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‘Fruitvale Station’ is captivating story of young man’s final day

Michael B. Jordan stars as Oscar Grant and Melonie Diaz plays his girlfriend Sophina in “Fruitvale Station.” An unarmed Grant was killed by a police officer at an Oakland, Calif., subway station on New Year’s Day 2009.
Photographer: The Weinstein Co.
Michael B. Jordan stars as Oscar Grant and Melonie Diaz plays his girlfriend Sophina in “Fruitvale Station.” An unarmed Grant was killed by a police officer at an Oakland, Calif., subway station on New Year’s Day 2009.
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‘Fruitvale Station” opens with real camera-phone footage, taken by a passenger on a Bay Area Rapid Transit train that had pulled into a stop in downtown Oakland. It’s a little past 2 in the morning on New Year’s Day 2009, and the cars are packed with revelers returning to the East Bay from the fireworks and celebrations in San Francisco.

And there on the platform, leaning against a wall and ringed by BART police, ...

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