Destin Daniel Cretton

Destin Daniel Cretton (born November 23, 1978) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer and editor. He is best known for his films Short Term 12 (2013), The Glass Castle (2017) and Just Mercy (2019), all in collaboration with Brie Larson, and for directing the Marvel Studios film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021).

The Glass Castle (2017)

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A young girl is raised in a dysfunctional family constantly on the run from the FBI. Living in poverty, she comes of age guided by her drunkard, ingenious father who distracts her with magical stories to keep her mind off the family's dire state, and her selfish, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton
CAST:  Brie Larson  •  Naomi Watts  •  Woody Harrelson  •  Max Greenfield

A young girl is raised in a dysfunctional family constantly on the run from the FBI. Living in poverty, she comes of age guided by her drunkard, ingenious father who distracts her with magical stories to keep her mind off the family's dire state, and her selfish, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton
CAST:  Brie Larson  •  Naomi Watts  •  Woody Harrelson  •  Max Greenfield

Short Term 12 (2013)

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Grace, a compassionate young supervisor at a foster care facility, helps at-risk teens. But when a new charge dredges up memories of her own troubled past, Grace's tough exterior begins eroding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton
CAST:  Brie Larson  •  John Gallagher Jr.  •  Kaitlyn Dever  •  Melora Walters

Grace, a compassionate young supervisor at a foster care facility, helps at-risk teens. But when a new charge dredges up memories of her own troubled past, Grace's tough exterior begins eroding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton
CAST:  Brie Larson  •  John Gallagher Jr.  •  Kaitlyn Dever  •  Melora Walters

I Am Not a Hipster (2013)

Things are not looking good for Brook, a young, talented singer/songwriter who has become the clichéd tortured artist. Slow to come to terms with the death of his mother, Brook is self-absorbed, aggressive, and the major obstruction to his own career success. His ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton
CAST:  Dominic Bogart  •  Alvaro Orlando  •  Tammy Minoff  •  Lauren Coleman

Things are not looking good for Brook, a young, talented singer/songwriter who has become the clichéd tortured artist. Slow to come to terms with the death of his mother, Brook is self-absorbed, aggressive, and the major obstruction to his own career success. His ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton
CAST:  Dominic Bogart  •  Alvaro Orlando  •  Tammy Minoff  •  Lauren Coleman

Drakmar: A Vassal's Journey (2006)

A coming of age saga about a 14-year old boy whose life alternates between the medieval fantasy kingdom of Adria and the real world trials of a challenging adolescence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton  •  Lowell Frank
CAST:  Colin Taylor  •  Corwin Taylor

A coming of age saga about a 14-year old boy whose life alternates between the medieval fantasy kingdom of Adria and the real world trials of a challenging adolescence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton  •  Lowell Frank
CAST:  Colin Taylor  •  Corwin Taylor

Short Term 12 (2008)

A day at a group home for troubled adolescents. Denim is the head counselor, involved somehow with Natalia, another counselor. During the day, we watch them and other staff deal with a boy who's getting into fights though he has only a week to go before his 18th ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton
CAST:  Brad William Henke  •  Tania Verafield  •  Lakeith Stanfield  •  Adam Shapiro

A day at a group home for troubled adolescents. Denim is the head counselor, involved somehow with Natalia, another counselor. During the day, we watch them and other staff deal with a boy who's getting into fights though he has only a week to go before his 18th ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton
CAST:  Brad William Henke  •  Tania Verafield  •  Lakeith Stanfield  •  Adam Shapiro

Just Mercy (2019)

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The powerful true story of Harvard-educated lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who goes to Alabama to defend the disenfranchised and wrongly condemned — including Walter McMillian, a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence. Bryan fights tirelessly for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton
CAST:  Michael B. Jordan  •  Jamie Foxx  •  Brie Larson  •  O'Shea Jackson Jr.

The powerful true story of Harvard-educated lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who goes to Alabama to defend the disenfranchised and wrongly condemned — including Walter McMillian, a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence. Bryan fights tirelessly for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton
CAST:  Michael B. Jordan  •  Jamie Foxx  •  Brie Larson  •  O'Shea Jackson Jr.

Bartholomew's Song (2006)

In a society strict with repetition, Bartholomew's discovery of a music box leads to him embarking on a small journey to break the system.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton  •  Lowell Frank
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In a society strict with repetition, Bartholomew's discovery of a music box leads to him embarking on a small journey to break the system.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton  •  Lowell Frank
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Short Term 12: Behind the Scenes (2014)

A behind the scenes from film Short Term 12  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenny Laubbacher  •  Brad Kester  •  Ron Najor
CAST:  Brie Larson  •  Lakeith Stanfield  •  John Gallagher Jr.  •  Stephanie Beatriz

A behind the scenes from film Short Term 12  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenny Laubbacher  •  Brad Kester  •  Ron Najor
CAST:  Brie Larson  •  Lakeith Stanfield  •  John Gallagher Jr.  •  Stephanie Beatriz

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

Shang-Chi must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton
CAST:  Simu Liu  •  Awkwafina  •  Tony Leung Chiu-wai  •  Michelle Yeoh

Shang-Chi must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton
CAST:  Simu Liu  •  Awkwafina  •  Tony Leung Chiu-wai  •  Michelle Yeoh

Deacon's Mondays (2007)

Deacon lives in a fantastical world of snowing feathers, hailing golf balls and incredible guilt. After a petty accident begins to haunt him, the lonely landscaper must stumble through his mundane life while combating his inner torment. Through an unlikely ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton  •  Lowell Frank
CAST:  Dominic Bogart  •  Jane Evans

Deacon lives in a fantastical world of snowing feathers, hailing golf balls and incredible guilt. After a petty accident begins to haunt him, the lonely landscaper must stumble through his mundane life while combating his inner torment. Through an unlikely ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton  •  Lowell Frank
CAST:  Dominic Bogart  •  Jane Evans