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'Head Games' assesses the price of football ★★ 1/2
Based on the 2006 book of the same title, Steve James' wide-ranging documentary wonders how much we're willing to gamble in our kids' pursuit of sports, to say nothing of the adults, particularly regarding the concussion magnet known as football. "Head Games," the book, was written by one of the film's focal points, onetime Harvard defensive tackle Chris Nowinski. Between the hits he took on the football field and the walloping he endured in professional wrestling, Nowinski knows first-hand the risks — and the underreported, often cavalierly dismissed incidents of brain injury — he experienced in the name of spectator combat.
September 27, 2012