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A gripping thriller about the murky world of US politics starring Ryan Gosling and George Clooney.

For his fourth film as director, Clooney tells an intricately plotted tale focusing on the race to choose the Democratic party’s US presidential candidate and plays one of the two contenders, liberal governor Mike Morris.

However, the main focus of the film is on Morris’ ambitious young press secretary, Stephen Meyers (a fine performance by Ryan Gosling), who loses his innocent idealism as he discovers the grubby wheeling and dealing and vicious backstabbing that’s needed to win the contest.

With Evan Rachel Wood’s flirty young intern, Marisa Tomei’s scoop-hungry reporter and Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti’s rival campaign managers also jockeying for position, the twists and turns in the plot will continually catch the viewer by surprise.