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Rated R · 122 minutes · 2015

Biography, Crime drama
Johnny Depp’s impersonation of real-life Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger is skillful and his makeup works to a degree, but the film is a chilly and perplexing experience. As imagined by Depp, director Scot Cooper (Crazy Heart), and screenwriters Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth (adapting the true-crime book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill), Bulger comes across as a sort of Irish-American vampire, sucking the life out of his South Boston turf while murdering his way to the top of the rackets. Nothing wrong with that, but that’s all we really learn about Whitey. The movie is packed to the rafters with intense supporting characters, including Joel Edgerton and Benedict Cumberbatch as Bulger’s “legit” enablers; Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, W. Earl Brown, and Peter Sarsgaard as assorted hoods; and Cory Stoll, John Morris, and the ever-reliable Kevin Bacon as FBI men, stooges for the mob. But Depp’s one-note performance dominates. Creepy guy, creepy movie (122 min.).
Official Site: www.blackmass.net
Director: Scott Cooper
Producer: John Lesher, Brian Oliver, Scott Cooper, Patrick McCormick, Tyler Thompson, Brett Ratner, James Packer, Steven Mnuchin, Peter Mallouk, Ray Mallouk, Christopher Woodrow, Brett Granstaff, Gary Granstaff, Phil Hunt and Compton Ross
Cast: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, David Harbour, Adam Scott, Corey Stoll, Julianne Nicholson, W. Brown, Bill Camp, Juno Temple, Mark Mahoney, Brad Carter, Scott Anderson, Lonnie Farmer, Mary Klug, Erica McDermott and Luke Ryan

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