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Black Mass review: Johnny Depp and the make-up problem

At some point in the last 10 years, Johnny Depp crossed the Make-Up Event Horizon. The versatile actor has never been afraid of reaching for prosthetics or wigs when conjuring up his characters, going all the way back to Edward Scissorhands in 1990, but the success of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl seemed to unlock something. Suddenly, nearly all his major roles (Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows) became exercises in affectation, while the few that weren t (The Tourist, Transcendence) slipped quickly from public consciousness.

Now Depp is coming back in Black Mass, and for the first time in several years he's playing an actual human being: notorious Boston gangster Jimmy Whitey Bulger, in what's being hyped...

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