'Short Term 12' kicks off Little Rock Film Festival tonight | Rock Candy

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

'Short Term 12' kicks off Little Rock Film Festival tonight

Posted By on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Short Term 12 image

Director Destin Daniel Cretton's "Short Term 12," which won both the Audience and Grand Jury prizes at SXSW, opens the Little Rock Film Festival tonight. It's excellent. Indie star of the moment Brie Larson stars as Grace, a young woman who oversees a section of a foster home full of kids who've been abused or suffer from mental illness. Grace is tough, but caring, always in control. Or so it seems, until developments in her personal life and at work dredge up a dark past and send her into a tailspin.

I know if I were reading that plot description and knew nothing else about the movie, "AVOID" in red letters would probably pop into my mind. When does a movie about troubled kids, or institutionalized people of any age, ever get it right?

Well, Cretton and his fine cast do here. Larson is a revelation. Ditto for "The Newsroom's" John Gallagher Jr., who play's Grace's boyfriend and co-worker Mason. Rarely, have we seen young actors give such strong performances as Kaitlyn Dever, already showing promise as Loretta on "Justified," and Keith Stanfield, who play the main troubled kids. Cretton avoids all the lazy stereotypes and easy manipulation we so often see in similar movies. He's produced a naturalistic film that's warm, funny and packs an emotional wallop.

I'm thrilled to get the chance to moderate the post-screening discussions with Cretton, Dever and Stanfield. The film screens at 6:30 p.m. at the Argenta Community Theater and again at 7:30 p.m. at The Rep. That's collectively many, many more seats available than in years past, so don't not come for fear of being turned away.

Get tickets at the Little Rock Film Fest website or at the venues. And see our exhaustive film fest preview here.

Tags: , , , , , , ,


Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Lindsey Millar

  • Slideshow: New play area opens in Little Rock's Riverfront Park

    The city has scheduled a dedication for Margaret Clark Adventure Park, a new play area in Riverfront Park near the Marriott Hotel Conference Center, for 10 a.m.
    • Sep 21, 2018
  • Video: Protest outside the Pence/Hill rally

    Times photographer Brian Chilson was on hand.
    • Sep 21, 2018
  • The Judicial Mess Edition

    Max and Lindsey talk about the Arkansas Judicial and Disability Commission charging six members of the Arkansas Supreme Court with ethics violations, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality recommending the denial of a new permit for C&H Hog Farm and other odds and ends.
    • Sep 21, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Coming Monday: Little Rock Black Restaurant Week

    MoTown Monday is Ceci's Chicken and Waffles. Tasty Tuesday is Sims BBQ and Brewster's Soul Food Cafe. Wing Wednesday is Chicken King and Chicken Wangs. Soul Food Thursday is Lindsey's BBQ and Hospitality House and Food Truck Festival Friday is @station801. It's the first Black Restaurant Week.
    • Mar 8, 2017
  • New music from Isaac Alexander

    New music from Isaac Alexander.
    • Jul 14, 2017
  • No Small Talk Ep. 8: Katy Henriksen, Springs Arts preview

    A packed episode this week of "No Small Talk": a chat with Katy Henriksen, from Of Note on KUAF; Stephanie Smittle breaks down the Spring Arts issue; and we finish up with just a tiny bit of Oscar chatter.
    • Mar 9, 2018
 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation