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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.

111 articles in 2004   •   page 1 of 3

Beyond the Sea

More "Splish" than "Splash," this biopic about the life of pop crooner Bobby Darin is practically a one-man Kevin Spacey show.

Film Review, Dec. 31, 2004

Fat Albert

Bill Cosby's animated kids get a live-action makeover.

Film Review, Dec. 24, 2004

Meet the Fockers

You can Fockerize Meet the Parents all you want, but this new movie is a lame sequel to the comic hit of 2000.

Film Review, Dec. 24, 2004


The venerable filmmaker James L. Brooks stumbles badly with his new dramedy starring Adam Sandler and Téa Leoni.

Film Review, Dec. 17, 2004


Von Trotta puts a human face on 1943's Rosenstrasse uprising, one of the few public, and moreover, successful citizen protests against the power of the Nazi regime.

Film Review, Dec. 10, 2004


Cautionary tales about the pitfalls of indie filmmaking don’t come more searingly truthful or sober-minded than this.

Film Review, Dec. 10, 2004

A Silent Love

A Mexican and Canadian production, A Silent Love puts an unusual spin on some of the clichés of the romantic comedy.

Film Review, Dec. 10, 2004

In Print

'Oscar Night: 75 Years of Hollywood Parties'

Screens Feature, Dec. 10, 2004

WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception

"News dissector" Danny Schechter examines the media's complicity in promoting the war on terrorism.

Film Review, Dec. 3, 2004


An admiring documentary about Robert Moog, the inventor of the music synthesizer.

Film Review, Nov. 26, 2004

The Machinist

Christian Bale lost 60 lbs. in order to play the unsettling title character, a man who has maybe shed his sanity along with his weight.

Film Review, Nov. 26, 2004

Enduring Love

This creepy tale of a stalker and the object of his affection is adapted from an Ian McEwan novel.

Film Review, Nov. 19, 2004

Being Julia

There are so few really great film roles written for middle-aged women that when one comes along and it stars the near-perfect Annette Bening, it’s disappointing that the rest of the movie does not equal her performance.

Film Review, Nov. 12, 2004

Vision and Focus

In the 'Undertow' with director David Gordon Green and first-time screenwriter Joe Conway

Screens Feature, Nov. 12, 2004

Thérèse: The Story of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Saints alive! To each her own biopic.

Film Review, Nov. 5, 2004


A sophisticated date movie about male midlife malcontents and the women who love them, from the director of Election.

Film Review, Nov. 5, 2004

Talk of the College Town

'The New Yorker' on tour in Austin

Screens Feature, Nov. 5, 2004


If your dead husband returned to you in the body of a 10-year-old boy, would you seize the opportunity for your romance to be born again or would you call Child Welfare?

Film Review, Oct. 29, 2004


Ray Charles, we can't stop loving you, even though this formulaic biopic lacks your original style.

Film Review, Oct. 29, 2004

Surviving Christmas

Money can buy happiness goes the moral of this cynical yet mildly amusing comedy starring Ben Affleck and James Gandolfini.

Film Review, Oct. 22, 2004

Pauly Shore Is Dead

Born and bred L.A. narcissist Pauly Shore turns auteur for this comedy film outing about … himself.

Film Review, Oct. 22, 2004


Sometimes people grow up sane despite the best efforts of society to drive them mad. So it is for Jonathan Caouette, who with this film assembles his life into his art.

Film Review, Oct. 22, 2004

Woman Thou Art Loosed

Based on a novel by Bishop T.D. Jakes, a black evangelical preacher and author who also co-stars, this unusual film is part revivalist sermon, part narrative drama, and wholly urgent and engaging.

Film Review, Oct. 22, 2004


Physics and metaphysics mingle in this minimalist yet intriguing fiction about inventor-scientists who discover a technique of time travel.

Film Review, Oct. 21, 2004


Directed by Gus Van Sant's longtime editor and written by Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler, Rick is a harsh but compelling tale that loosely mixes tragedy and comedy.

Film Review, Oct. 15, 2004

Head in the Clouds

Charlize Theron, Stuart Townsend, and Penelope Cruz co-star in this stilted romantic drama set against the background of Europe between the wars.

Film Review, Oct. 15, 2004

Raise Your Voice

Raise your voice and just say "no" to Hilary Duff as a wannabe singing sensation.

Film Review, Oct. 15, 2004


Amusing comedy with a killer cast seems like it should be a lot funnier than it ultimately is.

Film Review, Oct. 15, 2004

America's Team

Matt Stone and Trey Parker take on terrorism, celebrity, and the perils of puppetry

Screens Feature, Oct. 15, 2004

Keepin' 'Em on the Farm

Barry Tubb's 'Grand Champion'

Screens Feature, Oct. 15, 2004

The Yes Men

The Yes Men are a couple of prankster activists whose target in this movie is the World Trade Organization.

Film Review, Oct. 8, 2004

Uncovered: The War on Iraq

The filmmaker, who is also responsible for the recent documentary Outfoxed, argues that intelligence data have been manipulated by this administration to justify the decision to go to war.

Film Review, Oct. 8, 2004

Ladder 49

No scorcher this, but nonetheless a sturdy tribute to firefighters and male camaraderie.

Film Review, Oct. 8, 2004

Friday Night Lights

H.G. Bissinger’s classic book about the secular religion of high school football was lovingly adapted for film prior to becoming a TV show.

Film Review, Oct. 7, 2004

Zhou Yu's Train

Chinese romance stars beautiful Gong Li as a modern woman with two male lovers.

Film Review, Oct. 1, 2004

Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry

This nonpartisan documentary seeks to identify the sparks that made John Kerry and so many others of his generation so eager to serve their country.

Film Review, Oct. 1, 2004

Festival Express

Hurtling across Canada during the summer of 1970 was a trainload of musicians – among them Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, and Buddy Guy – who partied and played music ’til the very end of the line.

Film Review, Sep. 30, 2004

The Corporation

An immensely informative and provactive documentary about the growth of corporate entities within the legal sphere, marketplace, and human imagination.

Film Review, Sep. 24, 2004

The Forgotten

Julianne Moore is out of her mind with grief – or is she just out of her mind?

Film Review, Sep. 24, 2004

A Day Without a Mexican

What if Californians awoke one day to discover that all the Mexicans in the state had mysteriously vanished overnight?

Film Review, Sep. 24, 2004

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