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‘Promised Land’: more promised than delivered

Scott Green/Focus Features

The former is written by costars Matt Damon and John Krasinski, working from a story by novelist Dave Eggers; the latter comes to us through the individual performances and the observant directorial eye of Gus Van Sant. Damon plays Steve Butler, a hard-driving salesman for a natural gas company who arrives in the (fictional) town of McKinley, Pa., with his partner, Sue (Frances McDormand). They promise the local farmers untold riches in exchange for leasing their land to the company’s deep-shale drills.

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