In the political thriller The Ides of March, George Clooney plays a charismatic Democratic state governor who has thrown himself into a presidential primary. But this candy apple has a razor blade hidden inside.
Moneyball is one of the year’s best films, a thinking person’s sports movie overflowing with humor, drama, terrific characters, drop-dead wonderful dialogue and a low-keyed but absolutely wonderful performance from Brad Pitt.
The Hangover Part II isn’t smarter than Bridesmaids and lacks the emotional heft of a truly great comedy like Local Hero or Groundhog Day. But if you’ve got a high threshold for raunch, it’s a hoot.
The Guard, a terrific first-time feature from writer/director John Michael McDonagh, finds Brendan Gleeson dominating every second he’s on screen in a role tailor-made for his imposing physical presence and bullish personality.