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As far as kids’ sports movies go, you can do a lot worse than “Little Giants” (1994). I know that’s not much of an endorsement, but the genre has a low ceiling. And this one does indeed have all the cliche rag-tag misfits (fat kid, nerdy kid, sickly kid, tomboy, blah, blah, blah) that make for eye-rolling hijinks. Two brothers – one’s a champ, one’s a wimp – square off as youth football coaches, but the subplots make the difference. The tomboy’s having an identity crisis, while hometown Heisman hero Ed O’Neill has several nice-guy moments that belie his hard-nosed sibling persona.

It’s tough when you’re watching a simple-yet-elegant opening credits sequence and you know that’ll be the best part of the movie. But that’s where we are until we finish digesting the massive backlog of Bruce Willis dirty cop flicks. In “Gasoline Alley” (2022), he’s joined by Devon Sawa, who’s possibly being framed for a homicide, and Luke Wilson, punching above this film’s weight as a glib detective who knows who isn’t the murderer but doesn’t know who is. Willis is Wilson’s partner. Sawa turns amateur sleuth in this sloppily constructed police procedural. Kudos to second unit director Robert Laenen, though.