'Head Games' review: Ouch. And I mean that in a good way.
James structures the movie around a kids’ football game, positioned as David vs. Goliath to ponder the notion of an opponent that cannot be beaten. The movie acknowledges the fallibility of athletes we might not want to recognize, and the seemingly obvious danger of repeated bashings to the head that have become an accepted dimension of sports with risks we’re still working to understand. “Head Games” asserts this as a problem that isn’t going away and, especially for those who suffer from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is virtually guaranteed to get worse.