“THE IDES OF MARCH” My rating: B+ (Opening wide on Oct. 7)
101 minutes | MPAA rating: R
George Clooney, viewed by many as a liberal white knight who really ought to run for office, sends an answer of sorts with “The Ides of March.”
In this political thriller — directed and co-written by Clooney — the charismatic movie star plays a charismatic state governor who has thrown himself into Ohio’s presidential primary in a bid for the Democratic nomination.
Watching Clooney’s Mike Morris gracefully glide through debates, press conferences and stump speeches is a bit weird…it’s like a preview of what a genuine Clooney candidacy would be like. The Morris campaign even has a poster depicting the candidate in the same pop art/street graffiti visual language of that famous Obama image from ’08. Lefties will be swooning.
But this candy apple has a razor blade hidden inside.
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“CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE” My rating: B- (Opens wide on July 29)
118 minutes | MPAA rating: PG-13
“Crazy, Stupid, Love” isn’t just about cheating. It IS a cheat.
But if you can buy its improbable premise, its jarring and sudden shifts in tone and its desperate desire to be all things to all people, you may find moments of real substance here.
It helps that this romantic comedy from directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (“I Love You Phillip Morris”) features an astonishingly strong cast with several breakout performances.
Suburban husband/dad Cal (Steve Carell) is blindsided when Emily (Julianne Moore), his wife of 24 years, announces she’s been having an affair with a co-worker and wants a divorce.
Sad sack Cal finds himself sitting night after night in a bar bemoaning his fate and watching other people score. An expert in that pursuit is the suave, slick, self-assured Jacob (Ryan Gosling), who goes home every night with a different woman. (more…)
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