Courage Under Fire (1996)

courageBy Scott Goldfine

Denzel Washington is marvelous as an army colonel investigating whether a female captain (Meg Ryan) merits a posthumous medal of honor in this riveting drama. The colonel, traumatized from accidentally killing one of his own men during Operation Desert Storm, finds there’s much more to the case than meets the eye.

If you crave substance over this summer’s silly action blitz, this is the ticket. Directed by Edward Zwick, it also stars Lou Diamond Phillips and Scott Glenn. Rated R.

GRADE: A

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