With the 2012 presidential race just starting to heat up, along comes George Clooney's The Ides of March, a
timely thriller about dirty politics, scandals, and ruthless campaigns. Based on the play by Beau Willimon, who
worked on Howard Dean's 2004 presidential run, The Ides of March follows a young Democratic press secretary played
by Ryan Gosling, whose idealism, core values, and allegiance to Clooney's candidate, Mike Morris, are put to the
test by a rival campaign manager and a seductive intern. While the story elements are familiar and the overall
outlook highly cynical, the execution and acting are all top notch. Along with Clooney and Gosling, the film
includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood. Smart and skillfully directed,
The Ides of March depicts the ugly reality of modern day politics.