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Matt Damon plays a drilling company representative who tries to ingratiate himself with the residents of a Pennsylvania small town, including a character played by Rosemarie DeWitt, in “Promised Land.” Industry groups and environmental activists alike see it as a message film about the perils of the gas boom and fracking. (Associated Press)

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