The Ides of March (R) 101 minutes A
The politics of hope
Starring George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright and Max Minghella.
The Ides of March was so good that I did not want it to end. The gripping political thriller (based on Beau Willimon's play Farragut North) follows the campaign of Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Morris (Clooney), as he tries to win the key state of Ohio. A once promising campaign begins to derail when it's best and brightest young star, press secretary Stephen Meyers (Gosling), engages with the enemy. This sets off a chain of events that reaches a crescendo more emotionally intense than anything I've seen this year. Great film!