Join us on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 6:30-8:30pm (rescheduled date) at the Malden Public Library’s second Malden Reads film screening for the 2018 book selection, The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas. We will be showing Fruitvale Station, directed by Ryan Coogler, the director of the current blockbuster, Black Panther. Fruitvale Station is the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year old Bay Area resident who was killed in 2009 by a police officer at the BART Fruitvale Station in Oakland. The movie stars Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, and Octavia Spencer.
Oscar Grant (Jordan) leaves his Bay Area home on his way to San Francisco to see fireworks for a New Year’s celebration. With the New Year, Oscar’s starting to make changes in his life—trying to be a better partner to his girlfriend, Sophia, trying to get a new job, trying to be a better son, and trying to be a better father to his daughter, Tatiana. His life tragically changes at Fruitvale Station on his way home.
Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 94% approval rating and writes that the movie is a “passionate and powerfully acted [movie that] serves as a celebration of life, a condemnation of death, and a triumph for star Michael B. Jordan.” The New York Times calls it “a sad, touching and subtle film.” Film.com writes, “Fruitvale is outstanding, a telling portrait and testament of the life of one man and the complicated relationships to race and class that still exist within America today.”
A discussion of this year’s Malden Reads book selection, The Hate U Give, will follow the movie. Movie times are approximate. This film is free and open to the public and is accessible. Please call the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218 for more information. Rated R (85 min.)