Review | The Ides of March

Credit: Sony Pictures

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Us Rating: *** 1/2

This Golden Globe–nominated drama is cold-blooded, cynical - and utterly captivating. George Clooney plays a presidential candidate, while Ryan Gosling takes the lead as his confident press secretary. But when the young pro uncovers a sex scandal involving an intern (Evan Rachel Wood), his political perch crumbles. The film delivers with crisp dialogue, simmering tension and top-shelf acting. Just wait until the two boldly face off in a desolate tavern kitchen! (Sony, $31)