Weekend View Queue: 'Shawshank,' 'Harry Potter,' and More to Stream

We're celebrating World Book Day by giving you some awesome streaming picks based on great books.

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins in "The Shawshank Redemption."

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Netflix Picks:

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins in "The Shawshank Redemption."

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    As many movie fans know, this pick is a timeless classic about a banker who is sentenced to life in the Shawshank State Penitentiary. What some may not know is that this film is actually based on a 1982 Stephen King novella titled "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption." Thie film is a story of hope and perserverence no matter what circumstances you've been given, and it's an apt choice nowadays.

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    The Shawshank Redemption



    September 1, 1994

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  • Room

    Brie Larson in "Room."

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    Our next pick is of a similar nature about a woman who is abducted, taken advantage of, and held captive for 7 years. The new mother and her now 5-year-old son might have a chance at escaping this "room" which until now her son has believed to be the entire world as he's known nothing else. It's a very emotional film, it's a great one and it's based on the book "Room" written by Emma Donoghue (she also wrote the movie).

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    January 22, 2016

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Hulu Picks:

  • Wonder

    Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay in "Wonder."

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    A different type of hardship is having the whole world to explore, but not feeling like you're able to fit in. That's the exact kind of burden this film covers as it follows a boy with Treacher Collins syndrome who has had 27 surgeries and as a result displays severe scars and disfigurements on his face. It's based on a book by the same name, "Wonder," written by R.J. Palacio.

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    November 17, 2017

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  • True Grit

    Jeff Bridges in "True Grit."

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    This film adaptation of Charles Portis' 1968 "True Grit" is the story of a 14 year-old farm girl who hires a drunk, wildcard officer to hunt down a notorious outlaw that has murdered her father. It features an all-star cast, and there was also a previous film adaptation in 1969 that had a noteworthy cast as well. If you're looking for a gritty western film, then this is the pick for you.

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    True Grit



    December 22, 2010

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Amazon Prime Video (included with Prime):

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."

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    You've probably been wondering, "Where is my Harry Potter pick?" Don't worry, we wouldn't leave something this iconic off our list. Though you should just have a binge-a-thon and watch all 7 of these films, we found you the pick that you don't have to pay for if you have Amazon Prime. J. K. Rowling's 2003 novel obviously came first, but both the book and the film are something that everyone should experience.

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    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix



    July 11, 2007

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    Gregory Peck, James Anderson and Paul Fix in "To Kill a Mockingbird."

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    The final pick on our list is probably more well-known as a book (from English class), but the film -- told through the eyes of young Scout about her father Atticus Finch's defense of a black man wrongly accused of rape - is just as memorable and effective. Set in the deep south, this story of stereotypes and racism still rings true today, and its message of empathy and compassion and justice is an important reminder, maybe even more so as we're all self-reflecting in our spaces.

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    To Kill a Mockingbird


    December 25, 1962

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