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Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe face off in 'Broken City'

Much of the cast, including Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jeffrey Wright, is underused in Allen Hughes' drama.

By Peter RainerFilm critic / January 18, 2013

'Broken City' stars Mark Wahlberg (r.) and Russell Crowe (l.).

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“Broken City” stars Mark Wahlberg as a New York cop and private detective who seeks redemption when he finds himself double-crossed by the mayor, played by Russell Crowe in a ratty, pomaded hairstyle that should be immediately outlawed.

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Crowe doesn’t sing here, which may disappoint (or gladden) fans of “Les Misérables.” Other cast members, mostly underused and undervalued, include Jeffrey Wright as the two-faced (or is it three-faced?) police commissioner and Catherine Zeta-Jones as the mayor’s tight-jawed wife. Directed by Allen Hughes and written by Brian Tucker, the film is a collection of crime noir oddments that don’t add up to a full meal. Grade: C (Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence.)

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