Free State of Jones
CAST: Matthew McConaughey, Keri Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw DIRECTOR: Gary Ross CAPTIONED ON WEDNESDAYS
Directed by four-time Oscar (R) nominee Gary Ross and starring Oscar (R) winner Matthew McConaughey, Free State of Jones is an epic action-drama 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.
American history is a mutable thing, shaped by our evolving sense of ourselves as a nation, which is why this Civil War drama, based on the little-known story of Newton Knight, seems so vividly modern.J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
It's a good film, absorbing from beginning to end, but it's also important.Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle