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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.

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Bad Words

Jason Bateman plays a grown man who finds a loophole to compete in a kids national spelling bee, but the reasons are only known to him.

Film Review, Mar. 20, 2014

'The Case of the Three Sided Dream'

Screens Feature, Mar. 15, 2014

SXSW Film Review: 'The Case of the Three Sided Dream'

Jazzman Rahsaan Roland Kirk is the subject of this music doc

SXSW Daily, Mar. 14, 2014 11:00 AM

'That Guy Dick Miller'

Screens Feature, Mar. 14, 2014


Screens Feature, Mar. 14, 2014

SXSW Film Review: 'The Great Invisible'

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill has exacted a human toll

SXSW Daily, Mar. 11, 2014 11:19 AM

SXSW Film Review: 'Manny'

‘Manny’ and the movies’ long love affair with boxing

SXSW Daily, Mar. 10, 2014 12:35 PM

SXSW Film Review: 'That Guy Dick Miller'

Character actor Dick Miller brings the verve

Screens Daily, Mar. 10, 2014 12:23 PM

South by Southwest Film Festival 2014

There are no wrong choices. Go forth and partake.

Film Review, Mar. 6, 2014

God Loves Uganda

Uganda's harsh, new anti-homosexuality law owes much to the Christian evangelical movement, argues this documentary.

Film Review, Feb. 27, 2014


Liam Neeson plays a flawed lawman once again, this time tasked with finding the terrorist on a plane.

Film Review, Feb. 27, 2014

Like Father, Like Son

In this movie from the always perceptive Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, two families are uprooted by the belated knowledge that their babies were switched at birth.

Film Review, Feb. 20, 2014

The Great Beauty

An Italian writer and bon vivant reflects on his life in this walkabout with Felliniesque touches.

Film Review, Feb. 13, 2014

Love & Air Sex

Bryan Poyser's Austin-made rom-com delivers splendidly on the promise of its raunchy title.

Film Review, Feb. 13, 2014


A middle-aged Chilean woman meets life as it comes.

Film Review, Feb. 6, 2014

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Documentaries, Program B

A man carves majestic caves in sandstone rocks, and a prison hospice sees a lifer to the end.

Film Review, Feb. 6, 2014

Richard Linklater's Diamonds in the Rough

The legendary Austin filmmaker provides a guided tour through three years of a formative decade

Screens Feature, Jan. 23, 2014

Ride Along

Ice Cube and Kevin Hart partner up in this rote buddy-cop action comedy that's instantly forgettable.

Film Review, Jan. 16, 2014

August: Osage County

Plates are broken and egos are trampled on in this wonderful ensemble rendition of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Film Review, Jan. 9, 2014

Lone Survivor

A SEAL team mission in Afghanistan goes very wrong in this intense combat film with a bang-up cast.

Film Review, Jan. 9, 2014

DVD Extra: 'Throne of Blood'

Criterion drops Kurosawa's Japanized 'Macbeth' on Blu-ray

Screens Daily, Jan. 8, 2014 10:30 AM

Feast Your Eyes

Introducing the banner crop of 2013 films

Screens Feature, Jan. 3, 2014

Marjorie Baumgarten's Top 10

Screens Feature, Jan. 3, 2014

Justin Bieber's Believe

More self-promotion than a film, this doc shows the star in performance and confessing his inner thoughts offstage.

Film Review, Dec. 27, 2013

The Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese's latest take on the American hoodlum is a relentlessly wild ride.

Film Review, Dec. 19, 2013

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Idris Elba is spellbinding in this biopic that reveres the man but slights the movement.

Film Review, Dec. 19, 2013

Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project

Screens Feature, Dec. 19, 2013

Out of the Furnace

The writer/director of Crazy Heart returns with an all-star cast for his sophomore effort, which takes place amid the rusted-out lives of America's steel belt.

Film Review, Dec. 12, 2013

Go for Sisters

John Sayles' new film, which stars Edward James Olmos and LisaGay Hamilton, is the indie film icon's best work in years.

Film Review, Dec. 5, 2013


Judi Dench and Steve Coogan star in this drama about the search for a woman's son who was taken from her when he was a toddler.

Film Review, Nov. 27, 2013

Delivery Man

Vince Vaughn stars in this remake of a sweet Canadian film about a prolific sperm donor whose contributions catch up with him 20 years later.

Film Review, Nov. 22, 2013

Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey gives a searing performance in this true-life story set in the early years of the AIDS epidemic.

Film Review, Nov. 15, 2013

DVD Watch: 'Barbara'

Morality takes center stage in this quiet marvel of 2012

Screens Daily, Nov. 12, 2013 3:45 PM

The Armstrong Lie

What's a filmmaker to do with all the footage shot during Lance Armstrong's inspirational bicycling comeback in 2009 but reshape it into a documentary about a sports hero who couldn't stop lying?

Film Review, Nov. 8, 2013

From the Vaults: I'll Be Your Mirror

Grab the remote: 'Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart' is on PBS in an hour

Screens Daily, Nov. 1, 2013 7:22 PM

Last Vegas

Did the Social Security set finally get their The Hangover?

Film Review, Nov. 1, 2013

A Conversation With Elaine May

The Austin Film Festival guest is her own unreliable narrator

Screens Daily, Oct. 25, 2013 11:40 AM

The Snitch Cartel

This Colombian film is based on the true story of Andrés López, a drug trafficker who later worked with the DEA.

Film Review, Oct. 25, 2013


Sin never dies.

Film Review, Oct. 25, 2013

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Johnny Knoxville unleashes jackassery on unsuspecting bystanders while dressed as 86-year-old Irving Zisman and accompanied by his equally brazen 8-year-old grandson.

Film Review, Oct. 25, 2013

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