It’s been a busy weekend, as I find myself split my concentration between NFL opening Sunday and this week’s slate of movies. But that’s a full plate I’m happy to dive into. This week we’ve got Black Mass, Captive and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

Black Mass
Rotten Watch Prediction
The story of Whitey Bulger is a seedy one. And seedy is a massive understatement. The dude was about as bad as it gets, playing both sides against each other in his quest to take over the entire criminal underworld in Boston. He sided with the FBI as a way to eliminate his criminal competition, and basically killed his way to the top. And then he disappearing. It ain’t a feel good story by any means, but certainly a cinematic one.

Take a look at Depp as Whitey in the trailer for Black Mass below:
It’s nice to see Johnny Depp out of his traditional scarves (or just not looking unironically weird), and playing an actual real person role in a flick. He looks legitimately scary as Bulger in the gangster’s story. With the slicked-back hair, yellow teethed sneer, seventies garb and dead look in his eyes, Depp appears every bit the part and this looks like a gangster movie that could rank up there with some of the big ones.

Critics out of the Toronto International Film Festival are praising Depp’s performance, and there might be some Oscar buzz going for the oft-made-fun-of actor. In fact, where critics might not have fallen in love with the story as a whole, they are praising the excellent cast that also includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton and Jesse Plemons to name just a few.

Scott Cooper directs after putting together Out of the Furnace (53%) and much more critically-acclaimed Crazy Heart (91%). I expect his latest will finish more like the latter. The movie’s sitting in the 80s right now, and should stick right around there for the long haul.

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