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Marjorie Baumgarten

Marjorie Baumgarten
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 54% 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 92% 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 93% 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 73% 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 71% 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 76% 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 79% 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
93% 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 95% 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 89% 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 95% 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
4.5/5 100% 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 65% 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 93% 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 77% Crown Heights (2017) Strong central performances make this harrowing chronicle a gripping tale. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/5 84% 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 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 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 91% 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 83% 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 76% 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 96% 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 90% 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 88% 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 54% 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 18% 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 76% 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 49% 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 93% 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