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Rafer Guzman

Rafer Guzman
Rafer Guzman's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boston Phoenix, Los Angeles Times, Newsday

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 81% The Founder (2017) Keaton is the special sauce in this smart, sharp movie about capitalism and its casualties. ‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 83% Julieta (2016) Pedro Almodóvar's latest isn't his strongest, but his vibrant, vivid world of women is always a great place to be. ‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 76% Split (2017) For most of its nearly two-hour running time, "Split" is quite enjoyable, a clever one-up of "Psycho" with some interesting twists and several funny-creepy moments. ‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 19, 2017
1/4 34% Monster Trucks (2017) Wants to be "Transformers" but feels more like made-for-video kiddie fare. Tough going if you're older than 9. ‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 12, 2017
17% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) Possibly the nail in the coffin of this dreary vampire series. ‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 86% A Monster Calls (2017) Though well-made on every level, with gorgeous visuals and raw, heightened performances, "A Monster Calls" is more emotionally intense than the average children's movie - by a factor of maybe two or three hundred. ‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 5, 2017
17% Assassin's Creed (2016) In the game-to-film genre - which includes such memorable disasters as "Silent Hill" and "Hitman 47" - this is yet another disorganized, incoherent, nearly unwatchable entry. ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 22, 2016
1/4 40% Why Him? (2016) "Why Him?" rarely delivers more than a half-chuckle. Right now, everyone involved might be thinking, "Why me?" ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 22, 2016
3/4 83% Silence (2017) "Silence" can be a riveting and forceful film. Still, it feels more about abstractions than emotions. ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 22, 2016
2/4 34% Live By Night (2017) The movie looks quite nice, thanks to Affleck, and that's about the most you can say for its hero, too. ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 22, 2016
3.5/4 92% Hidden Figures (2017) "Hidden Figures" may be a thoroughly upbeat, entertaining movie, but it's too smart to sugarcoat the truth about race relations in America - past or present. ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 22, 2016
3/4 86% Lion (2016) A heart-wrenching true story, with what could be one of the great child-actor performances of all time. ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 22, 2016
3/4 78% Patriots Day (2017) Patriots Day may strike some as unwelcome fuel on a smoldering political fire, but it doesn't seem intended as such. Its only goal is to provide the nail-biting tension and visceral thrills of an action-blockbuster, and it succeeds. ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 21, 2016
3.5/4 70% Sing (2016) A genuine crowd-pleaser, with sparkling characters, feel-good tunes and a big-hearted spirit. ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 21, 2016
3/4 31% Passengers (2016) Pratt and Lawrence are great company. They could make 90 years go by in the blink of an eye. ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 20, 2016
12% Collateral Beauty (2016) An excellent cast, immersed in a hot tub of self-pity and false sentiment. ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) This "Star Wars" spinoff doesn't spin very far off from the franchise, but it's a serviceable stopgap between chapters. ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 13, 2016
2/4 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) As with so many parties, if you manage your expectations, you might have a pretty good time. ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/4 93% La La Land (2016) Romantic, inventive, visually dazzling - and yet, Damien Chazelle's ambitious movie promises slightly more than it delivers. ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 8, 2016
2/4 89% Jackie (2016) An ambitious but jumbled drama in which the central figure remains elusive. Portman's performance gets lost in the chaos. ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) A heart-wrenching drama anchored by Affleck, who notches up yet another subtle, stunning performance. ‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 1, 2016
2/4 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) This sequel's main cast is still in fine form, but the rehashed jokes feel past their prime. ‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 22, 2016
54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Beatty's first directing effort in 20 years is so self-serving and half-baked it could have been made by Hughes himself. ‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/4 95% Moana (2016) A lively adventure driven by an independent heroine and the Broadway-ready songs of "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Gorgeous animation, too. ‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 22, 2016
4/4 61% Allied (2016) A grand wartime romance with nods to Hitchcock and "Casablanca." Thoroughly satisfying. ‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 21, 2016
3/4 71% Bleed For This (2016) Vinny's remarkable comeback story can make for compelling viewing. ‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 44% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Ang Lee's unprecedented use of digital technology makes for a hyperreal immersion into the mind of a traumatized soldier. ‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 17, 2016
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" spinoff is sheer magic, a grand fantasy-adventure that already feels like an old family favorite. ‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 13, 2016
2/4 48% Almost Christmas (2016) A standard entry in a formulaic genre, though the actors occasionally sparkle. ‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 10, 2016
2.5/4 94% Arrival (2016) A familiar story about a close encounter, though well crafted and unusually moody. ‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 10, 2016
2.5/4 23% American Pastoral (2016) McGregor's directorial debut is a well-crafted drama but lacks the depth of Roth's masterful book. ‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/4 86% Christine (2016) A gripping, often agonizing character study with a tour de force performance by Rebecca Hall. ‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/4 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) An unusual pro-peace war film from director Mel Gibson. Solidly entertaining and impressively faithful to the facts. ‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 3, 2016
4/4 98% Moonlight (2016) A deeply personal and visually mesmerizing drama that just might be the year's best movie. ‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/4 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Director Scott Derrickson and his co-writer, C. Robert Cargill, keep Doctor Strange balanced, just barely, between trippy psychedelia and plain incoherence. ‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 2, 2016
2.5/4 19% Inferno (2016) Silly and implausible, but mostly watchable. ‐ Newsday
Posted Oct 27, 2016
2/4 55% Michael Moore In TrumpLand (2016) What begins as an earnest attempt to reach across the aisle turns into an unofficial Clinton campaign ad. ‐ Newsday
Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/4 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) A low-key, good-natured comedy that never quite explodes the way it should. ‐ Newsday
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/4 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Cruise gives his all to a cardboard cutout action figure, making this sequel an enjoyable popcorn flick. ‐ Newsday
Posted Oct 20, 2016
0.5/4 51% The Accountant (2016) Poorly conceived and woefully executed, almost on par with Affleck's notorious bomb, "Gigli." ‐ Newsday
Posted Oct 13, 2016
2/4 76% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) Unless you're a loyal Hart fan, his latest concert film won't bowl you over. ‐ Newsday
Posted Oct 13, 2016
2.5/4 81% Denial (2016) Facts and opinions duke it out in this thought-provoking if slightly low-key drama based on true events. ‐ Newsday
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3.5/4 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) An ambitious, intelligent and unsettling film from writer-director-star Parker. ‐ Newsday
Posted Oct 6, 2016
1.5/4 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) Preposterous and slightly cheesy, like an "erotic thriller" from the 1990s. ‐ Newsday
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/4 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Peter Berg's disaster film about a real tragedy aims only to entertain, and succeeds. Larger lessons, however, are in short supply. ‐ Newsday
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/4 92% Queen of Katwe (2016) Predictable and very Disneyfied, but Mutesi's remarkable story carries the day. ‐ Newsday
Posted Sep 29, 2016
2.5/4 93% Harry & Snowman (2016) A modest but touching documentary about two underdogs who took each other to the big time. ‐ Newsday
Posted Sep 29, 2016
2/4 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) An uneven adaptation of the Ransom Riggs book, with creepy-funny characters but an extremely muddled story. ‐ Newsday
Posted Sep 29, 2016
2.5/4 63% Storks (2016) Clever jokes and cute moments mostly make up for the contrived story. ‐ Newsday
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/4 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) An ethnically diverse cast and snappy action scenes make for an entertaining update of the 1960 classic. ‐ Newsday
Posted Sep 22, 2016