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Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Broken City’

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Jan Wahl Movie Review: 'Broken City'

Catherine Zeta-Jones & Russell Crowe in “Broken City” (credit: 20th Century Fox)


(KCBS) – KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews the dramatic thriller “Broken City,” starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Barry Pepper and Kyle Chandler.

KCBS Entertainment Reporter Jan Wahl:



Broken City is like an expensive, all-star episode of law and order. That’s not bad when it comes to movie escapism, especially when you’re talking Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg facing off in a political crime thriller. Wahlberg plays a former policeman turned private detective who’s thrown headfirst into trouble when the Mayor of New York (Crowe) hires him to investigate his wife (Catherine Zeta Jones).

Mark Wahlberg in 'Broken City' (credit: 20th Century Fox)

Mark Wahlberg (credit: 20th Century Fox)


There are a few too many twists and turns; it’s easy to be confused – but not boring. I give a special hats off to a lack of graphic blood — a reminder that exploding bodies isn’t necessary for a movie’s excitement or tension. There’s also some beautiful cinematography of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Fine for DVD.

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Movies To See Right Now: Lincoln, Beasts of The Southern Wild, Les Miserables, Zero Dark Thirty & Silver Linings Playbook

Home Viewing/DVD: Arbitrage, Trouble With The Curve & The Words

In Theatres: Anything Goes (through Feb. 3 at Golden Gate Theatre)

You can hear KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl’s movie reviews on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM Fridays at 8:53am & 4:53pm.

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