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★★★★☆ Given the seasonal vagaries of critical favour and the fickle nature of theatrical distribution, it would be a futile exercise to spend time second guessing why Gus Van Sant's The Promised Land (2012) failed to make the impression it should have on its UK release last year. Adapted by its stars Matt Damon and John Krasinski from a short story by Dave Eggers, it's a timely work with plenty of hidden currents beneath its cosy veneer. The broad plot strokes may initially recall the folksy rhetoric of Bill Forsyth's Local Hero (1983), but Van Sant is more interested in the shades of grey between corporate and community interests.

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