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January 2021 Movie Recommendations

If you’ve been an Auburn Examiner reader for long, you know that we put out monthly playlists created by each team member. Though team member Blaine isn’t big into music, he is big into movies. Instead of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, we decided to let Blaine give you a list of his movie recommendations each month.

To kick off 2021, here’s Blaine’s January 2021 Movie Recommendations:

Miracle (2004):

miracle movie, hockey movies, us hockey team, olympics
credit: Disney

When college coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) is hired to helm the 1980 U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team, he brings a unique and brash style to the ice. After assembling a team of hot-headed college all-stars, who are humiliated in an early match, Brooks unites his squad against a common foe, the heavily-favored Soviet team. As the U.S. squad tries to overcome insurmountable odds and win the gold medal, the team becomes a microcosm for American patriotism during the Cold War.

Rated: PG
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%
Available to watch: Netflix, Disney+, AppleTV, PrimeVideo, YouTube, FandangoNow, VUDU

Shawshank Redemption (1994):

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credit: Columbia Pictures

Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover and is sentenced to a tough prison. However, only Andy knows he didn’t commit the crimes. While there, he forms a friendship with Red (Morgan Freeman), experiences the brutality of prison life, adapts, helps the warden, etc., all in 19 years.

Rated: R
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%
Where to watch: Prime Video, HBOMax, AppleTV, YouTube, FandangoNOW, VUDU

Good Will Hunting (1997):

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Credit: Miramax Films

Will Hunting (Matt Damon) has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard), who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. When Will is arrested for attacking a police officer, Professor Lambeau makes a deal to get leniency for him if he will get treatment from therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams).

Rated: R
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%
Where to watch: Prime Video, Hulu, AppleTV, YouTube, FandangoNOW, VUDU

Secretariat (2010):

secretariat, horse racing movie
credit: Disney

Despite her lack of experience, housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over management of the family Thoroughbred farm after her father (Scott Glenn) becomes ill. Successfully navigating her way through the male-dominated world of horse racing, Chenery, together with veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich), fosters a gifted colt that ultimately crosses the finish line into history as the Triple Crown winner in 1973.

Rated: PG
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63% (well, they’re wrong…)
Where to watch: Disney+, Prime Video, AppleTV, YouTube, FandangoNOW, VUDU

Cars (2006):

cars movie
credit: Pixar

While traveling to California to race against The King (Richard Petty) and Chick Hicks (Michael Keaton) for the Piston Cup Championship, Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) becomes lost after falling out of his trailer in a run down town called Radiator Springs. While there he slowly befriends the town’s odd residents, including Sally (Bonnie Hunt), Doc Hudson (Paul Newman) and Mater (Larry the Cable Guy). When it comes time for him to leave to championship is no longer his top priority.

: PG

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74% 
Where to watch: Disney+, Prime Video, AppleTV, YouTube, FandangoNOW, VUDU

The above movie descriptions were taken directly from RottenTomatoes.com.

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