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Review: Ron Howard's 'Rebuilding Paradise' is a stirring portrait of a town devastated by the Camp fire

The sound of wind is rarely as sinister as it is at the beginning of "Rebuilding Paradise," Ron Howard's harrowing and heartrending new documentary. The loud, 40-mph gusts we hear are a grim omen, and they soon merge with other noises - anxious radio chatter, screaming sirens, the crackle of flames, the pop-pop of exploding tires - to form a chorus of fast-mounting dread. Through it all we hear a succession of human voices, trying to remain steady but finally abandoning any pretense of calm: "Please, we need your help, Lord," a woman prays. "I'm scared," another sobs. "I'm scared."

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