Rafer Guzman

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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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Movie Date: 'The Butler,' 'Jobs,' 'Paranoia,' 'From One Second to the Next,' 'Kickass 2'

Friday, August 16, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen give five movies the Bechdel Test. Will any of them pass? On the chopping block are two biopics ("Lee Daniels' The Butler" and "Jobs"), one suspense thriller ("Paranoia"), Werner Herzog's documentary short about texting and driving ("From One Second to the Next"), and the comic book sequel that swears like a sailor ("Kickass 2").

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New Movie Releases of The Week: The Butler, Paranoia, Jobs, Kickass 2

Friday, August 16, 2013

This week’s big movie releases include the star-packed “Butler,” the biopic/Apple promo “Jobs,” the geeks-spying-on-geeks tech suspense thriller “Paranoia,” and the comic book sequel that swears like a sailor “Kickass 2.” As usual, the Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer weigh in with their thoughts.

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Movie Date: 'Planes,' 'Percy Jackson,' 'We're the Millers,' 'Lovelace,' 'Elysium'

Friday, August 09, 2013

This week's Movie Date podcast features a wide range of movies that have Rafer and Kristen asking: When should a movie go direct to video? Is a Harry Potter ripoff ever as good as Harry Potter? How much nuance can an audience handle? Are fifty allegories too many? And is incest humor ever actually funny? On the chopping block: "Planes," "Percy Jackson," "We're the Millers," "Lovelace," and "Elysium."

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New Movie Releases of the Week: Planes, Elysium, Lovelace and More

Friday, August 09, 2013

Dane Cook, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Aniston, Matt Damon, and Amanda Seyfried—that's your Movie Date lineup for this weekend. Five new films are all out this weekend. Bringing us the reviews of these films is our Movie Date team—Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer. They weigh in with their top picks from the week and the films to steer clear of.

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Movie Date: "The Canyons" and "Two Guns"

Friday, August 02, 2013

This week, Kristen wonders if the creators of "Two Guns" have difficulty counting, Rafer wonders if the creators of "The Canyons" have difficulty accepting that it's no longer 1983, Kristen has questions about porn, and Rafer feels the need to defend Lindsay Lohan's acting. It's all in honor of the highly anticipated new Bret Easton Ellis/Paul Schrader film, "The Canyons" (featuring porn star James Deen) and the new Mark Wahlberg/Denzel Washington action comedy, "Two Guns."

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New Movie Releases of the Week: The Canyons & 2 Guns

Friday, August 02, 2013

Lindsay Lohan, Pornstars, Denzel and Marky Mark. That's your Movie Date lineup for this weekend. The new films "The Canyons"and "Guns 2" are all out this weekend. Bringing us the reviews of these films is our Movie Date team—Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer. They weigh in with their top picks from the week and the films to steer clear of.

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Movie Date: 'The To-Do List,' 'Wolverine,' 'Fruitvale Station,' 'Blue Jasmine'

Friday, July 26, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen tackle a strange, intense, and in some cases disappointing variety of movies, from the teen sex comedy, "The To-Do List" to the latest Woody Allen offering, "Blue Jasmine," and in between, the comic book action flick "Wolverine" and the biopic based on a tragic true event, "Fruitvale Station." They also answer voicemail, from one listener who's frustrated and another who sounds genuinely concerned.

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New Movie Releases: The Wolverine, The To-Do List, Blue Jasmine

Friday, July 26, 2013

This week, movie theaters have offerings for everyone from comic book fans to teen movie lovers or Bernie Madoff haters. Bringing us the reviews of these films is our Movie Date team— Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer. They weigh in with their top picks from the week and the films to steer clear of. Rafer is also film critic for Newsday, and Kristen is culture producer for The Takeaway.

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Movie Date: 'Act of Killing,' 'The Conjuring,' 'RIPD,' 'Red 2,' 'Turbo'

Friday, July 19, 2013

In this week's supersized Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen face what might be the worst opening weekend all summer. On the chopping block: "The Conjuring," "RIPD," "Red 2," and "Turbo."

But it's not all bad. They also sit down with Joshua Oppenheimer, director of the critically acclaimed new documentary, "The Act of Killing." 

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New Movie Releases of the Week: Turbo, R.I.P.D, The Conjuring, Red 2

Friday, July 19, 2013

Snails, spooks, spirits...and Bruce Willis. That's your Movie Date lineup for this weekend. The new films "Turbo," "R.I.P.D," "The Conjuring," and "Red 2" are all out this weekend. Bringing us the reviews of these films is our Movie Date team—Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer. They weigh in with their top picks from the week and the films to steer clear of.

 

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Movie Date: "Pacific Rim" and "Grown Ups 2"

Friday, July 12, 2013

Things you'll learn in this week's Movie Date podcast:

  1. Taylor Lautner in "Grown Ups 2" may be the best Taylor Lautner you ever see.
  2. "Pacific Rim" is not a porno.
  3. Rafer and Kristen do not have a future career in singing. 
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New Movie Releases: 'Grown Ups 2,' 'Pacific Rim,' and An Update From Johnny Depp

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Takeaway's Movie Date team, Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman, review this week's major releases. On the roster this week:“Grown Ups 2," a buddy comedy sequel featuring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade; and “Pacific Rim,” a sci-fi film starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day. 

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The New Movie Releases of July 4th Weekend

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Independence Day is of course one of Hollywood's favorite holidays. The box offices offer up some of summer's expected big hits. Hitting the theaters this weekend is Disney's "The Lone Ranger," the comedy concert film "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain," and Steve Carell's kid flick "Despicable Me 2." Our Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weigh in with their reviews for this holiday weekend. 

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Movie Date: 'The Lone Ranger,' 'Despicable Me 2,' 'Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain'

Thursday, July 04, 2013

When's the last time Johnny Depp played an average, regular guy? What exactly are those yellow egg-shaped things in the "Despicable Me" movies? And does Kevin Hart really need to explain anything? These and other questions are explored in the newest Movie Date podcast, as Rafer and Kristen review "The Lone Ranger," "Despicable Me 2," and "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain." To help them with "The Lone Ranger," and specifically with the depiction of Tonto, they're joined by Rick Chavolla, Education and Development Officer at the American Indian Community House in New York.

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The Politics of Johnny Depp as Tonto

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Johnny Depp plays Tonto, a Native America character, in the new Disney film “The Lone Ranger.” With Depp in the role, the long tradition of non-Native actors playing Tonto continues, which began back in 1933. But it’s not 1933 anymore—it’s 2013. Why does Hollywood still struggle in its depictions of Native peoples? Adrienne Keene is a blogger and activist with Native Appropriations, a website that examines the representations of native peoples in media. She joins The Takeaway to discuss her thoughts on the film, and the depiction of Tonto.

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New Movie Releases: 'The Heat,' 'White House Down,' '20 Feet from Stardom'

Friday, June 28, 2013

Every Friday The Takeaway looks at the new films set to open up at the box office. In this week's look, our resident Movie Date Podcast team—Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer, Culture Producer for The Takeaway—discuss the new releases "The Heat," "White House Down" and "20 Feet from Stardom."

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