New Movie Reviews: 'The Ides of March,' 'Real Steel,' 'Human Centipede 2' Hitting Theaters

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What do THR’s critics have to say about the new films opening Friday?

In his new film The Ides of March, George Clooney plays Gov. Mike Morris, a Democratic president candidate. Clooney’s movie, which has received outstanding recognition at the Venice Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival, also features an A-list cast including Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Evan Rachel Wood.

Meanwhile, Dreamworks's Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo and Evangeline Lilly in the action robot-boxing movie that can be described a cross between Transformers and Rocky.

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1911, a movie directed by Jackie Chan and co-directed by Zhang Li, celebrates the centennial of the Xinhai Revolution, which ended two centuries of the monarchial system in China. Chan also stars in the movie along with Winston Chao and Li Bingbing.

Directed and written by Abe Syliva, Dirty Girl features a Juno sensibility and the soul of a Little Miss Sunshine. The comedy stars Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich, William H. Macy and Jeremy Dozier.

The much-anticipated horror movie The Human Centipede 2, directed by Tom Six, claims to be one of the most horrid movies of all times.

Read what The Hollywood Reporter's critics have to say about these films and others opening Friday, and see how they're expected to perform at the box office.

The Ides of March
Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti lead the political drama, which debuted at the Venice Film Festival.
Click here to read Deborah Young's review.

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Real Steel
The hokey bot-boxing melodrama stars Hugh Jackman as a down-on-his-luck dad attempting to reconnect with his spunky long-lost son.
Click here to read Todd McCarthy's review.

Jackie Chan stars and co-directs this Chinese historical epic that chronicles the Xinhai Revolution, which ended two centuries of the monarchial system in China.
Click here to read Maggie Lee's review.

The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence
Tom Six must somehow up the ante in this sequel to what many feel is one of the more disturbing, if not downright sick, horror movies ever.
Click here to read  Frank Scheck's review.

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Sam Shepard delivers a beautifully understated performance in the Tribeca Film Festival-screened western which imagines the bank robber quietly living as a rancher.
Click here to read Frank Scheck's review.

Dirty Girl
Juno Temple, plays a titular high school student with a bad reputation, who establishes herself as the real deal.
Click here to read Michael Rechtshaffen's review.

Hell and Back Again
Danfung Dennis presents a powerful depiction of the horrors and daily violence of our ongoing war in Afghanistan.
Click here to read Duane Byrge's review.

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The Way
Emilio Estevez's The Way is an earnest film, its heart always in the right place, but it's severely under dramatized.  
Click here to read Kirk Honeycutt's review.

Also opening this weekend are Flying Monsters, The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch, The One and The Sons of Tennessee Williams.