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An intense and quietly effective performance from Cooper makes the life - and death - of Kyle resonate far beyond Texas

Spot on target over sniper loneliness

Jan 23, 2015 5:50 AM

INTENSE combat, domestic disquiet and sad irony are the grim touchstones of American Sniper, a film about a latter-day patriot and believer in truth, justice and the American Way whose larger-than-life story - in the assured hands of director Clint Eastwood - is easily the stuff of legend.

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