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.
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at the intersections of music and film in three new releases: "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Out of the Furnace," and "Sound of Music Live." They also embark on some movie therapy with a listener who wants help with tracking down quality lesbian-themed films. And, as always, there's movie trivia.
The Thanksgiving movie rush is upon us and The Movie Date team is here to tell you what to see and what to skip this holiday weekend.
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer, culture producer for The Takeaway, tell you what to see and what to skip this holiday weekend. The week's films include "Frozen," "Oldboy," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Black Nativity," and "Homefront."
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Delivery Man," and "The Christmas Candle." They also answer listener mail in response to last week's review of "The Best Man Holiday" and offer some Movie Therapy to a listener who bemoans the lack of female action heroes.
Each Friday, The Takeaway's Movie Date team delivers reviews of the new releases slated to hit the box office. This week, the Movie Date team weighs in on "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Delivery Man," and "The Christmas Candle." In addition to hosting the Movie Date podcast, Rafer Guzman is film critic for Newsday and Kristen Meinzer is culture producer for The Takeaway.
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "Nebraska," the latest from Alexander Payne and "The Best Man Holiday," the sequel to the 1999 African-American romantic comedy, “The Best Man.” They also help a Canadian listener who's in bad need of some Movie Therapy and answer a letter from a listener who's upset with Rafer.
Each Friday, The Takeaway's Movie Date team delivers reviews of the new releases slated to hit the box office. This week, they look at the holiday reunion movie “The Best Man Holiday” and “Nebraska,” which is already getting some Oscar buzz. In addition to hosting the Movie Date podcast, Rafer Guzman is film critic for Newsday and Kristen Meinzer is culture producer for The Takeaway.
It's mortals versus superheroes as Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman take on "Thor: The Dark World," "The Book Thief," and "Dallas Buyers Club."
A Marvel superhero, a young girl in Nazi Germany, and a Texan with HIV prove that bravery comes in all shapes and sizes as "Thor: The Dark World," "The Book Thief," and "Dallas Buyers Club" go head to head at the box office this week. The Takeaway's Movie Date Team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, walk us through these new releases.
Time travel and dystopia reign this week as Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman take on "Free Birds," "Ender's Game," and "About Time." Plus, Kristen interviews Mary Steenburgen who stars as a lounge singer in the new movie "Last Vegas."
This week, it's all about time travel and dystopia as the Movie Date team takes on "Ender's Game," "Free Birds," and "About Time." Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer are the Movie Date team.
This week, Kristen and Rafer talk thrillers, French films, and films with barely any dialogue: "The Counselor," starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz; the Robert Redford film "All Is Lost"; and finally, the French film, "Blue Is The Warmest Color."
Kristen and Rafer also take on your problems with the new Movie Date feature, called Movie Therapy.
This week in movies: mayhem on land at sea. Our Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weigh in on Cormac McCarthy's debut screenplay, 'The Counselor,' Robert Redford in 'All is Lost,' and the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner, 'Blue is the Warmest Color.'
Attention New Yorkers!
On October 27, for the first time ever, The Takeaway's Movie Date podcast is hosting a very special (and spooky) night of bar trivia. In honor of Halloween, questions will focus on scary movies, skin-crawling history, and some top-secret subjects that we won't divulge here. Rafer and Kristen will be there, reading off clues, offering moral support, and handing out prizes. We're expecting it to be very full, so if you want prime space come early!
Sunday, October 27
8pm - 9:30pm
Pacific Standard Bar
82 4th Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn
Trains: 2/3/4/5/B/D/N/R/Q at Atlantic/Barclays
Admission: Free (plus the cost of drinks)
This week, Kristen and Rafer get serious as they talk about three new major releases: "The Fifth Estate," starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange; the remake of "Carrie," starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore; and finally, Steve McQueen's film based on Solomon Northup's memoir, "12 Years a Slave."
Kristen and Rafer also launch a new Movie Date feature, called Movie Therapy, in which they help listeners with their questions and issues by prescribing movies. This week: a listener needs advice on make-out movies. If you have questions for Movie Therapy, ask them here, or on our Facebook page.
The Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weighs in on this week’s big releases: The remake of “Carrie,” starring Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz; “12 Years a Slave,” the true story of a free black man trafficked into slavery during the mid-1800s; and “The Fifth Estate,” which looks at the rise of Julian Assange and Wikileaks.
This week, Kristen and Rafer take on heroes and villains with this week's two major releases: 'Captain Phillips,' the new Tom Hanks-led film about the real hijacking of the Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates in 2009, and 'Machete Kills,' the latest Mexploitation film from Robert Rodriguez. And bonus: Kristen interviews the real Captain Richard Phillips, asking him to give his thoughts on the movie (and on Tom Hanks's interpretation of his accent). All aboard!
This week, two big releases allow movie lovers to enjoy real and fictional heroes and villains. For reality lovers, there's "Captain Phillips" and for lovers of fiction, there's "Machete Kills." Our Movie Date team—Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer—weighs in with their thoughts. In addition to co-hosting the Movie Date podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for The Takeaway.
Rafer and Kristen switch gears for this week's podcast and review 10 movies in (about) 10 minutes. They also review Gravity, and make some very special announcements!
This week has seemed like a movie at points, albeit a very long one with no predictable resolution. But our Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, are here to weigh in on the actual movies coming out this week. Together they review "Gravity," "Runner Runner," and "Parkland."