Broken City 1.0 stars

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A young black man in a hoodie, shot and killed under questionable circumstances. A powerful politician looking for a quick economic fix that he swears favors both the rich and the poor, but definitely the rich. A secret gay love affair that could end a man's career. Another story ripped from the headlines, next on Law & Order. No, wait: a private eye with a dark past, brought in to trail a dame — but why? A mysterious lady with an explosive secret — but what? A crooked businessman who will stop at nothing to get what he wants — but how? Tune in to Crime Story, next on old-time radio! But seriously, folks: this solo effort from director Allen Hughes (together with his brother Albert, he made From Hell and Dead Presidents) is either loving homage or tired rehash, depending on how much you enjoy watching Mr. Mayor Russell Crowe and ex-cop Mark Wahlberg jaw at one another. It does, however, feature the sexiest indie film ever made, and enough backbone to deny our hero any sort of escape via moral contortion. Plus an adorable devoted secretary (Alona Tal). 2013.

Matthew Lickona

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