Fruitvale Station
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Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Coogler's FRUITVALE STATION follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year's Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz),… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"Michael B. Jordan is simply brilliant in his portrayal of Grant, whom Coogler presents as a generally happy, if complex and somewhat troubled young man."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"It's hard not to watch Fruitvale Station with a coiled dread... Yet, Coogler's greatest achievement may be in reminding us that Grant was a work in progress with people who loved him in spite of his flaws and because of his hopes."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Potentially blunt dramaturgy turns to something profound (and not perfumed) in implication."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"As a first feature for writer/director Ryan Coogler, it's pretty remarkable. As a star-making vehicle for Michael B. Jordan, it's a slam dunk."
‑ Russell Hainline, Movie Mezzanine
"As a biographical drama Fruitvale Station works, though you're not going to pick up anything about the actual shooting that you don't already know."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"The intimacy of debut writer-director Ryan Coogler's approach to the film and the no-frills, believably real quality of the main performances combine to drive the senselessness of Oscar's killing home with visceral impact."
‑ Bruce Ingram, Chicago Sun-Times
"We feel the death on the platform so acutely not because it's a stupid act of randomness, but hardly untypical racist violence, but because we've come to love this man."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail
"An impressive debut by Ryan Coogler."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Fruitvale Station is centered around a tragic event with a powerful message, but just lacks the momentum to actually be impressive."
‑ Chris Sawin,
"If Coogler were not as sure a directorial hand, or the film less gripping, that weight might be too much for it to bear. But, despite some imperfections, they're both up to the task."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Writer-director Ryan Coogler's [film is an] assured and evenhanded debut."
‑ Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine
"Michael B. Jordan (The Wire and Friday Night Lights) plays Oscar with the heart and compelling charm required to make us feel close to him."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Fruitvale Station does work, but it's marred by problematic writing and direction."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"Fruitvale Station nos lembra de que somos todos Oscar Grant."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Critically, Fruitvale Station serves as a morality tale that reminds us not to dismiss anyone without first knowing the full story behind the scenes. Every life has value."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
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