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Our first look at Matthew McConaughey's latest, The Free State of Jones

03.09.2015

Following years of mediocre romantic comedies Matthew McConaughey finally proved what we knew all along; that he could do better. KILLER JOE, MUD, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET; suddenly the native Texan was showing himself to be the best part of these films.

The rise of Matthew McConaughey (I refuse to use "McConaissance") continues with this first look at his latest film, THE FREE STATE OF JONES directed by Gary Ross. The film also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell, and Mahershala Ali.

Here's the synopsis:

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, which distinguished him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.

I’m a sucker for historical war films as well as for Matthew McConaughey, but aside from those obvious draws the true story behind Newt Knight isn't something I'm familiar with, so I'm looking froward to learning more about the man. That's the great thing about movies, especially those based on true stories, they force you to go out and learn more about the subject they portray. Always be learning kids!

The McConaissance (dammit Kevin) will hopefully continue once THE FREE STATE OF JONES hits theaters on March 11, 2016.

Source: THR

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3:18PM on 03/10/2015
I will watch McConaughey does. Probably the best actor working right now. Plus, I like the plot of this film, sounds unique.
I will watch McConaughey does. Probably the best actor working right now. Plus, I like the plot of this film, sounds unique.
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7:05AM on 03/10/2015
It's Matthew McConaughey's world. We just live in it. The sooner you accept the McConaissance the easier it will be.
It's Matthew McConaughey's world. We just live in it. The sooner you accept the McConaissance the easier it will be.
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6:30AM on 03/10/2015
Actually I find the whole civil war subject fascinating. Yes there was slavery and any form of slavery is wrong. How ever in some cases slaves had better living standards than the so called 'Free' Irish and European immigrants being used for cheap labour.
Actually I find the whole civil war subject fascinating. Yes there was slavery and any form of slavery is wrong. How ever in some cases slaves had better living standards than the so called 'Free' Irish and European immigrants being used for cheap labour.
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11:36PM on 03/09/2015
So good to find out that not all the South was pro-slaves. This film should be both a great adventure and a rousing emotional tale. See, you don't have to be as bigoted as DiCaprio's Calvin Candie to appreciate the native tongue.
So good to find out that not all the South was pro-slaves. This film should be both a great adventure and a rousing emotional tale. See, you don't have to be as bigoted as DiCaprio's Calvin Candie to appreciate the native tongue.
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10:47PM on 03/09/2015
I'm guessing that this movie gets the release moved up for awards consideration. Or possibly pushed back like In The Heart of the Sea, but either way it seems like a movie that should get some awards attention. Hopefully it's pushed up, I don't want to wait over a year to see it.
I'm guessing that this movie gets the release moved up for awards consideration. Or possibly pushed back like In The Heart of the Sea, but either way it seems like a movie that should get some awards attention. Hopefully it's pushed up, I don't want to wait over a year to see it.
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10:45PM on 03/09/2015
This guy's story is just beginning to be told. Such an interesting life, and I think they will do it justice.
This guy's story is just beginning to be told. Such an interesting life, and I think they will do it justice.
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10:32PM on 03/09/2015
That's a great looking still! Didn't know about this before but looking forward to it now! Ross is a solid director and any time MM is bringing thunder I be there.
That's a great looking still! Didn't know about this before but looking forward to it now! Ross is a solid director and any time MM is bringing thunder I be there.
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9:39PM on 03/09/2015
Not into that Mach release date but other than that I'm SOLD as always with Mac.
Not into that Mach release date but other than that I'm SOLD as always with Mac.
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7:58PM on 03/09/2015

Cooper has obtained the power of time travel, but he's gone back too far!

Intersteller 2: Confederacy
Intersteller 2: Confederacy
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3:15PM on 03/10/2015
lol
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