THE IDES OF MARCH (15, 100 mins) 7/10
HIGH-flying Democrat presidential candidate Governor Mike Morris (George Clooney) has a knack for spouting the perfect sound bite with a winning smile.
Flanked by his ballsy campaign manager Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and brilliant press secretary Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling), Morris seems destined for the White House. However, an ill-advised dalliance with seductive intern Molly Stearns (Evan Rachel Wood) leaves Morris’s reputation hanging by a gossamer thread as New York Times journalist Ida Horowicz (Marisa Tomei) and the other media vultures begin to circle. Meanwhile, rival campaign manager Tom Duffy (Paul Giamatti) looks for chinks in Morris's armour, knowing full well that everything hinges on securing the endorsement of influential Senator Thompson (Jeffrey Wright).