by John Tarpley
MOVIES IN THE PARK: 'THE BLIND SIDE'
9 p.m., Riverside Park. Free.
The second week of the summer's ongoing Movies in the Park series brings last year's feel-good surprise smash of a movie, "The Blind Side." The plot points are pretty cut-and-paste: A troubled inner-city gentle giant is adopted by a well-to-do family of right-wingers who bring out his full potential as a person and an athlete, so on and so forth. Spoiler alert: He gets drafted by the Ravens at the end. Despite opening to mixed reviews, it's become a cult movie for middle-aged Southern women, was nominated for Best Picture and put an Oscar in Sandra Bullock's hands for her leading role. Anyway, what makes this movie interesting for us Arkies is the presence of local Ray McKinnon as a Tennessee high school football coach and a cameo from Houston Nutt as, well, himself. Expect cheers for the former from the local film fans and boos for the latter from the Five Percent Club.