11 items from 2013
Director: Peter Hedges
Running time: 100 Minutes
Synopsis: Timothy Green literally grows out of the back garden belonging to Jim and Cindy Green, a couple which have dreamt of a child and are now getting everything they wished for and more.
Extra Features: Deleted scenes and music video.
Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner play a couple who are very much in love, and even more in love with the idea of having a child something that is not possible for the pair. As they try to deal with the terrible news they have a drunken night where they create an imaginary offspring which later manifests itself in the form of Timothy Green.
It’s difficult to know what audience Disney had in mind when making this movie. Is it for couples who have obstacles to overcome, is it for children to learn about hope and dismay, »
- Isra Al kassi
• Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) is in early talks to star in Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie, a sci-fi film with social and political themes based on his short Tertra Vaal about a police force of robots. The British actor is a regular on The Newsroom and will be reprising his role as Neal in the second season of the HBO show, which starts up again on July 14. [THR]
• It seems like David Oyelowo is in everything these days, but rarely does he get a starring role. In 2012 alone he appeared in Jack Reacher, Lincoln, The Paperboy, Middle of Nowhere, and Red Tails. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Spring Breakers (18)
The new American dream/nightmare of the endless beach party is both celebrated and satirised in Korine's woozy Florida tale. The story is fittingly loose – four naive teens turn to criminal means to fund their hedonism – but it's more of an experience: a dubstep-tracked collage of neon, Day-Glo and tanned flesh, all facilitated by Franco's fantastically watchable gangsta rapper.
A Late Quartet (15)
A respected New York string quartet is struck by an excess of issues here: terminal illness, infidelity, professional jealousy, you name it. Without the distinguished cast, its highbrow melodramas would seem ludicrous.
The Expatriate (15)
- Steve Rose
Cindy (Jennifer Garner) and Jim (Joel Edgerton) are desperate to be parents. However, when they’re told by their doctor that this won’t happen naturally, they decide to indulge their dreams one final time by burying a box in their back garden filled with all the personality traits their ideal child would bear – kind, honest to a fault and musical, to name a few. Overnight, a magical storm occurs and Timothy (Cj Adams), a young boy with leaves on his ankles, is thrust into Cindy and Jim’s life.
Dreamt up by actor Ahmet Zappa and written and directed by Peter Hedges, The Odd Life of Timothy Green immediately asks you to suspend your deepest beliefs and simply accept its desire to be a warm-hearted family-orientated fable. This would be possible if everything about its mere concept, let alone its scorched execution, wasn’t so downright disturbing. It’s »
- Jamie Neish
“I came from the garden.” And so he did, odd little Timothy Green (Cj Adams: Dan in Real Life), the product of a magical thunderstorm and the thwarted hopes and dreams of his newly adoptive parents, Cindy (Jennifer Garner: Arthur) and Jim (Joel Edgerton: Zero Dark Thirty). Literally sprang from the soil, the adorable tyke did, sprouted from a box of buried tokens representing Cindy and Jim’s grieving for the biological child they’ve learned they can never have. Clearly intended to call to mind Disney’s family fantasies of the 1950s and 60s, Timothy’s magic is as modest as can be, and its aim is a bit off: it’s not intended for kids who might appreciate the strange boy’s kooky oddball goofiness but appears more targeted at couples who don’t see adopting as a viable alternative to natural parenthood and who worry about having »
- MaryAnn Johanson
This movie about an infertile couple who grow a son in their garden is sentimental, glutinous and infantile.
"Odd"? Try "tremendously annoying, creepy and reactionary". Somewhere in the dark heartland of America there is a great yearning for these quirky-icky fables, and here's another, from the pen of author and director Peter Hedges. This film is sentimental and artlessly sinister: like a cross between Mary Shelley and John Irving, with a dash of the equally unendurable Benjamin Button movie. Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton play Cindy and Jim Green, a couple longing for kids, but infertile. In their agony, and indulging in a kind of grief therapy, they compile notes of what they wanted their child to be like and bury them in the garden. Over a stormy night, a miraculous child emerges from the soil to bring joy and wonderment into their lives and the whole community: he is »
- Peter Bradshaw
Director: Peter Hedges.
Running Time: 105 minutes.
Synopsis: A childless couple bury a box in their backyard containing all of their wishes for the perfect child. Soon, a child is born, but little Timothy Green is not all that he appears.
It’s been five year since Peter Hedges’ last endeavor, Dan In Real Life, with his collection of projects showing that he is definitely king of the kooky. His latest movie The Odd Life Of Timothy Green proves to be no different. Told through a series of flashbacks about how a married couple have come to the position they are in, we are then introduced to the tale of how a child magically grows out of the ground to teach them both to be better parents.
While it may confuse some as to why a children’s film follows two adults, »
- Lucy Cave
As Ben Affleck has resurrected his career post-Bennifer implosion with a series of increasingly impressive directorial efforts, it’s easy to speculate that the Gigli star has learned a thing or two about the perils of working alongside romantic partners. So whilst Jennifer Garner’s husband wows critics with his latest release, Argo, the former “Alias” leading lady is left to take on a seemingly endless stream of lacklustre big screen projects. With a résumé that already includes the maligned Arthur remake, an odious Valentine’s Day and the *ahem* unforgettable Elektra, Garner can now add Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green to her growing list of movie mistakes.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green focuses on a couple (Garner »
- Phil Wheat
If you believe that fairies live at the bottom of the garden, then you might just find yourself in movie heaven (or a rubber room) with this whimsical yarn starring Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton. Others will be left nonplussed by a story that casts the aforementioned as a married couple desperate to have a child and then find one, freshly sprouted from a hole in the front yard.
Garner gives a master-class in dewy-eyed melancholy in the opening stretch, but writer/director Peter Hedges is also quite practiced in the art of balancing sadness against dreamy optimism (with credits including Dan in Real Life and the script for What's Eating Gilbert Grape). Here, though, it's just a little too much to take when those dreams magically come to life in physical form. »
April 5, 2013
Director: Scott Stewart
Starring: Keri Russell, Dakota Goya, Josh Hamilton
Running time: 97 mins
Director: Yaron Zilberman
Running time: 106 mins
Director: Peter Hedges
Running time: 105 mins
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Running time: 112 mins
Director: Harmony Korine
Running time: 94 mins
April 12, 2013
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Running time: Tbc
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Running time: 140 mins
Director: Malcolm D Lee
Running time: Tbc
April 19, 2013
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Fonda, Stewart (seen above with Senator Al Franken), Garner, Washington have been added to the list of Oscar 2013 presenters The Oscar ceremony is only a few days away; even so, the Oscar 2013 roster keeps getting more stellar: two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Garner, and Kerry Washington belong to the latest group of Oscar presenters announced by producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron earlier today. (Pictured above: Kristen Stewart and Senator Al Franken having a ball at the Academy's Governors Awards held last December 1.) Jane Fonda Daughter of Henry Fonda (Best Actor Oscar nominee for John Ford's The Grapes Wrath and Oscar winner for Mark Rydell's On Golden Pond) and sister of Peter Fonda (Best Actor Oscar nominee for Victor Nuñez's Ulee's Gold), she has received no less than seven Academy Award nods in the last four decades. She won twice: for her performances in Alan J. Pakula's Klute (1971), with Donald Sutherland, »
- Andre Soares
11 items from 2013
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