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The scheduling move is notable for several reasons. It makes the film a late entrant into the upcoming award season (whether it will be finished in time for a fall fest or two, such as AFI or the
And Cooper will now have a shot at being nominated for an Oscar three straight years. (Incidentally, that’s happened only to nine male performers in history—to the likes of Marlon Brando and Gary Cooper—and last occurred in 2001 when
The move also comes with, and perhaps sets off, a series of other changes from Warners. With “Sniper” now gong wide on Jan. 16, the spy remake “Man From U.N.C.L.E” is being moved off that date all the way to Aug. 14 next year, while another remake, the surf stoner do-over “Point Break,” will move up slightly so it can have more breathing room, from Aug. 7 to July 31.
Though only a limited release, “Sniper” won’t exactly have a clear path on its new date. Also debuting in theaters Dec. 25 are prestige plays such as “
There’s been something of a game of release-date musical chairs for fall films lately. Yet another movie “Sniper" will jostle with for film fans' attention on Christmas is