Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer host the Movie Date podcast.

Movie Date Podcast

Movie Date is a weekly podcast produced by The Takeaway in cooperation with Public Radio International and WNYC. It's hosted by Takeaway culture producer Kristen Meinzer and Newsday film critic Rafer Guzman

Each podcast includes movie reviews, trivia, listener mail, and lots of banter. Occasionally, celebrities like Scarlett Johansson, James Franco, Clive Owen, and Joss Whedon stop by, as do experts from the worlds of male stripping, zombie studies, ghost hunting, and tribute bands.

And at least once a month, Rafer and Kristen administer Movie Therapy (listeners write and call in seeking help with their life issues; Rafer and Kristen respond with a prescription of movies to help them through what ails them).

As co-hosts of the podcast, Rafer and Kristen appear live on The Takeaway every Friday; and on Soundcheck, BK Live, and the New York broadcast of All Things Considered several times a year. They've also appeared on The Brian Lehrer Show and Uptown Radio.

Movie Date has been written up by the Wall Street Journal, WomenInPodcasting.org, Babes of NPR, and other notable publications. It's been selected twice as the iTunes podcast of the day and was ranked by Stitcher as one of the top four podcasts covering The Hunger Games.

Subscribe to the Movie Date podcast, like Movie Date on Facebook, follow Kristen on Twitter, and leave a message for Rafer and Kristen anytime at 571-7MOVIES (571-766-8437).

You can also listen on-demand through Stitcher.

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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

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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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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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'Sex Tape,' 'Planes: Fire and Rescue,' 'The Purge: Anarchy,' and Special Guest Mandy Patinkin

Friday, July 18, 2014

Mandy Patinkin joins the Movie Date podcast to talk about his new film, "Wish I Was Here." Plus, reviews of "Sex Tape," "Planes: Fire and Rescue," and "The Purge: Anarchy."
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'Life Itself,' 'Boyhood,' 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Friday, July 11, 2014

Rafer and Kristen grapple with serious questions about life and death as they review "Life Itself," "Boyhood," and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."
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'Earth to Echo,' 'America,' 'Tammy,' and Movie Therapy

Thursday, July 03, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen celebrate America's birthday with movies that may or may not leave you bored on the Fourth of July. 
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'Transformers 4,' 'Begin Again,' 'Obvious Child,' and Movie Therapy

Thursday, June 26, 2014

When is a robot fight sequence too violent? Why is Hollywood afraid to depict abortion? Does Hollywood understand the music industry? And would a movie centering on lawn darts be a hit?
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'Jersey Boys' and the cast of 'Think Like A Man Too'

Friday, June 20, 2014

A silver screen coming-of-age, featuring Clint Eastwood's new film 'Jersey Boys' and an interview with the cast of 'Think Like A Man Too.'

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'How to Train Your Dragon 2' and '22 Jump Street'

Friday, June 13, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at two movies focused on best friends who always have each others' backs: "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and "22 Jump Street." Helping them mull over the debatably homophobic humor of the latter is Eric Sasson, columnist behind the Wall Street Journal's CTRL-ALT column. Rafer and Kristen also dedicate some time to a listener in need of some Father's Day related Movie Therapy. And, as always, there's trivia!

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Movie Date: 'The Fault in Our Stars,' 'Edge of Tomorrow,' and Special Guest Gia Coppola

Friday, June 06, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen explore the theme of survival: against aliens and time (in "Edge of Tomorrow"), against cancer and first love (in "The Fault in Our Stars"), and against the awfulness of high school (in "Palo Alto"). Gia Coppola, writer and director of "Palo Alto," joins them, and shares some strange stories about navigating Hollywood as a Coppola, being a first-time director, and first coming into contact with James Franco (whose collection of short stories is the basis for the film).

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