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:

Sometimes A Predictable Date Can Still Be a Fine Date

Friday, March 27, 2015

This week's new releases aren't particularly unique, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're bad dates. 
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It's Like The Hunger Games, But Much Worse

Friday, March 20, 2015

This week's Movie Date podcast is all about new beginnings...or more accurately, questionable recycling of stuff we already know. 
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Trying on Glass Shoes, Spinning Lies, and Getting Away with Murder

Friday, March 13, 2015

This week's podcast is filled with liars, working girls, aging gangsters, millionaire murderers and bonus: an adoptee in need of some Movie Therapy. 
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Movie Date: Films to See & Avoid This Weekend

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Takeaway's Movie Date Podcast team reviews this weekend’s releases, which include “Run All Night," "Cinderella," and "It Follows.”

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A Less-Than-Best Hotel, Horrible Robots, and Cult Members on the Loose

Friday, March 06, 2015

In this week's podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "Chappie" and "The Second Best Marigold Hotel." They also dive into Tina Fey's new Netflix series, "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." 
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Movie Date: Films to See & Avoid This Weekend

Friday, March 06, 2015

The Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, review three of this week's big movie releases: "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Chappie," and "Unfinished Business."

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Con Artists, Bringing Back the Dead, and Vampires in their Downtime

Friday, February 27, 2015

In this week's podcast, there are a lot of heavy topics and lousy movies. But on the bright side, Jemaine Clement, of Flight of the Conchords fame, stops by to talk about his new film!  
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Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords on His New Comedy-Horror Mockumentary

Friday, February 27, 2015

The new mockumentary focuses on the less glamorous side of vampire life. Called "What We Do in the Shadows," Clement co-wrote, co-directed & stars in it with Oscar nominee Taika Waikiti.

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'The Duff,' 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2,' 'McFarland USA,' and Interviews with the Oscar Nominees

Friday, February 20, 2015

It's a jam-packed Movie Date, with reviews of 'The Duff,' 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2,' and 'McFarland USA,' as well as interviews with the Oscar nominees!
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The 2015 Oscars: Who Will Win & Who Should Win

Friday, February 20, 2015

All this week, in the lead up to the Oscars, we've been looking at the films nominated for Best Picture. Today, we talk predictions with our Movie Date Podcast team. 

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Best Picture Preview: 'The Imitation Game'

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

All week in the lead up to the Oscars, we're taking a closer look at some of the films nominated for Best Picture. Today, we speak with the writer and director of "The Imitation Game."

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'Fifty Shades of Grey,' 'Old Fashioned,' 'Kingsman: The Secret Service,' 'The Slap'

Friday, February 13, 2015

Put on your handcuffs. After much anticipation, 'Fifty Shades of Grey' hits theatres. Also on the chopping block: 'Old Fashioned' and 'Kingsman: The Secret Service.' 
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Report Claims Right-Wing Films Break the Box Office

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

According to conservative watchdog group Movieguide, conservative films made three times as much money as liberal ones last year: $71.49 million per movie versus $22.48 million per film.

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'Jupiter Ascending,' 'Mr. Turner,' 'Lovesick,' 'Spongebob,' 'Seventh Son,' Movie Therapy & Sweatpants!

Friday, February 06, 2015

It's a jam-packed week at the Movie Date podcast, as Rafer and Kristen take on 'Jupiter Ascending,' 'Mr. Turner,' 'Lovesick,' 'Spongebob,' 'Seventh Son,' Movie Therapy & Sweatpants!
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'Black or White,' 'Project Almanac,' 'Song One,' Sweatpants & Movie Therapy

Friday, January 30, 2015

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen cover all the bases with new releases, Sweatpants picks, an interview, Movie Therapy, and, of course, Trivia!
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'Cake,' 'The Boy Next Door,' 'Strange Magic,' 'Mordecai,' and Movie Therapy

Friday, January 23, 2015

In this week's podcast, Rafer and Kristen review 'Cake,' 'The Boy Next Door,' 'Strange Magic,' and 'Mordecai.' They also administer some Movie Therapy!
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Films to See and Avoid This Weekend

Friday, January 23, 2015

"Strange Magic," "The Boy Next Door," and "Cake" hit the box office on this chilly weekend. Our Movie Date team lets us in on what's good.

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'Paddington,' 'Black Hat,' 'Still Alice,' 'The Wedding Ringer'

Friday, January 16, 2015

It's the kind of week that will make you laugh and cry, and maybe think you have early onset Alzheimer's. 
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Movie Date: Films to See & Avoid This Weekend

Friday, January 16, 2015

Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer, culture producer for The Takeaway, review the new films hitting the box office this weekend.

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'Taken 3,' 'Inherent Vice,' 'Mozart in the Jungle,' and Listener Mail

Friday, January 09, 2015

It's the early days of January, and you know what that means when it comes it movies...
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