American Sniper

January 16, 2015

Bradley Cooper in AMERICAN SNIPER.

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Written by: Jason Hall

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller,

Rating: R (for strong and disturbing war violence, and language throughout including some sexual references)

Running Time: 134 minutes

Bradley Cooper has been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar the past three years (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, AMERICAN HUSTLE, and now, AMERICAN SNIPER). It’s that kind of recognition that makes one take notice, and Mr. Cooper’s performance as Chris Kyle in AMERICAN SNIPER is another indication that he is one of the best actors in Hollywood right now. Sienna Miller, who plays Cooper’s wife, also demonstrates some acting chops, even though she isn’t given much to do in the film. There are problems with the script. The biggest issue is there are major jumps in chronology with Kyle’s home life. But overall, the film is good, and Clint Eastwood does his best direction since 2009’s GRAN TORINO.

Grade: B+

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