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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.

218 articles in 1999   •   page 1 of 6

Mansfield Park

Jane Austen's third novel is infused with liberal doses of modern attitudes and autobiographical tidbits from the author's life.

Film Review, Dec. 31, 1999

Anna and the King

Anna and the King might be a perfectly fine film if only it were possible to quiet the nagging inner voice that keeps asking, "Why?"...

Film Review, Dec. 31, 1999

The Cider House Rules

Novelist John Irving wrote the screenplay for The Cider House Rules based on his own novel, and the film certainly shows signs of the novelist's...

Film Review, Dec. 31, 1999

Man on the Moon

“I'm pushing an elephant up the stairs,” declares one of the lyrics in “The Great Beyond,” R.E.M.'s Man on the Moon theme song that tries...

Film Review, Dec. 24, 1999

Boys Don't Cry

Without resorting to dogma, ideological tracts, or cautionary tales, Boys Don't Cry evocatively tells the true story of a young Nebraska woman who changed her sexual identity and transformed herself (sans surgery) into a young man. Swank won her first Oscar for this role.

Film Review, Dec. 24, 1999

Some Like It Hot

When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. If Billy...

Film Review, Dec. 21, 1999

Felicia's Journey

Although Felicia's Journey is not quite the multifaceted gem that Atom Egoyan's previous film The Sweet Hereafter was, the director's film adaptation of William Trevor's...

Film Review, Dec. 17, 1999

The Ballad of Narayama

This final film in the Imamura series is a winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Imamura's version of the famous Narayama...

Film Review, Dec. 16, 1999

My Breakfast With Blassie

In recognition of the release of Man on the Moon, The Alamo Drafthouse and The Show With No Name present this spoof of Louis Malle's...

Film Review, Dec. 16, 1999

The City (La Ciudad)

This much-heralded movie has been the pride of the 1999 film festival circuit, winning top prizes at the Taos Talking Pictures Festival and South by...

Film Review, Dec. 10, 1999

The Howling

A TV newswoman goes on a therapeutic retreat after a traumatic experience but instead encounters werewolves in this sharp and amusing film.

Film Review, Dec. 9, 1999

Too High, Too Wide and Too Long: A Texas-Style Road Trip

Bob “Daddy-O” Wade, the Texas artist probably best known for the giant iguana he installed atop New York City’s Lone Star Cafe, is the subject...

Film Review, Dec. 9, 1999

Cross of Iron

This is the final film in the Peckinpah series (the second Sunday TV program has been canceled). This is also the only print of Cross...

Film Review, Dec. 9, 1999

A Long Journey to Guadalupe

The Chicano/Latino Film Forum is back in action following a hiatus. And what better way to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Feast Day than with...

Film Review, Dec. 9, 1999

Eijanaika (What the Hell!)

In this period recreation, Imamura’s film tells a story of a carnival huckster on the payroll of both the Emperor and the Shogun dynasty, who,...

Film Review, Dec. 9, 1999

Man of the Century

Johnny Twennies (Frazier) is a man out of time. As his name implies, he's an artifact from another decade -- one that roared and had...

Film Review, Dec. 3, 1999

Same Old Song

Sadly, the latest film by Alain Resnais, the great French filmmaker responsible for such seminal classics as Hiroshima, Mon Amour and Last Year at Marienbad,...

Film Review, Dec. 3, 1999

Austin Filmworks Student Films

End-of-the-Semester Student Films presents 15 student-produced shorts from filmed during the current semester of Production One and Production Two classes at Steve Mims’ Austin FilmWorks....

Film Review, Dec. 2, 1999

Song is Love

Hard to picture Tobe Hooper, the guy who in a few more years would go on to direct The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, filming this late...

Film Review, Dec. 2, 1999

The Profound Desire of the Gods: Tales From a Southern Island

From the AFS calendar: “Imperative Imamura. Cinephile extraordinaire Betrand Tavernier lists The Profound Desire of the Gods as one of his three favorite Japanese films,...

Film Review, Dec. 2, 1999


In this film adaptation of James Dickey’s novel, four businessmen on a weekend canoe trip learn that only the strongest survive. To the tune of...

Film Review, Dec. 2, 1999

Cheech & Chong’s Nice Dreams

The boys drive an ice cream truck that fronts for another kind of drug delivery system. Read over this cast list, though....

Film Review, Dec. 2, 1999

Rock the Boat

The Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF) presents one of the favorites from the recent festival in this monthly series that screens on...

Film Review, Dec. 2, 1999

Tiny Prophecies

Tiny Prophecies is the Cinemaker Co-op’s latest conceptual film festival that celebrates the turn of the millennium. More than 15 visions of the apocalyptic, the...

Film Review, Dec. 2, 1999

The World Is Not Enough

The World Is Not Enough … but two hours is plenty sufficient. It's not as though there's anything too new to report on here, apart...

Film Review, Nov. 26, 1999

The Lovers on the Bridge

Carax's stridently anti-romantic romance is curiously full of extravagant visual panache.

Film Review, Nov. 26, 1999

Intentions of Murder

Intentions of Murder is based on a true story about the slovenly wife of a tyrannical librarian, who triumphes over her family, an assaultive burglar,...

Film Review, Nov. 24, 1999

Peckinpah Tv

This eight-part film series dedicated to a reassessment of Sam Peckinpah’s career is curated by local access TV’s Show With No Name and runs through...

Film Review, Nov. 24, 1999

The Legend of 1900

1900 is the name of a character, not a century, in this lush drama by Italian director Guiseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso), his first filmed in...

Film Review, Nov. 19, 1999


Talk about your movie clichés … Have you heard the one about the older man and the younger woman? Do you think you've already seen...

Film Review, Nov. 19, 1999

Mad Love

Mad Love features Peter Lorre at his finest as a mad scientist to end all mad scientists. When a concert pianist’s hands are crushed in...

Film Review, Nov. 17, 1999

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) W/ Live Music Accompaniment

live musical accompaniment by the Friends of Dean Martinez. Caligari is often cited as the first true horror movie and one of the first films...

Film Review, Nov. 17, 1999

The Insect Woman

The Insect Woman, from Japanese director Shohei Imamura, one of the most important – and least internationally known – post-war filmmakers, tells the story of...

Film Review, Nov. 17, 1999

The Shining

Who would have ever thought to pair up Stanley Kubrick and Stephen King? But weird as it sounds, this creepy thriller works. Nicholson takes his...

Film Review, Nov. 17, 1999

Pokémon: The First Movie

There is a new definition of the term, “critic-proof movie,” and it goes by the name Pokémon: The First Movie. Depending on your perspective, the...

Film Review, Nov. 12, 1999


Kevin Smith manages to makes a film that both pokes fun at the Catholic Church and upholds the faith.

Film Review, Nov. 12, 1999


John Waters’ first “mainstream” film stars Divine as a suburban housewife who is driven to the point of distraction by her family and her surroundings...

Film Review, Nov. 11, 1999

The Pornographers

The Austin Film Society series examines the films of Japanese director Shohei Imamura, one of the most important ñ and least internationally known ñ post-war...

Film Review, Nov. 11, 1999

The Getaway

The story comes from Jim Thompson’s book, and the screenplay was written by Walter Hill. The star wattage is all McQueen and MacGraw, while the propulsion is all Peckinpah.

Film Review, Nov. 11, 1999

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

Sweet, heartwarming, adventuresome, and joyful, E.T. tugs at the believers inside each of us. And when those kids ride their bikes over the moon –...

Film Review, Nov. 11, 1999

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