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In Theaters: Friday, July 26, 2013
Director: Ryan Coogler
Cast: Michael B Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Kevin Durand, Ahna O'Reilly
Why we're excited: Winner of a big one-two punch at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival (dramatic audience and grand jury prizes), Ryan Coogler's true-life account of Bay Area resident Oscar Grant's final days and his controversial death at the hands of a BART police officer moved countless audiences already. When it opens at the end of July, it may well signal the beginning of the Oscar season, earlier than normal. Poised to be a star with television roles on "The Wire" and "Friday Night Lights" for years, Michael B. Jordan is set to leap onto a much, much bigger stage.
- Kristopher Tapley