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the ides of marchI really love my job all the time, but sometimes I REALLY love my job. Like the days when I get to go stare at George Clooney and Ryan Gosling on a very big screen. Thank you, Universe. I appreciate that.

Those two are starring in The Ides of March, new in theaters today. Based on a play by Beau Willimon, the story follows an idealistic staffer (Gosling) who gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail with a Presidential candidate (Clooney).

I just love political dramas, especially with the big election coming up next year. I’m curious to see how they deal with it on the big screen, and whether left- or right-wing politics will enter into the movie. Clooney also directed, produced and wrote the screenplay, with Leonardo DiCaprio as executive producer.

The cast is terrific and includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei. It doesn’t get much better than that. It’s rated R for pervasive language. Take a look at the trailer:

Also in theaters is Real Steel, which plays like The Champ for a new age. Remember that movie? It starred Ricky Schroder as a boy who worshiped his ex-boxer dad (Jon Voight).

Real Steel is set in the near future, where robot boxing is a top sport. Hugh Jackman plays a struggling promoter who feels like he’s found a champion in a discarded robot. During his hopeful rise to the top, he discovers he has an 11-year-old son (Dakota Goyo).

Directed by Shawn Levy, it’s rated PG-13 for some violence, intense action and brief language. Check it out on Facebook. Here’s the trailer:

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  1. Am going to see Ides tomorrow – so excited, especially now that I’ve read your review. And what a great cast! Of course, nothing can keep me away from GEORGE.

  2. Look forward to seeing your review. I want to see Ides of March too, for all the reasons you describe, but the local critic here basically said “good not great,” which kind of bummed me out. But, hey, it’s Clooney, Gosling, and Philip Seymour. What’s not to like?

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