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The Ides of March, Machine Gun Preacher, Real Steel, Shoot the Piano Player, The Soft Skin

THE IDES OF MARCH

An all-star cast—Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, wowser—highlights director/co-writer Clooney’s new drama about a young political operative (Gosling) learning hard lessons about politics during a presidential campaign.

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Opens Oct. 7.

MACHINE GUN PREACHER

If this is the prestige-minded story of a reformed sinner (Gerard Butler) fighting his way back to the Lord’s good graces on behalf of African child soldiers, what’s with the exploitation-flick title?

Opens Oct. 7.

REAL STEEL

Hugh Jackman toplines a family-friendly giant-fighting-robot movie.

Opens Oct. 7.

SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER

The run of François Truffaut films continues at the Charles’ revival series with the director’s wry 1960 noir about a dive-bar pianist (Charles Aznavour) with a secret and gang ties that pull him back in, so to speak.

THE SOFT SKIN

More François Truffaut, this time his 1964 examination of an affair between an intellectual (Jean Desailly) and a flight attendant (Françoise Dorléac, Catherine Deneuve’s ill-fated older sister).

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