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Hollywood likes bundling a bunch of good-looking teenageish boys for movies about Texas football because it checks off boxes in a whole bunch of marketing demographics. The latest installment of inspiring underdog gridiron mediocrity is “12 Mighty Orphans” (2021). Based on a true story (aren’t they all?), this heartwarming tale of Dust Bowl grit, determination and long speeches by Luke Wilson introduces us to a Fort Worth children’s home that captured a Depression-era nation’s attention. The filmmakers inject it with the typical melodramatic steroids of teenage hijinks and overbaked subplots. Still, it’s worth waiting for the mini-bios during the credits.

I see too many movies with time-sequence problems, but I’m going to pick on “The Family Stone” (2005) because it’s not good enough to deserve grace. In most Christmas flicks, 79 hours of activity is packed into one day. Here, we go from “not breakfast yet” to “it’s dark out” in the span of one argument. I know sunset comes early during a New England winter, but come on. Anyway, ensemble film with too many unlikeable characters. I think it was trying to show how love keeps a big, sloppy family together, but it didn’t get me to care enough.

Danny McBride wasn’t trying to make a “good” movie when he decided to star in “Arizona” (2018). Of that I’m fairly certain. If he was hoping for a watchable dark comedy about the housing market crash in suburban Phoenix, he succeeded. Somewhat. What he really ended up with was a so-so horror flick for a Halloween weekend opening. Except it opened in August. And the stars (him, Rosemarie DeWitt, David Alan Grier, Seth Rogen, Luke Wilson) are a little too big for a Halloween weekend flick. They shoulda saved money on fake blood and budgeted a little more for hijinks.