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Cherry Jones

America's box office takes aim at 'American Sniper'

"POLITICS HAVE no relation to morals." -- Niccolo Machiavelli

I'D LIKE to say politics have no relation to movies, but of course, they do, especially when it comes to "war" movies.

If you don't see much point in any war, you are likely not to be swept away by most films about conflict. If you believe some, or even all, wars are necessary and noble, you're likely a fan of violent confrontation and heroics.

Mostly, American heroics.

This brings us to the smash hit of the past weekend, Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper," starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, a real-life guy who was known to be the most expert and deadly sniper, ever,...