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  • Nessie
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    Might be a tad early (though I do want to equal my early-bird with Boyhood rep) as this film is only supposed to be released in March 2016 (which is odd as it’s still filming and obviously Oscar bait), but Time had this bit about it today. Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays Newton Knight’s second wife Rachel and Keri Russell plays his spurned first wife Serena.

    See First Photos of Matthew McConaughey in The Free State of Jones

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    Murray CloseMatthew McConaughey stars in The Free State of Jones
    He’s basically your Civil War boyfriend

    For an actor, there’s no better awards bait than an appearance-transforming role in a biographical war movie. World, meet The Free State of Jones. 

    Matthew McConaughey will star in the action-drama as Newt Knight, a Mississippi farmer who led a southern rebellion against the Confederates during the Civil War. He and his followers “seceded” from the Confederacy, calling Jones County “The Free State of Jones.” After the war, he distinguished himself from fellow southerners once again by marrying a former slave named Rachel.

    The movie is directed by Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, The Hunger Games) and will hit theaters March 11, 2016.

    Murray CloseMatthew McConaughey (center) and Mahershala Ali (center left) star in The Free State of Jones 

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    This could be a laughable disaster.

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    Nessie
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    This could be a laughable disaster.

    Of course you’d think so as you never cease to tell us how much you loathe McConaughey! The story of Newton Knight is fascinating and largely unknown. Gary Ross certainly did a better job adapting Seabiscuit than Jolie did with Unbroken, he has a good feel for period. 

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    KyleBailey
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    Interesting pairing with McConaughey and Gugu. I am interested in this 

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    Actriz
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    I’m also interested, though I do think it has high bomb potential.

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    Leo Grant Logan
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    This movie is now at 19% on Rotten Tomatoes so far!

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    Matthew so desperately wants to become an Academy perennial with multiple acting nominations and a shot at another win. Boy boo. Nobody cares you’re a one and done wonder.

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    babypook
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    Poor Gugu. I hope it’s not a complete box office bomb.

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    PJ Edwards
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    Flop seen a mile away

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    vinny
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    I really want to see this movie but from the EW review I’m a bit worried.

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    babypook
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    I really want to see this movie but from the EW review I’m a bit worried.

    Me too Vin. Still, I do have a way of enjoying films that are trashed by critics and pundits.
    I’ll judge for myself.
    Mostly for Gugu.

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    vinny
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    Ok so I saw this in the morning (because the prices are cheaper before noon lol) and honestly I was impressed by parts of it but mostly let down by the movie as a whole. It felt like a History Channel Movie but with a slightly better script. Saying that, Matthew Mc. was great in it so there is a silver lining there. Also, underuse of Kerri Russell is a crime but it has happened. My grade: C+

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