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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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Calendar Girl

Mere calendars would be insufficient to gauge the sense of time one experiences while watching this movie. Eons might be a proper context if one...

Film Review, Sep. 10, 1993

Only the Strong

The hook driving this latest entry in the martial arts film sweepstakes is capoeira, the Brazilian athletic technique that combines dance and martial arts moves....

Film Review, Sep. 3, 1993

Father Hood

Although Patrick Swayze has had the good fortune to be associated in the past with a couple of blockbusters (Dirty Dancing and Ghost), with Father...

Film Review, Sep. 3, 1993

The Cure Show

This is rock group the Cure's second feature-length concert film following The Cure in Orange. Filmed with 16 cameras over the course of two nights...

Film Review, Sep. 3, 1993

The Man Without a Face

Pretty boys can act screams this movie, Mel Gibson's directorial debut in which he also stars. (Yeah right, and white men can jump, says I.)...

Film Review, Aug. 27, 1993

The Secret Garden

Neither talking down to children nor pandering to their parents, The Secret Garden functions something like a fairy tale in which the primordial and psychosexual concerns are made palpable and socially acceptable.

Film Review, Aug. 20, 1993

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

Steve Davis is a dirty rotten ratfink -- a defiler of tradition, a soiler of the natural order. Since the dawn of the Chronicle, Mr....

Film Review, Aug. 20, 1993

Heart and Souls

Heart and Souls is a pleasant enough little ensemble piece that suffers mostly from a lack of clear direction. It lurches between comedy and drama...

Film Review, Aug. 13, 1993

Searching for Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer is not so much a character in this movie as a metaphorical presence, a symbol of the search for excellence, the search for...

Film Review, Aug. 13, 1993

In the Soup

This Sundance multiaward-winner provides a fantastic showcase for the outsized vitality of Seymour Cassell, who plays a gangster investing in dour screenwriter Steve Buscemi's work.

Film Review, Aug. 6, 1993


As this Japanese movie opens, Sayoko (Shimizu) and her friend spread out their beach blanket and picnic basket only to discover they have plopped themselves...

Film Review, Jul. 30, 1993

The Story of Qiu Ju

Anyone ever caught in the wheels of bureaucracy will relate to Chinese director Zhang Yimou's latest movie. Though a story about contemporary peasant life in...

Film Review, Jul. 23, 1993

Forbidden Love

Forbidden Love... the movie's title echoes those found on the lurid covers of the lesbian pulp novels popular in the Fifties and SIxties. This Canadian...

Film Review, Jul. 23, 1993

Wax, Or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees

Harder to describe than it is to understand, this new cult favorite combines elements of science fiction, cyberpunk aesthetics, post-industrial moral metaphors, Burroughsian cut-ups technique...

Film Review, Jul. 16, 1993

Free Willy

Free Willy is a rousing modern-day fable about hugging whales, overcoming villains in black hats and freeing the enemy within. It is a beautifully photographed...

Film Review, Jul. 16, 1993

In the Line of Fire

The only thing “that's not gonna happen” (to quote the movie's catch-phrase) is box-office failure for In the Line of Fire. Eastwood's latest, in which...

Film Review, Jul. 9, 1993

The Firm

With The Firm, Tom Cruise has descended from A Few Good Men to A Few Bad Men. Though he's still working his way through the...

Film Review, Jul. 2, 1993


Son-in-Law's only real surprise is that it's so much better than it has to be. Of course, you have to be expecting the worst in...

Film Review, Jul. 2, 1993

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall...” In 1937 Disney animators turned this Brothers Grimm story into a film classic which has now been newly re-mastered for...

Film Review, Jul. 2, 1993

Money Man

The subject of this documentary is J.S.G. Boggs, a conceptual artist whose chosen mode of expression is hand-drawn currency. His homemade bills, while not counterfeit...

Film Review, Jun. 25, 1993

What's Love Got to Do With it

Though Tina Turner's been trying to break into movies for a while now, Hollywood has never known quite what to do with her, casting her...

Film Review, Jun. 18, 1993


Strange breed, collectors. Passionate, obsessive and fixated. Baron von Utz (Mueller-Stahl) is one. Yet Utz is not just any collector; he's more a collector's collector....

Film Review, Jun. 11, 1993

Excessive Force

Thomas Ian Griffith wrote and stars in this martial arts, police actioner about corrupt Chicago cops. Guess they waited for the Rodney King trial to...

Film Review, Jun. 4, 1993


Breathtaking to look at, Cliffhanger's tale of rock jocks caught up in a Treasury Department heist gone bad, real bad, is a great action thriller....

Film Review, Jun. 4, 1993

Wide Sargasso Sea

Ever wonder in Jane Eyre how the first Mrs. Rochester went mad and came to be locked away in that tower? Author Jean Rhys wondered...

Film Review, Jun. 4, 1993

Made in America

She: the highly prized diva of last summer's surprise comedy blockbuster, Sister Act. He: TV's best paid and newly retired star of the top rated...

Film Review, Jun. 4, 1993


The whole world is watching... or at least that's what the makers of Sliver would have us believe. Initial business is likely to be brisk...

Film Review, May. 28, 1993

Happily Ever After

Disney is theatrically re-releasing its 1937 classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs this summer, so there's no time better than the present to break...

Film Review, May. 28, 1993

The Last Days of Chez Nous

This Australian film from director Armstrong (My Brilliant Career, Mrs. Soffel) presents a microcosmic story of an extended family in the twilight hours before its...

Film Review, May. 21, 1993

Lost in Yonkers

Neil Simon here has quite successfully adapted his Pulitzer prize-winning stage play for the screen. While Lost in Yonkers is chock-full of the kind of...

Film Review, May. 21, 1993

Olivier, Olivier

Written and directed by the woman who, last time out, gave us the surprise foreign film hit Europa, Europa, I can only say that I...

Film Review, May. 14, 1993

Emma & Elvis

Emma & Elvis is the first work of fiction by noted documentary filmmaker Julia Reichert (Seeing Red, Union Maids, Growing Up Female). In the transition,...

Film Review, May. 14, 1993

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story

Though it could hardly be termed a stroke of luck, the timing of this Bruce Lee film bio could hardly be better. Ever since his...

Film Review, May. 7, 1993

Ishi: The Last Yahi

This wonderful, award-winning, hour-long documentary is an absorbing, eye-opening look at the dichotomous American obsession with “savagery” and “civilization.” It recounts the history of the...

Film Review, May. 7, 1993

Close to Eden

There's a kind of loopy fiction yet anthropological honesty to this Russian-made (and French-produced) movie set in the isolated steppes of Chinese Inner Mongolia. Modern...

Film Review, May. 7, 1993

Three of Hearts

Though fashioned like an old-time screwball comedy, Three of Hearts' presentation of its central love triangle is thoroughly contemporary. A rejected lover hires an “escort”...

Film Review, May. 7, 1993


Somewhere near the end of this indie feature about the lifestyles and foibles of the young and uncommitted, a character exasperatedly exclaims: “You can't change...

Film Review, Apr. 30, 1993

This Boy's Life

This Boy's Life is based on author Tobias Wolf's autobiographical memoir about growing up in the Fifties in the company of his divorced and seemingly...

Film Review, Apr. 30, 1993

Benny & Joon

Naïf meets waif in this touching yet whimsically unrealistic tale of love amongst society's write-offs.

Film Review, Apr. 16, 1993

Just Another Girl On the I.R.T.

It's safe to say that you haven't seen many characters like Chantel (Johnson) in the movies before -- an African-American teenage girl who dreams of...

Film Review, Apr. 16, 1993

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