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Marjorie Baumgarten

Contributing Writer, Film

TWITTER: @moviemarge

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.

106 articles in 1997   •   page 1 of 3

Deconstructing Harry

The Nineties haven't been a particularly good decade for Woody Allen, either artistically or personally. Game genre efforts such as Manhattan Murder Mystery and Bullets...

Film Review, Dec. 26, 1997

As Good as it Gets

Nicholson and Hunt both won Oscars for their respective roles as a rude and obsessive-compulsive writer and the waitress who grows to love him.

Film Review, Dec. 26, 1997


Screens Column, Dec. 26, 1997


Screens Column, Dec. 19, 1997

Short Cuts

Screens Column, Dec. 12, 1997

Eye of God

Does God keep watch over Kingfisher, Oklahoma, or is this desolate little oil-busted town as godforsaken as it appears? First-time filmmaker Tim Blake Nelson makes...

Film Review, Dec. 5, 1997

Short Cuts

Screens Column, Dec. 5, 1997

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

More “sensory bombardment” than “movie,” Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is the franchise's follow-up film to its phenomenally, and unexpectedly, successful 1995 feature, which itself was based...

Film Review, Nov. 28, 1997

All Wrapped Up

Holiday Film Previews

Screens Feature, Nov. 28, 1997

The Funeral

Nobody spins a good morality yarn like Abel Ferrara. With The Funeral, the notorious director delivers his most straight-ahead movie, having reined in some of...

Film Review, Nov. 22, 1997

Chronicle of a Disappearance

This experimental meditation on the psychological effect of political instability on the Palestinian people is the fascinating first feature film of Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman....

Film Review, Nov. 21, 1997


A teen searches for belonging and unconditional love in this animated film set against the sanitized background of the Russian Revolution.

Film Review, Nov. 21, 1997


Polanski and Deneuve's depiction of a young woman's dissolution into madness is one of the most harrowing mental descents ever depicted onscreen.

Film Review, Nov. 21, 1997

Short Cuts

Screens Column, Nov. 21, 1997

Fast, Cheap & Out of Control

To say that Errol Morris is the most original talent working in the field of documentary filmmaking today is merely one inadequate means of describing...

Film Review, Nov. 14, 1997

Critical Care

Critical Care should be quickly put out of its misery and tagged clearly with a big “Do Not Resuscitate” order. Sidney Lumet has directed many...

Film Review, Nov. 14, 1997

The Ice Storm

Emotional deep freeze during a 1973 Thanksgiving weekend in Connecticut.

Film Review, Nov. 14, 1997

Short Cuts

Screens Column, Nov. 14, 1997


Fire is a hothouse family melodrama with radical social underpinnings. Set in a New Delhi middle-class home, this film by Canadian-Indian filmmaker Deepa Mehta is...

Film Review, Nov. 7, 1997

Mad City

It's easy to imagine the pitch meeting for Mad City: Oh, it's a cross between Dog Day Afternoon and Network. The only thing the pitchers...

Film Review, Nov. 7, 1997

La Promesse

Which of our traits are socially ingrained and which are genetically imbued? And what about morality, that most personal of all characteristics? How is it...

Film Review, Nov. 7, 1997

Like a Hurricane

Jim Jarmusch + Neil Young + Crazy Horse

Screens Feature, Nov. 7, 1997

Short Cuts

Screens Column, Nov. 7, 1997


Screens Column, Oct. 31, 1997

Boogie Nights

Boogie Nights gets under the skin of the porn film industry's exuberant burst of public semirespectability in the late Seventies, prior to the home-video revolution that changed the rules of the game forever. The movie is no socio-cultural abstract though; it is at heart the story about a group of characters and the de facto family that emerges from their relationships.

Film Review, Oct. 30, 1997

The Myth of Fingerprints

A family reunites for the Thanksgiving holiday: Instead of turkey, The Myth of Fingerprints serves up family dysfunction under glass. First-time feature film director Bart...

Film Review, Oct. 24, 1997

Going All the Way

A period piece set in 1954, Going All the Way captures the growing pains and the unlikely friendship that's formed between two young men who...

Film Review, Oct. 24, 1997


Screens Column, Oct. 24, 1997

Playing God

In the preposterously scripted yet defiantly engaging Playing God, actor David Duchovny gives us the story of Dr. Eugene Sands, a man suffering from a...

Film Review, Oct. 17, 1997

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation

Once upon a time (back in 1995), this movie was titled The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and it starred a couple of “unknown”...

Film Review, Oct. 17, 1997

Different for Girls

Boys will be boys, unless sometimes they are girls. That's what Paul Prentice (Graves) discovers when a fender-bender reunites him with one of his old...

Film Review, Oct. 17, 1997

Short Cuts

Screens Column, Oct. 17, 1997

For Ever Mozart

Most days, if asked to name the most important filmmaker in the history of cinema, my answer would be Jean-Luc Godard … of course. Now...

Film Review, Oct. 10, 1997


Oh Houston, we have a bit of a problem here. As far as kid-friendly, live-action Disney comedies go, RocketMan is “all systems go.” In the...

Film Review, Oct. 10, 1997


Screens Column, Oct. 10, 1997

The Matchmaker

The wait for Janeane Garofalo to receive top billing in a film vehicle is now over. Is the perennial “secondary” player up to the task?...

Film Review, Oct. 3, 1997

The Art of Film Producing

Lynda Obst's Hollywood Survival Manual

Screens Feature, Oct. 3, 1997


Screens Column, Oct. 3, 1997

Kicked in the Head

Kicked in the Head is a pleasant, non-threatening diversion that's neither commanding enough to be memorable nor muddled enough to be disposable. It's a frenetic...

Film Review, Sep. 26, 1997

Soul Food

Soul Food is another way of saying: Family values, African-American style. The film is a warm and comic melodrama about family ties and the tribulations...

Film Review, Sep. 26, 1997

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