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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.

378 articles in 2001   •   page 1 of 10

A Beautiful Mind

So many things come together so beautifully in this movie based on the life of John Forbes Nash Jr. that you're likely to find yourself...

Film Review, Dec. 28, 2001

A Matter of Taste (Une Affaire De Gout)

This French psychological drama opens many twisted avenues for discovery, yet by the time it concludes we're only twisting in the wind. The movie's unlikely...

Film Review, Dec. 28, 2001

How High

Pot comedy. Let's concede at the outset that artistic immortality is not what this subgenre of filmmaking is after. Pot comedies aim for more fleeting...

Film Review, Dec. 28, 2001

Mute Love

Director Mallard will be on hand to discuss the making of this film that examines the relationships among three generations of African-American women. The women...

Film Review, Dec. 27, 2001

Treasure Island

This live-action Disney rendition of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale is a great adventure story and a wonderfully cast film....

Film Review, Dec. 27, 2001

The Royal Tenenbaums

“Being a Tenenbaum isn't as easy as it used to be,” observes a member of the brood in this grand family saga whose literary aspirations...

Film Review, Dec. 20, 2001


Murray plays a hard-hearted TV executive who visits his past, present, and future Christmases, à la Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and discovers the error of...

Film Review, Dec. 18, 2001

Nobody Wanted to Die

The final film in this series is a Lithuanian tale of family revenge that is reported to have an epic spaghetti Western feel....

Film Review, Dec. 10, 2001


Lawrence Newman (Macy) is a man living in the shadows, hemmed in by veils of conformity and prejudice. Social acceptance and prosperity ought to be...

Film Review, Dec. 7, 2001

Out Cold

The white powder seen everywhere in Out Cold is not anthrax, but its effect is nearly as deadly. Be a good patriot and avoid this...

Film Review, Nov. 30, 2001

Potluck Cinema

This Super-8 throwdown fest solicited films that explore either metaphorically or literrally the events surrounding Sept. 11. The films run no longer than four minutes...

Film Review, Nov. 27, 2001

The Incredible Trailerthon #2

Compiled by Anthony Timpson, curator of the Incredibly Strange Film Festival in New Zealand, this three-hour collection of coming attractions focuses on films from the...

Film Review, Nov. 27, 2001

Out for Blood II: Out for More Blood

The world premiere of this action-comedy short by a local filmmaker tracks two detectives trying to catch a cold-blooded killer. For more info see

Film Review, Nov. 27, 2001

MFA Candidates

Three short documentaries filmed by University of Texas MFA candidates will screen: "Aliman and Lawuyn" (21 min.) by Shu-Chun Lee spotlights a displaced aboriginal family...

Film Review, Nov. 26, 2001

Brief Encounters

A young country girl who moves to the city tries to attract the attention of famous geologist....

Film Review, Nov. 26, 2001

Mr. Sinus Theater 3000 Christmas Show

In a now-annual tradition, the Mr. Sinus crew hurl their best zingers at favorite holiday movies and TV specials. Some old bits from are mixed...

Film Review, Nov. 26, 2001

The First Teacher

The award-winning first film by Andrei Konchalovsky (Runaway Train) tells the story of an ideological fanatic who learns to temper his beliefs with the help...

Film Review, Nov. 26, 2001

Spooky Encounters

A vampiric chopsocky picture, Encounters of the Spooky Kind blends slapstick, martial arts, and the supernatural for an Evil Dead-like encounter....

Film Review, Nov. 26, 2001

Post-Thanksgiving Banquet of Short Cinema: The Best of Cinematexas

Program highlights iclude "Mother and Son" (Matthew Silver, US), "Sharony!" (Jennet Thomas, UK), "Inventario de Natal" (Miguel Gomes, Portugal), "Transmitting Baba" (Miso Suchy, Slovakia), and...

Film Review, Nov. 19, 2001

The Green Slime

A Japanese monster movie, The Green Slime is a camp classic about a slimy substance loose in a space station that thrives on atomic energy...

Film Review, Nov. 19, 2001

The Touchables

Pop fantasy set in the swinging Sixties has sex-starved London women dressed as nuns kidnapping a rock star and keeping him captive in a pleasure...

Film Review, Nov. 19, 2001

No Ford in the Fire

Set during the October Revolution, this award-winning drama tells the story of a woman who discovers her talent for painting and chooses political solidarity over...

Film Review, Nov. 19, 2001

Letter Never Sent

The director of I Am Cuba and The Cranes Are Flying, who is known for his fluid and lengthy camera takes, filmed this fact-based drama...

Film Review, Nov. 19, 2001

The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition

Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914-16 expedition to Antarctica would be a fascinating story in itself, but this wonderful documentary benefits from the inclusion of unique archival...

Film Review, Nov. 16, 2001

Va Savoir

The romantic comedy Va Savoir (Who Knows?) is a trifle by the great French master Jacques Rivette -- a statement which means that this movie...

Film Review, Nov. 15, 2001

Cyberworld 3D

Images seem to pop out of the giant screen in this 3D Imax extravaganza, and if the Polarized glasses they give you to watch the...

Film Review, Nov. 13, 2001

Smashing Pumpkins: A Documentary

A feature-length profile of the Chicago rock band....

Film Review, Nov. 13, 2001

Hamlet (Gamlet)

With a translation by Boris Pasternak, this Russian version of the Shakespearean play emphasizes an "active" Hamlet rather than a conflicted Freud-driven hero. The music...

Film Review, Nov. 12, 2001

Viva Knievel!

Seventies stuntman extraordinaire tries to make the leap into movies but falls way short of the mark....

Film Review, Nov. 12, 2001


Gloriously romantic and bitterly realistic, Innocence is a paean to the durability and longevity of love -- not just the spiritual kind of love, but...

Film Review, Nov. 9, 2001

Dreams and Nightmares

They hardly make 'em like Abe Osheroff any more. This 95-year-old survivor of the legendary Abe Lincoln Brigade - a formation of some 3,000 Americans...

Film Review, Nov. 9, 2001

Mr. Billion

Spaghetti Western king Terence Hill made his American acting debut with this cross-country road-race picture featuring a host of cameos by regulars from the Roger...

Film Review, Nov. 8, 2001

Long Night's Journey Into Day

South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which in the aftermath of institutional apartheid bore testimonial witness to the crimes sanctioned by its racist policies and...

Film Review, Nov. 8, 2001

Sammy and Rosie Get Laid

The Anglo-Pakistani writer Hanif Kureishi has carved an entire career out of smuggling "as much filth and anarchy into the cinema as possible." The latest...

Film Review, Nov. 8, 2001

Battle Royale

Fukasaku's violence-soaked film about a government-sponsored, survival-of-the-fittest contest among schoolchildren has caused storms of controversy.

Film Review, Nov. 8, 2001

Guide for the Married Man

Morse tries to teach Matthau (who is faithfully married to Inger Stevens) the pleasures of adultury. Comic vignettes perfomed by a host of top-name stars...

Film Review, Nov. 8, 2001

Shallow Hal

Shallow Hal. Shallow Movie. The notorious Farrelly Brothers (Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary) fire a dud in their new film effort designed to...

Film Review, Nov. 8, 2001

Goodbye, Boys

This adaptation of a bestselling novel by Boris Balter is a lyrical coming-of-age story about three graduating teenagers during WWII whose summer idyll of chasing...

Film Review, Nov. 8, 2001

My Name Is Ivan

This is the first film directed by noted film stylist Andrei Tarkovsky. The movie won international acclaim for its visually poetic portrait of a 12-year-old...

Film Review, Nov. 8, 2001

Black Belt Jones

This blaxploitation kung fu picture is by the same core team who made Enter the Dragon and co-stars the much-overlooked Gloria Hendry. The story pits...

Film Review, Nov. 6, 2001

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