The Clint Eastwood-directed biopic of American sniper Chris Kyle, named um American Sniper, has broken box office records but also polarised opinion in the US.

Fahrenheit 9/11 director Michael Moore said that snipers should never be glorified, while Seth Rogen, whose latest film The Interview caused a major diplomatic incident, likened it to a fictitious Nazi propaganda film.

This has led to an angry counter-reaction on the American right, with figures such as Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich jostling to be at the forefront.

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