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Free State of Jones

Free State of Jones
  • 2016
  • US
  • 139 min
  • 15
  • 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 Jones

26 Sep 20163 stars

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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