OPENING NEXT WEEK BROKEN CITY Mark Wahlberg is an ex-cop and Russell Crowe is the mayor of New York, both of them knee-deep in all sorts of grim bother. Is the alternative title Hard and Harder? Also stars Catherine Zeta Jones. ARBITRAGE Richard Gere returns with cracking performance as hedge- fund manager in all kinds of legal trouble. Welcome back, old guy. With Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth. STOKER Chan-wook Park , director of
Old Boy, delivers a puzzling vampire saga featuring a very starry cast. Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Dermot Mulroney and Jacki Weaver are all on board.
SAFE HAVEN Would you believe this is the eighth weepie (left) based on a Nicholas Sparks bestsellers, this times featuring Julianne Hough as a woman with a mysterious past. We bet it’s set in North Carolina. Yup!
OPENING MARCH 8th OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Sam Raimi (of all people) directs the latest reworking of Frank L Baum’s Oz stories, starring James Franco, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. Disney will be hoping to replicate the huge success of Alice in Wonderland. THE GUILT TRIP You can’t fault this one’s highconcept. Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen play a mother and son driving across America. Please be good. PARKER Taylor Hackford directs Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez and Nick Nolte in an adaptation of a great hard-boiled novel by Richard Stark (of Point Blank fame). SIDE EFFECTS Steven Soderburgh’s last-ever film for theatrical release (or so he claims) combines an attack on big pharma with a truly breathless melodrama starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Catherine Zeta Jones and Jude Law.