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Marjorie Baumgarten

Contributing Writer, Film

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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The Usual Suspects

A modern classic with style to burn.

Film Review, Sep. 1, 1995


During its opening moments, Desperado announces itself as an action picture that demands to be watched, if not for its hyperkinetic staging and riveting fusillade...

Film Review, Aug. 25, 1995

The Jar

We're told that there is a flourishing film movement afoot in Iran. Unfortunately, few of these works make it to these shores. Thus, the screening...

Film Review, Aug. 4, 1995

Hong Kong Graffiti

This 1995 Hong Kong film kicks off The New Far Eastern Film Series sponsored by the Cinema Differentia Company and the Dobie Theatre. The six-week...

Film Review, Aug. 4, 1995

The Net

The Net is the first of several new movies that tap into the growing national fear of becoming roadkill on the information highway. No one...

Film Review, Aug. 4, 1995

Bulletproof Heart

Director Mark Malone makes an impressive debut with this modern film noir about a hit man who falls in love with his victim. This cold-blooded...

Film Review, Aug. 4, 1995

The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love

At first glance, the plot of Incredibly True Adventure couldn't be more prosaic; teen love traumas are a film industry staple and our familiarity with...

Film Review, Jul. 28, 1995

Rebel Without a Cause

If you haven't ever seen this Nicholas Ray/James Dean classic in widescreen … trust me, you've never really seen it. It's been 40 years since James Dean essayed his quintessential role in as a troubled American teen and, along with co-stars Wood and Mineo, established an iconography of adolescence whose potency extends into the present. Ray, who told stories that were "bigger than life" and pulsing with "hot blood," was one of the most dynamic directors of the American screen and his capacity to tell a widescreen story was as articulate as his ability to pinpoint an individual stuck "in a lonely place."

Film Review, Jul. 27, 1995

Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home

Just as every boy thrives best when he has a family to belong to, so too does every whale. That was the lesson of Free...

Film Review, Jul. 21, 1995

The Myth of the Male Orgasm

I'd love to announce that The Myth of the Male Orgasm is a new documentary -- cutting edge, of course -- but, alas, it's not...

Film Review, Jul. 21, 1995

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

By what justice can Steven Seagal, an absolute unknown until just a few years ago, claim to be a major movie star? As a screen...

Film Review, Jul. 20, 1995

Scorta, La

With a plot practically ripped from the pages of contemporary newspapers, this Italian political thriller uses that country's internal corruption and intrigue as the landscape...

Film Review, Jul. 14, 1995


As beguiling and as ephemeral as its titular namesake, Smoke is a movie that draws you in and lingers a while in your bloodstream. It's...

Film Review, Jun. 30, 1995


R. Crumb: master cartoonist of the underground comix world. Even if you're not familiar with his name, I guarantee you're familiar with some of his...

Film Review, Jun. 30, 1995

The Glass Shield

In this often overlooked film by Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep, To Sleep With Anger), a black cop in an all-white police station confronts racism from his colleagues and incredulity from his family and community

Film Review, Jun. 22, 1995

Doctor Zhivago

Directed by the modern-day king of epics, David Lean, this overlong and over-romantic Oscar-winner should be experienced by everyone at least once in a lifetime.

Film Review, Jun. 19, 1995


The JLG of the title is film great Jean-Luc Godard (and if you have no idea who Jean-Luc Godard is or what makes him one...

Film Review, Jun. 16, 1995

A Great Day in Harlem

This hourlong documentary is the fascinating story of a photograph that captures 57 New York City jazz musicians on a Harlem brownstone stoop one summer morning in 1958.

Film Review, Jun. 16, 1995

Search and Destroy

These days, the newest rage seems to be for established visual artists to enter the ranks of film directing. Robert Longo recently released his debut...

Film Review, Jun. 9, 1995

His Girl Friday

His Girl Friday (as well as The Awful Truth) highlights Cary Grant and Ralph Bellamy in their eternal stereotypes of the cad who gets the...

Film Review, Jun. 9, 1995

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! is proof that with a great title, you can sell just about anything. For the so-called "King of the Nudies,"; Faster,...

Film Review, Jun. 8, 1995

The Bridges of Madison County

With Unforgiven, Clint Eastwood was grandly given credit for single-handedly reviving the moribund genre of the film Western. Such hyperbole may also come his way...

Film Review, Jun. 2, 1995

Funny Bones

Funny Bones is a wonderfully eccentric movie, one whose narrative advancement occurs more through epiphanies than events. Unfolding in what seems, at first, quite a...

Film Review, May. 26, 1995

Forget Paris

Wave au revoir and then do like the movie says: Forget Paris. (On general principles, I hate titles that can obviously double as ready-made, critical,...

Film Review, May. 19, 1995

The Perez Family

Before The Perez Family winds to its close, you may find yourself happily volunteering for honorary membership in their clan. The ever-expanding Perez family cluster...

Film Review, May. 12, 1995

Bar Girls

Director Marita Giovanni makes her feature film debut with Bar Girls. Lauran Hoffman adapted her original stage play for this film and served as co-producer....

Film Review, May. 12, 1995


Mothering Heights

Screens Column, May. 12, 1995

Once Were Warriors

Harrowing is the first word that comes to mind when describing this movie. You can tell from the opening shot that Once Were Warriors will...

Film Review, May. 5, 1995

Top Dog

Talk about your bad timing… Top Dog chases after balls that turn out to be grenades. Karate kicker and action star Chuck Norris here plays...

Film Review, May. 5, 1995

The Devil, Probably

French filmmaker Robert Bresson is like no other. This is a fact; not idle flattery. His ascetic and spiritually-minded films fit no definable category or...

Film Review, Apr. 28, 1995

The Basketball Diaries

Drug abuse is not a pretty sight. This movie made from Jim Carroll's autobiographical book about growing up addicted in 1960s Manhattan abuses drugs in...

Film Review, Apr. 28, 1995

Stuart Saves His Family

This is the most bizarre local release I can remember: Stuart Saves his Family is opening only at Movies 12 and will only be shown...

Film Review, Apr. 28, 1995

Jefferson in Paris

Why it is that a movie would deign to take liberties with history and then, in practice, smother its own instincts, is something I'll never...

Film Review, Apr. 21, 1995

Before the Rain

Manchevski's debut film impresses with its cagey temporal structure, incredible cinematography that exposes the precipitous Macedonian landscape, beautiful performances, and a thematic structure that adds to our understanding of specific and universal issues.

Film Review, Apr. 14, 1995

Cafe Au Lait

First-time French filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz's Café au Lait bears more than a passing resemblance to Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It, both in terms of...

Film Review, Apr. 7, 1995

Tommy Boy

As a mismatched pair, Farley and Spade have their comic moments, with the big galoot playing off the little jerk.

Film Review, Apr. 7, 1995

Paul Bowles: The Complete Outsider

Writers who are not as well known as it seems they ought to be are often termed “writers' writers.” Such is the case with Paul...

Film Review, Mar. 31, 1995


Very little is as it seems in the uncompromising world of Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan. Exotica, which won the critics' prize at last year's Cannes...

Film Review, Mar. 31, 1995

Tom & Viv

The Tom and Viv under scrutiny in this movie are none other than T.S. Eliot and his wife Vivienne. Eliot we all recognize as one...

Film Review, Mar. 17, 1995

Miami Rhapsody

Miami Rhapsody's aspirations are clear. It longs to be a Gershwin Manhattan. Easy-listening rum & Coke is more like what it achieves. Even if Mia...

Film Review, Mar. 3, 1995

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