Bottom Line: Giving us an intriguing peek behind the curtain of presidential politicking, this thrillingly taut political potboiler would have benefitted from a bigger hook (something to push it in to the category of great). It’s dirty, tough, informative, gripping, well-acted, expertly-crafted and moves with a confident flow – but this is an ideologically poignant onion that could have used a few more cynical layers.
Starring: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright and Evan Rachel Wood
Running Time: 101 minutes
Story: The Ides of March takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presidency. (Sony Pictures)