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The Ides of March

Issue No. 2277

George Clooney turns his hand to political corruption inside the Democratic Party in this new critically acclaimed thriller.

Set in Cincinnati, it follows a dirty fight for the presidency by Mike Morris, the liberal governor of Pennsylvania.

The story of blackmail, scandal and compromise is played out through the character of Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling).

Myers is a young aide to Morris, and is initially a principled believer in his candidate.

But the political system isn’t a good place for people with principles. Soon Myers is dragged down into the murky depths of opportunism and selfishness.

With Barack Obama in the White House, this film is a clear response to the dashed hopes produced by the US political process.

The Ides of March
director George Clooney
in cinemas now


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Tue 8 Nov 2011, 18:05 GMT
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