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Promised Land


Matt Damon reunites with director Gus Van Sant ("Good Will Hunting") for this compelling drama centering on "fracking," a controversial process of natural-gas drilling. Damon plays an earnest corporate rep who arrives in a rural Pennsylvania town to buy drilling rights from the economically hard-hit residents. But what looks like an easy sell becomes unexpectedly complicated by opposition from a slick environmental activist and a wily old schoolteacher.

Co-starring John Krasinski, Frances McDormand, Rosemary DeWitt and Hal Holbrook. Directed by Gus Van Sant; screenplay by John Krasinski & Matt Damon, story by Dave Eggers.

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