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Early reviews coming in for 'Free State of Jones' movie

Reviews are in for the highly anticipated film Free State of Jones. Souce: IM Global Reviews are in for the highly anticipated film Free State of Jones. Souce: IM Global
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  • 2nd trailer for 'Free State' sparks new interest in related products

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    A second trailer for the new movie, "Free State of Jones" has sparked new interest in the story of Newt Knight and Jones County during the Civil War. 

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    A second trailer for the new movie, "Free State of Jones" has sparked new interest in the story of Newt Knight and Jones County during the Civil War. 

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  • WATCH: New Free State of Jones trailer

    WATCH: New Free State of Jones trailer

    Tuesday, May 24 2016 9:18 AM EDT2016-05-24 13:18:48 GMT
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    The second trailer for the highly anticipated film Free State of Jones has now been released.  Academy award winning actor Matthew McConaughey will play Newton Knight, a man who left the Confederate Army with his company to declare Jones County a free state.  ‘Free State of Jones' was written, and directed by Gary Ross. Ross has also directed Hunger Games and Seabiscuit. The movie, set during the Civil War, is the story of a defiant Southern...

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    The second trailer for the highly anticipated film Free State of Jones has now been released.  Academy award winning actor Matthew McConaughey will play Newton Knight, a man who left the Confederate Army with his company to declare Jones County a free state.  ‘Free State of Jones' was written, and directed by Gary Ross. Ross has also directed Hunger Games and Seabiscuit. The movie, set during the Civil War, is the story of a defiant Southern...

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JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Movie critics are starting to voice their opinions on the highly-anticipated film "Free State of Jones."

The film stars Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey, and tells the story of Newt Knight, a Confederate deserter, who led a rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War.

The popular movie review website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 33 percent rating with an average rating of 5.3 out of 10. 

Ty Burr with the Boston Globe said,

"“Free State of Jones” is a deeply strange movie, but that’s fine — so is the history on which it’s based."

Richard Roeper with the Chicago Sun-Times said the premise of the movie was debatable, but was brilliantly executed. 

Many critics praised the film's interpretation of Knight's history; however, some critics were less than thrilled with the movie's overall message. 

Jordan Goffman with The Guardian said,

"The Free State of Jones is an anti-war film with a commie message that still glamorizes southern pride, hard work and the Good Book."

To see a full list of reviews, click here. 

The movie hits theaters June 24. The show will premiere at the Laurel Mall on Thursday night and will feature familiar Pine Belt extras in the film. 

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