Jessica Chastain holds up this movie, directed by Englishman John Madden ( Shakespeare in Love), with a commanding performance as a dominant yet vulnerable woman. We’re in Washington, where Elizabeth Sloane is a formidable specialinterest lobbyist. Miss Sloane raises important issues but loses focus. The film is overwritten in an Aaron Sorkin kind of way (as it happens, two of Sorkin’s The Newsroom stars, Sam Waterston and Alison Pill, are in the cast). But it’s worth watching for Chastain.
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