 'Pulp,' Thanksgiving Sweatpants & Movie Therapy

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. 
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'The Theory of Everything,' 'Foxcatcher,' 'Beyond the Lights,' 'Dumb and Dumber To,' Sweatpants & Listener Mail

Friday, November 14, 2014

If you doubted it was Oscar season, we have two words for you: "Dumb and Dumber To."
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'Interstellar,' 'Horns,' 'Big Hero 6,' Sweatpants, and Listener Mail

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.
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'Nightcrawler,' 'Laggies,' 'Before I Go to Sleep,' 'Olive Kitteridge,' 'Mike Tyson Mysteries,' and Angry Listener Mail

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.
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'John Wick,' '23 Blast,' 'Citizenfour,' and Special Guest Jason Schwartzman

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!
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'Dear White People,' 'The Best of Me,' 'Birdman,' 'Fury,' Movie Therapy, and Sweatpants

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!
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'St. Vincent,' 'Kill The Messenger,' 'The Judge,' and Special Guest Damien Chazelle, Writer/Director of 'Whiplash'

Friday, October 10, 2014

This week's podcast is filled with some real jerks, from controlling fathers to grumpy babysitters to abusive teachers. Enjoy!
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'Gone Girl,' 'Left Behind,' 'Annabelle,' 'Men Women & Children' and Movie Therapy

Friday, October 03, 2014

There's a lot to be afraid of this week: the rapture, homicidal husbands, the internet, and, of course, dolls. 
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'The Equalizer,' 'Boxtrolls,' 'The Two Faces of January,' and Movie Therapy

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. 
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'This is Where I Leave You,' 'Tusk,' 'A Walk Among the Tombstones,' 'The Maze Runner,' and Special Guest Simon Pegg

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?  
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'Dolphin Tale 2,' 'The Drop,' 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,' 'Kelly and Cal,' and Movie Therapy

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. 
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'The Identical,' 'Last Days in Vietnam,' 'Snowpiercer,' and Special Guest Stuart Murdoch on 'God Help the Girl'

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.
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Movie Date: A Musical, A Documentary, and Two Classic Re-Releases

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."

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Fall 2014 Movie Preview

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. 
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'If I Stay,' 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,' 'What If,' 'When the Game Stands Tall'

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. 
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'Let's Be Cops,' 'The Expendables 3,' 'The Giver,' 'Frank,' and Listener Mail

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." 
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'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,' 'The Hundred-Foot Journey,' 'Into the Storm'

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?
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'Get on Up,' 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' 'Sharknado 2,' and Special Guest James Franco

Friday, August 01, 2014

This week's Movie Date podcast is dedicated to two men named James: James Brown, who's depicted in the new biopic "Get On Up" and James Franco, who directs the new film, "Child of God." 
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'Magic in the Moonlight,' 'And So It Goes,' 'Lucy,' and Movie Therapy

Friday, July 25, 2014

Rafer and Kristen review Woody Allen's "Magic in the Moonlight," Rob Reiner's "And So It Goes," and the new Scarlett Johansson sci-fi flick, "Lucy." Plus, there's Movie Therapy!
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