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Marjorie Baumgarten

Marjorie Baumgarten
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 78% Split (2017) Give James McAvoy an award (or 24) for his performance in Split. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 15% Sleepless (2017) The 95 minutes it takes for this sleepless night to unfold onscreen feel tedious rather than breathless. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/5 87% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) Essentially a chamber piece for Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch, the film benefits from the actors' skills and their believable father/son rapport. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 12, 2017
2.5/5 78% Patriots Day (2017) Overall, there's a disjointed feel to the proceedings as the fictional Saunders is inserted into this factual narrative, which also employs news footage in its visual design. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 12, 2017
3.5/5 83% Silence (2017) Silence is Scorsese's mode of sharing the Holy Communion. To that, every cinephile will say, "Amen." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 5, 2017
3.5/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) This affecting story of reclaimed history is something to enjoy and celebrate with family members of all generations. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 5, 2017
2/5 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) These jokes may be good for momentary release, but the joke's no longer on the holiday: It's on us. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 31, 2016
2/5 44% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) A rare dud from two-time Oscar-winning director Ang Lee, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk marches in formation but stirs little awe. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 31, 2016
3/5 70% Sing (2016) Directors Garth Jennings and Christophe Lourdelet have fashioned a pretty sweet movie, despite dousing it with overkill. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 22, 2016
4.5/5 88% Elle (2016) One of the best films of the year, Elle is a gripping psychological thriller, something of a Hitchcockian whodunit but with a feminist protagonist. Riveting yet puzzling, the film is guaranteed to provoke reactions -- and not all of them sympathetic. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 22, 2016
1.5/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Inevitably, many viewers will contrast Collateral Beauty with Manchester by the Sea, this season's other grief drama, and Collateral Beauty will crumble in the comparison. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 14, 2016
62% Danny Says (2016) Frequently using animation and Fields' recorded phone messages to expand on filmmaker Brendan Toller's interviews with his subject, the result is quite illuminating. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 13, 2016
2/5 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) Office Christmas Party is never as lively or hilarious as one hoped. Attendance is not mandatory. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 8, 2016
2.5/5 60% The Bounce Back (2016) A likable romantic comedy, The Bounce Back may not scream true love, but it's companionable enough until something better comes along. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 8, 2016
4.5/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Casey Affleck's visceral performance as the story's lead character, Lee Chandler, is essential to the film's excellence. All the film's key actors deliver matchless performances, but Affleck here has the role of his lifetime. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 1, 2016
2/5 11% Man Down (2016) Well-meaning but misguided, this psychological suspense film is overblown and unsubtle. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 48% Almost Christmas (2016) If the cast is willing, I'm sure other Meyers family reunions will follow, although none is likely to be as sweet as this sugar plum. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 17, 2016
2.5/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) Overall, Bleed for This is a conventional boxing saga about the improbable comeback of a fallen and flawed champ. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/5 85% Christine (2016) Fascinating, troubling, and dutiful, Christine, if nothing else, houses a great performance [by Hall]. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 10, 2016
3.5/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Hacksaw Ridge is drenched in the blood of the fallen and the mud forever caked on the boots of those who survived to tell the tale. It's the closest thing to feeling as though you've marched a mile in those shoes. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 3, 2016
46% The Bad Batch (2016) Even if The Bad Batch calls to mind the post-apocalyptic landscape of Mad Max, Amirpour's visual sensibility remains strikingly unique. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 1, 2016
100% Zoology (Zoologiya) (2016) Zoology is a thoughtful parable about embracing one's difference instead of turning tail. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 28, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Jeremy (El Jeremías) (2016) Nonprofessional Martín Castro is terrific as the young Jeremías: sweet and engaging, yet kind of obnoxious. He has a natural screen presence. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 27, 2016
3.5/5 90% Certain Women (2016) Certain viewers might like the film to have more closure and containment, but others will certainly welcome the company of these characters. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 27, 2016
1/5 25% I'm Not Ashamed (2016) The film is not likely to lure any converts. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 27, 2016
2.5/5 76% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) Overall, it's a package that will only be well-received by fans. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 20, 2016
1/5 17% La Leyenda del Chupacabras (2016) I suspect most children will find many frightening moments in this dark (both dramatically and visually) tale. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 20, 2016
51% The Accountant (2016) While it plays out, The Accountant is often confusing, rather than engagingly baffling. The movie's sum is less than some of its parts. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/5 79% American Honey (2016) Arnold embraces these kids from the social margins with sincere compassion, and her willingness to see them all as Star(s) is the film's saving grace. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3.5/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) There are images, however, in The Birth of a Nation that are so potent, disturbing, and visually precise that they will be seared into my memory for life. That's no small accomplishment. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 54% Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016) Deft filmmaking moves quickly past the film's implausibilities, and particularly good performances by the cast's younger members help make the story credible. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3.5/5 92% Queen of Katwe (2016) Not only is [Madina Nalwanga] able to convey Phiona's preternatural abilities, but also the trepidation and fears that arise once the child gets a sense of her own keenness and a glimpse of how life is lived outside the slums of Katwe. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 29, 2016
1/5 0% Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? (2016) That sound you hear in the distance might be Aristophanes rolling in his grave. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 29, 2016
2.5/5 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) After assembling a cast as good as this and then squandering them, Fuqua may have won the battle while losing the war. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/5 82% Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) A fascinating doc about a fascinating occurrence. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 15, 2016
2.5/5 43% The Hollars (2016) A standard-issue family reunion dramedy, The Hollars has several genuine moments of human interaction. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3.5/5 93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) Kore-eda is one of the most optimistic and humanist filmmakers working today, and even though Our Little Sister isn't quite as finely articulated as some of his previous work, his core compassion for humanity comes through clearly. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 8, 2016
3/5 95% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) With the Beatles' company Apple Corps as one of the producing partners, Howard's access to original material was presumably nonpareil. And with a subject as rich as the Beatles, "you know that can't be bad." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 8, 2016
2.5/5 60% The Light Between Oceans (2016) The high-art appurtenances of the period romance overwhelm the story's potboiler elements, leaving us with a Janus-faced product that peers in both directions but remains uninvolved. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 1, 2016
1.5/5 No Score Yet Game of Aces (2016) [Set up] for a creative chase scenario, although the film has too many weak elements that impede its smooth progression. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 1, 2016
2.5/5 87% Don't Breathe (2016) More methodical than innovative, Don't Breathe is nevertheless an effective suspenser. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/5 81% Equity (2016) Narratively, some of the film's plotting is too predictable, yet the honesty of the situation rings true. Equity leaves telltale smudges on the glass ceiling as it peels back the transparency. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/5 82% Indignation (2016) [Schamus] shows a steady hand, yet the film nevertheless feels cautious and underplayed. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3.5/5 98% Hell or High Water (2016) Misgivings, maybe, but the go-for-broke performances by Bridges, Foster, and Pine are just so damned enjoyable that little impedes the fun while the movie is unfolding. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3.5/5 86% Pete's Dragon (2016) Pete's Dragon has the power to breathe fire into the most tepid of souls. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3.5/5 99% Don't Think Twice (2016) Birbiglia's penetrating observational skills make Don't Think Twice an exceptional film about both the comedy world and the plight of young professionals who wonder if they've stalled out before even getting into gear. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) There's no one to root for in this movie, and no one whose prospects we care about. Several plot points lack coherence, and inserted flashbacks add to a sense of the film having been fused into shape in the editing room. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2.5/5 70% Café Society (2016) A cut above most everything else that passes for comedy these days. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 29, 2016
2.5/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) Characters are fairly undeveloped, and the duplicity of one key player is left unexplored. And if there is a delineating point that separates too much mayhem from just enough, Jason Bourne perhaps crosses that line. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 28, 2016
2.5/5 69% The Infiltrator (2016) The Infiltrator is one of those movies that is always telling the audience rather than demonstrating to us what the characters are thinking or doing - something that's deadening in a thriller. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 14, 2016