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Film review: 'Fruitvale Station' a touching portrait of a life cut short

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Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013 12:01 am

"Fruitvale Station" is a tragedy as fresh as today's headlines, as moving as losing someone close to you. A re-telling of the last day in the life of Oscar Grant, a young black man gunned down by a transit cop in front of scores of witnesses in Oakland on New Year's Day in 2009, Ryan Coogler's often wrenching film begins with that death - captured on cell phone video - and takes us back through a life of hot-tempered blunders but compassionate potential, an ex-con who might have turned the corner just as it all came to an end for him.

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