Rated R · 85 minutes · 2013

Writer/director Ryan Coogler has made one of the year’s best films with his bold feature-directing debut. It tells the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), the man shot to death by a cop on New Year’s Eve 2008 while riding the BART with his girlfriend, the mother of his child. Coogler could’ve made a justifiably angry film, screaming in the face of a justice system that cost this young man his life and his daughter a father. What he has made is something far more important, effective and nuanced. He has made a movie that fleshes out Grant so that he’s more than those few minutes captured on frantic people’s cellphones. It’s a movie that concentrates on the life taken, the people he loved, and the lives that were to be lived together that were taken away. It’s a crushing, heartbreaking viewing experience anchored by a brilliant performance from Jordan. I expect this movie will get some notices come awards season. It’s the kind of movie that makes a mark on you, an important film about something that should’ve never happened, and a movie everyone should see.

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Official Site: www.fruitvalefilm.com
Director: Ryan Coogler
Producer: Forest Whitaker, Nina Bongiovi, Michael Chow, Lisa Kleiner-Chanoff, John Kwok and Octavia Spencer
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Ahna O'Reilly, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray, Joey Oglesby, Laurel Moglen, Liisa Cohen, Ariana Neal, Alex Garcia, Noah Staggs, Caroline Lesley and Christina Elmore


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