Rafer Guzman

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New Movie Releases of The Week: 'Ender's Game,' 'Free Birds,' 'About Time'

Friday, November 01, 2013

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. 

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Movie Date: 'The Counselor,' 'All Is Lost' and 'Blue Is The Warmest Color'

Friday, October 25, 2013

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. 

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New Movie Releases of The Week: 'The Counselor,' 'All Is Lost,' 'Blue Is The Warmest Color'

Friday, October 25, 2013

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.'

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Movie Date Quiz Night! Live in Brooklyn!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

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)

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Movie Date: 'The Fifth Estate,' 'Carrie' and '12 Years a Slave'

Friday, October 18, 2013

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.

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New Movie Releases of The Week: 'Carrie,' 'The Fifth Estate,' '12 Years A Slave'

Friday, October 18, 2013

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.

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Movie Date: 'Captain Phillips' and 'Machete Kills'

Friday, October 11, 2013

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!

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New Movie Releases of The Week: 'Captain Phillips' and 'Machete Kills'

Friday, October 11, 2013

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.

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Movie Date: Speed Date Round 2!

Friday, October 04, 2013

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! 

 

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Movie Date: 'Gravity,' 'Runner Runner,' 'Parkland'

Friday, October 04, 2013

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."

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Movie Date: 'Thanks For Sharing,' 'Starlet,' 'Don Jon'

Friday, September 27, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen talk sex, sex addiction and porn. Tell your kids to leave the room because they're reviewing 'Thanks for Sharing,' 'Starlet,' and 'Don Jon.'

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Movie Reviews of The Week: 'Don Jon,' 'Baggage Claim,' 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2'

Friday, September 27, 2013

It’s Friday, and you know what that means: It's movie day at The Takeaway. This week, the Movie Date team previews three major releases. As always, our Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, are here to weigh in. Rafer, is film critic for Newsday. And Kristen is culture producer for The Takeaway.

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Movie Date: 'Prisoners,' 'Rush,' 'After Tiller'

Friday, September 20, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen talk crime and fast cars. They also speak with Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, the filmmakers behind a documentary about the last four late-term abortion clinics in the country. Start your engines! It's time to review "Prisoners," "Rush," and "After Tiller."

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Movie Date Reviews of The Week: 'Prisoners,' 'Rush,' 'After Tiller'

Friday, September 20, 2013

This week, we preview two wide releases and a limited release documentary. First, we talk "Prisoners," the Hugh Jackman, and Jake Gyllenhaal thriller, then Ron Howard’s racecar action flick, "Rush." Finally, we look at “After Tiller,” a documentary that takes us inside the last four late-term abortion clinics in the country. As always, our Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weigh in.

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Movie Date: 'The Family,' 'Insidious 2,' 'Harry Dean Stanton,' 'Austenland'

Friday, September 13, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at strange array of movies, including an indie documentary ("Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction"), a horror flick ("Insidious: Chapter 2"), and an aging mobster comedy ("The Family"). They also look at "Austenland" with the help of Meg Levin, one of the New York City coordinators of the Jane Austen Society of North America.

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Movie Date: 'Riddick,' 'Salinger,' and Lots of Listener Mail

Friday, September 06, 2013

In the newest Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen explore the theme of seclusion in this week's big releases: from the self-imposed recluse life of J.D. Salinger (in the new documentary "Salinger") to the lonely survivalist life of Vin Diesel's character (in "Riddick"). Rafer and Kristen also share their own strange memories of being all alone, and read through a large pile of listener mail.

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New Movie Releases of The Week: Riddick, Salinger, The Ultimate Life

Friday, September 06, 2013

This week there are three releases on the chopping block. The first is "Riddick," the latest in the multi-part sci-fi action franchise. There’s also the documentary “Salinger,” which promises to divulge some secrets about writer J.D. Salinger. Finally, Michael Landon Jr. follows in his father’s footsteps with an inspirational film called “The Ultimate Life.” Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weigh in.

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New Movie Releases of The Week: Our Nixon, Closed Circuit, One Direction: This Is Us

Friday, August 30, 2013

This week’s movie releases include "Our Nixon," which examines the Nixon presidency, and “Closed Circuit,” the British crime thriller, in addition to “One Direction: This Is Us,” a documentary on the boy band One Direction. As usual, the Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weigh in with their thoughts.

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Movie Date: 'Closed Circuit,' 'Our Nixon,' 'The Grandmaster,' 'One Direction: This is Us,' and Special Guest Morgan Spurlock

Thursday, August 29, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen wonder if anyone trusts the government anymore, and consider whether beauty is enough to make up for a lack of substance. They also sit down with director Morgan Spurlock to discuss his newest and very surprising film project. It's all in honor of "Closed Circuit," "Our Nixon," "The Grandmaster," and "One Direction: This is Us."

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Movie Date: 'The World's End,' 'You're Next,' 'The Spectacular Now'

Thursday, August 22, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Kristen and Rafer review movies that are about drinking...or that might be best watched while drunk. They include: "The World's End," which is about an alcoholic embarking on a 12-pub crawl gone wrong; "The Spectacular Now," which is about an alcoholic embarking on a romance gone wrong; and "You're Next," which is about a a bunch of rich people at a family gathering gone wrong. Also, Kristen and Rafer take a few minutes to complain about the current state of movie etiquette.

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