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Fires rage in 'Only the Brave,' but cliches pour cold water on the real-life drama

Fires rage in 'Only the Brave,' but cliches pour cold water on the real-life drama

There is something about Hollywood that loves a fire.

From 1903's "Life of an American Fireman" to the burning of Atlanta in "Gone With the Wind" to more contemporary epics like "Backdraft" and "The Towering Inferno," setting things ablaze has always seemed a sure way to an audience's heart.

What with fires raging in Napa Valley and closer to home, "Only the Brave," the latest of these fiery extravaganzas, couldn't be more timely, or more in line with all that has come before.

Like its predecessors, "Only the Brave" takes advantage of the latest in movie wizardry to make the fires on screen look all too real and...

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