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Movie Review: ‘Miss Sloane’ Plays Fast, Nasty & Clumsy with Politics

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Jessica Chastain shines in Miss Sloane–but is the rest of the movie up to snuff? Read our movie review to find out:

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n the first shot of Miss Sloane, the titular character reveals the secret to being a lobbyist is to always have an ace up your sleeve. In order to win, one must prepare for all the angles, conceal your secret weapons to use against the enemy and constantly be willing to work dirty with illegal actions. It’s all part of the utilitarian circus in which the most ruthless of dirt-diggers will dominate the house and have their bill passed. But this is not so much an examination of its ugliness so much as it is rooting for the lobbyist less evil for a good cause.

Jessica Chastain plays Sloane as a fiery redhead of a lobbyist, sharply presented in tight dresses and high-heel shoes with pale white skin and deep red lipstick. She walks into every meeting and conversation with the smug sense that she has every angle thought of. When approached by her firm to work against a gun bill, she already has her attack planned out so meticulously in her own head that she laughs and jokes at being offered such a campaign. She takes it upon herself to accept an offer from another lobbying firm, takes most of her crew with her and stages her attack on the evil gun lobby. And so the battle lines are drawn in a race to convince members of Congress to pick a side, leading to dirty tactics and backstabbing on both sides.

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Just TRY to intimidate Miss Sloane.

The ability to enjoy the cutthroat nature of political lobbying warfare requires a certain distance of humanity. This is a world where the tearful press conference for a mother that lost her child to gun violence elicits expletive slinging from the right and cheers from the left. The movie is more interested in following Sloane and Sloane only, making us root for her underhand and secretive tactics to pay off and defeat the old guys that don’t want a gun bill to be passed.

Only briefly does her inhuman nature come into question when she uses her co-worker Gugu Mbatha-Raw against her will as a face for her cause and secretly collects money for a PAC. All her co-workers can do is raise an eyebrow, wonder if she was “ever normal” and just go back to work. Nobody wants to mess with this woman, including her new boss played by Mark Strong with a slipping English accent.

Chastain dominates her role, but it’s a role that builds her up as more of a figure than a character. Sloane has no life outside of her professional career. Her coworkers prod for some motive she might have against gun violence, but she dismisses it quickly, suggesting that this battle isn’t some sort of personal revenge. She just wants to win and is willing do anything to get there, no matter how scummy or under-the-table her tactics may be. Anyone questioning her will receive a tongue-lashing that is snarky to her co-workers and enraging to her enemies. But there’s always the question if she actually means what she is saying or just playing along to fool everyone. It doesn’t matter to Sloane. All that matters is winning.

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Nothing will stand in her way.

Her secret passion of indulging in a ripped male escort is strictly business, except when it becomes more than business in her case. Her evenings are spent popping pep-pills and doing research. The most recreational we see of Sloane is a brief shot of her reading a John Grisham novel, which may or may not be for the purposes of forming another scheme. Is that all there is to this woman? Even Frank Underwood on House of Cards had video games between all his schemes of manipulation.

Miss Sloane has a perplexing nature to never settle on a concrete tone in how the soundtrack wiffles all over the place. When Sloane faces the senate, the music has the cold and ambient feel of a serious political drama. But when Sloane later undresses to have sex with a male escort, the music shifts to the more bouncy melody of a romantic comedy. Sometimes Sloane is seen as an evil genius and other times she turns into a weeping mess of conviction.

Read more to get the rest of the movie review for Miss Sloane and watch the trailer:

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Robert DeNiro de-agedHave you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. ????

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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