The writer of American Sniper explores PTSD again in honorable, uninspired Thank You For Your Service

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Many of the best parts of Clint Eastwood’s uneven American Sniper had to do with its hero’s jittery, uncomfortable reintegration into stateside life between tours of duty in Iraq. So it makes sense that Sniper screenwriter Jason Hall would make his directorial debut on Thank You For Your Service, another movie based…

Bradley Cooper’s DNC appearance incurs the wrath of conservative American Sniper fans

This may come as a shock to some people, but Bradley Cooper—the Oscar-nominated actor from Philadelphia—was never a U.S. Navy SEAL sniper in the Iraq War. The confusion is understandable because he did pretend to be one in front of Clint Eastwood’s cameras in the process of making a biographical film about…

America now prefers Bradley Cooper to Jennifer Lawrence, at least at the box office

Variety reports that American Sniper has overtaken The Hunger Games: Mockingjay— Part 1 to become the highest-grossing domestic release of 2014, settling, at least temporarily, the question of who has more cultural pull: Fox News aficionados or their teenage progeny. Since its debut in December, American Sniper has…

Interviews with Oscar voters reveal they are kind of awful, vaguely racist

While we at The A.V. Club can only discuss the Oscar race, make predictions, and complain about snubs, The Hollywood Reporter is running a new series of “brutally honest” interviews with the people who actually pick the Oscar winners. So far two interviews have been released, and under the protection of anonymity…

Weekend Box Office: Sex and violence sell, go figure

“Are you curious?” asked the advertisements, to which America—and the world—responded with a resounding, “Yes, but only if you promise you’re not doing that thing where you film us in night-vision while we watch.” Moviegoers turned out in droves to titter nervously through the big-screen adaptation of that bestseller…

American Sniper made to shoot bullets of love in American Cupid

In the land of the rom-com, where two opposites somehow come together to find love, who’s pulling the strings? Some would say “craven and emotionally manipulative filmmakers,” but the true hero may just be the classic god of attraction and affection. Who will tell Cupid’s story? More importantly, how can it be punched…

American Sniper, movie politics, and the snipe hunt for accuracy

One of the easiest ways to tell a reader that something is bad, not good, or maybe just not worth seeing is to say that it’s inauthentic, dishonest, or misleading, or that it otherwise mangles reality—better yet, the historical record. This is something critics do all the time, because it’s simple and effective and…

Seth Rogen and Michael Moore banned from steakhouse over American Sniper

Hopefully Seth Rogen and Michael Moore can learn to subsist by gnawing the picked-over meat of their American Sniper opinions, because they’ll no longer be able to eat reasonably priced sirloin in a sports bar atmosphere in Michigan. Tommy Brann, owner of Brann’s Sizzling Steaks & Sports Grille, has refused to sizzle…

Idiots using American Sniper as an excuse to hate Muslims, civil rights group claims

Confirming suspicions that stoners going to laugh at the fake baby are only one subgroup contributing to American Sniper’s box-office success, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee now claims that the film has led to a threefold increase in people talking about killing Muslims on social media. (The group has …