In 2016, independent cinema reminded us to get outdoors

By AJ Newberry, THE MIAMI STUDENT Last year, I really thought “Room” was gonna snag Best Picture. Its gentle camera techniques captured the broken-down body language of two individuals trapped in captivity, layering overwhelming moments of grief atop a hopeful outlook. I left the theater drained, but also with a desire to break free from the rooms in my life. The film reminded me of the awe one can feel when looking outward instead of forward, and discovering the world outside the boxes we put ourselves in. The Academy loves films that remind us of our perception, but understandably...

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