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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.


SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
1998, Paramount, 169 min, USA, Dir: Steven Spielberg

In the European theater of World War II, Army captain Tom Hanks leads his men on a dangerous mission to retrieve a soldier whose brothers have all died in combat. Along the way, the men engage in some of the most harrowing and realistic battle sequences ever put on film, as well as some of the most heroic. An action movie with intelligence, heart and stirring patriotism courtesy of director Steven Spielberg.


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