Film Reviews for Sophisticated Cinephiles

A movie review podcast hosted by Hollywood critics, Les Roberts and Ann Elder. Each episode contains an in depth analysis of a chosen film. Les and Ann's Hollywood experience gives them the insight to discuss plot, script, casting, and whatever else you might want to know!

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A Salute to "Free State of Jones"

Review Summary: Ann and Les loved the performance and character of Matthew McConaughey! They thought the script was very patriotic, exploring an untold part of our nation's history.

Plot: A Confederate soldier deserts his unit, returning to Mississippi to lead men, women and slaves in a revolt against the Confederacy. Runtime 139 minutes.

Director: Gary Ross

Writer: Leonard Hartman

Starring:
Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mahershala Ali


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