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Marjorie Baumgarten

Marjorie Baumgarten
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 69% 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 94% 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 71% 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 52% 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 37% 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 17% 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 81% 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 51% 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 93% 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 76% 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 28% 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
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 78% Crown Heights (2017) Strong central performances make this harrowing chronicle a gripping tale. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/5 85% 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 50% 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 94% 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 98% 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 82% 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 92% 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 40% 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 87% 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 35% 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 84% 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 77% 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