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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.

Michael Keaton in 'Birdman': First trailer

"Birdman" is a black comedy the tells the

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

(Credit: AP / 20th Century Fox)

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."

(Credit: Grant Gustin Spain via YouTube.com)

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

Robin Williams as Euphegenia Doubtfire in 1993's "Mrs.

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After years of first drafts and false starts, a sequel to the 1993 Robin Williams hit "Mrs. Doubtfire" is reportedly in the works.

Fox 2000 is developing the project, which would reunite Williams with director Chris Columbus, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The script is by David Berenbaum, who wrote the 2003 Will Ferrell comedy "Elf."

"Mrs. Doubtfire" starred Williams as a divorced...

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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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'Under the Skin' soundtrack now streaming

Scarlett Johansson, seen attending the London film premiere

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Scarlett Johansson is the most recognizable face in the new science-fiction film "Under the Skin," about an alluring alien who preys on Earthling males, but the movie's other star is its soundtrack.

Composed by Mica Levi, leader of the indie-rock band Micachu and the Shapes, the soundtrack for "Under The Skin" is a rarity in movies these days. It's extremely distinctive, made mostly of sawing...

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New 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' trailer

A scene from the second trailer for "X-Men:

(Credit: X-Men Movies via YouTube)

The second “official” trailer for the upcoming “X-Men” movie has been released, offering glimpses of franchises favorites such as Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellan and Jennifer Lawrence, along with newcomer Peter Dinklage as scientist Bolivar Trask.

“You have to go into the past,” says Ian McKellan as Magneto, but the new trailer skimps on the period details (aside from the wide lapels of James McAvoy's...

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Hal Douglas dead; 'Forrest Gump,' 'Coneheads' movie voice-over king was 89

Legendary voice-over artist Hal Douglas, whose sonorous delivery

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You've probably never seen him, but you've heard him more times than you know. Hal Douglas, whose low, resonant voice graced the trailers of motion pictures for decades, died last Friday.

Douglas's trailer credits included movies as diverse as “Forrest Gump,” “Philadelphia” and “Coneheads.” Along with Don Morrow, the voice of the “Titanic” trailer, and Don LaFontaine (the man most closely...

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