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Rafer Guzman

Rafer Guzman is Newsday's film critic. He has also been Newsday's rock critic, a travel writer at The Wall Street Journal and music editor at the New Times Broward-Palm Beach.

He has a master's degree from Columbia University's School of Journalism and a B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley. His interests include movies, music, writing about movies and music, and the search for some other kind of meaningful hobby.

Jon Stewart film 'Rosewater' slated for November

Jon Stewart speaks during a taping of "The

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The host of “The Daily Show” will make his writing and directing debut with “Rosewater” on Nov. 7. The film's distributor, Open Road Films, officially announced the release date Friday.

“Rosewater” is not a documentary but a narrative feature based on Mazair Behari's memoir “Then They Came for Me.” Gael Garcia Bernal will play Behari, a Canadian journalist arrested by Iranian authorities and...

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Kristen Stewart axed from 'Snow White and the Huntsman' sequel

Kristen Stewart on July 8, 2014. She won't

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Kristen Stewart, the star of “Snow White and the Huntsman,” the action-fantasy hit from 2012, has been dropped from the upcoming sequel.

Instead, “The Huntsman” will be an origin story of sorts that focuses on Chris Hemsworth's character, Eric, and the evil queen Ravenna, played by Charlize Theron, before they ever met Stewart's Snow White. Universal announced today that the film is slated...

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Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been nominated for an

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You probably know the actor, who's shown up in just about everything form “Star Trek: Into Darkness” to “August: Osage County.” But who's the guy he's playing?

To computer geeks and World War II buffs, Alan Turing is a heroic and tragic figure. A brilliant British mathematician, he was hired by the government to help crack the Germans' legendary Enigma codes, and in the process helped invent...

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Michael Keaton in 'Birdman': First trailer

Oct. 17

Is it a superhero film, a surrealist comedy or one of those Hollywood satires about Hollywood? The answer may be all three.

According to a Fox synopsis from about a year ago, "Birdman" is a "black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his...

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New trailer for Dinesh D'Souza's 'America'

Scenes from 'America,' author-turned-filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza's documentary targeting

On the heels of his Barack Obama takedown "2016: Obama's America," author-turned-filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza is targeting Hillary Clinton in a new documentary titled simply "America."

In at least one scene, the actress Jennifer Pearson will portray Clinton in a re-enactment, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film, based on D'Souza's hopefully titled book "America: Imagine a World...

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'The Fault in Our Stars' writer returns to Long Island

Actors Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley in "The

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Michael H. Weber, one of the screenwriters of the new teen romance "The Fault in Our Stars," will be returning to Long Island this weekend, says a teacher at Great Neck North High School. His appearance will be in conjunction with American Cancer Society's Relay for Life to be held Saturday at the high school football field. Based on the best-selling novel by John Green, the film stars Shailene...

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Great Neck drama 'Affluenza' revealed in new trailer

A scene from "Affluenza."

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A new version of "The Great Gatsby" is coming to theaters soon, but this one isn't set in the fictional Long Island town of West Egg.

It's about wealthy teenagers living in Great Neck, the very real town that helped inspire F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous novel. The film's director, Kevin Asch ("Holy Rollers") was raised there.

In "Affluenza," Ben Rosenfield (HBO's "Boardwalk Empire") plays...

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'Mrs. Doubtfire' sequel in the works, report says

Nick Frost, in 'Cuban Fury,' embraces his girth with comedy and confidence

Nick Frost in "Cuban Fury."

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In movie jargon, the villain is called the "heavy." These days, however, that term applies more and more to the hero.

"Cuban Fury," released Friday, stars Nick Frost as an overweight man whose secret passion is salsa-dancing. Its comedic potential comes built-in thanks to Frost, a British actor who stands five-foot-seven-inches and weighs what looks like 250 pounds or more. If the film sounds...

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'Frozen' is the highest-grossing animated film of all time, report says

A 4-year-old girl named Ella loved the Disney

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The Disney film is now the highest-grossing animated film of all time, according to The Hollywood Reporter, having earned $1.072 billion worldwide.

That total surpasses the previous record-holder, Disney-Pixar's "Toy Story 3," which earned $1.063 billion worldwide.

"Frozen" broke the record over the weekend thanks partly to a good run in Japan, where it took in $50.5 million. It is the...

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