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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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The producers of Erotique were motivated by the idea of making a compilation film of “intelligent erotica.” I suspect that's a classy way of saying...

Film Review, Sep. 9, 1994

There Goes My Baby

Summer school has just let out at Westwood High in Los Angeles, casting the last stragglers from the graduating class of 1965 out into the...

Film Review, Sep. 9, 1994

Milk Money

Sour is not the word for it. The milk obtained from this money is positively rancid. Foul in concept, Milk Money curdles upon viewing. The...

Film Review, Sep. 2, 1994

Natural Born Killers

Stone grabs our collective viscera and never lets go for the next two hours.

Film Review, Aug. 26, 1994


Tell me that you've never harbored the desire to hug a seal and feel the swoosh of a sleek, sinuous sea flapper sliding through your...

Film Review, Aug. 19, 1994

Eat Drink Man Woman

Food and sex -- the basic things necessary to sustain life. When you think about it, most stories can be boiled down to these essential...

Film Review, Aug. 19, 1994

The Slingshot

Ten-year-old Roland Schutt (Salen) has more than his share of troubles growing up in 1920s Stockholm. His father's a socialist and his mother's a Jew...

Film Review, Aug. 19, 1994

Coming Out Under Fire

Coming Out Under Fire is a 71-minute-long documentary about homosexuality in the U.S. military during World War II. The research is based on a book...

Film Review, Aug. 5, 1994


Frenchman Luc Besson is perhaps best known for his direction of Subway and La Femme Nikita, the source for the American remake called Point of...

Film Review, Jul. 29, 1994

Where the Rivers Flow North

The basic story is a familiar one: people fighting to protect their land and their established way of life from the encroachments of “progress” and...

Film Review, Jul. 29, 1994

Midnight Cowboy

Fueled by two riveting character studies and its exposure of New York City's seamy underbelly, this multi-Oscar-winner screams “contemporary” and “eternal” at once.

Film Review, Jul. 22, 1994


The bitch is back. That huggably heroic canine superstar of film, TV, radio, and print has bounded back into our midst to charm a new...

Film Review, Jul. 22, 1994

The Short Films of Jane Campion

These four 16mm short films were made by Campion in the early to mid-Eighties, before her feature-length success with Sweetie, An Angel at My Table,...

Film Review, Jul. 15, 1994

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Often cited as the first true horror movie and one of the first films to tell its story through the eyes of a delirious madman, the techniques of this film milestone are rarely imitated. Eschewing naturalism, the movie's sets are all painted in hallucinatory black-and-white designs and the acting, as well, follows Expressionistic techniques popular in Germany at the time.

Film Review, Jul. 15, 1994

Go Fish

Love at first sight -- fact or fantasy? Few deny that it occurs, but love's path is rarely that direct and immediate. Falling in love...

Film Review, Jul. 15, 1994

Flaming Ears

Unlike little else that has come before it (except, perhaps, Lizzie Borden's 1983 gem Born in Flames), this 1991, Austrian-made, futuristic, lesbian thriller/romance/science fiction co-direction...

Film Review, Jul. 8, 1994

The November Men

Now I know what can happen after one too many viewings of the Zapruder film of the JFK assassination. You can go mad with conspiracy...

Film Review, Jul. 8, 1994


Singer k.d. lang makes her acting debut in this hauntingly beautiful movie about dislocation and the search for identity. Filmed in 1991, Salmonberries never had...

Film Review, Jul. 1, 1994


This 1991 Hong Kong action/cheesecake/science fiction/cop movie has been variously described as "Charlie's Angels meets The Terminator" and "a Chinese Robocop invested with the spirit...

Film Review, Jul. 1, 1994

Thank God I'm a Lesbian

With wit and style, the title makes it perfectly clear where this Canadian documentary is coming from. Essentially a talking heads documentary, the film cuts...

Film Review, Jun. 24, 1994


White is the second part of Polish filmmaker Kieslowski's three-color trilogy. Based on the French Tricolor of blue, white, and red, Kieslowski (The Double Life...

Film Review, Jun. 24, 1994

Getting Even With Dad

What can I say? Macaulay Culkin does what he does best -- the cute kid left to his own wits in a world full of...

Film Review, Jun. 24, 1994

Earth and the American Dream

The dream is over, and Bill Couturié's provocative documentary about America's blithe destruction of its natural resources sounds the wake-up call. This ambitious film takes...

Film Review, Jun. 17, 1994

Raining Stones

This politically scathing British film by director Ken Loach (Riff-Raff) might best be described as “kitchen-sink comedy,” named after the late-1950s to '60s British school...

Film Review, Jun. 10, 1994

The Endless Summer II

This movie's spectacular cinematography and awe-inspiring surfboard feats are so breathtaking that you needn't be a surfing nut to get stoked on The Endless Summer...

Film Review, Jun. 10, 1994

The Cowboy Way

The Cowboy Way is not a good way. It is a stunningly bad movie whose only lifeblood pumps from Woody Harrelson's swagger and grin. The...

Film Review, Jun. 10, 1994

Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould

Structured by Bach's Goldberg Variations, this film biography offers 32 brief glimpses of the short life of the ever-eccentric Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. Each section...

Film Review, Jun. 10, 1994


A most unlikely titled comedy, Grief is something like what Soapdish might have been if John Waters had scripted the movie. It's a behind-the-scenes look...

Film Review, Jun. 3, 1994

Little Buddha

Tibetan monks on the Seattle monorail. A fair-skinned, blond-headed, American gameboy in a sea of dark-haired residents of Kathmandu. Such are the images in Bertolucci's...

Film Review, May. 27, 1994

Beverly Hills Cop III

I was wondering what it would take for me to fondly remember Eddie Murphy's recent flops, Boomerang and The Distinguished Gentleman. Now I know. Beverly...

Film Review, May. 27, 1994


The ever-idiosyncratic Henry Jaglom will win few new fans with this one-note investigation of contemporary women's feelings about having babies. Co-written with his real-life wife...

Film Review, May. 20, 1994

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

What this film adaptation of Tom Robbins' popular Seventies novel may ultimately prove is that when the prevailing wisdom regards a particular book as “unfilmable,”...

Film Review, May. 20, 1994

Three Ninjas Kick Back

All movies hope to turn a buck, though few of them actually attain this goal (at least, not in any substantial measure). Then there are...

Film Review, May. 20, 1994

The Inkwell

Seventeen-year-old director Matty Rich burst on the scene a few years ago with his debut film Straight Out of Brooklyn, a dramatically evocative though stylistically...

Film Review, May. 13, 1994


Spike Lee's follow-up to his grand-scale bio-epic Malcolm X is a slice-of-life family drama set in 1970s Brooklyn. Instead of the elaborate, cross-continental filming required...

Film Review, May. 13, 1994

Dialogues With Madwomen

Part testimonial document, part preventive talisman, and part social indictment, Dialogues with Madwomen gives voice to seven articulate women telling their tales of madness and...

Film Review, May. 13, 1994

La Strada

This Academy Award-winner sealed Fellini's reputation as a director of international renown. La Strada represents a fertile cross-pollination of Fellini's noted tendencies toward both stark neorealism and symbolic expressionism. It stars Masina in one of her most memorable roles as the simple naïf, who is bought for a bowl of food by a roadshow strongman (Quinn) who treats her brutishly. An overwhelming humanism underscores the whole film and leaves its ultimate meaning up to interpretation.

Film Review, May. 13, 1994

One Nation Under God

“Curing” homosexuality is the mission of Exodus International, a Christian reparative therapy organization profiled in the documentary One Nation Under God. Believing that homosexual activity...

Film Review, May. 6, 1994


Drugs and sex and rock & roll: rarely has a film captured the equation as vividly as does Backbeat. That's the movie's greatest strength, not...

Film Review, May. 6, 1994

The Scent of Green Papaya

Lush, succulent, verdant, aromatic. These are the kind of words that come to mind when describing this new Vietnamese film, a film dominated by textures...

Film Review, May. 6, 1994

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