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Fruitvale Station: In Theaters Nationwide this Friday

By Melvin Browne

4c3072f6f34c11e28abf22000a1f9bf5_7With just a limited release “Fruitvale Station” has achieved rave reviews from celebrities and film critics alike. Director Ryan Coogler’s film is the winner of both Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for the U.S. dramatic film from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Fruitvale Station is based on a true story about Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and sensed it would not be a regular day.

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), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family and strangers, Oscar starts out well, as the day goes on, he realizes that changes are not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area – and the entire nation – to its very core.

In a time where young men are being murdered by “local enforcement”, this film could not have come at a better time. “Fruitvale Station” goes from limited to full nationwide release this coming Friday, July 26th. If you cannot wait till then, check out the limited release cities below as well as the Trailer and Photos from the film.

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