BLACK MASS:  Arguably one of the best actors of his generation, Johnny Depp adds yet another thrilling performance to his growing body of work.  In this, he plays the real life Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger and literally disappears into the role.  Bulger, who entered into an alliance with the FBI to help fight the Italian mob was a man of a certain charisma but nonetheless, one of the most infamous and violent Irish gangsters of his day.  A superb supporting cast includes Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Kevin Bacon. While this portrait of evil is fascinating, it is fascinating to a fault. I left the theater with an unsettling feeling of dread.  Was this what life offered in the South End of Boston in the 70’s? It is sadly reduced to a land of violence and hatred.  And while Depp’s performance is outstanding, it is not a pretty picture.  I may have to dig out “The Sound of Music” to get this one out of my head.

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