In the deliciously sinister "Ides of March," there is plenty of backstabbing inside the modern-day political arena.
In the week before the Ohio Democratic presidential primary, Stephen Meyers (
Clooney is perfect as the smooth, earnest politician, and he has also brought out the best in his actors:
There are many betrayals in "Ides of March" that still have me wondering — just who suffered the unkindest cut of all?
Real Steel has real heart
Set in the future, Charlie (Jackman) is a broken-down fighter who rattles around the country with broken-down boxing robots, trying to make a buck. These giant rock 'em, sock 'em robots have replaced humans, but legions of rabid fans still love to see them pound each other to bits.
Through a lucrative twist of fate, Charlie takes on his estranged son, Max, who's an avid World Robot Boxing fan. Through another lucky twist of fate, Max salvages an old-model fighting machine called Atom, and the film turns into the classic story of a boy and his robot.
The robots and the fight sequences are ingeniously done, giving the machines great names like Noisy Boy, Twin Cities and Zeus with looks and personality to match.
All that clanging in the arena gets cartoonish, but it's the emotional
I had to chuckle at the climactic big fight scene — it's like Rocky vs. Apollo Creed all over again only now they're 8-feet tall and weigh 2,000 pounds. All we need is someone running into the ring in a red beret. Yo, Adrian!