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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.

115 articles in 1994   •   page 1 of 3

A Troll in Central Park

Most of the folks I know who troll Central Park are not doing the kinds of things that can be depicted in an animated kiddie...

Film Review, Dec. 30, 1994

Ready to Wear (Pret-A-porter)

Ready to Wear is no designer item. Director Robert Altman trips on the fashion world's runway in his latest release whose title has been Americanized...

Film Review, Dec. 23, 1994

Dumb and Dumber

Finally -- the exception that proves the rule: there is such a thing as truth in advertising. Dumb and Dumber is… well, dumb and dumber....

Film Review, Dec. 23, 1994


They quip well together. I'll give Michael Keaton and Geena Davis that much. Since not much else occurs in Speechless, this quipping chemistry is a...

Film Review, Dec. 16, 1994

Squanto: A Warrior's Tale

Here's a news flash: Native Americans get the shaft… again. This movie about the warrior Squanto, who, after his capture by the British in the...

Film Review, Dec. 16, 1994


Just who does Michael Douglas think he is? As an actor, he is honing his “victimized, white, middle-class male” persona into a fine art, and...

Film Review, Dec. 9, 1994

Imaginary Crimes

Never was there a man more ill-equipped to be a father who tried so terribly hard to be one. Such are Sonya Weiler's sentiments about...

Film Review, Dec. 9, 1994


L.627 is an article in the French Public Health Code that prosecutes all offenses related to the possession, trade, and consumption of narcotics. This also...

Film Review, Dec. 2, 1994


This bio-pic, set in 16th-century Europe, depicts the life and times of the famed physician and prognositicator Nostradamus. His adherents claim his predictions included the...

Film Review, Dec. 2, 1994

Love After Love

In her early films like Peppermint Soda and Entre Nous, French filmmaker Diane Kurys gravitated toward stories about female friendships and coming of age issues....

Film Review, Nov. 25, 1994


What do you call the son of a Terminator and a Baby Maker? Why, Junior, of course. As directed by Ivan Reitman, Arnold Schwarzenegger's newest...

Film Review, Nov. 25, 1994

The Conviction

Once upon a time, Italian filmmaker Marco Bellochio's name was uttered in the same anticipatory breath as Bertolucci's and Pasolini's. His first couple of films...

Film Review, Nov. 18, 1994


Bosna! is an impassioned polemic about the ongoing war in the former Yugoslavia. The voiceover narration by French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy valorizes the Bosnian resistance...

Film Review, Nov. 11, 1994

Shelf Life

Director Paul Bartel has a talent for identifying great premises. As evidence, I offer examples like the “pound-of-flesh” financing scheme of Eating Raoul, the Machiavellian...

Film Review, Nov. 11, 1994

Caro Diario

Caro Diario (Dear Diary) makes it clear why philosopher-filmmaker Nanni Moretti is often called the Woody Allen of Italy. Though Caro Diario is Moretti's eighth...

Film Review, Nov. 11, 1994

In the Land of the Deaf

Movies. Talking pictures. Sight and sound. In this day and age, we accept the pairing of moving images and synchronous sound as a given. They're...

Film Review, Nov. 4, 1994

Bullets Over Broadway

If Damon Runyon and Anton Chekhov had ever gotten together to make a movie, the result might have been something like Bullets Over Broadway. In...

Film Review, Nov. 4, 1994

The Advocate

This British-made production is set in late medieval France, circa 1400. A young Parisian lawyer moves from the city to the small town of Abbeville,...

Film Review, Oct. 28, 1994

Sunday's Children

By his own account, Ingmar Bergman (The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Scenes from a Marriage) has retired from filmmaking. Yet you would never know that...

Film Review, Oct. 21, 1994

Princess Caraboo

A female vagrant (Cates) appears suddenly in the British town of Bristol in 1817. She speaks some unrecognizable language and not a word of English,...

Film Review, Oct. 7, 1994

Mi Vida Loca: My Crazy Life

From the opening moments, you know you're seeing something that you've hardly seen before in a commercial movie. Sad Girl (Aviles), a Latina gang girl...

Film Review, Sep. 23, 1994

Spanking the Monkey

After completing his freshman year at M.I.T., Ray (Davies) stops home in Connecticut for a brief visit with his parents before continuing on to Washington,...

Film Review, Sep. 16, 1994

On the Cutting Edge: Four Short Films About Violence Against Women

This 1992 film compiles four short, experimental films that all examine the topic of violence against women. Beyond this shared theme, they all have little...

Film Review, Sep. 16, 1994


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


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

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