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FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
February 28, 2015  | By David Bianculli

Sundance, 9:00 p.m. ET

 

If you loved Peter Berg’s NBC series about a dedicated Texas high school football coach, and you should have, but never saw the 2004 movie on which it was based, you should have. And here it is, with Billy Bob Thornton playing the role Kyle Chandler would embody so powerfully on TV. In both the movie and TV versions, the wife is played by the same actress, the superb Connie Britton – but her role in this movie version, based on the book by Buzz Bissinger, is much smaller than in the series. But if you watch for her closely, you’ll see her: Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose…

 
 
 
 
 
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