If you'll permit us a parting pun—why not, at this point?—2011 was the year the Gosling hatched. Ryan Gosling's acting in Drive and Crazy, Stupid, Love. was probably more memorable, but his greatest challenge was The Ides of March, a wail of political despair that included as many switchbacks as the Republican primary. In light of that ongoing farce, George Clooney's movie now doesn't seem quite cynical enough: There's no way to outpace current events without having a candidate set his opponent on fire while singing a country song about fast food. But Gosling's PR flack endures unlikely transformations while remaining appalled, guilt-stricken and smart enough to win. All qualities that seem like a thing of the past, no? Showing at: Academy, Laurelhurst.

  • Best paired with: Cascade Lakes 20” Brown Ale.
  • Also showing: Drive (Academy, Laurelhurst).