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In 'Black Mass,' Johnny Depp & Co. enliven over-familiar tale of Boston crime boss 'Whitey' Bulger

In 'Black Mass,' Johnny Depp & Co. enliven over-familiar tale of Boston crime boss 'Whitey' Bulger

Black Mass

Warner Bros., $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99

Available on VOD on Tuesday

A great cast goes a long way toward enlivening this over-familiar true-crime saga. Johnny Depp disappears into too much makeup and a ridiculously thick Southie accent to play Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, but he's ably supported by Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard and Jesse Plemons (among others), as director Scott Cooper and screenwriters Jez Butterworth and Mark Mallouk wind from the 1970s to the 2010s to explain how the FBI inadvertently helped turn Bulger into a kingpin by wiping out his rivals. There's...

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