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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.

144 articles in 2011   •   page 1 of 4

From the Vaults: A Smooch for New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve finds everyone In Search of a Midnight Kiss

Screens Daily, Dec. 30, 2011 2:30 PM

National Film Registry Welcomes 'El Mariachi'

Rodriguez's debut joins Bambi, Hannibal Lecter, and Forrest Gump

Screens Daily, Dec. 28, 2011 9:20 AM

From the Vaults: Rollo Banks' Dragon Tattoo

Movie talk about "dragon tattoos" gets me thinking about Rollo Banks

Screens Daily, Dec. 23, 2011 6:00 PM

War Horse

A stylistic throwback to classic studio movies, Spielberg's film about war as seen through a horse's experience of it rarely rises to the occasion.

Film Review, Dec. 23, 2011

We Bought a Zoo

Matt Damon is a widower with two kids who buys a zoo after his wife bought the farm in Cameron Crowe's latest movie.

Film Review, Dec. 23, 2011

From the Vaults: Shame

"Showgirls" despoiled the NC-17 rating

Screens Daily, Dec. 16, 2011 5:25 PM

Mozart's Sister

Wolfgang had a sister who was also a musical prodigy. Guess which sibling the history books remember.

Film Review, Dec. 16, 2011

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

We're wondering if anyone will call the ASPCA if we leave these animated rodents chipwrecked far from civilization.

Film Review, Dec. 16, 2011

Young Adult

Actors Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt prove as riveting a combo as writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman.

Film Review, Dec. 16, 2011

From the Vaults: Chimps Ahoy

"Project Nim" stirs up memories of our Damn Dirty Ape issue

Screens Daily, Dec. 10, 2011 5:36 PM

Project Nim

The story of a science experiment in which a chimpanzee was raised as a human child is recounted in this heartbreaking documentary.

Film Review, Dec. 9, 2011


In this French film a 10-year-old girl moves into a new neighborhood and pretends to be a boy because, well, it seems like boys just have more fun.

Film Review, Dec. 9, 2011

From the Vaults: Kieslowski's Tricolor Trilogy Unbundled

"Blue," "White," and "Red" reviewed

Screens Daily, Dec. 2, 2011 5:20 PM

The Women on the 6th Floor

This light comedy from France is pure bourgeois fantasy, but it's a genial fantasy nevertheless.

Film Review, Dec. 2, 2011

Steve McQueen: The Actor and His Films

Andrew Antoniades and Mike Siegel

Screens Feature, Dec. 1, 2011

Steve McQueen: The Actor and His Films

Gift Guide: Coffee-table Steve McQueen

Books Review, Dec. 1, 2011

From the Vaults: John Logan

How did Johnny Depp come to be a producer of Hugo?

Screens Daily, Nov. 26, 2011 2:05 PM

My Week With Marilyn

Based on the memories of Colin Clark, this movie recounts his time getting to know Marilyn Monroe while she was in England shooting The Prince and the Showgirl with Laurence Olivier.

Film Review, Nov. 25, 2011


Martin Scorsese steps outside his comfort zone to create an effects-heavy children’s film set in France – and winds up creating one of his most splendid and personal films.

Film Review, Nov. 23, 2011

From the Vaults

Kristen Stewart and Kirsten Dunst star on Austin screens this week

Screens Daily, Nov. 18, 2011 2:42 PM


Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier brings his vision of human annihilation to the screen in this visually stunning and thematically rich film.

Film Review, Nov. 18, 2011

Happy Feet Two

Some penguins march; these animated penguins dance – and sing – just like they did the last time around, only with a little less novelty.

Film Review, Nov. 17, 2011

Viva Pedro!

Peel back the Chronicle's archives to find lots more Pedro Almodóvar

Screens Daily, Nov. 14, 2011 1:55 PM

J. Edgar

The man who played Dirty Harry directs Leonardo DiCaprio as America's top cop, J. Edgar Hoover.

Film Review, Nov. 11, 2011

AFS Selects "Le Havre"

AFS and the Violet Crown initiate AFS Selects series with Le Havre

Screens Daily, Nov. 4, 2011 3:50 PM

Le Havre

Aki Kaurismäki's distinctive blend of deadpan humor and quotidian melodrama comes through in this new film.

Film Review, Nov. 4, 2011

My Afternoons With Margueritte

Gérard Depardieu plays an oafish man who bonds with a cultured older woman, who teaches him to read and alters his life.

Film Review, Nov. 4, 2011

Take Shelter

Is Curtis LaForche slowly going mad or is something apocalyptic about to happen? Michael Shannon stars in this truly unsettling movie.

Film Review, Oct. 28, 2011

Puss in Boots

As infectious as the latest viral cat video, this animated film has the added slam-dunk of Antonio Banderas purring the voice of the title character.

Film Review, Oct. 28, 2011

James Franco on His New Sal Mineo Biopic

AFF coverage

Screens Feature, Oct. 27, 2011

AFF: Johnny Depp in the ATX

Johnny Depp gets award, presents Rum Diary, and strums with the best

Screens Daily, Oct. 24, 2011 9:00 AM

Johnny English Reborn

Rowan Atkinson brings his particular brand of physical comedy to this James Bond spy spoof.

Film Review, Oct. 21, 2011

The Mighty Macs

This film tells the story of rookie basketball coach and future Hall of Famer Cathy Rush who led the women of Immaculata College to three consecutive national championships from 1972 to 1974.

Film Review, Oct. 21, 2011

Last Course

Closing-night film 'Union Square'

Screens Feature, Oct. 20, 2011


Finally, a remake that’s not a just a mindless retread.

Film Review, Oct. 14, 2011

Real Steel

Mix Rocky with The Transformers and you'll wind up with something like Real Steel.

Film Review, Oct. 7, 2011


Gus Van Sant hits a rare discordant note with this story about two death-obsessed teens that is twee and precious instead of genuine and candid.

Film Review, Oct. 7, 2011

The Ides of March

George Clooney's modern morality tale about the ongoing battle between idealism and corruption in the political realm is perfectly cast.

Film Review, Oct. 7, 2011


A tangled post-production history kept this Kenneth Lonergan film from completion for six years, and its story about teenage trauma suffers as a result. But, oh, what a cast.

Film Review, Oct. 7, 2011


Twilight's Taylor Lautner makes his bid for solo action stardom.

Film Review, Sep. 30, 2011

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