Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Stars: Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr. Kaitlyn Dever, Rami Malek, Keith Stanfield, Stephanie Beatriz, Kevin Hernandez, Alex Calloway
Release Date: Sometime in August

Although told with a simple and naturalistic style that never goes too far off the melodramatic deep end, Short Term 12 is one of those movies that'll have you needing a moment to regroup. After all, it didn't win the Grand Jury Award for SXSW's narrative competition for being your typical indie. It's poignant and stark look into the life of a twentysomething foster care facility staffer (Brie Larson), confronting everything from troubled and unresponsive kids to her own emotional trauma. TA