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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.

112 articles in 2007   •   page 1 of 3

The Savages

Starring Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman, this smart, funny, thoughtful, and exquisitely realized film is one of the best of the year.

Film Review, Dec. 28, 2007

The Great Debaters

Denzel Washington directs and stars in this inspirational but predictable drama set in the Jim Crow South of the Thirties.

Film Review, Dec. 21, 2007

Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture

No doubt about it: This book is a gorgeous visual delight

Screens Review, Dec. 14, 2007

Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead

Lloyd Kaufman's Poultrygeist is a campy zombie comedy that's full of jokes, chicken suits, spewing geysers of various bodily fluids, and barbs flung in the direction of the fast-food industry.

Film Review, Dec. 7, 2007

Aaja Nachle

A dancer in New York returns home to India to see the teacher who taught her to dance and, ultimately, fight to save the school he built.

Film Review, Nov. 30, 2007

The Mist

There's "something in the mist," and it's not only the beasts that bite but also the dark things that reside within.

Film Review, Nov. 23, 2007

No Country for Old Men

The Coen brothers display magnificent form with this Cormac McCarthy tale about intransigent evil in the modern West.

Film Review, Nov. 15, 2007

Om Shanti Om

Via a tale of reincarnation, this new Bollywood movie offers a tribute to the Hindi spectacles of the Seventies.

Film Review, Nov. 9, 2007


This visually dreamy Bollywood romance is unusually financed and promoted by a Hollywood distributor.

Film Review, Nov. 9, 2007

The Bubble

This gay-tinged Romeo and Juliet story set largely in Tel Aviv shows the complexities of love in a land where the conflicts are as old as Western religion and as new as suicide bombers.

Film Review, Nov. 2, 2007

My Kid Could Paint That

This truly perplexing documentary begins as a fascinating cultural investigation of a child prodigy, but gradually devolves into an unintentionally creepy and exploitative document.

Film Review, Nov. 2, 2007

Bee Movie

Jerry Seinfeld delivers an agreeable though tame animated picture that more than does the trick but is unlikely to become a superbuzz movie.

Film Review, Nov. 2, 2007

Dan in Real Life

What passes for real life in this Steve Carell film is as genially inoffensive and predictable as the average TV sitcom.

Film Review, Oct. 26, 2007

Lars and the Real Girl

This movie's high-concept premise would be easy to dismiss were it not so flawlessly executed.

Film Review, Oct. 26, 2007

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

More than an appreciation, this documentary portrait of the great American folksinger and activist is an inspiration.

Film Review, Oct. 19, 2007

Gone Baby Gone

Ben Affleck's feature directing debut is strong on atmospherics and moral quandaries.

Film Review, Oct. 19, 2007


Intelligent and well-meaning, Rendition is nevertheless an oversimplified and uneven attempt to arouse righteous indignation among its viewers.

Film Review, Oct. 19, 2007

Bhool Bhulaiyaa

This new Bollywood film is a comic haunted-mansion story.

Film Review, Oct. 19, 2007

Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour

A 17-year-old girl encounters, um, paranormal activity.

Film Review, Oct. 19, 2007

We Own the Night

Joaquin Phoenix is dynamic, Mark Wahlberg subdued, and Robert Duvall trusty in this otherwise redundant story about brothers on opposite sides of the law.

Film Review, Oct. 12, 2007

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I is back for seconds in this melodramatic sequel that emphasizes how the Virgin Queen lusted in her heart.

Film Review, Oct. 12, 2007

The Darjeeling Limited

Wes Anderson boards another train of ironic whimsy, although this time the train is quite literal and not just the train of thought in his head.

Film Review, Oct. 12, 2007


Weirdsville accomplishes something that is rare for Canadian-made comedies: It's actually funny.

Film Review, Oct. 5, 2007

Feast of Love

Robert Benton directs this Oregon-set meditation on the permutations of love among a constellation of characters.

Film Review, Oct. 5, 2007

There Will Be Blood

Screens Daily, Sep. 28, 2007 2:08 PM

Across the Universe

Julie Taymor takes the timelessness of the Beatles' music and yanks it earthward into a minefield of literalism.

Film Review, Sep. 28, 2007

The Kingdom

Initially, The Kingdom seems like it might be another of this season's politically charged movies, but it actually plays more like an explosive episode of CSI: Riyadh.

Film Review, Sep. 28, 2007

I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With

Curb Your Enthusiasm's Jeff Garlin wrote, directed, and stars in this endearing schlub-in-Chicago movie that features contributions from Sarah Silverman, Bonnie Hunt, and other comic performers.

Film Review, Sep. 28, 2007

Diary of the Undead

Screens Daily, Sep. 22, 2007 4:18 PM

Sea of Dreams

She's married to the sea, and he belongs to the earth: This Mexican film relies on prehistoric folk myths and a delightful color palette for its impact.

Film Review, Sep. 21, 2007

Lady Chatterley

This new French version of the D.H. Lawrence story is tastefully presented but not nearly as scandalous and coarse as the published novel.

Film Review, Sep. 21, 2007

The Hottest State

Ethan Hawke writes and directs this story based on his own novel about a lovesick narcissist in New York City.

Film Review, Sep. 21, 2007

The Moral of 'Body of War': Don't Make Precipitous Decisions

Screens Daily, Sep. 19, 2007 3:50 PM

Hook ’Em in the Sprocket Holes

Screens Daily, Sep. 14, 2007 7:06 PM

Man From Plains

Screens Daily, Sep. 13, 2007 4:39 PM

Catching Up With No Country for Old Men

Screens Daily, Sep. 12, 2007 1:04 PM

Fly the Friendly Skies

Screens Daily, Sep. 7, 2007 5:53 PM

3:10 to Yuma

3:10 to Yuma puts the lie to the presumptive myths that Westerns are dead and remakes are always a bad thing.

Film Review, Sep. 7, 2007

Death Sentence

Vigilantism is alive and flourishing in this revenge thriller from James Wan, the so-called Splat Pack director of the original Saw movie.

Film Review, Sep. 7, 2007

Off to the Races

Screens Daily, Sep. 5, 2007 10:18 PM

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