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Marjorie Baumgarten

Marjorie Baumgarten
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 97% Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2018) Those who are interested in how documentarians capture artistry on film will find good examples in Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda. It helps to come to the film with some foreknowledge of Sakamoto's career, however. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/5 72% Never Goin' Back (2018) Their friendship is the film's secret weapon, and its portrayal is what sets Never Goin' Back apart from standard stoner raunch fests.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/5 94% Dark Money (2018) The film's basic problem is that it jumps around too much... Still, Reed and her team have boiled down their presentation to a manageable 99 minutes that's fascinating, absorbing, and mind-altering. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Granik's films also convey a strong sense of place, which is aided in large measure by cinematographer Michael McDonough.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/5 88% Whitney (2018) For those who only remember Houston as the train-wreck spectacle she devolved into during her latter years, this documentary will do a good job of providing the basic outline of her life.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/5 64% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Sollima and his cinematographer Dariusz Wolski don't manage to eke out as much tension and visual shock as did the Villeneuve and Deakins combination, but Sicario: Day of the Soldado nevertheless is fluid, efficient, and bloody.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2.5/5 40% Mary Shelley (2018) Ironically, this story about the sources of inspiration is empty of just that: inspiration. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
2/5 51% Superfly (2018) A few sequences have a certain sting... but, for the most part, the film seems to run on autopilot.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3.5/5 100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) Essential to the film's success is the authenticity of the two young girls. Both are amazing naturals, most of the time behaving as if they are totally unaware that there is a camera present. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
4/5 58% Hotel Artemis (2018) Hotel Artemis feels like a throwback to a earlier, more stripped-down era of action movies in which a good idea was a sufficient platform on which to drape fine acting and creative execution.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
2.5/5 73% Adrift (2018) Adrift is also a handy one-word description to sum up the film's tenor: unsure of whether the sea epic intends to be a love story or an action vehicle.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
2.5/5 46% Mrs. Hyde (Madame Hyde) (2018) Even though Mrs. Hyde loses the trees for the forest, any movie starring Huppert is radiant, and it should be evident that tossing in a special effect or a message will be superfluous.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
2.5/5 89% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) Make no mistake, time spent in the company of this pope is a soothing balm and time well spent. However, there is a sense that Wenders shies away from probing difficult subjects, and avoids the historical continuum of Pope Francis' position...‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3/5 60% Anything (2018) As an actor, Lynch exudes authenticity, whether the role calls for sensitivity or terror. If nothing else, Anything affords this character actor a proper leading man's time in the spotlight, and that alone is enough reason to celebrate the film.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
1.5/5 26% Overboard (2018) It's mildly entertaining while also masking criminal deceptions as romantic foreplay. Yet this remake has little of the real-life sizzle that Hawn and Russell added to the story.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
4/5 97% The Rider (2018) [Chloe] Zhao lyrically frames the characters within the shots, making them seem part of the landscape. Everything and everyone are natural parts of the images...‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
2/5 70% Finding Your Feet (2018) Above all, what lifts Finding Your Feet off the ground is its amazing cast, who comprise a lineup that is must-see no matter the playground they're corralled into.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/5 95% Sweet Country (2018) Sweet Country shows that the Western is a genre of ideas that's as suitable to modernization in the northern Australian outback as in the ever-changing North American frontier.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
2.5/5 70% Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) (2018) Images of the fecund countryside or the siblings stomping grapes together may be enough to besot the senses, but beware the murky residue that can cloud the mind.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
2/5 49% Flower (2018) As a starring vehicle for [Zoey] Deutch, Flower is an aromatic concoction, but as a thorny coming-of-age story the film's buds wither on the vine.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
2/5 38% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) There is no character development or psychology manifested in any aspect of The Strangers.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
1/5 18% Death Wish (2018) The new Death Wish is unlikely to spark similar controversy, simply because the filmmaking is not as compelling as in the original film. Most probably, it will fade from the screen as forgettably as its enervated lead performance by Bruce Willis. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
3.5/5 80% The Party (2018) You'll want to stay on your toes, but this Party invite is not one you'll want to decline.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
3/5 95% 24 Frames (2018) 24 Frames is a classically Kiarostami work, indicative of his life's curiosities and trademark inquiries, but far short of a culminating utterance.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3/5 89% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) In reviewing that film, I noted that "answers prove more elusive than questions." The Insult brings forth a similar reaction from me. The film allows its participants to find individual solutions but provides few state resolutions or conclusions.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
3.5/5 98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) However, in our current age in which social media has become the message, BPM is a good reminder that when physical bodies aren't present on the front lines their silence can very well indeed equal death.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3.5/5 87% The Post (2018) However, The Post is undeniably an important movie for our times, a product shaped by the present and past, and speaking compellingly to this singular moment in our American history.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
3.5/5 91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) The film's sharp-contrast lighting (another recurring [Aki] Kaurismäki touch) renders everything a little unreal and made-up, ironically softening the harsher edges of Kaurismäki's humanistic lessons in kindness.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
3/5 50% Downsizing (2017) Dense with captivating ideas and visual feats, Downsizing is a packed offering whose oversized ambitions may outstrip its accomplishments.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/5 56% Bullet Head (2017) Bullet Head is the kind of action film that throws mindlessness to the dogs.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/5 94% Chavela (2017) Still, the film is an eye-opening primer on an intoxicating performer about whom too little is known.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
29% Almost Friends (2017) [The film] has an easygoing charm that should earn it a solid place among the subset of movies about young people who emerge from their small-town cocoons and screw up their courage to take flight for the bright lights of New York City.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3.5/5 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Three Billboards is a momentous achievement, presenting us with a remarkable female character and topical plot about the conspiracy of silence that pervades our culture.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
4/5 77% Last Flag Flying (2017) The superlative performances of the actors reveal the various shades of the characters, whose disillusionments with the military and life have not quenched their gung-ho spirits and jocularity. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
4/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) Greta Gerwig proves that she is her own muse‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3.5/5 67% Wonderstruck (2017) Wonderstruck is a thing to behold, even if it seems at times that the parts don't quite add up to the whole. Screw math: Sometimes the sum total isn't the totality.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2.5/5 29% Suburbicon (2017) Suburbicon's flaws are a result of its ambitions.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/5 77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) At its best, Thank You for Your Service is The Best Years of Our Lives for the modern generation of war veterans.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3.5/5 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) [Nicole] Kidman once again brings her expert bearing that finds the normalcy in outrageous situations ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) With its sharp insights and comic patina, The Meyerowitz Stories gives us the outlines of a family which suffers from a failure to thrive.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/5 91% Human Flow (2017) Solutions would be welcome, but it's not really the fault of the film for not having the answers. Human Flow at least opens the tap for global inspection.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2.5/5 98% Dina (2017) [Antonio] Santini and [Dan] Sickles make us care deeply for Dina and Scott, so close is their access.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/5 87% Only the Brave (2017) Josh Brolin has rarely been better than in this role as the team's leader, Eric Marsh. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3.5/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) The Florida Project may seem to have more episodes than a narrative through line, but that seems also true to the occupants of the Magic Kingdom, who believe they're simply in a transitional state while they're actually stuck in idle.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
4.5/5 99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) The film is a simple endeavor yet a monumental undertaking, a casual riff on some of the faces and places encountered by the artists and a thoughtful meditation on the past and the future of people and their French homeland.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/5 100% Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (2017) Wasted! is sure to be mind-expanding for anyone who's never contemplated what happens when excess food is scraped off one's plate. But the film's real novelty lies in the demonstration of actual solutions that have already been put into practice.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2.5/5 66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) There's not a whole lot to Victoria & Abdul, but fans of stories about the royals should find their thirsts satisfied.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
3.5/5 100% Dolores (2017) What's clear is that after watching Dolores, this woman becomes an unforgettable figure in the annals of Mexican-American history... ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
3.5/5 94% Gook (2017) [John] Chon shows a definite talent for drawing out strong performances from his actors, as well as marshaling expressive imagery that's enhanced by Roger Suen's lyrical music score.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/5 100% California Typewriter (2017) California Typewriter wanders a bit in its curiosity, but it is hardly a piece of ephemeral nostalgia.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017