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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
Having shut down production indefinitely due to the injuries suffered by star Dylan O’Brien during an on-set accident back in March, 20th Century Fox has now announced that filming on Maze Runner: The Death Cure will resume in February 2017.
The third instalment in the Ya franchise is being directed by Wes Ball, and was originally slated for release on February 17th 2017, before being pushed back a year to January 12th 2018 owing to the accident, which is said to have saw O’Brien fracturing either his cheekbone or orbital socket.
O’Brien is joined in the cast of Maze Runner: The Death Cure by Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dexter Darden, Nathalie Emmanuel, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Jacob Lofland, Ki Hong Lee, Barry Pepper, Will Poilter, Rosa Salazar and Patricia Clarkson.
- Gary Collinson
Free State Of Jones Stx Entertainment Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: C+ Director: Gary Ross Written by: Gary Ross Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Keri Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Jacob Lofland, Sean Bridgers Screened at: AMC Empire, NYC, 6/22/16 Opens: June 24, 2016 Schoolchildren taking U.S. History should know that the United States did not arise out of nowhere but that the country is a product of the original 13 colonies that moved doggedly and steadily westward. Students should be aware that Texas and California, for example, were once independent states, but until now, who knew that the Free State of Jones (County in Mississipi) once raised its own flag [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Free State of Jones, 2016.
Directed by Gary Ross.
As civil war divides the nation, a poor farmer from Mississippi leads a group of rebels against the Confederate army.
Free State of Jones doesn’t start out so bad; we get to see the horrors of war up close and personal with cannons blasting people away, leaving their brains spilled all over the ground (it is surprisingly some graphic content accurately portraying the aftermath of a battle), our protagonist Newton Knight (Matthew McConaughey) ia a medic pulling wounded soldiers off of the battlefield to get them help, limbs being amputated in tents, and generally the flick is intense.
Following that, not even 20 minutes into the movie we are hit with our first pivotal character death, and it all just falls flat. Likewise, after all the initial violence and mayhem, »
- Robert Kojder
To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list here, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for June 2016
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, June 24. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Director: Gary Ross
Synopsis: “In Jones County, Miss., Newt Knight joins forces with other farmers and a group of slaves to lead a rebellion against the Confederacy.”
- Steve Greene
It’s been interesting watching Matthew McConaughey make project decisions after winning his Academy Award. He has gone big with epics like Interstellar and gone small with the still unreleased Sea of Trees, but this week he’s trying something new. Basically, he’s attempting to bring back the Civil War film with Free State of Jones. This type of movie is rarely done right and usually is super dry, so it’s a tall order, but starring one of our most exciting actors right now, there’s a chance, right? Well, this turns out to be a total bore, plodding and sometimes strangely tone deaf to the racial dynamics on display. The saving grace is McConaughey though, even if you can’t quite see what he saw in this material. There’s moments of entertainment and righteous indignation, but too often it’s just a poorly thought out history lesson. »
- Joey Magidson
Ahead of its release on Friday, Stx Entertainment has released a five minute preview from director Gary Ross’ upcoming Civil War drama Free State of Jones which features Matthew McConaughey and Jacob Lofland; watch it below after the official synopsis…
See Also: Watch the trailer for Free State of Jones
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
Stx Entertainment's Civil War saga "Free State of Jones" picked a tough weekend to open.
Facing off against the "Independence Day" sequel, the still strong "Finding Dory," the appealing looking "The Shallows," and a bunch of high-profile limited releases like "The Neon Demon" and "Hunt for the Wilderpeople," the Matthew McConaughey-led film has been struggling to get attention.
With just days to go, the company is trying to woo potential customers with Something new - a five-minute-plus clip in which Newt (McConaughey) tries to protect a teenage rebel soldier (Jacob LoFland) during a fierce battle from early in the film. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali also star in the film which opens Friday.
- Garth Franklin
Stx is offering up a free sample of Free State of Jones. Here’s a five-minute-plus clip from the Civil War saga that follows Newt Knight (Matthew McConaughey) as he tries to protect a teenage rebel soldier (Jacob LoFland) during a fierce battle from early in the film. The movie centers on Knight, a defiant Southerner who bands together with fellow farmers and local slaves to take on the Confederacy. He launched an uprising that led Jones County, Ms, to secede from the… »
A new batch of images have arrived online from director Gary Ross’ upcoming Civil War drama Free State of Jones featuring Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Jacob Lofland and Bill Tangrad; check them out here…
See Also: Watch the trailer for Free State of Jones
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
The same day Pierce Brosnan was tapped to replace Sam Neill as star of AMC’s upcoming drama The Son, Jacob Lofland has been set to play the character’s younger version. Based on the book by Philipp Meyer and written by Meyer, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, The Son is a multi-generational epic tale of the story of America's birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family. Lofland will play the young Eli McCullough. Charming, self-reliant… »
"For our children, and their children's children." Fight the power! Stx Entertainment has released the second trailer for Civil War action thriller Free State of Jones, about the story of a Southern farmer who rebelled against the Confederacy. Recent Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey plays Newton Knight; he's joined by a cast featuring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell, Jacob Lofland, Mahershala Ali and Sean Bridgers. The first trailer for this film was pretty solid, and this one is also an engaging and emotional trailer. There's tons of action in this one, which they seem to be playing up in hopes of drawing in some audience. This is an interesting film to compare to The Birth of a Nation, which isn't set during the Civil War but also deals with a resistance movement, though this film seems to have a much bigger budget. Here's the second official trailer for Gary Ross' Free State of Jones, »
- Alex Billington
Matthew McConaughey and Gugu Mbatha-Raw star in the first trailer for Gary Ross’s Free State Of Jones. Check it out as well as the first poster and photos from Stx Entertainment’s upcoming epic action-drama.
Written and directed by four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, Free State Of Jones is set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy.
Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones.
Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.
Free State Of Jones opens in »
- Michelle McCue
"No man oughta tell another man what he's gotta live for, or what he's got to die for." Stx Entertainment has unveiled an impressive new trailer for Free State of Jones, the epic new Civil War film from director Gary Ross. The film tells the story of Newton Knight, a poor farmer from Mississippi who decides to secede from the Confederacy and fight back on his own terms, creating the "Free State of Jones". Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey plays Newton Knight; he's joined by an excellent cast including Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell, Jacob Lofland, Mahershala Ali and Sean Bridgers. Well, I've learned not to underestimate Gary Ross anymore, as it seems he has put together a profound film with plenty to say. Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Gary Ross' Free State of Jones, direct from Stx's YouTube: An epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells »
- Alex Billington
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