For everyone wanting a respite from the American political scene, "Our Brand Is Crisis" dramatizes a fictitious presidential campaign in Bolivia. However, savvy evaluations of what voters want matter more than what a candidate believes and underhanded tactics and dirty tricks depict an all too familiar scenario: selling candidates like products; winning is all that matters.
Names matter. The names of the protagonists, Alvin and Lance, in "Prince Avalanche" reveal a lot: old-fashioned Alvin plays by the rules -- even his overalls are strait-laced. He can skin a squirrel and set up a tent, neither of which Lance can -- or wants to -- do.