FRIDAY THE IDES OF MARCH
8.40PM, GEM ★★★★
The Ides of March is a sharp, intelligent affair, a giltedged guessing game that knows how to keep the mind inquiring throughout. George Clooney (also director and co-writer) plays Mike Morris, a state governor nearing the end of a campaign that could see him become the next Democrat candidate for president. The rising star in the Morris team is Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling), a media strategist with all the answers. And most of the questions in advance as well. A fine example of topical, intelligent and compelling mainstream cinema.