Dec. 28 (limited); Jan. 4 (wide)
Blockbuster, Oscar bait or something else?
A political drama about natural gas extraction won't be selling out midnight showings, but its pedigree almost guarantees critical success. The fracking film is written by and stars Matt Damon and John Krasinski ("The Office"), with Gus Van Sant (who teamed with Damon on "Good Will Hunting") at the helm. Art-house darlings Frances McDormand and Rosemarie DeWitt also star.
-- Drusilla Moorhouse