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Marjorie Baumgarten

Contributing Writer, Film

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Marjorie Baumgarten is a film critic and contributing writer at The Austin Chronicle, where she has worked in many capacities since the paper's founding in 1981. She served as the Chronicle's Film Reviews editor for 25 years.

111 articles in 1993   •   page 1 of 3

Heaven & Earth

Imagine that one of those two-fisted, male-identified Hollywood directors of yore suddenly tweaked the reins a bit and made a woman-focused melodrama: perhaps some filmmaker...

Film Review, Dec. 24, 1993

Farewell My Concubine

Though twice-banned in its homeland by Chinese authorities, Chen Kaige's epic drama has emerged a winner on the international circuit. This year at Cannes, Farewell...

Film Review, Dec. 24, 1993


Former editor Clifford, who went on to direct Frances, has crafted this drama about a wife whose discoveries about her posthumous husband cause her to...

Film Review, Dec. 17, 1993

Sister Act Two: Back in the Habit

How do you spell crass? When it is so patently obvious that there is no reason to make a movie other than to capitalize on...

Film Review, Dec. 17, 1993

Rescue Me

A studious 17-year-old witnesses a kidnapping and enlists the help of a “warm-hearted smuggler” to save the victim....

Film Review, Dec. 10, 1993

Household Saints

The glory of miracles is not in the making but, rather, in the seeing. Anyone can detect a miracle when it's accompanied by blinding flashes...

Film Review, Dec. 3, 1993

La Vie De Bohème

This film honors the romantic notion of the starving artist while simultaneously mocking its illusions and pretensions.

Film Review, Dec. 3, 1993

The War Room

Political campaigns and cinema vérité make strange bedfellows. Spin doctoring and strategic planning seem at odds with the documentarian's reveal-all approach to filmmaking. Given these...

Film Review, Nov. 26, 1993

Colin Nutley's House of Angels

Swedish comedy? Directed by an Englishman? I can hear you now. “Sure, right,” you're saying with tongue planted firmly in cheek. But I kid you...

Film Review, Nov. 26, 1993

Inside Monkey Zetterland

Check out this cast. A pretty extraordinary collection of players are gathered here -- especially when you consider the film's low-budget shooting style and rambling...

Film Review, Nov. 19, 1993

The Piano

If Madame Bovary were ever to find a Room of her Own, the result might be something like The Piano. But, then again, probably not,...

Film Review, Nov. 19, 1993

Heroes Shed No Tears

A D.E.A. agent hooks up with a retired soldier to dethrone a drug lord in John Woo's Hong Kong shoot-'em-up.

Film Review, Nov. 19, 1993

RoboCop 3

We've been RoboCopped! Again. Delayed for quite a while due to the mess over at Orion Pictures, this third addition to the RoboCop series has...

Film Review, Nov. 12, 1993

The Abyss

Another in a series of new directors' cuts that have been tumbling out recently, this one adds a significant amount of footage to the original...

Film Review, Nov. 12, 1993

Flesh and Bone

Roy Sweeney (Caan) is bad to the bone and his evil legacy has been passed down to his flesh and blood. It's inevitable, in that...

Film Review, Nov. 5, 1993

Beware of a Holy Whore

Beware of a Holy Whore is Rainer Werner Fassbinder's -- the Seventies' enfant terrible of foreign filmmaking -- quintessential film. Made in 1970 (along with...

Film Review, Nov. 5, 1993

The Ballad of Little Jo

This conscious attempt to put a new spin on the Western offers a little seen perspective on the American frontier. Inspired by the life of...

Film Review, Nov. 5, 1993

Nosferatu With Live Musical Accompaniment by Dick Price

This will be the final screening of Nosferatu backed with local musician Dick Price's live, original piano accompaniment. No one has ever matched this 1922...

Film Review, Oct. 29, 1993

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Stop-motion photography creates a macabre world of make-believe.

Film Review, Oct. 29, 1993

The Speed Racer Show

“Go, Speed, Go.” That refrain, whether in the theme song or in the script, were usually the best thing about this TV show. Created in...

Film Review, Oct. 29, 1993


Freeman makes his directing debut with this fact-based fiction set in a South African township about the challenges faced by a black police officer and...

Film Review, Oct. 22, 1993

Dangerous Touch

There's no delicate way to say this: Hands off Dangerous Touch. The only thing you might find yourself wanting to touch is yourself, for this...

Film Review, Oct. 22, 1993

The Long Day Closes

This sequel to Davies's deeply personal Distant Voices, Still Lives shows us life in the mid-Fifties Liverpool through an 11-year-old's eyes. Reported to be more...

Film Review, Oct. 15, 1993

Mr. Nanny

Word got out, I guess, that Schwarzenegger had a hit a few years back with Kindergarten Cop. Therefore, some lame-brains figured that – what the...

Film Review, Oct. 15, 1993

The Beverly Hillbillies

Director Penelope Spheeris once again dives head-first into the American cultural crater (Wayne's World, The Boys Next Door, Suburbia, The Decline of Western Civilization) and...

Film Review, Oct. 15, 1993

The Joy Luck Club

I love to cry while watching movies, but I prefer to do it on my own terms. I hate being told when to cry. I'd...

Film Review, Oct. 8, 1993

Jacquot de Nantes

French filmmaker Jacques Demy (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Donkey Skin, The Young Girls of Rochefort) died a couple of years ago. His filmmaker wife, Agnes...

Film Review, Oct. 8, 1993


Malice is well-named. It's a seething cauldron of animosity and venom that wants to spill over onto the viewer's lap. Maybe it depends on how...

Film Review, Oct. 1, 1993

The Program

This hodgepodge of little stories about the members of a college football team contending for a championship is flaccid seasonal fare that will do all...

Film Review, Oct. 1, 1993

A Bronx Tale

With A Bronx Tale, Robert De Niro makes a strong debut as a feature film director. The tendency, at first, is to suspect that De...

Film Review, Oct. 1, 1993


Filters. I don't normally think about filters as much as I did while watching this movie. If someone had spent half as much time thinking...

Film Review, Sep. 24, 1993

The Young One

In 1961, while still working in Mexico, the great surrealist/moralist/atheist filmmaker Luis Buñuel released his only English language film, The Young One. New 35mm prints...

Film Review, Sep. 17, 1993

Into the West

Into the West takes place once upon a time in modern Ireland. Papa Riley (Byrne) clearly loves his two young sons Tito (Conroy) and Ossie...

Film Review, Sep. 17, 1993


Equinox is a movie in the process of becoming a story. It is alternately frustrating, exciting, irritating, intriguing, isolated and involving. Like the dualities implied...

Film Review, Sep. 10, 1993

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

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

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 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

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