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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.

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