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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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Deli Man

This doc about Jewish delis is tasty but fatty

Film Review, Mar. 12, 2015

Drafthouse Announces New Location at Mueller

The chain's sixth Austin location slated for 2016

Screens Daily, Mar. 9, 2015 12:45 PM

From the Vaults: Albert Maysles

Anne S. Lewis interviews Albert Maysles for the Chronicle

Screens Daily, Mar. 7, 2015 4:40 PM

Cine Las Americas Revving Up

Cine Las Americas announces opening film

Screens Daily, Mar. 6, 2015 5:25 PM


Jihad in Mali goes from comic to horrific in the blink of an eye.

Film Review, Mar. 5, 2015

Gazing at the Texas Film Awards Through a Crystal Ball

The Texas Film Awards celebrate the state's best filmmaking

Screens Feature, Mar. 5, 2015

Texas Film Awards Add to Lineup

Presenters, emcee, musical guests, and another honoree added

Screens Daily, Mar. 2, 2015 10:00 AM

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

It's the franchise that goes back to the future – but in a hot tub instead of a DeLorean.

Film Review, Feb. 26, 2015

A la Mala

Mexican comedy about a woman who makes her livelihood flirting with other women's men.

Film Review, Feb. 26, 2015

Good Day, Ramón

This Mexican hit tells a heartwarming story about a teen who's forced to rely on the kindness of strangers when he travels to Germany to find work.

Film Review, Feb. 19, 2015

The Last Five Years

Anna Kendrick shines in Richard LaGravenese's loving adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's stage musical.

Film Review, Feb. 19, 2015

Kingsman: The Secret Service

This comic-book riff on James Bond films finds fun amid the ultraviolence.

Film Review, Feb. 12, 2015

Love for Rent

For Valentine's Day, our staff offers some of their favorite romantic moments from films (and one game)

Screens Feature, Feb. 12, 2015

From the Vaults: Stewart Stern on Writing Rebel Without a Cause

In a story we ran in 2000, the screenwriter tells Chale Nafus all about it

Screens Daily, Feb. 10, 2015 12:10 PM

Goodbye to Language

Jean-Luc Godard makes his best film in years – and in 3-D, no less.

Film Review, Feb. 5, 2015


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

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

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 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

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