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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.

116 articles in 2003   •   page 1 of 3

Cheaper by the Dozen

Cheaper comedy dozen't add up.

Film Review, Dec. 26, 2003

Girl of Their Dreams

Disney was struggling to find a young star for Young Black Stallion. Then, Austinite Biana Tamimi found them.

Screens Feature, Dec. 26, 2003

Love Don't Cost a Thing

A nerdy high school student pays a cheerleader to pretend to be his girlfriend in order to appear cool.

Film Review, Dec. 19, 2003

In America

The masterful storyteller Jim Sheridan, along with a wonderful cast, tell the story of a family whom you'll never forget.

Film Review, Dec. 19, 2003

Die Mommie Die!

Charles Busch's campy send-up of Fifties melodrama falls flat.

Film Review, Dec. 12, 2003

King of the Ants

Nifty new thriller from Stuart Gordon, the director of Re-Animator.

Film Review, Dec. 12, 2003

The Singing Detective

Robert Downey Jr. plays Dennis Potter's afflicted writer, who imagines a film noir musical to escape his misery.

Film Review, Dec. 5, 2003

The Missing

Ron Howard directs Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett in tough Western drama.

Film Review, Nov. 28, 2003

The Haunted Mansion

Eddie Murphy heads up this latest Disney amusement ride-turned-movie.

Film Review, Nov. 28, 2003

Shattered Glass

Before Jayson Blair there was Stephen Glass, a fabricator of magazine stories, whose fall from grace is told here.

Film Review, Nov. 21, 2003

Views to a Kill

Gus Van Sant investigates school violence with 'Elephant'

Screens Feature, Nov. 21, 2003

The Flower of Evil

Chabrol's 50th movie is a study of guilt and its perpetuation.

Film Review, Nov. 14, 2003

Km. 0

Mistaken identities provide twist in this Spanish romantic comedy.

Film Review, Nov. 7, 2003


Will Ferrell's Elf is a new way to spell fun.

Film Review, Nov. 6, 2003


Sylvia Plath biopic is sad dirge.

Film Review, Oct. 31, 2003

In the Cut

Jane Campion's erotic thriller In the Cut dulls its cutting edge.

Film Review, Oct. 31, 2003

Let the Work Speak for Itself

Yaphet Kotto, the First African-American in Space

Screens Feature, Oct. 31, 2003

The Gospel of John

The last years of Jesus are presented with more realism than pageantry.

Film Review, Oct. 24, 2003

Madame Satã

Life story of Brazilian drag diva from the last half-century.

Film Review, Oct. 24, 2003

September 11

Compelling but uneven omnibus film showcases 11 films by 11 international directors.

Film Review, Oct. 17, 2003

Veronica Guerin

Journalist's brave story remains curiously aloof.

Film Review, Oct. 17, 2003

Prey for Rock & Roll

Gina Gershon plays a rock & roll grrrl pushing 40.

Film Review, Oct. 17, 2003

Ondine on Edie, On Warhol, on Ondine

A 'Chronicle' reprint

Screens Feature, Oct. 17, 2003

Casa de los Babys

The new film from John Sayles presents a great group of characters and then strands them without a plot.

Film Review, Oct. 10, 2003

Mambo Italiano

Broad gay and Italian stereotypes mambo through this farce.

Film Review, Oct. 10, 2003


This documentary explores the hidden world of amputee fetishism.

Film Review, Oct. 3, 2003

Black and White and Rick All Over

The ABCs of 'The School of Rock'

Screens Feature, Oct. 3, 2003

QT on Trio

With five Austin QT Fests under his belt, Tarantino will be sharing this format with the world, as the Trio cable network presents six nights of Tarantino-presented movies to coincide with the opening of his new film Kill Bill Vol. 1 on Oct. 10.

Screens Feature, Oct. 3, 2003


In this Martin Luther biopic, Joseph Fiennes plays the theologian as a smoldering rebel boy.

Film Review, Sep. 26, 2003

The Weather Underground

Former members of the Weather Underground still know a thing or two about "which way the wind blows" in this always timely documentary.

Film Review, Sep. 26, 2003

Charlotte Sometimes

A sophisticated relationship drama about young Asian-Americans.

Film Review, Sep. 19, 2003


If you don't already worship Derrida, this film won't change your mind.

Film Review, Sep. 12, 2003

Toronto Diary

Dispatches from the 2003 Film Festival

Screens Feature, Sep. 12, 2003

The Animation Show

Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt inaugurate a new annual series of animation collections.

Film Review, Sep. 5, 2003

Dirty Pretty Things

Stephen Frears’ low-key thriller casts its eye toward the furtive lives of London’s illegal immigrants.

Film Review, Aug. 29, 2003

Marci X

A hip-hop artist and a Jewish American Princess discover that bling-bling makes the world go ’round.

Film Review, Aug. 29, 2003

Masked and Anonymous

The answers to this new Bob Dylan movie are "blowin’ in the wind."

Film Review, Aug. 22, 2003

Friday Night

A woman has a fling with a stranger in this thoughtful French import.

Film Review, Aug. 22, 2003

Open Range

Kevin Costner’s Open Range is the best new Western to come out of Hollywood in a long time. But given the small number of Westerns...

Film Review, Aug. 15, 2003

Uptown Girls

Uptown Girls has nothing to do with the similarly named Billy Joel song, except perhaps for the fact that the movie’s hackneyed and poor construction...

Film Review, Aug. 15, 2003

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