Director: George Clooney
Stars: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Marisa Tomei, Max Minghella
Release Date: October 7
Why we’re excited: Compared to consistently failing movies about the Iraq War, political dramas are surefire bets in Hollywood, but they’re still risky business. That is, unless George Clooney is at the helm, and his cast includes, alongside himself, Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, and Philip Seymour Hoffman; in that case, it’s politics unusual. And incredibly prestigious.

Clooney’s fourth assignment as director looks at the inner workings of a presidential campaign, and, considering that Clooney’s a known condemner of governmental misconduct, it’s unbecoming at best. Your mom’s fantasy man plays a Democratic White House hopeful with a reprehensible secret, one that his top adviser (Gosling) learns about and must decide whether he should spill the beans or protect his boss and ensure the Commander-In-Chief victory.

The topic is timely (just see our recent analysis of political scandals), and the cast is top-notch. The only way The Ides Of March could disappoint is if Clooney’s character’s big reveal is that he’s porking some hooker or exotic dancer. Lord knows we’ve seen enough of that lately.