Destin Daniel Cretton

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Brie Larson takes a sip of a seemingly diet-geared beverage while installed at a back table at an actually swanky midtown Manhattan workspace (like an office, except for people who don’t want to work in “an office”) – it’s a spicy lemonade, a prepackaged version of the very Los Angeles “master cleanse,” but Larson drinks it because she likes the taste. She likes it so much that she encourages me to take a sip straight from her own bottle, and it’s as delicious and refreshing as she promised it would be. Then she says that she thinks that cleanses are “really bad for you” and that, when it comes to those oft-buzzed-about toxins supposedly ruining our bodies, it’s just “an actual scam.” Brie Larson is the type of Hollywood “it girl” who drinks spicy lemonade because she likes the taste, not because pop culture tells her it’s good for her. This is the exact moment I stop trying to pigeonhole rising stars by what they do or do not drink, and instead focus on what they say and do not say – and Larson has a lot to say.

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trailer short term 12

Summertime at the movie theater is traditionally thought of as a collection of explosions, CGI effects and dumbed-down scripts, but smart studios (usually the indies) know it’s also a great time to counter-program with their unexpected gems. One of the most critically acclaimed films to come out of this year’s SXSW film festival was writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton‘s second feature, Short Term 12. Brie Larson stars as a young woman who works at a home for at-risk teens while trying to balance the limits and love in her own life too. The film itself received immense praise, but much of the focus has been on Larson’s performance. Enjoy this delightful first trailer for Short Term 12. Then go see the movie later this summer.

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