1-20 of 188 items from 2016 « Prev | Next »
This audacious, visceral, beautifully shot story of a real-life outlaw in Louisiana’s swamps is one to watch out for in awards season
Matthew McConaughey stars in this startling, fiercely violent, superbly photographed and structurally audacious civil war drama, directed by Gary Ross. McConaughey plays the real-life Confederate soldier Newton Knight, who leads a band of deserters and runaway slaves to form a Robin-Hood outlaw group in the Louisiana swamp and attempts to make Jones county secede from Mississippi and the confederacy to form the “free state of Jones”. He allies himself with slave Moses (Mahershala Ali), marries freed woman Rachel (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and after the war takes a lead on democratic reform: this legendary figure has already been the subject of a 1948 movie, Tap Roots, with Van Heflin and Susan Hayward.
Continue reading »
- Peter Bradshaw
Tiffany Rose interviews Director Gary Ross for his movie Free State of Jones. During the interview they discuss how much research he did before making the movie, working with the likes of British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Matthew McConaughey and what it is about the Civil War and specifically Newton Knight (upon whom the movie […]
- Jon Lyus
Free State Of Jones, 2016.
Directed by Gary Ross.
Disenchanted soldier Newton Knight (Matthew McConaughey) deserts the Confederates during the Civil War and returns to his home in Jones County, and leads a rebellion against the army taking food grown by the local farmers to feed soldiers. Despite being under martial law once war is over, the county declares itself a free state and Knight is in the forefront of another battle, this time to win civil rights for all its citizens, including freed slaves. Based on true events.
Slavery, the Civil War, the Deep South. You could be forgiven for thinking you were re-visiting Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave and, earlier in the year, the buzz surrounding Gary Ross’s Free State Of Jones pointed towards the film being an awards contender. But then »
- Freda Cooper
For the past five years, Mindy Kaling has been writing a pretty good role for herself with The Mindy Project. She’s been keeping busy with the Hulu comedy, but lately, she’s been lining up some high-profile acting gigs, including Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time and Gary Ross‘ Ocean’s 11 spinoff Ocean’s 8. The actress, writer, and […]
- Jack Giroux
Ahead of its release this Friday, StudioCanal have dropped a tense new clip for Free State of Jones. This American Civil War epic from Hunger Games director Gary Ross, stars Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle, Beyond the Lights), Keri Russell (Mission Impossible III, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2). Free State of Jones tells the incredible true story of Newton Knight and his rebellion against the Confederacy in Jones County, Mississippi, during the American Civil War. Check out the new clip now: Free State of Jones is released this Friday, 30 September. »
- email@example.com (Martin Macnamara)
Tiffany Rose interviews British actor Gugu Mbatha-Raw for her movie Free State of Jones. During the interview they discuss how much Gugu knew about Newton Knight (on whom the movie is based), the American Civil War in general and how it was working with Matthew McConaughey and Director Gary Ross. They also talk about how […]
- Jon Lyus
★★★☆☆ Much has been made of the prominence of a 'white saviour' in biographical historical epic Free State of Jones. Is this a film about slavery? Yes. Is it led by a white character? Yes. But to limit the field of vision and intent of director Gary Ross' latest feature negates other aspects of a film that proposes to treat humanity and inhumanity in a wider sense, and under many different guises. There is no questioning the import of representations of race in film but undue criticism for this constituent part of a broad narrative misses a grasp of the whole. That said, the scope of this project may even be set too wide.
Filmmaker Gary Ross has a tendency to deliver consistently solid work but as an artist he is far from prolific. Ross hadn’t called action on a film since The Hunger Games in 2012 and before that it was Seabiscuit back in 2003. But his work has always resounded as solid and with essence. For his latest, […]
The post Free State of Jones Review appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Daniel Goodwin
Tiffany Rose sits down with one of our favourite actors Matthew McConaughey for his new movie Free State of Jones. During the interview they discuss how much he knew about Newton Knight (upon whom the movie is based), the Civil War in general and working with Director Gary Ross. He also talks about why the […]
- Jon Lyus
Shapiro will oversee all feature film production and financing activity.
“It’s a tremendous boost for our already vibrant film production and financing operation to have such a highly respected and commercially successful heavyweight as Greg join to head the team,” Im Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford said on Monday. “We have an exciting slate of filmmaker-driven productions in the pipeline for 2017 and we hope Greg’s arrival will give us even greater momentum as we end 2016 on a high note.”
Shapiro won a best picture Academy Award as a producer on Kathryn Bigelow’s 2008 drama “The Hurt Locker.” He was also an executive producer on Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” and is producing her untitled project, currently filming in Boston.
- Dave McNary
Free State of Jones review: An embodiment of a long-standing question that has thrived within American culture: What does freedom cost, and will it ever be enough?
Free State of Jones starts as many war-films do, in the harsh midst of the battlefield, where it certainly does not shy from emphasising its bloody cost. Marches of Confederate men are met with a flew of artillery fire, some gunned down in waves, there’s even a moment where a passing soldier resumes the duties of an nearby banner-man. There appears to be no deserters, no one turning their backs to the face of death, it seems director Gary Ross wanted to portray the sense of honour or valour that drove these men. It’s all very brutal before long as shots of »
- Matthew Ceo
It’s the morning after the Emmy Awards, and ensconced in her hotel in Beverly Hills, a still-beaming Sarah Paulson can’t stop looking at her new accessory: the golden trophy she has long coveted. After five nominations, she finally heard her name called on Sunday evening, then stood on the stage of the Microsoft Theater to accept the Emmy Award for lead actress in a limited series for her role in “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
But this wasn’t just a win for herself, she says; it was a triumph, two decades in coming, for Marcia Clark, the prosecutor she played to critical acclaim in the FX show.
JOSÉ Mandojana for Variety
Paulson used her acceptance speech to offer an apology to Clark, whom she’d brought along as her date for the ceremony.
“I, along with the rest of the world, had been superficial in my judgment,” said »
- Debra Birnbaum
Writer/Director Gary Ross constructs a historical-film miracle: a meaningful tale about the Civil War that doesn't bog down in details. Rebel deserter Matthew McConaughey leads a wartime insurrection against both the South and the North. It's hard to believe that it really happened. Free State of Jones Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Universal Studios Home Entertainment 2016 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 140 min. / Street Date September 20, 2016 / 19.99 Starring Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell, Christopher Berry, Sean Bridgers, Jacob Lofland, Thomas Francis Murphy, Bill Tangradi, Brian Lee Franklin. Cinematography Benoit Delhomme Film Editor Pamela Martin, Juliette Welfing Original Music Nicholas Britell Written by Gary Ross story by Leonard Hartman Produced by Jon Kilik, Gary Ross, Scott Stuber Directed by Gary Ross
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
This is one very good movie about an unusual subject, with committed performances, a handsome production and a screenplay fashioned with intelligence and good judgment. So why are »
- Glenn Erickson
See Also: Read our review of Free State of Jones here
Set during the Civil War, The Free State of Jones tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and with the assistance of local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. His marriage to a former slave, Rachel, and his subsequent establishment of a mixed race community was unique in the post-war South. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.
- Amie Cranswick
Matthew McConaughey (Intersteller, Dallas Buyers Club) delivers a towering performance as Mississippi farmer turned rebellious revolt leader in the action-drama Free State of Jones, a powerful account of an extraordinary uprising against the Confederacy during the civil war. Based on a true, little-known story, the epic film arrives on Digital HD on September 6, 2016 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on September 20, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From Stx Entertainment (The Gift, Bad Moms), Free State of Jones also stars Keri Russell (Planet of the Apes, “The Americans”) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Concussion, Beyond The Lights).
Oscar® winner Matthew McConaughey stars in this epic, untold true story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War. Despite overwhelming odds, Knight banded together with other small farmers and local slaves and launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, »
- Tom Stockman
If you don't live in Mississippi then odds are slim of knowing Newton Knight's story. The rebellious farmer fought against the establishment and bigotry in a state deeply rooted in Confederacy during and after the Civil War.
Knight's story finally gets told on a grand scale in director Gary Ross's Free State of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey in the titular role and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. The historically important film makes its Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD debut on September 20th.
We have teamed up with Universal Studios Home Entertainment to offer two copies of the new Free State of Jones Blu-ray, DVD and Digital combo as prizes in this contest. For a chance to win one of them, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open. »
After “Ghostbusters” started a gender-bent casting trend, at this point it may be easier to name the Hollywood starlets who aren’t a part of the new female-dominated “Ocean’s 8.” The franchise, usually packed full of A-list, testosterone-driven heavyweights, has brought Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, and Awkwafina on board. The plot of the film will follow the stellar cast as they try to frame a crooked gallery owner for the disappearance of an expensive necklace that they themselves stole. Debra Zane is casting the film that is already up to the rafters with actors, but additional roles are expected to be filled before production starts in mid-October. Gary Ross will direct the New York–based project that’s sure to give new life to the franchise. Read: “Sarah Paulson on How to Memorize Lines” The Duplass brothers, the masterminds behind “Togetherness, »
After “Ghostbusters” started a gender-bent casting trend, at this point it may be easier to name the Hollywood starlets who aren’t a part of the new female-dominated “Ocean’s 8.” The franchise, usually packed full of A-list, testosterone-driven heavyweights, has brough Elizabeth Banks, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, and Awkwafina on board. The plot of the film will follow the stellar cast as they try to frame a crooked gallery owner for the disappearance of an expensive necklace that they themselves stole. Debra Zane is casting the film that is already up to the rafters with actors, but additional roles are expected to be filled before production starts in mid-October. Gary Ross will direct the New York–based project that’s sure to give new life to the franchise. Read: “Sarah Paulson on How to Memorize Lines” The Duffer Brothers are »
Ocean’s Ocho continues to add to its all-star lineup. Along with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson is now in talks to join the Ocean’s Eleven spinoff. Gary Ross is set to direct from a script he wrote with Olivia Milch, while Steven Soderbergh (who directed the 2001 Ocean’s Eleven) will produce. As previously reported, Ocean’s Ocho stars Bullock as the […]
The post ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ Spinoff Counts in Sarah Paulson appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Sarah Paulson has been on quite the roll recently, starring in such critically acclaimed films and TV shows as Carol, American Horror Story: Hotel and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, the latter two of which she earned Emmy nominations for in July, and, judging from a new report, it doesn’t look like she’ll be moving out of the spotlight anytime soon.
Deadline reports that Sarah Paulson is in early talks to join the already strong cast of Ocean’s Eight, an upcoming Ocean’s Eleven spin-off directed by Gary Ross (The Hunger Games). The movie has an all-female cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Helena Bonham Carter, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling and Awkwafina.
At the moment, it’s unclear if Paulson’s role will be as one of the eight women who attempt to pull off the heist or perhaps as »
- Justin Cook
1-20 of 188 items from 2016 « Prev | Next »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners