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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.

The great thing about “Wall Street” (1987) is you can enjoy it no matter which side you are on in the whole “greed vs. socialism” thing. You can tsk, tsk about the overindulgences of corporate raiders like Gordon Gekko, and feel satisfied when the union boss’ son (Charlie Sheen) learns his lesson in the end. But there’s a reason Michael Douglas won an Oscar playing Gekko. He does one hell of a sales job explaining why “greed is good.” If Gekko had played Darth Vader (his closest movie counterpart), you might have been cheering for him instead of Luke Skywalker.