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This is based on a 2005 documentary film made by Rachel Boynton about American strategists and spin doctors who got involved with the heady Bolivian presidential election of 2002.

The fictionalised version has Sandra Bullock (right) playing a battle-hardened campaign chief who locks horns with a rival Yank played by Billy Bob Thornton.

"There is only one wrong in this, only one, and that is losing," Bullock declares as Joan Of Snark giving what she thinks is a terrific motivational speech, before realising that nobody in the room speaks English.

I think I just heard Donald Trump laughing.


Jake Gyllenhaal (right), here playing a hotshot investment banker, never wants you to sit back, relax and drink a beer in any of his movies. Nope, take 100 Panadols instead because life always has to be difficult. Hence, the vending machine in the hospital breaks down - 10 minutes after his wife dies in a car crash.

Also, his father-in-law (Chris Cooper) dislikes him, his world hits the pits, but, hey, it's okay because he says he doesn't really know who his wife was anyway. Oh, it's that classic everyday malaise of seeing things but never really noticing them because nobody's paying any attention.

"If you want to fix something, you have to take everything apart and figure out what's important," Gyllenhaal says glumly to the viewer.

This film is directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, the Canadian film-maker who turned Matthew McConaughey into the world's greatest actor in 2013's Dallas Buyers Club. Gyllenhaal is on the way there. All he has to do is to never, ever, smile.

Tay Yek Keak

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 16, 2015, with the headline 'Hot Trailers'. Print Edition | Subscribe