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Miss Sloane

Jessica Chastain stars in a scene from the movie "Miss Sloane." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.(CNS photo/EuropaCorp)

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NEW YORK (CNS) -- A striking performance from Jessica Chastain in the title role propels "Miss Sloane" (Europacorp), director John Madden's forceful study of political corruption.

Since the film abounds in seamy behavior, both in the boardroom and the bedroom, however, only those grown viewers willing to wade through a swamp of unscrupulousness should pay the price of admission.

On the other hand, "House of Cards" addicts desperately waiting for a fresh round of outrageous machinations from Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood to become available on Netflix may find "Miss Sloane" just the thing to tide them over. They'll certainly find a soul mate for Underwood in the eponymous lobbyist, albeit one given to less extreme measures.

Ruthlessly and obsessively focused on winning, Elizabeth Sloane, who has risen to the highest levels of her profession, appears to be indifferent to the positive or negative effects of the causes she champions. Vanquishing the opposition -- whoever they are -- seems to be all that matters to her.

So it comes as a shock to her colleagues when, driven by personal conviction, Sloane abruptly changes sides in the fight over a pending gun-control bill.

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