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An intricately plotted thriller about the race to choose the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, this film is brilliantly handled by director George Clooney.

He also co-stars as one of the contenders, but the focus of the twisting plot revolves around Ryan Gosling’s young press secretary, who loses his idealism as he discovers the grubby wheeling and dealing required to win.

Both leads keep the viewer hooked and they have excellent support from a stellar cast, including Marisa Tomei, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Evan Rachel Wood.