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A New Day, A Last Day, For One Man At 'Fruitvale Station'

An indie drama chronicles the real-life story of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, shot by San Francisco transit police in a New Year's Eve incident that shocked the nation. The film doesn't offer any shatteringly new observations on the case itself — though the story is plenty shattering enough on its own. (Recommended)
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Introducing Oscar Grant, The Man Behind The Headlines

David Edelstein reviews Fruitvale Station, a dramatization of the last day of a man shot by San Francisco transit police in the early morning hours of New Year's Day 2009.
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'Pacific Rim' Is Filled To The Brim With Special Effects

The big movie opening this week is Pacific Rim. Morning Edition's critic says that it has plenty of explosions and special effects — but there's more to it than most blockbusters this summer.
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Oakland Braces For Seeing Subway Shooting On The Big Screen

The feature film Fruitvale Station opens Friday in select markets, including the San Francisco Bay Area. That's where the subject of the film, Oscar Grant, 21 and unarmed, was shot and killed by a transit police officer in 2009 — sparking violent street protests across Oakland.
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As 'Ray Donovan,' Liev Schreiber Cleans Up Hollywood's Messes

In the FX series, Schreiber plays a Hollywood fixer with some personal problems of his own. While TV is newish territory for Schreiber, playing a man plagued by inner demons is not. He talks with Dave Davies about acting the heavy — and how his face has shaped his career.
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Winning Gold In Their Golden Years

Age of Champions is a documentary about athletes who, in their golden years, compete at the National Senior Olympics. Michel Martin speaks to the film's producer Keith Ochwat and John Tatum, a 94-year-old swimmer.
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For Hannibal & Co., A Horrifying New Stage

One Los Angeles performer has played Dr. Hill in Re-Animator, Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, and now Father Merrin in The Exorcist. Did we mention he sings opera, too?
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'Quartet': Dustin Hoffman, Behind The Camera

The veteran actor recently made his directorial debut with a film about four aging opera singers who stage a concert at their retirement home. Starring Maggie Smith and Tom Courtenay, the film explores friendship, memory and the time that remains.
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Oscar Winners Rash And Faxon Team Up For 'The Way, Way Back'

Renee Montagne talks to Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, the writing and directing team on the new film, The Way, Way Back. The coming of age movie focuses on a 14-year-old boy's tough summer vacation with his mother and her new boyfriend.
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Movie Studios Hope We Celebrate July 4 At Theaters

The long holiday weekend follows on the heels of a record-setting May and June at the box office. This month begins with the return of the lucrative family-friendly franchise: Despicable Me 2.

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