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Only the Brave movie review: the men who tame wildfires

MaryAnn’s quick take… Familiar in its overall storytelling arcs about risktaking and redemption, but also a sincere tribute to our new firefighting heroes for a warmer planet. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have read the source material (though only after I’d seen the movie) (and I am indifferent about it)

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

New heroes for a hotter, more fiery planet? Could be. Elite firefighter “hotshots” are the guys who helicopter or hike into wildfires and break them, saving not just a house or two but entire towns, and also wildlife and nature, too. (They literally call themselves hotshots, and it’s tough to snort at this macho boasting because they’re so genuinely badass but also so beneficial, with no downsides. Their important work does not require, say, hurting or killing other people,
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Video: Only the Brave – “Waterlogged” Clip

Only the Brave is in cinemas today and there is a new clip to wet our appetite. This one in particular shows the film is not without its humour as the Granite Mountain Hotshots are drenched in water by a passing plane unaware of their presence.

Only the Brave tells the true story of the “navy seals of firefighters” the Granite Mountain Hotshots who took on the Yarnell Hill fire back in 2013. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, it stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch and Jennifer Connelly.

Check out the clip above and let us know your thoughts below.
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Only The Brave review

Josh Brolin headlines ensemble drama Only The Brave, telling the real-life story of heroic firefighters. Here's our review.

Following the template of sorts set by Peter Berg’s films Deepwater Horizon and Patriots Day, Only The Brave is another true story of genuine American heroes. It’s not clear from the start it’s a true story if you’re unfamiliar with the real life events behind the film, as instead, the movie gets going with introducing us to an ensemble bunch of frontline forest firefighters, who try to divert fires by, quite literally, lighting more fires.

The fire company is led by Eric Marsh, played by Josh Brolin, who gamely tries to outgruff Jeff Bridges, who in turn plays his boss. Marsh pushes for better resources for the group who become the Granite Mountain Hotshots, as their lives become engulfed by Arizona fire season, and the ongoing battle to keep flames at bay.
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Movie Review – Only the Brave (2017)

Only the Brave, 2017.

Directed by Joseph Kosinski.

Starring Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch, and Jennifer Connelly.


The true story of a team of elite firefighters – the Granite Mountain Hotshots – who welcome a new recruit while tackling some of the fiercest wildfires in Arizona.

The true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a team of highly-talented firefighters who specialise in tackling the ever-growing danger of wildfires in Arizona. Struggling for their elite status, Eric (Brolin) acts as the selfless leader to the young and boisterous crew, but they’re seeking more additions to the team to achieve a ‘Type 1’ title, which will enable them to tackle the most daring fires. This leads to the introduction of Brendan (Teller) who’s a junkie-going-cold turkey with a newly born daughter who he’s trying to support. His hopes are that his previous knowledge of firefighting will
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‘Only The Brave’ Review: Dir. Joseph Kosinski (2017)

Only The Brave review: Joseph Kosinski directs this emotionally charged drama – a true story about the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

Only The Brave review by Tina Baraga.

Only The Brave review

A film about true determination and sacrifice, Joseph Kosinski’s Only The Brave is based on the tragic true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and is best described as an emotional rollercoaster.

The Granite Mountain Hotshots travel from state to state, battling wild fires and saving forests and towns from devastation. At the group’s helm is the experienced and cautious Eric Marsh (Josh Brolin) whose sometimes-unorthodox decisions are best demonstrated when he takes a leap of faith and hires recovering junkie Brendan McDonough (Miles Teller) to join the team.

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Over the course of three fire seasons, we get to know the Granite Mountain men and the camaraderie they share, be it
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Rumoured casting breakdown for Top Gun 2 reveals new characters, including Goose’s son

With the long-gestating Top Gun sequel seemingly moving forward at speed ahead of its 2019 release date, That Hashtag Show has posted a series of rumoured casting breakdowns for the supporting characters who’ll be joining the returning Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick.

Included in the list of characters are Penny Benjamin, a new love interest for Maverick, as well as Wrigely, the twentysomething son of Nick ‘Goose’ Bradshaw, played by Anthony Edwards in the 1986 original.

Riot Fka Wrigley: Supporting Male (20-29) Goose’s son. All-American good looks. Rode a football scholarship to an Ivy League degree. He is in love with Sugar. He distrusts Maverick and dislikes what he stands for, although they have a lot of similarities. Eventually, comes to respect Maverick and uses his techniques. He is forced to eject in enemy territory and Maverick comes to save him.

Penny Benjamin Supporting Female (40-55) The mother of “Miriam” and sister of “Caspar.
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Two New Clips Land For The Upcoming ‘Only The Brave’

Lionsgate has debuted two new clips from their upcoming true story, Only The Brave. The film arrives in UK cinemas in a couple of weeks on Friday 10th November.

Only The Brave shines a light on the heroism of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who battled the raging Yarnell Hill Fire, Arizona in 2013. These brand new clips, starring Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Taylor Kitsch and James Badge Dale show the start of their journey and the camaraderie of the brave firefighters.

Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch, and Jennifer Connelly star in the movie, which is directed by Joseph Kosinski.

Here’s the official synopsis:

All men are created equal… then, a few become firefighters. Only the Brave, based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, is the heroic story of one unit of local firefighters that through hope, determination, sacrifice, and the drive to protect families,
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Josh Brolin on ‘Only the Brave’, Landing the Role of Cable in ‘Deadpool 2’, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

With director Joseph Kosinski’s Only the Brave now in theaters, I recently landed an exclusive interview with star Josh Brolin. He talked about his initial meetings with Kosinski, portraying these true-life heroes, if it’s difficult pretending to be married to Jennifer Connelly, the way he likes to work on set, and so much more. In addition, Brolin talks about working with director David Leitch on Deadpool 2, Cable’s origin, when he might start filming X-Force, the Sicario sequel, Soldado, and playing Thanos in the Russo Brothers’ Avengers: Infinity War. If you haven’t seen the …
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Tron 3 Was Canceled Before the Script Was Finished

Tron 3 Was Canceled Before the Script Was Finished
It's been a long time since Disney tried to bring the Tron franchise to modern audiences with Tron: Legacy, which wasn't exactly the success they were hoping it would be. That being the case, a third movie in the franchise failed to ever get going, but there's still hope. Though Tron 3 is dead, a reboot may still happen, with Jared Leto taking over in the lead role. Now, director Joseph Kosinski reveals that Leto's involvement actually goes back a long way and says that the movie is sort of just sitting right now.

Joseph Kosinski, who's been promoting his latest movie, Only The Brave, was asked about the status of the rumored Tron reboot. While not giving us a lot of hope that we're going to see the movie arrive in theaters anytime soon, he did further confirm Jared Leto's involvement and revealed that he almost appeared in Tron: Legacy.
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Dierks Bentley Offers His Voice – and His Heart – to Gripping New Film Only the Brave

Dierks Bentley Offers His Voice – and His Heart – to Gripping New Film Only the Brave
After film director Joseph Kosinski gave Dierks Bentley a sneak peek at Only the Brave, the singer knew he somehow had to be a part of the new movie, which tells the gripping true story of the 19 elite firefighters who died battling an Arizona wildfire four years ago.

“I told him I’d come to the red carpet just to open doors up,” Bentley, 42, recalls to People.

But Kosinski had much bigger ideas than doorman duties. He wanted Bentley to collaborate on a song that would accompany a wrenching moment in the film: during the credits when photos of the
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19 Firefighters Died. One Survived. The Heroic True Story behind Only the Brave

19 Firefighters Died. One Survived. The Heroic True Story behind Only the Brave
As Northern California prepares to recover from a devastating series of wildfires, the heroic and poignant true story behind one of the worst firefighter tragedies in U.S. history is now in theaters.

Only the Brave tells the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a highly trained team of wildland firefighters that lost 19 of its 20 members when they became entrapped in the Yarnell Hill blaze in Arizona on June 30, 2013.

The wildfire was ignited by lightning on June 28, 2013, and it quickly spread over 8,300 acres through a combination of strong winds, high temperatures and dry conditions caused by drought.

Members of another hotshot team,
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Josh Brolin Loves Making Marvel Movies Just as Much as Prestige Drama — and It’s Not About The Money

Josh Brolin Loves Making Marvel Movies Just as Much as Prestige Drama — and It’s Not About The Money
In 1989, Josh Brolin starred in the ABC western series “The Young Riders.” Then recently married with a kid, the 21-year-old actor began attending AA meetings while shooting on location in Tucson. There he met fireman Danny Martin, who would become his close friend of three decades.

“He introduced me to an incredible community [of firefighters] that I am still very close with,” said Brolin. “I just spent a lot of time with firefighters since my early 20s. I love the ribbing, I love that you have to man up. They challenge you and if you can’t hang you won’t hang, they won’t let you hang.”

So Brolin was extremely skeptical when director Joseph Kosinski (“Tron: Legacy”) approached him with a script about the famed Granite Mountain Hotshots — the heroic Prescott, Ariz. fire crew that battled the Yarnell Hill fire in 2013 and tragically lost 19 members (many of whom Martin knew
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Only The Brave (2017) – Review

Here’s yet another “inspired by true events” film , just in time for the somber Fall season. Somber, the right word for this one. Unlike this weekend’s other non-fiction flicks, it’s set in the not too distant past, not decades ago, but in this decade, the 2010’s. It concerns a group of men who regularly risk their lives, and often make the ultimate sacrifice, in order to protect their fellow men. And it shines a light on the families that must stay behind and hope that all goes well. You may be thinking that’s it’s another those on the front line, our soldiers overseas sagas as in the films The Hurt Locker and American Sniper. Well, these heroes aren’t on foreign soil, though they are on the front line, one made of flame. And with their special clothing and gear ,they could be mistaken for soldiers.
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‘Only The Brave’ Cast Talks Fire Fighting And Filmmaking

On Friday, October 20, Only The Brave opens nationwide. The story of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots and the tragedy of the Yarnell Hill Fire shocked the nation on June 30, 2013, as 19 firefighters lost their lives battling the intense, and unpredictable wildfire. The new film, directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) and starring Josh Brolin, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Taylor Kitsch, James Badge Dale, and Jeff Bridges, depicts not just the fire that killed so many brave civil servants, but it focuses on the firefighters themselves and their stories.

This is the story of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots, an elite group of young men who died battling a blaze that threatened a small Arizona town that nobody had heard of before the fire. But it also focuses on the relationships between these men, their families, and their community, leaving the politics of what happened and the exploitation of the "disaster film" genre on the way side.
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‘Only The Brave’ Is A Touching, Respectful Tribute To Fallen Heroes [Review]

Joseph Kosinski is a promising director in search of a good script. Or, perhaps, the right script. His starkly beautiful visuals for “Tron: Legacy” and “Oblivion,” his first two films, prove the special effects-friendly filmmaker knows how to make his movies gorgeous on the surface, yet they were both emotionally distant to a fault. Kosinski made them dazzle from an aesthetic perspective, no doubt, but if you had any connection to the characters and their arcs, that seemed almost incidental.

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Review: ‘Only the Brave’ Depicts Tragedy with Realistic Bravado

The word hero seems to be mentioned a great deal in this age of the 24-hour news cycle, but the members of the Granite Mountain “Hotshots” genuinely deserve to be known as such. They were the best at what they did. This bunch of regular, but courageous firefighters were more than just co-workers: they were a brotherhood that continuously risked their lives trying to contain fast-spreading wildfires. As part of the Prescott Fire Fepartment, which consisted of 92 career personnel, split among five fire stations, this municipal team of “hotshots” — which, in firefighting terms, means the cream of the crop — were the elites of their profession.

Containment is what these brave men and women have as a goal whenever a fire spreads. As a character in the film would say, they are “fighting fire with fire.” This happens with the creation of a fireline, which is accomplished by doing a controlled
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The Preview Reel for October 20, 2017 Releases

Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. Last week we told you to never count out Blumhouse even when their movies look subpar, and what do you know, Happy Death Day overachieved with $26 million. This weekend will see a slew of new releases, but will they be able to take down the Groundhog Day influenced horror flick? Let’s see if Geostorm, Only the Brave, Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, or The Snowman can do that.


What we are excited about: To be honest, not much. If we had to choose we would go with the expansive cast. Gerard Butler is always a generic action lead, but Jim Sturgess, Andy Garcia, and Ed Harris are mostly reliable actors. If these actors can elevate the typical boringness of a world disaster action film, maybe this can rise above the rest.
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'Only the Brave' Review: Josh Brolin & Co. Bring Heat, Humanity to Firefighter Drama

'Only the Brave' Review: Josh Brolin & Co. Bring Heat, Humanity to Firefighter Drama
If you've been to the movies any time over the last century, you're familiar with men like Eric Marsh. They're hard-ass guys, often stoic but capable of being sensitive and, in rare cases, prone to sentimentality. Their flaws and temper-flares are balanced out by their virtues: staunch professionalism, a salt-of-the-earth nobility, an almost stubborn loyalty to their men. The kind of dudes who treat their enemies – in this case, the massive forest fires that annually scorch acres of Arizona landscape – with something close to respect. ("What are you up to?
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Tron 3 Is Still Happening with Jared Leto

Tron 3 Is Still Happening with Jared Leto
Will fans ever get to see Tron 3? Jared Leto sure thinks so, but it won't happen right away. In fact, we probably won't see this sci-fi sequel until at least 2020, as Disney already has their release calendar filled to the end of the decade with Marvel and Star Wars movies, but that doesn't mean the mouse house has given up on the Tron franchise yet.

The original Tron was released in 1982, and was meant to be one of Disney's many attempts at cashing in on Star Wars fever. The franchise wasn't resurrected again until Tron: Legacy in 2010, 28 years after the first movie. It wasn't the hit Disney was hoping for, and it happened before they got their hands on the Star Wars saga. But when that happened, Star Wars became Disney's main sci-fi focus.

That is shifting ever-so-slightly, with news of Tron 3 emerging many times over the past seven years.
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Box Office: ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ to Haunt Competition on Slow Weekend

Box Office: ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ to Haunt Competition on Slow Weekend
The opening of Tyler Perry’s horror-comedy sequel “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” should dominate the North American box office this weekend in the $20 million to $22 million range at about 2,300 locations.

Lionsgate is looking at a result that’s down 30% from the year-ago returns of the original “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” which launched with a $28.5 million weekend on Oct. 21-23 and finished with $73 million domestically. The sequel is directed by Perry from his own script and stars Perry in his ninth iteration as the tough-talking Madea.

As with the original, “Boo 2” is a relatively low-risk project for the studio, with a combined production cost and marketing spend in the $20 million range. It’s the 20th movie Perry’s produced since 2005’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” Both “Boo” movies were inspired by a Chris Rock joke in 2014’s “Top Five.”

Geostorm,” “The Snowman,” and “Only the Brave,” meanwhile, are expected to generate only moderate results at best
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