Head Into the Long Weekend with 'The Ides of March,' 'Real Steel' and 'Margaret' in Our Film Roundup

Head Into the Long Weekend with 'The Ides of March,' 'Real Steel' and 'Margaret' in Our Film Roundup
As the long weekend approaches, we've compiled a list of movie highlights for you to check out. Read the full reviews of the following picks, plus tons more in our Recently Reviewed section.

First on the list is George Clooney's latest directorial effort The Ides of March, starring the director himself alongside Hollywood favourites Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Evan Rachel Wood. While some may find Clooney's embedded political views a bit off-putting, the direction and performances live up to the major buzz that's been surrounding this film for the last little while.

Margaret uses a teenage girl's involvement in a bus accident as a catalyst for an allegorical tale of humanity's self-centredness and personal agendas. It boasts an impressive cast, including Anna Paquin, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Damon, and is ultimately a loss of innocence tale – producing a "profound and deeply affecting" result, which earns it an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence this week.

The Interrupters also picked up a Mark of Excellence for its gritty portrayal of former gang members trying to cure the "virus" of youth violence on Chicago's inner city streets. Described as "unapologetic" and unsentimental, director Steve James' (Hoop Dreams) rough and realistic depiction of street violence is executed extremely well. On a different note, Real Steel is a fairly predictable family film about the sport of robot fighting, though Hugh Jackman and 12-year-old Canadian Dakota Goyo deliver admirable performances.

Also out this week is Kevin Tierney's French Immersion, which is a political comedy that deals with French-English tensions in Quebec. Finally, Maryam Keshavarz' love story between two young Iranian women Circumstance explores the harsh realities of morality, surveillance and repression in Tehran. The controversial flick has resulted in Keshavarz getting banned from her homeland of Iran, but also earned the director the Audience Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Read the full reviews of these films, plus many more this week in our Recently Reviewed section.