Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Starring: Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever

Based on director Destin Daniel Cretton’s own experiences working at a group home, Short Term 12 follows group home workers Grace (Brie Larson) and Mason (John Gallagher Jr. ) as they do their best to help the children they work with, as well as deal with their own personal traumas. The film puts a refreshingly humane and complex face on group homes, and treats every character with nuance, including Lakeith Stanfield’s Marcus (one of his earliest roles). Short Term 12 is an emotional and empathetic ode to children who live in group homes, and those who make it their life’s work to help them. —Andy Herrera