“Ides of March” (R) — Ryan Gosling and George Clooney stage a battle of the jawlines in this Clooney-directed political drama. Gosling plays Stephen, a young but experienced media man working on Clooney’s Democratic presidential campaign.
When an old associate (Paul Giamatti) tries to woo Stephen onto another campaign, a series of scandals and disillusioning revelations put the young politico in the center of the controversy.
The election year and the politics at the heart of the campaign matter less than the character drama. The true conflict is in seeing Stephen’s mantra put to the test. ©2011 King Features Synd.