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Marjorie Baumgarten

Marjorie Baumgarten
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 83% 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 48% 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 81% 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 87% 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 67% 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 58% 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 45% 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 47% 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 33% 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
90% 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 91% 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
3.5/5 100% 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
1.5/5 19% The Shack (2017) To the film's credit is its willingness to dip into the deep end of dark matters instead of shying away from harsh truths and hard-earned faithlessness. Still, The Shack plods toward the Almighty - even when its characters are walking on water.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
1/5 21% The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017) Perhaps if the romantic drama were more convincing instead of merely looking like handsome photo ops of pretty people filmed against blazing skies, the film might carry more weight.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3/5 66% Before I Fall (2017) Before I Fall puts all its excellent elements in service to a story that's well-told and has a valuable lesson.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
2.5/5 22% Table 19 (2017) Ultimately, despite a good premise and excellent actors, Table 19 is just not worth the RSVP.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3.5/5 99% Get Out (2017) Peele clearly knows his genre formulas, but moreover has a keen sense of how to make them speak to the present.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
1/5 41% A Cure For Wellness (2017) The horror that lies at the heart of the film is fairly obvious, and with no characters for whom we have a rooting interest, A Cure for Wellness is as difficult to swallow as castor oil.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
95% Sembene! (2015) A useful and entertaining overview of Sembène's life and career‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
3.5/5 100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary (2017) Misery and suffering know no national borders, but refugees from those conditions know all too well their demarcations. That is the message that comes through clearly in these five contenders.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3.5/5 91% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Stahelski has burst out as a vivid and creative action director with these two John Wick films. He has a true talent for making Reeves and everyone else - and everything - pop and look good.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
2.5/5 66% I Am Michael (2017) The performances are uniformly good and Kelly's effort to tell an unbiased story is admirable, but I Am Michael ultimately delivers more in the way of talking points than drama.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
4/5 99% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Baldwin's language, always greatly admired by other writers, still comes through with its pinpoint precision, mellifluous rhythm, and stirring undertow.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2.5/5 42% Gold (2017) For a story about such high-stakes gambles, Gold takes few of its own. Robert Elswit's cinematography is lovely, and McConaughey is a hoot to watch, but Ramírez is a dull foil for McConaughey's fantasist.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
4.5/5 95% Paterson (2016) Jim Jarmusch's Paterson is infused with the poetry of the quotidian, and defying the odds against this type of endeavor, Paterson is also one of the maverick filmmaker's most accessible films.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
2.5/5 75% Split (2017) Give James McAvoy an award (or 24) for his performance in Split.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 18% Sleepless (2017) The 95 minutes it takes for this sleepless night to unfold onscreen feel tedious rather than breathless.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/5 86% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
2.5/5 80% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3.5/5 85% Silence (2017) Silence is Scorsese's mode of sharing the Holy Communion. To that, every cinephile will say, "Amen."‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
3.5/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) This affecting story of reclaimed history is something to enjoy and celebrate with family members of all generations.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2016
2/5 46% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2016
3/5 73% Sing (2016) Directors Garth Jennings and Christophe Lourdelet have fashioned a pretty sweet movie, despite dousing it with overkill.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
4.5/5 90% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
68% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
2/5 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) Office Christmas Party is never as lively or hilarious as one hoped. Attendance is not mandatory.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
2/5 14% Man Down (2016) Well-meaning but misguided, this psychological suspense film is overblown and unsubtle.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 49% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/5 88% Christine (2016) Fascinating, troubling, and dutiful, Christine, if nothing else, houses a great performance [by Hall].‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
3.5/5 87% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
46% The Bad Batch (2017) Even if The Bad Batch calls to mind the post-apocalyptic landscape of Mad Max, Amirpour's visual sensibility remains strikingly unique.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2016
100% Zoology (Zoologiya) (2016) Zoology is a thoughtful parable about embracing one's difference instead of turning tail.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016