Black Mass director to continue “nothing but colors” plan with White Knight

Despite helming Jeff Bridges’ Oscar-winning turn in Crazy Heart, and then a bunch of great actors in the underperforming Out Of The Furnace, it wasn’t until his gangster flick Black Mass that director Scott Cooper experienced real opening-weekend success. The movie, starring Johnny Depp as a sentient advertisement for…

For better and worse, Massachusetts takes care of its own at the movies

Certain factors consistent across the Commonwealth Of Massachusetts act as bonding agents for the state’s denizens. The mercilessly frigid weather that dominates from mid-September until early April has tempered Massachusettsians into a state of perpetual hardiness. Residents pride themselves on being able to…

Our film critics talk Black Mass, Sicario, and their Toronto favorites

Throughout the past week, A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky have been at the Toronto International Film Festival, catching upcoming releases and dutifully reporting back. In this week’s edition of Film Club, the pair offers up their favorites from the festival, but also drops in on Black Mass and Sicario, two of…

Black Mass features an understated gangster turn from Johnny Depp

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Judging by crime movies of the past 10 years or so, Irish gangsters have largely supplanted Italian gangsters in the popular consciousness of the new millennium. In a roundabout way, Scott Cooper’s Black Mass addresses this process. Based on the true story of James “Whitey” Bulger, the South Boston hood who inspired…

Johnny Depp, two Tom Hardys, and a Holocaust drama like no other

“This is the fun line,” I’m told by a festival volunteer as I join a group of fellow stragglers filing into the spacious Princess Of Wales Theatre. The people in front of me have white (possibly industry) badges and I have a green press one, but we’re all here for the same film, Johnny Depp’s new one, Black Mass. “Why…

Matt Damon canceled his Whitey Bulger project because of Black Mass

Johnny Depp’s Whitey Bulger in Black Mass certainly seems like a terrifying figure, what with his big sunglasses, penchant for walking forward while firing a shotgun, and weird hair, but apparently he’s so terrifying that even Hollywood tough guy Matt Damon is afraid to go up against him. That’s what we’re taking away…

Chicago, see Johnny Depp in Black Mass early and for free

Though he’s certainly been around, it feels like it’s been a while since we’ve seen something from Johnny Depp to actually look forward to. Thankfully, this fall there’s Black Mass, a biopic about Boston mobster “Whitey” Bulger that allows Depp to dig into yet another flashy “character,” while (hopefully) giving him…

The A.V. Club’s risk-assessment guide to the 2015 fall movie season, part 1

Going to the movies is expensive. Back in April, The Wrap reported that the national average was $8.12 a ticket—and that was before the summer movie season, when IMAX and 3-D prices surely drove that number up. Factor in concessions, transportation to and from the theater, and—for some moviegoers, anyway—inflated…

New trailer for Johnny Depp’s Black Mass is a little more jokey than scary

The first trailer for Black Mass—director Scott Cooper’s film about mobster Whitey Bulger that stars Johnny Depp—played up the fact that if you take away the wacky hats and makeup, Depp is actually a talented actor. He intimidated some mob goons, scowled a lot, intimidated some people who weren’t mob goons, and shot a…

Kevin Bacon’s summer vacation includes Johnny Depp’s Whitey Bulger movie, two others

Kevin Bacon has some time off from the brutal, cynical murders of The Following, and he’s going to use it to focus on what’s truly important in life: Kevin Bacon. He’s going to put on some comfy slippers, he’s gonna grab a refreshing beverage, and he’s not gonna wear any pants. This is The Summer Of Bacon, and he’s…

Boston’s boy Benedict Cumberbatch joins Johnny Depp’s Whitey Bulger movie

Having shored up the Boston credentials of its Whitey Bulger movie by hiring the city’s favorite son, Johnny Depp, to play the infamous gangster turned FBI informant, Scott Cooper’s Black Mass is now turning to another townie with the Charles in his blood. Benedict Cumberbatch—or, as the locals affectionately know…