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Movies, commercials, public television programs benefiting from Massachusetts film tax credits

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BOSTON — A film starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin was one of the biggest beneficiaries of a tax credit program designed to lure movies and television shows to Massachusetts.

A report from the state revenue department says "Labor Day" was awarded a $5.3 million tax credit last year.

The movie was shot in several locations across the state, including the western Massachusetts community of Shelburne Falls.

Other productions which received tax credits included commercials for Google and Cheetos and the television shows "Extreme Houseboats"" and "I Found the Gown."

The tax credits also benefit some WGBH public television productions including several long-running shows like "Nova," ''Frontline," ''Masterpiece," ''Antiques Roadshow" and "American Experience."

Critics say the state is losing money through the tax credits while backers say they're helping build a local film industry.

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