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Movie Review: The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) *A Paradoxical Slog*

Ziyi Zhang and Daniel Bruhl in The Cloverfield Paradox
In an era where movies are heralded and marketed years in advance, the Cloverfield franchise is an outlier as the films tend to drop fully formed out of the blue with little to no warning.  However, even for this franchise, it was a surprise during Superbowl LII to learn that the third film in the franchise was done, was being released on Netflix, and would be ready for streaming as soon as the game was complete.  10 Cloverfield Lane was one of the best surprises in recent years, so I was hoping that, despite Netflix’s touch with movies, the sci-fi anthology franchise would continue its hot streak.  That….is unfortunately not what happens in The Cloverfield Paradox. Continue reading Movie Review: The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) *A Paradoxical Slog*

Trailer Time: Free State of Jones Trailer #2 (2016) *McConaughey Leads a Rebellion in a Rebellion*

STX Entertainment has just brought online a new Free State of Jones movie trailer and, in the player below, you can take a look at the upcoming Civil War action drama, starring Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar, Dallas Buyers Club). There are also several new Free State of Jones movie stills, all of which can be found in the gallery viewer at the bottom of this page.

Written and directed by four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), the Free State of Jones movie offers 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.

The film co-stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights), Keri Russell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, “House of Cards”). The film is being produced by Scott Stuber (Ted, Safe House) through his Blue Grass Films shingle, with Jon Kilik (Foxcatcher, The Hunger Games) producing through his Jon Kilik Productions, and Ross producing through his Larger Than Life Productions.

STX Entertainment will release the movie nationwide on June 24.

*All text from Coming Soon
Matthew McConaughey, The Free State of Jones


Trailer Time: Free State of Jones Trailer #1 (2016) *McConaughey Leads a Rebellion in a Rebellion*

As civil war divides the nation, a poor farmer (McConaughey)  from Mississippi leads a group of rebels against the Confederate army.

History is always surprising us with nuggets of stories that turn up after even centuries have gone by with the power to move and entertain us.  Such is the story of a rebellion within a rebellion.  Mr. Jones, a poor Mississippi farmer, gets sick of watching people die for no reason he can fathom and deserts.  Gathered around him come fellow deserters, escaped slaves, share croppers until their rebellion causes the South so much bother that Jones actually declares a small portion of land to be an independent nation within its borders.  Matthew McConaughey has in five years gone from a punchline to someone whose performances are appointment viewing, and with the 2016 schedule weak on the surface, it’s good to see possible surprise films like Free State of Jones, which will open May 13, 2016, pop up.
Matthew McConaughey, Free State of Jones