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Review: Battle for moral low ground in 'Broken City'

5:59 PM, Jan. 16, 2013
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Russell Crowe appear in a scene from the motion picture 'Broken City.' (Gannett, Alan Markfield/Twentieth Century Fox/File)
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Russell Crowe appear in a scene from the motion picture 'Broken City.' (Gannett, Alan Markfield/Twentieth Century Fox/File)
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It's a filthy place, this "Broken City." Even the people called "good guys" have their dark side, their dirty secrets and tragic flaws.

And the "bad guys?" They're all over the New York papers, all over New York cable news - a mayor who plays hardball, a guy running against him who's not above crawling in the mud, a police commissioner too quick to make ethical compromises.

"Broken City" begins with a cop, ably played by Mark Wahlberg, on trial for a shooting that may not be as cut-and-dried as he maintains. The mayor (Russell Crowe) slaps him on the back, and says "I like having my picture taken with ...

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