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Promised Land (Matinee)

Steve Butler (Matt Damon), an ace corporate salesman who is sent along with his partner, Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand), to close a key rural town in his company's expansion plans. With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company's offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (John Krasinski), as well as the interest of a local woman. Promised Land explores America at the crossroads where big business and the strength of small-town community converge.

The screenplay is written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski based on a story by Dave Eggers.

Directed by: Gus Van Sant (Milk, Good Will Hunting, My Own Private Idaho, Drugstore Cowboy)

Starring: Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand

Running time: 1 hour 46 mins

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The film starts at 4:15 pm. Let’s gather 15-20 mins prior to buy tix and find seats. Afterwards, we could try dinner at Tonali Restaurant (3642 Shannon Rd, Durham) and discuss the film, etc.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The movie was good, but I was disappointed that the although the meeting time was 4:00 and I arrived on time, I didn't know where the group was until I saw a bunch of people walking together out of the ticket area at 4:03, when I was still in line. I did eventually find a couple of the people from the group in the theater, but I couldn't exactly talk to them during the movie. Then, although it was suggested that we go to dinner afterwards, everyone seemed to go their separate ways as soon as the movie was over. I got the sense that they already knew and recognized each other and didn't think anyone new would be coming, so there was no need to be more inclusive.

    January 6, 2013

  • Colleen

    Ben does not have access to the Internet right now and asked me to change his RSVP to "no".

    January 5, 2013

  • Pete

    This sounds very similar to "Local Hero"

    December 31, 2012

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