GERONIMO: AN AMERICAN LEGEND
1993, Sony Repertory, 115 min, USA, Dir: Walter Hill

A modern action master, director Walter Hill also displays a reflective side and almost Rossellini-esque historical perspective in his retelling of the last days of resistance of the great Apache leader. One of the most impressive and overlooked late Westerns. With Wes Studi, Matt Damon, Jason Patric, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman and Scott Wilson. Music by Ry Cooder.


GOOD WILL HUNTING
1997, Miramax, 126 min, USA, Dir: Gus Van Sant

When an MIT mathematician (Stellan Skarsgard) posts a difficult problem, janitor Will Hunting (Matt Damon) solves it before the professor’s students. Will is comfortable mopping floors and hanging out with working class friend Chuckie (Ben Affleck), but the professor sees wasted potential and points the troubled young man in the direction of therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams) – who is carrying his own emotional baggage. A commercial breakthrough for director Gus Van Sant, the box office hit brought Oscars to Williams for Best Supporting Actor and to Damon and Affleck for their Original Screenplay. With Minnie Driver.


PROMISED LAND
2012, Focus Features, 106 min, USA, Dir: Gus Van Sant

Matt Damon and “The Office”’s John Krasinski penned the screenplay (based on a story by Dave Eggers) and star as two men on opposite sides of a hot button issue when big business comes to a small town. Damon and Frances McDormand represent a natural gas company and see their offer for drilling rights as an economic lifeline to a rural community in decline, but locals Krasinski, Hal Holbrook and Rosemarie DeWitt object to the plan. While the topic of “fracking” gives PROMISED LAND an up-to-the-minute urgency, the drama of people whose best intentions nonetheless put them at odds is timeless.


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