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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.

123 articles in 2009   •   page 1 of 4

It's Complicated

Far from complicated, this rom-com starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin is a wish-fulfillment fantasy for women of a certain age.

Film Review, Dec. 25, 2009


Quick. Put down that Victoria's Secret catalog. More women in corsets are on display in this musical than on any lingerie catwalk in your dreams.

Film Review, Dec. 25, 2009

A Decade Under the Influence

The 'Chronicle' movie critics take a look back at what the Aughts wrought

Screens Feature, Dec. 25, 2009

Did You Hear About the Morgans?

Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker play a feuding New York City couple who rediscover their love while out West.

Film Review, Dec. 18, 2009

Avatar: Special Edition

The new release of this "special edition" includes "more than eight minutes of never before seen footage," because there are some never-before-seen dollars that remain...

Film Review, Dec. 18, 2009

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Nic Cage delivers one of his best and most outrageous performances in Werner Herzog's cops-and-iguanas drama.

Film Review, Dec. 11, 2009


Morgan Freeman stars as Nelson Mandela in this true story of the leader helping to heal a nation through rugby.

Film Review, Dec. 11, 2009

Serious Moonlight

Cheryl Hines directs this romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton, based on a script penned by Adrienne Shelly.

Film Review, Dec. 11, 2009

The Holiday Spirit, Lightly Warped

John Waters tackles holly and jolly live at the Paramount

Screens Feature, Dec. 11, 2009

Everybody's Fine

Robert De Niro is the father of grown children (played by Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell, and Kate Beckinsale) in a family that has trouble communicating.

Film Review, Dec. 4, 2009

One Peace at a Time

Austin-based writer, actor, and filmmaker Turk Pipkin urges us to work for solutions to world problems in this personal documentary.

Film Review, Dec. 4, 2009

Old Dogs

Mork and Vinny Barbarino star in this witless comedy about middle-aged men caring for a couple of 7-year-olds.

Film Review, Nov. 27, 2009

The Messenger

Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster play two members of the military's casualty notification team, which delivers bad news to soldiers' next of kin.

Film Review, Nov. 20, 2009

Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire

Much like the title character Precious, this rough-hewn movie overcomes the unlikely odds for its success.

Film Review, Nov. 20, 2009

An Education

Everything about Scherfig’s coming-of-age story about a girl in the London suburb of Twickenham in 1961 is spot-on.

Film Review, Nov. 13, 2009


Amiable and proficient, this indie romantic comedy is never more or less than reliable.

Film Review, Nov. 13, 2009

The Mighty Finn

AFS Essential Cinema presents the Chilly Humorist of Finland: Aki Kaurismäki

Screens Feature, Nov. 13, 2009


A little-seen but highly praised debut film from new director Lance Hammer

Screens Review, Nov. 13, 2009

Pirate Radio

This British import exudes about as much outlaw swagger as Tom DeLay in a dance competition.

Film Review, Nov. 12, 2009


High art is both lampooned and championed in this knowing satire that stars the ever-eccentric Adam Goldberg.

Film Review, Nov. 6, 2009

Gentlemen Broncos

With this new film, Jared Hess elicits none of the naive charm or flagrant silliness of his earlier movies, Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre.

Film Review, Nov. 6, 2009

Disney's A Christmas Carol

The novelty of this motion-capture rendition of Dickens classic eventually gives way to emotionally bland storytelling.

Film Review, Nov. 6, 2009

Lady Diane

Diane Keaton takes her life to the stage

Screens Feature, Nov. 6, 2009

Michael Jackson's This Is It

Michael Jackson moonwalks among us for a final hurrah.

Film Review, Oct. 30, 2009

No Impact Man

Colin Beavan, aka No Impact Man, and his cooperative family are the subjects of this documentary about their yearlong project in environmental sustainability.

Film Review, Oct. 30, 2009

Austin Film Festival: 'La MISSION'

Writer/director Peter Bratt and his brother, actor Benjamin Bratt, create a knowing portrait of a Latino father in the modern-day Mission district of San Francisco.

Screens Daily, Oct. 29, 2009 5:51 PM

Austin Film Festival: 'Tobruk'

Winner of the Narrative Feature Jury Award, the Czechoslovakian film Tobruk is a moving war drama that draws inspiration from Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage.

Screens Daily, Oct. 25, 2009 2:45 PM

More Than a Game

Before joining the NBA, LeBron James was a high school star who climbed the heights with a core of teammates, all of whom are documented here.

Film Review, Oct. 23, 2009

The Scenesters

Movies and crime fit together like film and noir. In this comic murder-mystery, the talents of the Vacationeers come together to produce the visual comedy...

Film Review, Oct. 23, 2009

Adventures of Power

All Power wants is to be the best possible air drummer he can be.

Film Review, Oct. 23, 2009

Coco Before Chanel

Before she became a world-renowned brand, Coco Chanel was a girl of few prospects but with lots of pluck.

Film Review, Oct. 16, 2009

A Serious Man

The Coen brothers deliver one of their best and most personal movies, a kind of cockeyed Jewish fable that urges us to embrace life's mysteries.

Film Review, Oct. 16, 2009


Expert documentarian Joe Berlinger sheds light on the epic environmental lawsuit filed by 30,000 Ecuadorans against the oil company Texaco, which is now owned by Chevron.

Film Review, Oct. 9, 2009


Austria’s nominee last year for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar is a taut yet unpredictable psychological thriller that deserves wide appreciation outside its homeland.

Film Review, Oct. 9, 2009

Couples Retreat

Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau prove they are no longer swingers, but since this film is the only new national release this week, it's sure to be "money."

Film Review, Oct. 9, 2009

The Boys Are Back

Clive Owen is a widower in Australia who learns to become a hands-on dad to his sons.

Film Review, Oct. 2, 2009

Toy Story & Toy Story 2: 3-D Double Feature

"To infinity and beyond" gains new dimension in this 3-D-improved double feature.

Film Review, Oct. 2, 2009

Capitalism: A Love Story

Michael Moore wants to know where our money went.

Film Review, Oct. 2, 2009

Toy Story in 3-D

Repackaging. We loved these movies the first time around and now we're being assured that we'll love them all the more in 3-D. Plus, we...

Film Review, Oct. 2, 2009

Toy Story 2 in 3-D

The addition of 3-D perks up this second entry in the series.

Film Review, Oct. 2, 2009

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