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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.

440 articles in 2002   •   page 1 of 11

Five Masters of Death

The mainstay director of Hong Kong's Shaw Brothers studio was Chang Cheh. His Shaolin Temple kung fu movies contained mythical grandeur and kinetic action that...

Film Review, Dec. 30, 2002

Alias Betty

Alias Betty is either a fascinating study of the relationship between mothers and their children or a disturbing story about sociopaths and their marks. I'm...

Film Review, Dec. 27, 2002


Woe be to Evelyn if James Bond had not come to its rescue. With a nicely modulated performance as the film's Everybloke, Pierce Brosnan rescues...

Film Review, Dec. 27, 2002


This Italian giallo is a stylish thriller about an amnesiac. It was originally titled Man Without a Memory....

Film Review, Dec. 27, 2002

The Incubus

Top-liner John Cassavetes goes slumming for cash in this grizzly horror outing about a sleepy New England town beset by the wretched deeds of a...

Film Review, Dec. 22, 2002

The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms

An atomic bomb blast sets off this prehistoric creature that runs roughshod over humanity. The better-than-average effects are by Ray Harryhausen....

Film Review, Dec. 22, 2002


Adaptation. is a profound natural process by which living things unconsciously mutate over time in order to achieve greater concordance with their surroundings. Adaptation can...

Film Review, Dec. 20, 2002

Gangs of New York

The Lower East Side gang wars of the 1860s are brought to life by Scorsese.

Film Review, Dec. 20, 2002

The Hot Chick

Even when decked out as an 18-year-old high school girl, Rob Schneider is just as funny as he ever was. That's good news to his...

Film Review, Dec. 13, 2002

Maid in Manhattan

Ever since the out-of-left-field hit of My Big Fat Greek Wedding this year, everyone has been wondering where the next mega-successful romantic comedy was going...

Film Review, Dec. 13, 2002

8 Women

In the tradition of George Cukor's The Women, this French import features an all-female cast. Not only that, but it showcases several French stars from...

Film Review, Dec. 11, 2002

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars

Pennebaker's documentary captures the final concert of the Ziggy Stardust tour at the Hammersmith Odeon outside London on July 3, 1973.

Film Review, Dec. 10, 2002

Will it Snow for Christmas?

Winner of both the Prix Louis Delluc, the most venerable French film award, and the Cesar for best first film, Veysset's film tells the story...

Film Review, Dec. 10, 2002

Day of the Animals

Hikers dropped off by helicopter discover that the destruction of the Earth's ozone layer has caused animals at high altitudes to run amok....

Film Review, Dec. 10, 2002

The Righteous Babes

This documentary explores the intersection between feminism and popular music, and focuses on the role of female recording artists in the 1990s and their influence...

Film Review, Dec. 10, 2002

The Battle of Canudos

Based on historical facts that are still shrouded in some mystery, Battle of Canudos is an epic drama about the bloodiest conflict in Brazil's history....

Film Review, Dec. 9, 2002

Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights

Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights seems to be fashioned around the idea of making fun of as many body parts as possible -- no matter...

Film Review, Dec. 6, 2002

Freeze Me

A low-budget Japanese revenge movie, Freeze Me tells the story a woman who retaliates against the three gangbangers who won't leave her alone. After gang-raping...

Film Review, Dec. 4, 2002

Andy Warhol's Frankenstein (Aka Flesh for Frankenstein)

Udo Kier plays the famous mad baron, who's deep into his cloning experiments while his wife is making time with Joe Dallesandro's handsome peasant stud....

Film Review, Dec. 3, 2002

Centerfold Girls

A serial killer offs pinup girls....

Film Review, Dec. 3, 2002

Fall Semester Student Screening

Austin FilmWorks presents an end-of-the-semester screening of its Production One and Production Two final film projects. For more info call 467-0731 or see

Film Review, Dec. 2, 2002


"There are no solutions, only choices," intones the mission commander of the ill-fated space station Prometheus in Steven Soderbergh's new science fiction love story Solaris....

Film Review, Nov. 29, 2002


Therese Martin was a middle-class French girl who became a Carmelite nun and died of tuberculosis in 1897 at the age of 24. The "Little...

Film Review, Nov. 25, 2002

Kill Squad

A Vietnam vet assembles a martial arts vigilante squad to murder the thugs who killed his wife....

Film Review, Nov. 25, 2002


Critically drubbed at the time of its release, Altman's Popeye is faithful to the spirit of the old comic strip and animated cartoons. Robin Williams...

Film Review, Nov. 25, 2002

Cauleen Smith Presents Short Films

Cinemaker's regular open screening of local filmworks will be followed by a presentation by Cauleen Smith of her short films. Smith is among the newest...

Film Review, Nov. 25, 2002

Raw, Uncensored and Totally Nude

The popular access TV show, The Show With No Name, is putting on a live program with clips and other material that surpass all standards...

Film Review, Nov. 25, 2002

La Naissance De L'Amour (The Birth of Love)

French cinema stalwart Philippe Garrel has been making films since the Sixities, usually examining issues os male intimacy and existence. In La Naissance de L’Amour,...

Film Review, Nov. 25, 2002

The Emperor's Club

This boys boarding-school story buries an interesting storyline about morality and the choices we make underneath such a mountain of clichés and borrowed images that...

Film Review, Nov. 22, 2002

El Crimen del Padre Amaro

Controversial Mexican film about a priest who struggles with sins of the flesh.

Film Review, Nov. 22, 2002

Far From Heaven

Far From Heaven begins just like Douglas Sirk's 1952 Hollywood melodrama All That Heaven Allows: The camera cranes through a grove of treetops, through their...

Film Review, Nov. 21, 2002

"The Subtext of a Yale Education" and "University Inc."

The program consists of Laura Dunn’s “Subtext of a Yale Education” (1999, 31 min.), which follows the labor strikes at Yale in 1996 from a...

Film Review, Nov. 19, 2002

Ator the Fighting Eagle

Ator the Fighting Eagle is the first of several Italian fantasy films directed by D'Amato in the Eighties that star the amazingly untalented Miles O'Keeffe...

Film Review, Nov. 19, 2002

The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1980) and “Chimps: So Like Us”

An exceptional documentary, The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (60 min.) looks at the role of women on the homefront during WWII. The...

Film Review, Nov. 19, 2002

Une Nouvelle Vie (A New Life)

This early work by the acclaimed director of Irma Vep and Alice et Martin is a twisty mystery of psycho-sexual intrigue that uses abrupt time...

Film Review, Nov. 19, 2002


The sexual chemistry between Hepburn and Grant, when set against the suave thriller's tumultuous backdrop of shifting identities, makes this movie an enduring favorite.

Film Review, Nov. 18, 2002

American Mullet

“I’ve had one person tell me it was a lesbian haircut, but I’m cool with that - I like women," admits one mulletized biker in...

Film Review, Nov. 18, 2002

The Best of the Austin 48-Hour Film Project

The top 11 films, based on judge and audience surveys from the 2002 local competition will screen, and the final winner and other awards will...

Film Review, Nov. 18, 2002

The Grey Zone

Bleak and often hard to watch, this well-meaning film based on actual events tells the story of Auschwitz's twelfth Sonderkommando. One of 13 consecutive special...

Film Review, Nov. 15, 2002

Standing in the Shadows of Motown

Just about every American of a certain age knows the Motown sound and can rattle off his or her favorite hits with enthusiastic alacrity, whether...

Film Review, Nov. 15, 2002

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