Short Term 12 is exactly the sort of film that makes you really appreciate contemporary indie cinema, especially as it deals with subject matter that studio films have tackled with far less efficiency. Looking at a foster home for troubled kids, the film avoids being sappy by having a great sense of humor to it, yet also always coming off as intimate. Short Term 12 is also as excellently scripted as it is mounted, with there never being a dull moment in the film, and the lighting gives the film an artful veneer without sacrificing it's plausibility, which means Destin Daniel Cretton only needed one film for me to start calling him one of our country's best new filmmakers. Hell, the film would be a must-see alone for Brie Larson's performance, as the young actress has made some notable bit parts over the year, but here we discover that she's an actress of great range and somber effect, playing a very complex character. There's really something for everything in this movie, as it's equal parts joyful, meditative, hip, plausible, intense and heart-breaking, and it will certainly be considered one of the year's very best films. Essential viewing!