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Broken City

Rated R 109 minutes 2013

Solid but unambitious, this detective movie recalls a late-40s noir programmer in its brisk plotting and gritty but affectionate portrait of city life. Mark Wahlberg is a former cop turned private investigator who accepts a seemingly easy assignment and, needless to say, uncovers a far-reaching conspiracy. Like any good programmer, this comes to life when the supporting players strut their stuff: Jeffrey Wright as a hard-ass police commissioner with a sensitive side, Barry Pepper as a JFK-worshipping mayoral candidate, and James Ransone (appearing all too briefly) as a wealthy developer's bratty son. The direction feels restrained by comparison, though Allen Hughes (Menace II Society) pulls off some elegant tracking shots in the high-tension dialogue scenes. With Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

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Director: Allen Hughes

Producer: Randall Emmett, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Arnon Milchan, Teddy Schwartzman, Allen Hughes, Remington Chase, George Furla, Stepan Martirosyan, William S. Beasley, Jeff Rice, Scott Lambert, Brandt Andersen, Brian Tucker, Daniel Wagner, Fredrik Malmberg, Adi Shankar, Spencer Silna and Mr. Mudd

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Barry Pepper, Kyle Chandler, Natalie Martinez, Alona Tal, James Ransone, Michael Beach, Griffin Dunne and Britney Theriot


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