Tintin 3D

He may not look the same, but this Tintin is as ex-quiff-itely fun as ever.

Bond 23: Skyfall

Casting news. Press conference reports. On set photos. Plus a video clip of Ben Whishaw saying "Moneypenny".

In Time

Omega load of nonsense, but this is a fun watch.

Tower Heist

By the halfway point, you'll wish they made Towering Inferno instead.

The Awakening

A classic haunted house tale that packs emotion and chills aplenty into 107 tense minutes.


It’s Before Sunrise. But with two blokes. In Nottingham. A superb slice of contemporary cinema.

Machine Gun Preacher

An interesting tale of philanthropy that strays too often from the straight and narrow.

Johnny English Reborn

It's lazy and obvious - but at least it's better than Quantum of Solace.

2011 BIFA Nominations

The British Indepedent Film Awards expect people to choose between Shame, Tyrannosaur and Tinker, Tailor. HOW? IT'S IMPOSSIBLE.

The Ides of March

When it comes to award-worthy class and political tension, The Ides most definitely has it.


Never has a game of spot the stiff been this fun. You'll enjoy it so much you'll have to wash your hands afterwards.

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Star Ratings

Well good


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Home Reviews LFF 2011 LFF Review: The Ides of March
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Written by Ivan Radford   
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:44
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March - Review, London Film Festival
Director: George Clooney
Cast: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Paul Giamatii, Phillip Seymour Hoffman

Politics is bad. It’s shocking, I know, but it turns out that Presidential Elections are a hotbed of backstabbing and betrayal. Which is why the morally-minded Governor Morris (Clooney) offers such a ray of hope for assistant campaign manager Steve (Gosling). But can ethics and idealism survive in such a cutthroat world? (Spoiler: it can’t.)

Clooney’s The Ides of March may not be saying anything new but it’s still a thrilling look at ambition and hubris. Up against Paul Giamatti’s rival campaign manager, Steve’s naïve commitment to his beliefs is a likeable trait in someone so detached from society – Gosling’s charisma levels are through the roof as he works the press, blackmails his colleagues and, yes, even screws the intern (Rachel Wood).

The whole ensemble is immensely watchable, particularly Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s loyalty-obsessed boss, and the clipped dialogue of Beau Willimon’s original play is flawlessly adapted for the screen. Plaudits will also inevitably go to the direction, which puts silhouettes of men in front of the American flag without a whiff of cheese – one smart decision sees a crucial conversation take place behind closed doors, cutting us out of the political loop completely.

As the double-crosses keep on coming, Grant Heslov’s co-written script keeps you on tenterhooks. It’s like watching The West Wing, but with more shades of grey. And in the midst of it all, Clooney’s hopeful candidate (added especially for the film) fades into the background, masked by a wall of sex and corruption.

The Ides of March won’t shock you with the lack of ethics on show, but you’ll be punched hard in the ballot box by its sheer quality. It doesn't feel as personal as Good Night, and Good Luck, but when it comes to award-worthy class and political tension, The Ides most definitely has it.


I vote Hell Yes.






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