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Marjorie Baumgarten

Marjorie Baumgarten
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/5 82% Indignation (2016) [Schamus] shows a steady hand, yet the film nevertheless feels cautious and underplayed.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
3.5/5 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) Pete's Dragon has the power to breathe fire into the most tepid of souls.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
2.5/5 70% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
2.5/5 84% The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016) These musicians' backstories are not uninteresting, but they feel like tangential subjects. Neville's attention wanders throughout his movie.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
3/5 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) The film is neither a completely satisfying comedy nor drama -- it's a Swiss Army knife that's short a few utilities to be absolutely necessary. Nevertheless, this is a film that will probably remain unforgettable.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/5 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) The Legend of Tarzan isn't half-bad, and the film deftly put most of my fears to rest by creating animals and jungles that serve and enhance the story rather than detracting from it.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
3.5/5 96% De Palma (2016) Since so many of De Palma's films have become part and parcel with the American cultural consciousness of the last 50 years, I can't imagine this filmmaker's insights not providing every viewer with some memorable takeaways.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
3.5/5 89% Dheepan (2016) The nonprofessional actors deliver stirring performances and Audiard never sentimentalizes the characters' situation. And despite the film's misguided climax, Audiard again demonstrates that he is one of the top filmmakers working today.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
2.5/5 47% Free State of Jones (2016) This ambitious and well-researched movie often trips over its own feet while translating its knowledge into a dramatic tale.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/5 82% Chevalier (2016) Maybe the film is just a parable about modern-day men behaving badly. Or perhaps it's even an allegory about the state of modern-day Greece. One thing's for certain, however: [Director] Athina Rachel Tsangari wants viewers to fill in the blanks.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
3/5 81% Sunset Song (2016) Sunset Song is not one of Davies' most expressive or artistically successful films, but I'm very glad for the opportunity to have made the acquaintance of Chris Guthrie.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
2.5/5 86% The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016) Often impeded by ham-fisted, inspirational dialogue, The Idol is not likely to earn Assaf more worldwide admirers, but for those who are already in his fan club, this film will be received like a bonus gift.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
3/5 89% A Bigger Splash (2016) As a mood piece, A Bigger Splash leaves a lasting impression.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
3/5 75% Last Days In The Desert (2016) Last Days in the Desert is a Jesus story that plays well for the nonfaithful who nevertheless appreciate the example of Jesus and his teachings.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
2/5 61% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) Matt Brown's movie is a perfunctory highlight reel, featuring tepid performances and dull cinematic technique. Although the movie's 108 minutes are hardly infinity, its duration gives the concept a run for its money.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
1.5/5 7% Mother's Day (2016) Mom might say, "Well, it's the thought that counts, dear." But take her to this holiday omnibus, and you'll run the risk of having her think you're as lazy as the movie.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/5 96% Sing Street (2016) As long as Sing Street stays on this sweet, sentimental path, the film is an agreeable toe-tapper.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
3.5/5 83% Midnight Special (2016) Weirder stuff begins happening, but that's best left to the movie's telling rather than mine.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2016
3/5 70% A Hologram for the King (2016) Hanks is perfect in the central role, drawing on both his dramatic and comic acting skills. Yet greater depth might be desirable at several junctures in the story.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
3.5/5 76% Elvis & Nixon (2016) The unusual casting selections may require a brief period of adjustment on the part of the viewers, but in the long run, help cement the idea that the film is only a guesstimate of what happened, not the real deal.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
83% Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero (2016) Maz Jobrani's clowning is a salve for our troubling times.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
3/5 73% Miles Ahead (2016) Miles Ahead is a fitting tribute to the legend of jazz innovator Miles Davis.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
2.5/5 52% Demolition (2016) It's hard not to find joy in the character's rejuvenation - or renovation, to keep with the construction theme. Nevertheless, Demolition is built on a rickety foundation.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
2.5/5 22% The Boss (2016) Don't get me wrong: There are a lot of laughs in The Boss. The problem is that the space in between them is stagnant and shapeless.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
2.5/5 20% I Saw the Light (2016) I Saw the Light errs in the way that so many biopics do: by privileging the romantic over the professional.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2016
3.5/5 97% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) Embrace of the Serpent does a remarkable job of telling a multifaceted and compelling story.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2016
2.5/5 94% Hush (2016) Hush has a solid first half before the cat-and-mouse shenanigans begin to seem repetitive and prolonged. Still, at 82 minutes Hush is a concise and well-executed horror nightmare.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
2/5 70% Too Late (2016) Dialogue ranges erratically between the delightfully hard-boiled to the awkwardly overcooked. In the end, Too Late's self-absorption becomes its overriding characteristic.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
78% The Master Cleanse (2015) More humorous than gross, The Master Cleanse is a sweetly comedic horror film.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2016
2/5 46% Knight of Cups (2016) There's no denying the poetry at work in his film, but so much of it is inchoate and fundamentally sexualized that it becomes more of a turn-off than a turn-on. Malick's Cups is ultimately half-full.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
1.5/5 33% The Bronze (2016) This comedy has a few genuine laughs, but The Bronze never even comes close to making it to qualifiers.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
89% Miss Stevens (2016) Rabe's face and body language are fascinating to watch grappling with a problem. There's always something roiling beneath the surface.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2016
99% Cameraperson (2016) Johnson doesn't purport to have the answers, but instead shows us that probing the questions and the morality is an integral part of the job.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2016
2/5 39% The Other Side of the Door (2016) Effective performances by the principals are unable to surmount the movie's many cliches, although the actors render them more endurable.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
3/5 67% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) As war comedies go, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is no M*A*S*H*, but it still surpasses other recent comedies of this ilk, such as last year's Rock the Kasbah and Our Brand Is Crisis.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
2.5/5 80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) Eddie the Eagle, despite its shortcomings, will soar into moviegoers' hearts.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
3.5/5 90% A War (Krigen) (2016) A quietly searing drama about morality, priorities, and absolute truth.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
1/5 78% Busco Novio Para Mi Mujer (2016) By the time the movie's third act roles around, the movie runs out of steam and reaches an abrupt end. Sadly, Busco Novio Para Mi Mujer finds no seducer of its own.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
3/5 61% Race (2016) Director Stephen Hopkins does a serviceable job at the helm, but adds little zing to the proceedings.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
2.5/5 70% Touched With Fire (2016) It relies on the romantic notion that artistry is an instinctual expression rather than the result of conscious creation and applied aesthetics.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
3.5/5 84% Deadpool (2016) The film is as postmodernly self-referential as it can get, which should be a hoot for the average viewer and nirvana for connoisseurs of the Marvel Universe.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
2/5 39% Jane Got a Gun (2016) You have to feel a certain sympathy for a project as cursed as this one, but there's no denying that Jane's gun barely grazes its target.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
1/5 7% Fifty Shades of Black (2016) The film faithfully and mockingly follows the book's key scenes, but the satire is broad and too dopey to really be lascivious.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
2.5/5 80% Mountain Men (2016) Writer/director Cameron Labine finds a trail that feels reasonably fresh, due in no small measure to the warm comedic talent of co-star Tyler Labine.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016