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Marjorie Baumgarten

Film Editor

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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.

144 articles in 2010   •   page 1 of 4

Gulliver's Travels

In this update of the satiric Jonathan Swift novel, Jack Black plays s travel writer who becomes lost on the island of Lilliput.

Film Review, Dec. 31, 2010


AFS Essential Cinema: Agnes on Agnès

Screens Feature, Dec. 31, 2010

Little Fockers

Surely we're not the only ones Fockered out as this franchise aims for low-brow smut in its third outing.

Film Review, Dec. 24, 2010

True Grit

Rooster Cogburn rides again in this Coen brothers' remake of the Western classic.

Film Review, Dec. 24, 2010

Yogi Bear

This mixture of animated talking animals and live action is unbearable.

Film Review, Dec. 17, 2010

The Fighter

Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, and Amy Adams combine forces with director David O. Russell to make one of 2010's most exciting movies.

Film Review, Dec. 17, 2010

The Tourist

Not even Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, and the Venice setting can rescue this would-be thriller from its slack storytelling.

Film Review, Dec. 17, 2010

Luis Buñuel's "Illusion Travels by Streetcar" by Dick Price

Songwriter Dick Price riffs on Illusion Travels by Streetcar

Screens Daily, Dec. 13, 2010 11:54 AM

Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen

This biopic tells the life story of Hildegard von Bingen, the 12th-century Benedictine nun, who was a woman of many talents and mystical visions.

Film Review, Dec. 10, 2010


Burlesque bumps and grinds. And then grinds and grinds and grinds.

Film Review, Dec. 3, 2010

Violet Crown Under Construction

New Downtown arthouse theatre plans soft opening in spring

Screens Feature, Dec. 3, 2010


Disney does Rapunzel.

Film Review, Nov. 26, 2010

Seeing Is Believing

The Violet Crown Cinema has broken ground

Screens Daily, Nov. 22, 2010 4:22 PM


In this effects-heavy film, extraterrestrials invade Los Angeles.

Film Review, Nov. 19, 2010

That Obscure Stretch of a Master's Filmography

Screens Feature, Nov. 19, 2010

Welcome to the Rileys

Though the story is preposterous, terrific performances by James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, and Melissa Leo save the day.

Film Review, Nov. 12, 2010


This willfully perverse Greek drama is a far cry from the Hellenic classics.

Film Review, Nov. 12, 2010

For Colored Girls

Tyler Perry tackles Ntozake Shange's beloved play.

Film Review, Nov. 12, 2010


Howl is a must-see for Beat freaks and poetry geeks but might not be an enriching experience for newcomers to the work of Allen Ginsberg.

Film Review, Nov. 12, 2010

Inside Job

This documentary, which is narrated by Matt Damon, illuminates the U.S. economic crisis with detailed yet engaging analysis.

Film Review, Nov. 5, 2010

Due Date

Road comedy hits the sweet spot with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis.

Film Review, Nov. 5, 2010


Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell star in this real-life legal drama in which a woman goes to law school in an attempt to exonerate her brother.

Film Review, Oct. 29, 2010

Last Train Home

This small masterpiece of documentary filmmaking offers an intimate look at the impact of China’s industrial growth.

Film Review, Oct. 29, 2010

AFF: 'Main Street' Comes to Downtown Austin

The world premiere of the film based on Horton Foote's final screenplay

Screens Daily, Oct. 23, 2010 5:19 PM


Clint Eastwood looks into the great beyond and sees dead people – lots of them, and chatty souls they are, too.

Film Review, Oct. 22, 2010


In this indie drama about affluent urban professionals in Memphis, an abusive and obsessive man makes life complicated for the women in his life.

Film Review, Oct. 22, 2010

A Cookie Full of Arsenic

Screens Feature, Oct. 22, 2010

Waiting for 'Superman'

More provocative than genuinely informative, this documentary, nevertheless, has kicked off a national discussion about remedying our failing educational system.

Film Review, Oct. 15, 2010

Nowhere Boy

This movie about John Lennon's young-adult years showcases the importance of the importance of both his mother and aunt in his life.

Film Review, Oct. 15, 2010

Life as We Know It

It's Two Singletons and a Baby, starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel.

Film Review, Oct. 8, 2010


Saddle up for some old-fashioned inspirational movie entertainment with Diane Lane in the lead as the owner of the famed Triple Crown winner.

Film Review, Oct. 8, 2010

Women Without Men

Although this film set in 1953 Iran is visually compelling, its story about four different women is slight and emblematic.

Film Review, Oct. 8, 2010


The runaway nonfiction book that improbably spent two years on The New York Times bestseller list is now, just as improbably, a movie.

Film Review, Oct. 1, 2010

Where 'Friend' Is a Four-Letter Word

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin explores the fractious founding of Facebook in The Social Network

Screens Feature, Oct. 1, 2010

Act Like You Mean It: Stars Jesse Eisenberg & Armie Hammer

The Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg & Armie Hammer

Screens Feature, Oct. 1, 2010

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

The director of Watchman and 300 makes his first 3-D animated movie about a young owl caught between warring factions.

Film Review, Sep. 30, 2010

Fantastic Fest: 'Balada Triste' (The Last Circus)

There's no clowning around in this Spanish parable

Screens Daily, Sep. 29, 2010 8:56 AM

Fantastic Fest: 'The Housemaid' (2010)

Remake of a South Korean classic

Screens Daily, Sep. 26, 2010 4:30 PM

The Tillman Story

Documentary about the high-level cover-up of the circumstances surrounding the death of NFL star turned Army Ranger Pat Tillman.

Film Review, Sep. 24, 2010

A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop

Surprisingly, Zhang Yimou's Chinese remake of the Coen brothers' debut film, Blood Simple, winds up something of a limp noodle.

Film Review, Sep. 24, 2010

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