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Film review

Anti-fracking movie means well but proves frustrating

Frances McDormand stars as Sue Thomason and Matt Damon is Steve Butler in “Promised Land.” The pair represent a natural gas company’s interests in a town suffering hard economic times.
Frances McDormand stars as Sue Thomason and Matt Damon is Steve Butler in “Promised Land.” The pair represent a natural gas company’s interests in a town suffering hard economic times.
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“Promised Land” offers an experience that’s alternately amusing and frustrating, full of impassioned earnestness as well as saggy sections. Director Gus Van Sant has the challenging task of taking the divisive, high-tech practice of hydro fracking and trying to make it not just human but cinematic. Working from a script by co-stars Matt Damon and John Krasinski, based on a story by Dave Eggers, he succeeds in fits and starts. The impoverished small town that’s ...


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