Mini Review - Free State of Jones

Free State of Jones (out Aug 25) provides an underwhelming history lesson. Set in the midst of the American Civil War, Matthew McConaughey stars a simple farmer who creates an army to fight for equality. It tries to cover too many themes, it focuses too much on it's leading "superhero", and it contains the year's bizarrest subplot (a handful of scenes set 85 years in the future). Grade: C+.