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Marjorie Baumgarten

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Marjorie Baumgarten is a film critic and senior editor at The Austin Chronicle, where she has worked in many capacities since the paper's founding in 1981. She has been the Chronicle's Film Reviews editor for the last 25 years, and her work has also appeared in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and Film Comment.

82 articles in 1995   •   page 1 of 3

Sense and Sensibility

The lively and funny screenplay adaptation of Jane Austen written by Emma Thompson, who also stars, was rewarded with an Oscar.

Film Review, Dec. 14, 1995

Wild Bill

Walter Hill presents his personalized take on the legend of Wild Bill Hickok in this new Western. Hill's speculations are hardly the problem here, however....

Film Review, Dec. 1, 1995

Leaving Las Vegas

Leaving Las Vegas hits you like a breath of fresh air coupled with a 100-proof chaser. The movie is an amazing, bracing, funny, audacious, tender,...

Film Review, Nov. 22, 1995

Public Access

Before there existed The Usual Suspects -- director Bryan Singer's scintillating thriller that's been blasting audiences nationwide to attention over the last few months with...

Film Review, Nov. 17, 1995

Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain

Adventure movies starring two adolescent girls are hardly commonplace and that, sadly, is virtually the only aspect of Gold Diggers that could be regarded as...

Film Review, Nov. 10, 1995

The Addiction

The movies of Abel Ferrara (Ms. 45, King of New York, Bad Lieutenant) are not meant to go down easily, and The Addiction is surely...

Film Review, Nov. 10, 1995

Total Eclipse

This never less-than-fascinating bio-pic recounts the relationship between the two 19th-century French poets, Arthur Rimbaud (DiCaprio) and Paul Verlaine (Thewlis). Theirs, of course, was a...

Film Review, Nov. 3, 1995

The Doom Generation

Admittedly, Araki's new feature may not appeal to all tastes, but that does not at all diminish its immediacy and wit. This bloody road movie...

Film Review, Nov. 3, 1995

Home for the Holidays

I wished I liked this movie more than I did. Ironically, that's something of the feeling I think director Foster is trying to capture in...

Film Review, Nov. 2, 1995

Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey

Some stories just write themselves. This fascinating documentary about the life of Leon Theremin is wilder than anything a storyteller might have imagined. The Russian-born...

Film Review, Oct. 27, 1995

Get Shorty

It's said that Hollywood can be a tough and ruthless town, a real killer. Therefore, who better to grab all that bull by the horns...

Film Review, Oct. 20, 1995

Double Happiness

Multiculturalism as a concept is something to which most of us pay lip service, but rarely do we see it actualized -- especially in the...

Film Review, Oct. 13, 1995

An Awfully Big Adventure

Last time out, the combination of director Mike Newell and actor Hugh Grant resulted in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral. Here, the story...

Film Review, Oct. 6, 1995


The Austin Film Society calendar lists Otto Prreminger's Carmen Jones as sceening on Tuesday, October 10. They've called to let us know that the listing...

Film Review, Oct. 6, 1995

To Die for

With great wit, humor, and style, this movie serves all America its just desserts and, while the concoction and its ingredients may not kill us,...

Film Review, Oct. 6, 1995

How to Make an American Quilt

How to Make an American Quilt blankets the audience with warm and fuzzy sentiments. In most ways, it's a nice enough movie. My problems with...

Film Review, Oct. 6, 1995

Bandit Queen

This Indian movie, in Hindi with subtitles, is a fascinating work for a number of reasons. The story is based in the true-life saga of...

Film Review, Sep. 29, 1995

Moonlight and Valentino

Perhaps it's only because both films are awkwardly titled and share in the presence of Whoopi Goldberg, but Moonlight and Valentino, more than once, brings...

Film Review, Sep. 29, 1995

Femme Douce, Une

Bresson's 1969 film is reportedly one of his best. It must also be one of his most unusual since it was shot in color and...

Film Review, Sep. 29, 1995

Arabian Knight

This new animated tale is directed by Richard Williams, an Oscar-winner for his creative work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Other examples of his animation...

Film Review, Sep. 22, 1995


The Austin Film Society has quietly been celebrating its 10th anniversary with a year-long retrospective of some of their favorite films from programs past. Every...

Film Review, Sep. 22, 1995

Unstrung Heroes

Young Steven Lidz (Watt) is baffled by some of the things that lately have been going on between his parents in his early 1960s Jewish...

Film Review, Sep. 22, 1995

Tie-Died: Rock 'n Roll's Most Deadicated Fans

What could be more timely than a film about the Grateful Dead's camp followers, the Deadheads who follow the band from location to location and...

Film Review, Sep. 22, 1995


Everyone is having a hard time putting a finger on Carol's problem, but nothing seems to cure her discomfort and, steadily, she wastes away. Is her problem medical, societal, or psychological? All of the above?

Film Review, Sep. 21, 1995


Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas' flimsy and illogical story about Vegas showgirls is a sad excuse for this prurient and purulent tale that nevertheless has its cult adherents.

Film Review, Sep. 21, 1995

The Usual Suspects

A modern classic with style to burn.

Film Review, Sep. 1, 1995


During its opening moments, Desperado announces itself as an action picture that demands to be watched, if not for its hyperkinetic staging and riveting fusillade...

Film Review, Aug. 25, 1995

The Jar

We're told that there is a flourishing film movement afoot in Iran. Unfortunately, few of these works make it to these shores. Thus, the screening...

Film Review, Aug. 4, 1995

The Net

The Net is the first of several new movies that tap into the growing national fear of becoming roadkill on the information highway. No one...

Film Review, Aug. 4, 1995

Hong Kong Graffiti

This 1995 Hong Kong film kicks off The New Far Eastern Film Series sponsored by the Cinema Differentia Company and the Dobie Theatre. The six-week...

Film Review, Aug. 4, 1995

Bulletproof Heart

Director Mark Malone makes an impressive debut with this modern film noir about a hit man who falls in love with his victim. This cold-blooded...

Film Review, Aug. 4, 1995

Rebel Without a Cause

If you haven't ever seen this Nicholas Ray/James Dean classic in widescreen … trust me, you've never really seen it. It's been 40 years since James Dean essayed his quintessential role in as a troubled American teen and, along with co-stars Wood and Mineo, established an iconography of adolescence whose potency extends into the present. Ray, who told stories that were "bigger than life" and pulsing with "hot blood," was one of the most dynamic directors of the American screen and his capacity to tell a widescreen story was as articulate as his ability to pinpoint an individual stuck "in a lonely place."

Film Review, Jul. 28, 1995

The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love

At first glance, the plot of Incredibly True Adventure couldn't be more prosaic; teen love traumas are a film industry staple and our familiarity with...

Film Review, Jul. 28, 1995

Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home

Just as every boy thrives best when he has a family to belong to, so too does every whale. That was the lesson of Free...

Film Review, Jul. 21, 1995

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

By what justice can Steven Seagal, an absolute unknown until just a few years ago, claim to be a major movie star? As a screen...

Film Review, Jul. 21, 1995

The Myth of the Male Orgasm

I'd love to announce that The Myth of the Male Orgasm is a new documentary -- cutting edge, of course -- but, alas, it's not...

Film Review, Jul. 21, 1995

Scorta, La

With a plot practically ripped from the pages of contemporary newspapers, this Italian political thriller uses that country's internal corruption and intrigue as the landscape...

Film Review, Jul. 14, 1995


R. Crumb: master cartoonist of the underground comix world. Even if you're not familiar with his name, I guarantee you're familiar with some of his...

Film Review, Jun. 30, 1995


As beguiling and as ephemeral as its titular namesake, Smoke is a movie that draws you in and lingers a while in your bloodstream. It's...

Film Review, Jun. 30, 1995

The Glass Shield

In this often overlooked film by Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep, To Sleep With Anger), a black cop in an all-white police station confronts racism from his colleagues and incredulity from his family and community

Film Review, Jun. 22, 1995

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