Matthew McConaughey plays Newt Knight, the real-life Mississippi farmer who, during the Civil War, decided he was done fighting for the Confederacy. He wasn't joining the Union, though: He just had had enough of the Rebels' unfair, excessive taxation. Director Gary Ross tells Newt's story with an eye toward strict historical accuracy. But movies are more than fidelity to the facts. You can read my review of Free State of Joneshere.