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The thing is, Odessa-Permian loses the state championship game. And if that ruins “Friday Night Lights” (2004) for you, you didn’t deserve to watch it in the first place. How good of a football movie is it? Well, with 45 minutes left in the movie, I put a carton of ice cream in the fridge to soften a little, fully intending to retrieve it 15 minutes later. I never went back to get the ice cream. And this was the third time I’ve seen this movie. It’s real life, real football, real Texas, at its best and at its worst.

To say that “Country Strong” (2011) is a somewhat sad film is to say that Hank Williams sorta knew how to sing about loneliness. It should have been nominated for “feel bad movie of the year.” (Somehow, I can even hear a lonesome whistle blowing in the distance as I write this review.) Garrett Hedlund, Tim McGraw, Leighton Meester and Gwyneth Paltrow all give great performances, but their characters are as dysfunctional as a Nashville trailer park. They are awful hard to love. Good music, though. Hell, maybe that’s the point. Hank probably could have written a song about it.

I rented “The Blind Side” (2009) one night and cried like a sissyboy for 128 minutes. (I knew I was going to. I once cried during a documentary on Ernie Davis.) The movie is emotionally manipulative, you already know how it turns out and I am sure the truth was stretched for dramatic effect. It is what it is. But it’s also an inspiring story (Sandra Bullock’s rich white family “adopts” kid from ghetto. Everyone is the better for it.) and the engrossing performances have you rooting for Michael Oher to overcome everything you already know he’s going to overcome.