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    Michael B. Jordan in Taut, Flawed 'Fruitvale Station'

    Fruitvale Station is tense, galvanizing and a little disappointing -- an odd combination that is easily explained. The drama, which won both the arty Grand Jury Prize and the populist Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, is brilliantly acted by Michael B. Jordan in the fact-based story ...

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    Fruitvale Station

    If you know the true story that inspired this film you might not be eager to see it, but the tone of "Fruitvale Station" isn’t downbeat or bleak.

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    Octavia Spencer On Why 'Fruitvale Station' is the 'Biggest Movie' She's Ever Done and Going Indie After Winning Her Oscar

    Since winning her Oscar for her scene-stealing turn as the feisty Minny Jackson in the box-office juggernaut "The Help," Octavia Spencer has distanced herself from studio fare to focus on films than mean a great deal to her. In James Ponsoldt's affecting indie "Smashed" she played a recovering alcoh...

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    Review: 'Fruitvale Station' Starring Michael B. Jordan & Octavia Spencer

    There are now a few stories surrounding Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station.” There’s the “Fruitvale Station” that as a passion-project debut feature from an untested filmmaker, was plucked from obscurity, championed notably by Forest Whitaker, and put into production. There’s the “Fruitvale Station” ...

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    New Trailer & Featurettes For From Bong Joon-ho's 'Snowpiercer'

    Are you excited for Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer"? Well, of course you are, but it's a bit of bummer for those of us stateside anticipating his star-studded, post-apocalyptic movie. While it gears up to open on August 1st in South Korea, U.S. distributors The Weinstein Company haven't even given the ...

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    Watch: 3 Clips Arrive For Sundance & Cannes Winner 'Fruitvale Station'

    Since premiering to rapturous audiences at Sundance and sparking a bidding war -- eventually won by the kingmakers over at The Weinstein Company -- “Fruitvale Station” has ridden a wave of buzz through Cannes with many tipping the film to be a major player come awards season. With its release weeks ...

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    Watch: Trailer For Steven Spielberg Produced JFK TV Doc 'Letters To Jackie' Featuring All-Star Voice Cast

    This fall will mark fifty years since November 22, 1963 -- a date that continues to haunt American history. When John F. Kennedy was assassinated, it seemed to mark an undeniable shift in the country, away from the positivity and hope that followed War War II, into a more fraught and frightened era ...

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    New Character Posters For 'Snowpiercer' & 'The World's End' Bring The Apocalypse

    It seems that if you want some vision of the world coming an end, you have more than a few options at the movies this year; on Wednesday "This Is The End" comes to theaters, and numerous sci-fi blockbusters this summer ("Oblivion," "After Earth") have already tackled apocalyptic visions of Earth for...

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