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This must be director Lee Ang's version of Clint Eastwood's 2006 homefront war drama Flags Of Our Fathers. But the Taiwanese Lee has Asian sensitivities, so there is a lot more introspection here.

A young, glum American soldier, Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn), has doubts about being feted back home as an Iraq War hero.

During a rah-rah half-time show at an American football match filled with fireworks, cheerleaders and a marching band, he keeps casting his mind back to scenes of deadly warfare, where Vin Diesel pops up as a kindly veteran soldier.

"It's a story that no longer belongs to you. It's America's story now," the conflicted young soldier is told.

Call this Crouching Cheerleaders, Hidden Horrors.


Kristen Stewart, who stars in Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk as the titular character's older sister, takes the lead in this movie, which was both booed and applauded recently at the Cannes Film Festival, so it must be cool in some way, right?

Directed by Olivier Assayas, it is a strange hybrid combining The Devil Wears Prada (2006) with The Conjuring (2013). Or think of it as Gucci or Prada staging a horror show.

Stewart plays a personal shopper of designer clothes who moves into the creepy, empty and underlit Big French House her beloved brother died in.

"My brother died here. So, we made this oath - whoever died first would send the other a sign," she explains as she tosses and turns in bed, gets jumpy in dark corridors and receives mysterious texts.

Are the messages from her dead bro, a secret admirer or maybe her ex-boyfriend Robert Pattinson? I have no idea except this must be a first - a horror thriller with people who care about how chic they appear when they are spooked.

Tay Yek Keak

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2016, with the headline 'Hot Trailers'. Print Edition | Subscribe