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Movie Review: Fruitvale Station
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Fruitvale Station
Director: Ryan Coogler
Screenwriter: Ryan Coogler
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Kevin Durand
The Weinstein Company
Rated R | 85 Minutes
Release Date: July 12, 2013

Written and directed by Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station is based on the true story of Oscar Grant, a young man killed by a police officer at the Fruitvale Bay Area Rapid Transit Station in Oakland, California in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009.

Michael B. Jordan (The Wire, Friday Night Lights) stars as Oscar, an unemployed 22-year-old struggling to provide for his daughter Tatiana (Ariana Neal) and girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints).

When he wakes up on New Year’s Eve, Oscar resolves to be a better son to his mother (Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer), a better partner to Sophina, who he hasn’t been completely honest with lately, and being a better father to Tatiana, their four year-old daughter. After taking Tatiana to school and dropping Sophina off at work, Oscar goes to his former place of employment, a grocery store in Hayward, California, to ask for his job back.

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