Is 'American Sniper' a litmus test for patriotism?

January 20, 2015 3:52 PM

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"Selma" didn't stand a chance. On the long weekend celebrating the defiantly nonviolent legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., American moviegoers championed a very different and extraordinarily deadly warrior - the phenomenon of the moment and, of the year.

Many reasons for the walloping success of "American Sniper" are right there, floating on the surface, beginning with the poster's stars and stripes enveloping the film's star, Bradley Cooper. But director Clint Eastwood's film, a fictionalized version of the life, fate and history-making sharpshoote...

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