Screened Out – Black Mass

By : Stephen Miller
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Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard, Adam Scott, Corey Stoll

In Catholic parlance, a Black Mass is a satanic inversion of the Holy Mass, where one sacrificed others instead of oneself, and no good can come of it. The metaphor fits this dark, slow, unforgiving film – a mob biopic about James “Whitey” Bulger. It’s a cold, methodical, violent piece about a cold, methodical, violent character.

With this as a theme, Black Mass is watchable, but it never illuminates Bulger to us – specifically, why he does what he does. He’s one note: just pure evil. People are loyal to him and we never find out why except for fear.

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Top 5 State Stories of 2014

By : Staff Report
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Lawsuits challenge marriage ban
Five lawsuits were filed in 2014 against the state, arguing against the constitutional amendment banning the recognition of same-sex marriages. In each case, judges have ruled the ban unconstitutional.

Pam Bondi’s ongoing appeals
Each time a judge ruled against Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed an appeal requesting a stay on the decision. Her latest request for an extended stay was filed Dec. 15.

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