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

Friday, June 28, 2013

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In this week's look at movies, the Movie Date team discusses three films: "The Heat," a new crime action comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, "White House Down" starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, and "20 Feet from Stardom," a documentary film about backup singers. 

As usual, the Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weigh in. 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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Guests:

Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer

Hosted by:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Carla Javier

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [4]

DT from Boston

The movie reviewers on the Takeaway are a perfect example of the great dumbing-down of NPR. I agree it's close to Entertainment Tonight level criticism: bland, unknowing, and oh-so accepting of Hollywood trash. This trend started long-ago with David B., the longtime "Fresh Air" TV critic. But The TakeAway is such a good show, it is especially insulting to hear a rah-rah, go big-star, big-budget Hollywood attitude here. To not know "Being There" was especially odd. What about perceptive critics who ignore the mainstream trash? What about NPR respecting its most discerning, intelligent listeners? Or is that too anti-capitalism for The Corporation for Public Broadcasting?

Jun. 29 2013 12:59 AM
jonathan from bk

being there

Jun. 28 2013 03:42 PM

Your movie reviewers are not up to The Take Away standards. They seem more like Good Morning American level. To be a movie reviewer and not know Being There is just not right. And for Mr Guzman to call you a cynic for admiring it shows he is a person who is not paying attention to the world. Does he even listen to NPR? There are so many great movies and documentaries we do not need to promote fluff on NPR. Thanks.

Jun. 28 2013 02:00 PM
arthur from West Tisbury, MA

Thank you for acknowledging "Being There" as the masterpiece that it is.

Jun. 28 2013 11:53 AM

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