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Marjorie Baumgarten

Marjorie Baumgarten
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
2/5 34% American Assassin (2017) Director Michael Cuesta adds little of notice to the proceedings.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3/5 75% Crown Heights (2017) Strong central performances make this harrowing chronicle a gripping tale. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/5 82% Beach Rats (2017) This movie hits the senses like fresh impact of salt-water air.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
2.5/5 44% Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry (2017) Look & See seems to have many objectives, yet accomplishes none of them satisfactorily. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3/5 93% All Saints (2017) Based on a true story, this film is sure to evoke admiration, if not converts.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
2/5 37% Leap! (2017) The well-chosen voice cast helps make this a fairly engaging tale, even though the film is riddled with a wealth of head-scratching anachronistic errors.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3.5/5 97% Columbus (2017) Columbus is an assured first feature film by Kogonada, the single-named video essayist who makes film-analysis shorts about such auteurs as Ozu, Linklater, Tarkovsky, and Malick for the Criterion Collection and Sight & Sound magazine.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3/5 84% Patti Cake$ (2017) What Patti Cake$ lacks in narrative creativity, the film makes up for in its casting.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
2.5/5 88% Good Time (2017) Good Time demonstrates an admirable daring in its technique and willingness to go against the grain, but its payoff isn't equal to its challenges.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
2.5/5 37% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) An end-of-summer burst of adrenaline, The Hitman's Bodyguard promises nothing more and nothing less. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3/5 86% Wind River (2017) In the end, it's these performances, the unforgiving landscape, and the jagged social milieu that stick with the viewer rather than the story itself.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3/5 95% Step (2017) One of the feel-good documentaries of the year.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
2.5/5 32% Fun Mom Dinner (2017) The laughs and pacing of Fun Mom Dinner may be uneven, but days later I'm still smiling at the thought of the dispensary's recommended strain: the Ruth Bader Ganja, which "gets you supremely high." It's the little moments that matter here.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
2.5/5 82% Detroit (2017) The unsatisfactory outcome of the trial and the pivot to character emphasis at the end only complicates Detroit's pace and narrative problems.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3.5/5 94% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2017) Well into his 80s, Alejandro Jodorowsky, cinema's utmost surrealist shaman, has found a new burst of film creativity by mining his own personal history.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
2.5/5 75% Atomic Blonde (2017) Atomic Blonde is ultimately as distilled and transparent as Lorraine's signature drink, but its remaining ingredients still manage to pack quite a punch.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
3/5 96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) Morris' film also functions as an elegy for Polaroid and the large-format imagery that has now ceased to exist as a result of the company's demise.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3/5 95% The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (2017) Even though some of the religious and traditional aspects of the film may not travel well, its spirit is universal.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3/5 92% A Ghost Story (2017) A Ghost Story can seem more like a creative exercise than a fully formed narrative construct.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
2.5/5 89% Maudie (2017) There's much to appreciate in Maudie, especially if you're a fan of odd-pair love stories, but don't expect to learn much about what drives folk artists to create or what makes a woman pelted by life's lemons squeeze them into lemonade.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
2.5/5 77% The Little Hours (2017) The Little Hours is a farce that doesn't really mock anything. It exists as if amusing itself were its only objective.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
1/5 17% The House (2017) Instead of catching fire, The House just sits there collecting dust and mold.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3/5 94% Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017) Like his previous film, Valentino: The Last Emperor, about the famous fashion designer, director Matt Tyrnauer takes on a fascinating subject yet mostly consolidates existing information without adding much to our knowledge base.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
2.5/5 53% 47 Meters Down (2017) In many ways, 47 Meters Down completes a successful narrative dive, but in other ways it gets stuck in the shallows.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
2/5 17% All Eyez on Me (2017) A giant music legend such as Tupac Shakur deserves a much better overview than provided by this fictionalized, by-the-numbers biopic.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
2/5 75% My Cousin Rachel (2017) My Cousin Rachel often feels like a head-scratcher for all the wrong reasons.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/5 100% Last Men in Aleppo (2017) Overall, the "you are there" footage lends the film a more journalistic than artistic tone, yet the emotional effect is intimate and unforgettably gripping.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
1.5/5 48% Churchill (2017) In the end, Churchill is a biographical footnote that will be pertinent only to students of the Great Briton.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
4/5 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) For the iconoclastic film director Ken Loach and his longtime screenwriting collaborator Paul Laverty, I, Daniel Blake represents their most accessible film ever.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
3/5 86% The Wedding Plan (2017) The Wedding Plan will be no one's idea of a Western rom-com starring a sexy Hollywood ingenue, but for those who are inclined, it will be a ringing endorsement of the belief that God, indeed, works in mysterious ways.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
71% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2017) Trine Dyrholm delivers a powerful performance as Anna, a woman whose heart won't align with her head, as does Ulrich Thomsen as the testy Erik.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
3.5/5 80% Chuck (2017) The film tells an achingly true story about chasing dreams and letting them slip through your hands, as well as the gravitational forces that cause one's life to seek its own level.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3.5/5 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Despite a climax and denouement that are conveniently scripted to favor classic tragedy over believability, the film is a sharp and keenly etched study of a man who would be the sidekick to kings.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3/5 81% Risk (2017) The assembled footage presents a view of the man as both a vulnerable visionary and obfuscating brute.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3/5 38% How to Be a Latin Lover (2017) How to Be a Latin Lover is rude, randy (particularly among the older women), and heartwarmingly cute. As one of the gigolos says, "Once you lower your expectations, the sky's the limit.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
2.5/5 85% Disneynature Born In China (2017) As breathtaking as the imagery is...the script...is a mess of...goop. Granted, the narration is aimed at a young audience, and part of the pleasure in watching animals in the wild comes from observing the similarities and differences between them and us.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3/5 50% The Promise (2017) The Promise may not be the greatest movie of its type since Hotel Rwanda, but purchasing a ticket to this solid if predictable movie is a sure way to thumb one's nose at deniers of the Armenian Genocide.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
2.5/5 84% God Knows Where I Am (2017) God Knows Where I Am probes with curiosity and concern, but it results in very little fresh insight that might allow us to feel that Linda Bishop didn't die in vain.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3.5/5 88% Their Finest (2017) Their Finest may ultimately be the best words to describe the amalgamated work of all participants in this film.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
1.5/5 66% Tommy's Honour (2017) Tommy's Honour hits a bunker early on and, in the end, never sinks the putt. Game over.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3/5 61% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Despite its inadequacies, however, The Zookeeper's Wife conveys a tale of courage and opposition to authority that provides valuable inspiration for any era.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3/5 48% Going in Style (2017) The ending of the film is refreshingly unconventional, especially in this "tough on crime" age we're currently living in. And it's nice, for a change, to see movie stars acting their age.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2.5/5 44% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Power Rangers plays something like The Breakfast Club crossed with Transformers (to which this film makes a couple of direct nods).‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
2/5 37% The Last Word (2017) If only the movie that encases this character were as sharp and distinctive as Harriet.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2/5 81% Actor Martinez (2017) Everyone involved in Actor Martinez deserves kudos for the effort, but the unengaging result would be better chalked up to a failed experiment rather than shared with others in theatrical settings.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3.5/5 80% Personal Shopper (2017) Personal Shopper is rather plain, yet the film sucks you into its orbit with its sensual pleasures that defy satisfaction. You can't stop watching this film, even if you can't always express in words what you're seeing. Intuition fills in the gaps.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
82% Walking Out (2017) [Alex and Andrew Smith] can always be counted on to make smart, evocative films about masculinity and the foundational relationship (or lack thereof) between fathers and sons. Their new film Walking Out once again delivers the goods.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/5 90% Raw (2017) Despite Raw being a movie that will test your gag reflexes, this smart and unsettling film by first-time writer/director Julia Ducournau knows what it's doing, and does it very well indeed.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3.5/5 99% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) This French movie uses remarkably expressive stop-motion animation to create an honesty and sense of whimsy that help offset the darkness of the intrinsic story.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017