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Posted on: Nov 8, 2020

As the pandemic rages on, we face the harsh reality of winter. Instead of hot cocoa and eggnog with our pals at the ski lodge, we are forced back into our homes with our families/cats. How to cope? How to avoid the frozen fate of Jack Torrance in The Shining? The Criminal Justice Section is here for you with recommendations to get you through the punishing winter.

Five Movies About Prison

While most criminal justice practitioners have some experience with the slammer, no one looks forward to client visits at the pen. Of course, a trip to the cinema is usually much more pleasant than a trip up the river. Check out these flicks that prove that hard time can be a fun time!

  1. The Shawshank Redemption: This Frank Darabount directed classic stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman in iconic roles. A film about friendship, aging, and the resilience of the human spirit, Shawshank remains resonant.
  2. The Longest Yard: Stick with the 1974 original and skip the subpar Adam Sandler remake. Burt Reynolds (at the peak of his powers) stars as a washed up pro-QB who finds himself in a Georgia prison and is forced by circumstance to put together a rag tag football team to play the guards. 
  3. Cool Hand Luke: Another movie about a charismatic lead bucking against the strictures of a southern prison, Paul Newman stars in this classic about a man standing up to the system. Also, Paul’s character eats an absolute crap ton of eggs.
  4. Paddington 2: Plausibly the greatest film about prison ever made, Paddington, the bear, finds himself framed for a crime he did not commit. Using the power of politeness (and some outstanding physical comedy), Pad wins over the inmates and tries to prove his innocence.
  5. Bronson: Featuring the breakout star turn of Tom Hardy and directed by Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn, Bronson is a unique telling of the story of “Britain’s most violent criminal.”

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