9 items from 2016
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
The footage covers an intense battle sequence that occurs near the opening of the film. The movie debuts Friday in about 2,600 North American theaters.
Producers are Scott Stuber, Jon Kilik and Ross. McConaughey portrays a defiant Southern farmer, Newton Knight, and his armed rebellion against the Confederacy, in which he launched an uprising that led Jones County, Miss., to secede from the Confederacy, creating the Free State of Jones.
The movie faces formidable competition from Fox’s launch of “Independence Day: Resurgence.” Sony is also opening shark thriller “The Shallows” and Broad Green is debuting Elle Fanning’s “The Neon Demon.”
- Dave McNary
Matthew McConaughey‘s “Free States of Jones” has been bumped from its May 13 release date to June 24. The film is an action-drama based on a true story and set during the Civil War. It tells the story of a Southern farmer, Newt Knight and his rebellion against the Confederacy. It also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali and Keri Russell, and is directed by Gary Ross. Also Read: Stephen King Confirms Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey to Star in 'The Dark Tower' Ross also wrote the screenplay based on a story by Leonard Hartman and Ross. Producers on the film are Scott Stuber, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Having carved out a reputation for rib-tickling comedies, today’s news represents a marked and indeed welcome change of pace for the actress. Acting as the directorial debut of American Sniper scribe Jason Hall, Thank Your For Your Service chronicles the a group of homeward bound Us soldiers, who return to American soil after a long and gruelling spell in Iraq.
Struggling to assimilate with everyday life, the story largely revolves around the trials and tribulations of Miles Teller, Beulah Koale and Joe Cole’s character, with Deadline noting that Schumer isn’t on board to play a fellow soldier. Instead, she’ll be part of the ensemble cast that is left to deal with the fallout of modern warfare, both physically and psychologically, »
- Michael Briers
The story follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them. Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze and Keisha Castle-Hughes also star.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Principal photography has begun on the DreamWorks Pictures film adaptation of David Finkel’s book, Thank You For Your Service, it was announced today by the studio. The film stars Miles Teller (Whiplash), Haley Bennett (The Girl on the Train), Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders), Amy Schumer (Trainwreck), Beulah Koale (The Last Saint), Scott Haze (Child of God), Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider), Brad Beyer (42), Omar Dorsey (Selma) and Jayson Warner Smith (The Birth of a Nation).
Oscar nominated screenwriter Jason Hall (American Sniper) makes his directorial debut on Thank You For Your Service. Hall also wrote the screenplay for the story that follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. Jon Kilik (Foxcatcher, Babel) is producing with Ann Ruark »
- Michelle McCue
“American Sniper” screenwriter Jason Hall makes his directorial debut on “Thank You for Your Service.” Hall also wrote the screenplay for the story that follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. Jon Kilik is producing with Ann Ruark serving as executive producer. Filming is taking place in Atlanta.
“Thank You for Your Service” was published in 2013 by Sarah Crichton Books.
Universal Pictures is distributing the film in the U.S. and select »
- Justin Kroll
On the heels of roles in three well-received Sundance films, Joe Cole (“Green Room”) and Jayson Warner Smith (“The Birth of a Nation,” “Christine”) have joined the cast of DreamWorks’ Ptsd drama “Thank You For Your Service,” TheWrap has learned. Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, newcomer Beulah Koale and rising star Scott Haze lead the cast of the film, which will serve as the directorial debut of “American Sniper” writer Jason Hall. Universal Pictures will distribute “Thank You For Your Service,” which is being produced by Jon Kilik and executive produced by by Ann Ruark. Oscar-nominated writer Hall adapted the nonfiction book. »
- Jeff Sneider
After working with James Franco on a handful of films, rising star Scott Haze (“Child of God”) has booked a lead role alongside Miles Teller in DreamWorks’ Ptsd drama “Thank You for Your Service,” which will be distributed by Universal, TheWrap has learned. Haley Bennett and newcomer Beulah Koale co-star in the movie, which marks the directorial debut of “American Sniper” writer Jason Hall. The Oscar-nominated writer also adapted the nonfiction book by David Finkel. Jon Kilik will produce the film, which will be executive produced by Ann Ruark. “Thank You for Your Service” follows a group of U.S. »
- Jeff Sneider
9 items from 2016
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