Depp terrifies as Whitey Bulger in ‘Black Mass’ (Our grade: B)

In this image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Johnny Depp portrays Whitey Bulger in a scene from "Black Mass." (Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

In this image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Johnny Depp portrays Whitey Bulger in a scene from “Black Mass.” (Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

Directed by Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart,” “Out of the Furnace”) and based on the book by Boston Globe journalists Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill, “Black Mass” is the story of, as the book’s subtitle puts it, “The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob.”

It’s a complicated yarn that Cooper has smoothed out for the big screen, but the big details remain hypnotic.

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