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Evan Rachel Wood

Will audiences 'March' to Clooney's political beat?

Handout art on 'Ides of March'

The presidential primaries will be upon us soon, so director, co-writer and star George Clooney scores points for having "The Ides of March" in theaters now. Although this political drama is frustratingly superficial where debate-worthy issues are concerned, it's really good at capturing the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that goes on as rival candidates go through a grueling presidential primary.

For all of the debate-related scenes involving the governor of Pennsylvania, Mike Morris (Clooney), and his main opponent, Sen. Pullman (Michael Mantell), who are verbally jousting as they compete for the Democratic presidential primary in Ohio, the movie is only paying lip...