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AFI Fest: Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper' battles for spotlight

"American Sniper" had a tough act to follow Tuesday night at AFI Fest.

Clint Eastwood's latest film was announced this week as the festival's secret screening just as "Selma" director Ava DuVernay decided to preview her entire Martin Luther King Jr. picture that same evening. Initially, only 30 minutes of the civil rights drama had been slated to play, but festival-goers were treated to the whole movie instead -- and they loved it.

So "American Sniper" wasn't exactly in the best position -- particularly because the audience at the Egyptian Theater was filled with a ton of people who had already spent 2½ hours in the same venue.