ONLY THE BRAVE

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An en­gross­ing retelling of a real- life wild­land fire­fight­ing crew, this film ap­pears in a year in which deadly catas­tro­phe has been ev­ery­where — hur­ri­canes, earth­quakes, and, in­deed, rag­ing wild­fires. Those cur­rent events lend this tech­ni­cally bril­liant drama a sear­ing po­tency — if one’s eyes have be­gun to glaze over at the reams of dis­as­ter news, Only the Brave is the cor­rec­tive. Josh Brolin and Miles Teller are ter­rific as leader and lowly re­cruit, re­spec­tively, of Ari­zona’s Gran­ite Moun­tain hot­shot crew. The quick-mov­ing script and build­ing sense of dread cul­mi­nates in a gut punch that’ll double over even a viewer who al­ready knows the true story. Lo­cal view­ers will en­joy the ver­i­fi­ably New Mex­i­can scenery and fa­mil­iar down­town sights. Rated PG-13. 133 min­utes. Regal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. (Tripp Stel­nicki)

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