Movie Review — ‘Black Mass’ Shows Depp at His Best

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Spanning more than a decade of chronological narrative time, the ambitious Black Mass stars Johnny Depp as James “Whitey” Bulger, the notorious Southie professional criminal turned Boston kingpin of the 1970s and ‘80s. His decades old tenure as being one of America’s most wanted was recently terminated several years ago when the FBI finally located him in Santa Monica, California.

Black Mass is set within a sparse frame story: a series of FBI testimonials given by Bulger’s underlings after he fled Boston, which serve to make logical time skips forward to highlight not only Bulger’s most extreme crimes for government record, but also give dramatic insight into how certain events in his life eventually shaped his gruesome personality. It shaped him from someone who may have cared for his neighborhood and showed outward loyalty for his long time acquaintances (though not enough not to exploit them), into the hateful and sociopathic criminal he became known for.

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Movie Review — ‘Into the Woods’ – Be Careful What You Wish For

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Adapted from the music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book originally by James Lapine, Disney tries turning their recent original story live action flops into the first retold story success with Into The Woods this Christmas.

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Movie Review — ‘Transcendence’ Has Intrigue, But Too Many Flaws

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I am fully aware that I am in the minority opinion on this film as well (I went against the grain on Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Raid 2). I don’t get how so many could hate this film so much, but it was absolutely panned by critics. I actually was mildly impressed with Wally Pfister’s directorial debut — he is the long-time, constantly award nominated Director of Photography for Christopher Nolan — Inception, The Dark Knight, etc. are amongst his works. Pfister transitioned to the director’s chair for the first time in his storied career with Transcendence — it was an interesting ride, but not without its faults.

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