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George Clooney stars as flamboyant money expert Lee Gates.
George Clooney stars as flamboyant money expert Lee Gates. PHOTO: YOUTUBE
Emma Watson plays a woman who infiltrates a cult in search of her abducted boyfriend.
Emma Watson plays a woman who infiltrates a cult in search of her abducted boyfriend.PHOTO: YOUTUBE

MONEY MONSTER

Isn’t it funny how the people who make lots of money in Hollywood love to make movies about bad people who make lots of money?

Really big-money folks are in front and behind the camera in this movie – Jodie Foster directs and George Clooney and Julia Roberts star.

Clooney plays Lee Gates, a flamboyant money expert who has a TV show.

Roberts is his producer who keeps him on the air when an angry dude (Jack O’Connell from Unbroken, 2014) who lost all his money holds the bombastic showman hostage.

“I might be the one with the gun here, but I’m not the real criminal,” the intruder accuses the financial system.

This is like The Big Short (see review on page D5) meets Dog Day Afternoon (1975) meets Very Angry Me At The ATM.


COLONIA

Was starring in Harry Potter too uncomfortably happy for sweet Hermione?

Because Emma Watson is making herself seriously unhappy here, right after the equally grim psychological thriller, Regression (2015).

After her boyfriend (Daniel Bruhl from 2013’s Rush) is abducted by a scary cult, the young woman she plays infiltrates the commune headed by an evil long-haired German preacher (Michael Nyqvist from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, 2009) who looks like a retired Nazi at a farm guarded by stern schoolteachers with whips.

Apparently, this is based on a true story. I bet even Tom Cruise would steer clear of this sect.

I don’t know how this deal will turn out, but of all the gals trapped in cults, I’d put my money on Watson because the gal burns with so much intelligence with one super fierce don’t-mess-with-me look right at the end of this trailer.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 20, 2016, with the headline 'Hot Trailers'. Print Edition | Subscribe