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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
2/4 66% Life (2017) Yep, it's another "Alien" clone. A few good gruesome moments, but that's about all.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
1/4 47% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) [A] calculated, derivative attempt to turn a decades-old piece of junk culture into a new pile of box-office cash.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3/4 76% T2 Trainspotting (2017) The follow-up is as wistful as the first film was wild, which is another way of saying "T2" feels like a ghost of its former self.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3/4 79% Personal Shopper (2017) Another intriguing experiment from one of the oddest and most interesting partnerships in the movies today.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/4 44% The Belko Experiment (2017) Any movie that includes death by tape dispenser is worth seeing.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
2.5/4 70% Beauty and the Beast (2017) In the end, Beauty and the Beast still enchants, largely due to the irresistible story and Woolverton's still-intact touches. The hand-drawn original film, though, remains the real deal.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
1/4 21% The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017) Aims for the grandeur of "Lawrence of Arabia" but falls just shy of made-for-television special.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
4/4 78% Kong: Skull Island (2017) An unusual combination of thunderous monster movie and gritty war film, "Kong: Skull Island" is a fresh take on a nearly 85-year-old classic.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
2/4 67% Before I Fall (2017) Director Ry Russo-Young seems genuinely interested in tapping into these characters and reminding us what fresh hell adolescence brings each day, but the material resists her.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
2.5/4 92% Logan (2017) Logan provides a fitting finale to the Wolverine franchise. It isn't often a Marvel superhero gets to saddle up, tip his hat and ride off into the proverbial sunset.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
2/4 39% Rock Dog (2017) A sweet-natured but awfully clumsy animated tale. Best for very young viewers.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
3.5/4 99% Get Out (2017) All told, this is a sharp, funny, brave movie that strikes the perfect balance between humor and horror. It's the year's first must-see.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
35% The Great Wall (2017) This action-fantasy creature-feature speaks a cinematic Esperanto - inelegant, unidentifiable, with bits and pieces borrowed from here and there.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
A- 100% Tower (2016) A haunting re-creation of a first-of-its-kind tragedy. Fifty years later, it seems, we're no closer to answers or solutions.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
0/4 9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Breathtakingly, pulse-poundingly bad.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
4/4 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Funny, tender, outrageous - this unpredictable movie belongs in a category all its own.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) The first film had its moments, but this action-packed follow-up is a major improvement. Wild, funny and thrilling.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3/4 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Though this spinoff has less heart than "The Lego Movie," the nonstop pace and dazzling animation (once again by Animal Logic) should make it a crowd-pleaser.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
3/4 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Like many of Farhadi's films, "The Salesman" says something profound about politics without directly addressing the issue at all.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2/4 25% The Comedian (2017) Fitfully funny but also meandering and muddled.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2/4 17% The Space Between Us (2017) The movie often delivers on its promises. It is also, however, one clumsily plotted flick, with a screenplay by Allan Loeb that gambles everything on a twist ending you could spot from a galaxy away.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
3/4 42% Gold (2017) "Gold" mostly works. It's just a few ounces shy of solid entertainment.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3/4 96% Paterson (2016) Jim Jarmusch's latest has moments of beauty that help compensate for a slightly static narrative.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
2/4 33% A Dog's Purpose (2017) It's basically "Look Who's Talking" with a puppy instead of a baby.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
B+ 91% The Witness (2016) It's a quietly effective documentary that works on two levels.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
3/4 83% The Founder (2017) Keaton is the special sauce in this smart, sharp movie about capitalism and its casualties.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 84% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 75% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
1/4 32% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
17% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) Possibly the nail in the coffin of this dreary vampire series.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 87% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3/4 85% Silence (2017) "Silence" can be a riveting and forceful film. Still, it feels more about abstractions than emotions.‐ Newsday
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3.5/4 93% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3/4 80% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
3.5/4 73% Sing (2016) A genuine crowd-pleaser, with sparkling characters, feel-good tunes and a big-hearted spirit.‐ Newsday
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
12% Collateral Beauty (2016) An excellent cast, immersed in a hot tub of self-pity and false sentiment.‐ Newsday
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
2/4 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) As with so many parties, if you manage your expectations, you might have a pretty good time.‐ Newsday
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
55% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
4/4 61% Allied (2016) A grand wartime romance with nods to Hitchcock and "Casablanca." Thoroughly satisfying.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016