One of the best films I’ve seen so far this year is Destin Daniel Cretton‘s Short Term 12. The movie stars Brie Larson as Grace, a young woman who works at a foster-care facility for at-risk kids, but she also has to face her own demons. It’s a powerful film with a breakthrough performance from Larson, and the movie picked up the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize (Narrative Film) at this year’s SXSW. The Wrap reports that Cinedigm will release the film on August 23rd.
While I’m glad the movie is getting a theatrical release, August 23rd is a horrible release date. It’s not close enough to the awards season (where a serious campaign might put Cretton’s screenplay and Larson in contention), and it’s going to get buried under bigger films The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The World’s End, and You’re Next. If Short Term 12 opens anywhere near you, make time to see it. Here’s my review from SXSW.