‘Sniper’ looks at mind behind trigger

January 16, 2015 2:01 AM

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Clint Eastwood remains one of the most beguiling of American filmmakers, perhaps because in recent years he’s been anything but consistent. His films have been all over the map, in terms of scope, story and quality. At the age of 84, he released two films in 2014, a subpar adaptation of “Jersey Boys” and “American Sniper,” the story of Chris Kyle, considered the deadliest sniper in American military history.

It’s a tricky job, making movies about contemporary wars, in that one must balance the sense of duty without actually glorifying violence. And somehow, Eastwood has done exactly that, creating a sturdy adaptation of Kyle’s autobiography that is, in many ways, more complex than the character of the f...

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