CB: At first The Ides of March seems like one of those self-indulgent political movies in which a group of left-leaning screenwriters get together and live out their fantasies of beating the Republicans at their own game, saving the country in the process. It could have been that movie. It almost is that movie, with George Clooney playing the perfect, principled candidate who says all the right things. In fact, early on it is that movie. Most of the truly great moments in the first half of Ides come from simply watching Clooney be presidential. Even if you don't agree with what he's saying, you'll find yourself swept up in it, rooting for him, convinced that this is exactly the kind of guy our country has needed all along.