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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.

177 articles in 2012   •   page 1 of 5

From the Vaults: Melody Maker Russell Crowe

Song man Russell Crowe from 30 Odd Foot of Grunts to 'Les Misérables'

Screens Daily, Dec. 28, 2012 2:10 PM

Django Unchained

As entertaining and subversive as Django Unchained is, Tarantino's latest also suffers from a certain slackness.

Film Review, Dec. 28, 2012

From the Vaults: Christopher McQuarrie

The 'Jack Reacher' writer and director discusses 'The Way of the Gun'

Screens Daily, Dec. 21, 2012 3:40 PM

Hyde Park on Hudson

The film gets big points for casting Bill Murray as FDR but its vision gets muddy after that.

Film Review, Dec. 21, 2012

Slacker Added to National Film Registry

'Slacker' and works from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image selected

Screens Daily, Dec. 19, 2012 8:45 AM

'El Mariachi' to Perform Sundance Encore

Robert Rodriguez's 1993 debut to be honored with a Sundance screening

Screens Daily, Dec. 14, 2012 2:15 PM

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

There's little about this return trip to Middle-earth that feels "unexpected" or fresh.

Film Review, Dec. 14, 2012

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' in 48 fps

Austin theatres showing the film in 48 frames per second listed here

Screens Daily, Dec. 13, 2012 2:40 PM

Home Entertainment for the Holidays

Best bets for DVD and Blu-ray

Screens Feature, Dec. 13, 2012

From the Vaults: Hitchcock in Rewind

Seven takes on Alfred Hitchcock in our series, 'How I Got Hitched'

Screens Daily, Dec. 7, 2012 4:15 PM

The Collection

This follow-up to the horror/torture film The Collector seeks to mold a new franchise.

Film Review, Dec. 7, 2012

Holy Motors

Holy Motors; hot damn. This French firecracker is set to detonate.

Film Review, Dec. 7, 2012


Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren keep things interesting but there's more here about the marriage and partnership of Hitchcock and Alma Reville rather than a good backstage look at the making of Psycho.

Film Review, Dec. 7, 2012

From the Vaults: Scoot McNairy’s Splendid Year

One-time Austin resident Scoot McNairy sees his Hollywood star rise

Screens Daily, Nov. 30, 2012 5:40 PM

Killing Them Softly

Some great performances punctuate the odd pacing in this adapatation of George V. Higgins' Cogan's Trade, set within the criminal underworld.

Film Review, Nov. 30, 2012

Larry Hagman Exits the Scene

Texas Film Hall of Fame member dies in Dallas

Screens Daily, Nov. 24, 2012 11:59 AM

Red Dawn

This remake's inspiration comes more from Call of Duty and other first-person-shooter games, rather than the 1984 original.

Film Review, Nov. 23, 2012

From the Vaults: Red Dawn (1984) Reviewed

Godless commies invaded America once before

Screens Daily, Nov. 22, 2012 10:00 AM

Life of Pi

This time Ang Lee's tiger is not crouching; this animal has its claws out and has only an adolescent boy for companionship – or vice versa.

Film Review, Nov. 21, 2012

From the Vaults: It’s All in the Family With David O. Russell

Family dysfunction looms large in the films of David O. Russell

Screens Daily, Nov. 16, 2012 5:15 PM

A Late Quartet

A string quartet – whose members are played by the likes of Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Catherine Keener – gets stuck in its own resins.

Film Review, Nov. 16, 2012

This Must Be the Place

In this odd but intriguing concoction, Sean Penn disappears into the strange body of a retired goth rock god who leaves his Dublin castle and goes on a road trip across America to hunt a Nazi prison guard.

Film Review, Nov. 16, 2012

Getting the Shot

Cinema Club and Louis Black celebrate Samuel Fuller's centenary with 'Forty Guns'

Screens Feature, Nov. 15, 2012

DVD Watch

Olive Films collects three of Otto Preminger's last films

Screens Daily, Nov. 13, 2012 11:05 AM

The Sessions

A sex therapist helps a man living in an iron lung experience human intimacy; John Hawkes and Helen Hunt keep things from becoming prurient.

Film Review, Nov. 9, 2012


Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul portray a married couple who are plagued by the disease of alcoholism.

Film Review, Nov. 9, 2012

Miami Connection

This incoherent mass of Eighties kitsch is the brainchild of tae kwon do master and motivational speaker Y.K. Kim.

Film Review, Nov. 8, 2012

From the Vaults: John Goodman's Very Good Year

John Goodman adds zest to Flight, Argo, and Trouble With the Curve

Screens Daily, Nov. 3, 2012 10:00 AM


For the first half-hour or so, Flight keeps us rapt with thrilling action and a troubling moral quandary. You strap in for the next two...

Film Review, Nov. 2, 2012

From the Vaults: David Oyelowo

Rising star David Oyelowo is in two new films – with two more on the way

Screens Daily, Oct. 27, 2012 4:30 PM

AFF2012: Billy Bob Thornton Steers 'Jayne Mansfield's Car'

The actor returns to the writer/director's chair

Screens Daily, Oct. 26, 2012 5:00 PM

The Paperboy

This lurid Southern tale by the director of Precious shows that he still knows how to push people's buttons – and gather an all-star cast to sell the goods.

Film Review, Oct. 26, 2012

The Revisionaries

When it comes to choosing public-school textbooks, what happens in Texas is of national concern – and this documentary captures these culture wars in full bloom.

Film Review, Oct. 26, 2012

Middle of Nowhere

In this Sundance-honored film, a woman has to figure out what to do after her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison.

Film Review, Oct. 25, 2012

AFF2012: 'Only the Young'

Documentary captures the urgency and boredom of the teenage years

Screens Daily, Oct. 24, 2012 8:00 AM

AFF2012: 'A.K.A. Doc Pomus'

You already know the songs, now meet the songwriter

Screens Daily, Oct. 22, 2012 9:10 AM

From the Vaults: James Patterson on Film

Reviews of 'Alex Cross,' 'Along Came a Spider,' and 'Kiss the Girls'

Screens Daily, Oct. 19, 2012 4:30 PM

How I Got Hitched

Marjorie Baumgarten on the trouble with Hitchcock

Screens Daily, Oct. 19, 2012 10:00 AM

Atlas Shrugged: Part II

Atlas isn't the only one to shrug off this tiresome load of Ayn Rand – but with poor production values.

Film Review, Oct. 19, 2012

DVD Watch

'Kati With an i' is a transfixing documentary portrait

Screens Daily, Oct. 16, 2012 11:15 AM

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