Coming this Season: Syriana

    George Clooney has some liberal stakes in the Middle East with writer/director Steven Gaghan’s “Syriana” — drilling for oil and hot water issues.

    Someone wants to ruffle some feathers this holiday season, and even put on some pounds. Our handsome ER doctor went to the buffet to see how well he could act. Maybe these pounds (all 35 of them) will shed the celebrity and reveal the thespian.

    This film has all the trappings of a “Traffic”-like banquet for Clooney to feast on: interwoven narratives, flawed characters, big bad CEOs, American capitalism run amok and those oil-mongers in the Middle East. One can only wonder if this cinematic meal may be a bit crowded, perhaps weighed down by too many issues, and leaving the character development for leftovers.

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