Free State of Jones
- 139 min
- Directed by: Gary Ross
- Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali
- UK release: 30 September 2016
Newt Knight is a Mississippi farmer and Confederate soldier who rebels against the authorities and organises a group of escaped slaves into a militia. Based on a true story which feels considerably more interesting than the movie; Knight is too good to believe and the film's good intentions rarely spark.
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Free State of Jones26 Sep 2016
Earnest directorial intentions and solid work from Matthew McConaughey fail to lift a plodding true-life tale
Even in 2016's summer schedule, jam-packed with computer-generated anticlimaxes, there were few takers in the US for Free State of Jones, writer-director Gary Ross's attempt at an adult blockbuster. Matthew McConaughey plays Newt Knight, a Mississippi…
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