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Marjorie Baumgarten

Film Editor

TWITTER: @moviemarge

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.

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Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan creates a volatile drama about a violently hyperactive teen, his strong-willed mother, and the nice woman who lives across the street.

Film Review, Feb. 5, 2015

Mr. Turner

Mike Leigh delivers a fascinating, period-rich portrait of the latter years of the painter J.M.W. Turner.

Film Review, Jan. 29, 2015

Not Your Usual Song and Dance

Indie Meme film showcase explores independent Indian cinema

Screens Feature, Jan. 29, 2015

Bringing It All Back Home

Texas Film Awards adds Boyhood to roster of honorees

Screens Daily, Jan. 21, 2015 9:00 AM

Selma for Students

1,000 free admissions for area students through MLK Day

Screens Daily, Jan. 16, 2015 3:30 PM

American Sniper

Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper tell Chris Kyle's war story.

Film Review, Jan. 15, 2015

Talking Trash

Trash Dance streams here for the next two weeks – for free

Screens Daily, Jan. 13, 2015 10:25 AM

Russell Brand Movie Kicks off SXSW Film 2015

SXSW Film divulges its first seven titles for 2015

Screens Daily, Jan. 8, 2015 2:00 PM


Although it's dramatically uneven, this film is a commendable historical drama about Martin Luther King Jr. that sidesteps the common pitfalls of adulatory biopics.

Film Review, Jan. 8, 2015

The Interview

See how a goofy comedy can spark an international incident.

Film Review, Dec. 31, 2014

The Year in Film

Austin Chronicle critics throw in for Boyhood

Screens Feature, Dec. 31, 2014

Marjorie Baumgarten's Top 10 List

Screens Feature, Dec. 31, 2014


The heroic story of Louis Zamperini, who endured harrowing hardships during World War II, is the subject of Angelina Jolie's second movie.

Film Review, Dec. 23, 2014

Ain’t It Cool With Harry Knowles Set to Air on KLRU

Head Geek pacts with local PBS affiliate

Screens Daily, Dec. 22, 2014 8:00 AM

Austin Film Critics Pick Boyhood

AFCA showers Linklater favorite with four awards

Screens Feature, Dec. 18, 2014

SXSW Film 2015 Coming Into Focus

Ava DuVernay and RZA to deliver keynote kickoffs

Screens Daily, Dec. 16, 2014 12:40 PM

Top Five

Chris Rock is on a roll with this funny yet pointed comedy, which he wrote and directed, and also stars in.

Film Review, Dec. 11, 2014

Notes on Regarding Susan Sontag

Doc opens up about Sontag's loves and career path

Screens Daily, Dec. 8, 2014 4:35 PM

Pelican Dreams

The director of The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is back with a personal doc about these "flying dinosaurs," which have always fascinated her.

Film Review, Dec. 4, 2014

The Babadook

Tyro helmer Jennifer Kent conjures a disturbing spook story about a mother, a son, and an unnerving presence in their house.

Film Review, Dec. 4, 2014

The One I Wrote for You

This filmed-in-San Antonio indie tells a familiar tale about the soul-sucking music industry, but does so with an engaging cast and contemporary spin.

Film Review, Dec. 4, 2014

The Homesman

Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones point their wagon east while confronting the myths of the Old West.

Film Review, Nov. 26, 2014

Dumb and Dumber To

They're ba-ack!!!

Film Review, Nov. 20, 2014


Jon Stewart makes his directing debut with this story about a journalist's imprisonment in Tehran.

Film Review, Nov. 13, 2014

21 Years: Richard Linklater

A subject as worthy of a documentary as this one is deserves a more thoughtful approach than this star-studded tribute.

Film Review, Nov. 13, 2014

Billy Bates Makes Austin Tour Stop

Film about a troubled artist was partially shot in Austin

Screens Daily, Nov. 11, 2014 3:40 PM

Gabriel Mascaro Finds Lyricism in Wind-Blown Corners

Brazil Center and the UT’s Latin American Filmmakers Series

Screens Daily, Nov. 10, 2014 2:00 PM


Keira Knightley stars with Chloë Grace Moretz in Lynn Shelton's likable but aimless film about arrested adolescence.

Film Review, Nov. 6, 2014

Skidoos and Skidonts

Filmmaker Ruben Östlund exposes male and female social roles in Force Majeure

Screens Feature, Nov. 6, 2014

AFF Announces Audience Awards

The viewers have spoken

Screens Daily, Nov. 4, 2014 3:35 PM

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Stunningly beautiful, Studio Ghibli's latest animated film is a real work of art.

Film Review, Oct. 30, 2014

Austin Film Festival: Thursday TBAs Divulged

Festival announces three encore screenings for Thursday

Screens Daily, Oct. 29, 2014 4:20 PM

Austin Film Festival: Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero

Maz Jobrani strikes a rich vein of comedy

Screens Daily, Oct. 26, 2014 12:30 PM

Dear White People

This idea-packed comedy pokes holes in the notion of a post-racial America.

Film Review, Oct. 23, 2014

For Your Consideration

What to see at the 21st annual Austin Film Festival

Screens Feature, Oct. 23, 2014

SXSW Film Announces First Keynote and Oodles of Panels

Dropping names and other juicy tidbits

Screens Daily, Oct. 21, 2014 2:00 PM

Trailblazer Reaches End of Road

Texas filmmaker L.M. Kit Carson has passed away

Screens Daily, Oct. 21, 2014 12:16 PM

Crosstown Traffic

John Ridley and André Benjamin on 'Jimi: All Is by My Side’

Screens Daily, Oct. 20, 2014 4:15 PM

The Book of Life

Dia de los Muertos provides a colorful and vivid background for this animated film.

Film Review, Oct. 16, 2014

St. Vincent

Bill Murray plays a hard-hearted grouch who warms to his new neighbors – Melissa McCarthy and her young son.

Film Review, Oct. 16, 2014

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