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Marjorie Baumgarten

Contributing Writer, Film

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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.

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The White Balloon

This simple yet appealing movie from Iran's burgeoning film industry is proving to be quite a crowd-pleaser. This first feature by Jafar Panahi won both...

Film Review, Apr. 12, 1996

Jane Eyre

In movie language, Jane Eyre is one of those literary classics for which the term “oft-filmed” was invented. Nothing wrong with that, either. I mean,...

Film Review, Apr. 12, 1996


A hit man, a husband, and a wife mix it up for the couple's 20th wedding anniversary. That's the premise of this new comedy starring...

Film Review, Apr. 5, 1996

Germany Year 90 Nine Zero

It figures that if Jean-Luc Godard, the reigning film provocateur of the Sixties, were to make a sequel to one of his movies, it would...

Film Review, Apr. 5, 1996

Nobody Loves Me

Fanny (Schrader) is 29 years old and German. She has a decent but unfulfilling job in airport security frisking passengers prior to boarding. She lives...

Film Review, Apr. 5, 1996

Little Indian, Big City

This inexplicably popular French comedy concerns a stockbroker who discovers that he has a 13-year-old son who was raised in the jungle, whom he now brings to Paris. It was remade in the U.S. with Tim Allen in 1997 as Jungle 2 Jungle. These Americans – quel idiots! Don’t they know that something so funny the first time around can never be improved on?

Film Review, Mar. 29, 1996


Three short stories by Paul Bowles are brought to the screen in Halfmoon. United by their common themes of revenge and human cruelty, each 30-minute...

Film Review, Mar. 29, 1996

World and Time Enough

Mark (Guidry) is an artist and a radical activist. Joey (Giles) is a garbage collector who brings home stray artifacts he culls from the junk...

Film Review, Mar. 29, 1996

Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud

Upon hearing the name Buckminster Fuller, certain phrases spring instantly to mind: geodesic dome, Spaceship Earth, Dymaxion car. A major theoretical thinker of the 20th...

Film Review, Mar. 29, 1996

Antonia's Line

The writing on the wall reads “Welcome to our liberators” as Antonia and her teenage daughter Danielle light from the bus that delivers them to...

Film Review, Mar. 22, 1996

The Convent

The Convent is the first international venture by the 87-year-old Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira (Valley of Abraham), whose film career stretches back to the...

Film Review, Mar. 1, 1996

Up Close and Personal

Why was it that every time I saw the trailer for Up Close and Personal, I felt that I ought to be seeing Jane Fonda's...

Film Review, Mar. 1, 1996


In English, the Croatian word “Gospa” translates as “Our Lady.” If “Our Lady” is someone with whom you'd like to spend more time, then Gospa...

Film Review, Feb. 23, 1996

Women on the Verge

Interview with Filmmaker Rebecca Miller

Screens Feature, Feb. 23, 1996

Bottle Rocket

The Wilson brothers made their auspicious, no-budget film debut with this deadpan caper film.

Film Review, Feb. 22, 1996

Rhythm Thief

This is a reprint of the Austin Chronicle review that ran last March when the film premiered in Austin during the 1995 SXSW FIlm Festival....

Film Review, Feb. 16, 1996

Rhythm Thief Rap Sheet

A Conversation with Filmmaker Matthew Harrison

Screens Feature, Feb. 16, 1996

The Juror

This juror's verdict on this preposterous new thriller is to lock it up for life and toss away the key. No mercy. At best, you...

Film Review, Feb. 9, 1996

The Celling of Sundance

Sundance Film Festival Report

Screens Feature, Feb. 2, 1996

Mr. Holland's Opus

Mr. Holland's Opus is the kind of movie that only a person who really doesn't like movies could love. It's a movie whose grandiose swagger...

Film Review, Jan. 19, 1996

Sense and Sensibility

The lively and funny screenplay adaptation of Jane Austen written by Emma Thompson, who also stars, was rewarded with an Oscar.

Film Review, Dec. 14, 1995

Wild Bill

Walter Hill presents his personalized take on the legend of Wild Bill Hickok in this new Western. Hill's speculations are hardly the problem here, however....

Film Review, Dec. 1, 1995

Leaving Las Vegas

Leaving Las Vegas hits you like a breath of fresh air coupled with a 100-proof chaser. The movie is an amazing, bracing, funny, audacious, tender,...

Film Review, Nov. 22, 1995

Public Access

Before there existed The Usual Suspects -- director Bryan Singer's scintillating thriller that's been blasting audiences nationwide to attention over the last few months with...

Film Review, Nov. 17, 1995

The Addiction

The movies of Abel Ferrara (Ms. 45, King of New York, Bad Lieutenant) are not meant to go down easily, and The Addiction is surely...

Film Review, Nov. 10, 1995

Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain

Adventure movies starring two adolescent girls are hardly commonplace and that, sadly, is virtually the only aspect of Gold Diggers that could be regarded as...

Film Review, Nov. 10, 1995

Total Eclipse

This never less-than-fascinating bio-pic recounts the relationship between the two 19th-century French poets, Arthur Rimbaud (DiCaprio) and Paul Verlaine (Thewlis). Theirs, of course, was a...

Film Review, Nov. 3, 1995

The Doom Generation

Admittedly, Araki's new feature may not appeal to all tastes, but that does not at all diminish its immediacy and wit. This bloody road movie...

Film Review, Nov. 3, 1995

Home for the Holidays

I wished I liked this movie more than I did. Ironically, that's something of the feeling I think director Foster is trying to capture in...

Film Review, Nov. 2, 1995

Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey

Some stories just write themselves. This fascinating documentary about the life of Leon Theremin is wilder than anything a storyteller might have imagined. The Russian-born...

Film Review, Oct. 27, 1995

Get Shorty

It's said that Hollywood can be a tough and ruthless town, a real killer. Therefore, who better to grab all that bull by the horns...

Film Review, Oct. 20, 1995

Double Happiness

Multiculturalism as a concept is something to which most of us pay lip service, but rarely do we see it actualized -- especially in the...

Film Review, Oct. 13, 1995

How to Make an American Quilt

How to Make an American Quilt blankets the audience with warm and fuzzy sentiments. In most ways, it's a nice enough movie. My problems with...

Film Review, Oct. 6, 1995


The Austin Film Society calendar lists Otto Prreminger's Carmen Jones as sceening on Tuesday, October 10. They've called to let us know that the listing...

Film Review, Oct. 6, 1995

An Awfully Big Adventure

Last time out, the combination of director Mike Newell and actor Hugh Grant resulted in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral. Here, the story...

Film Review, Oct. 6, 1995

To Die for

With great wit, humor, and style, this movie serves all America its just desserts and, while the concoction and its ingredients may not kill us,...

Film Review, Oct. 6, 1995

Femme Douce, Une

Bresson's 1969 film is reportedly one of his best. It must also be one of his most unusual since it was shot in color and...

Film Review, Sep. 29, 1995

Moonlight and Valentino

Perhaps it's only because both films are awkwardly titled and share in the presence of Whoopi Goldberg, but Moonlight and Valentino, more than once, brings...

Film Review, Sep. 29, 1995

Bandit Queen

This Indian movie, in Hindi with subtitles, is a fascinating work for a number of reasons. The story is based in the true-life saga of...

Film Review, Sep. 29, 1995


The Austin Film Society has quietly been celebrating its 10th anniversary with a year-long retrospective of some of their favorite films from programs past. Every...

Film Review, Sep. 22, 1995

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