Davis: Depp disappears into Whitey Bolger role

Depp becomes Whitey Bulger, the infamous Boston mobster and brother to a Massachusetts State Senator.

Joel Edgerton (left) stars with Johnny Depp in Black Mass.

Last September, The Maze Runner looked like just another dystopian science fiction action film trying to take advantage of the success of The Hunger Games and Divergent. However, it proved to be popular with audiences and at the box office, which is a good thing because a sequel was already in the works before it was released.  Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials picks up right after the last movie left off with Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as W.C.K.D.  Leaving the maze behind, their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.

Based upon the 2001 book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the IrIsh Mob, Black Mass stars an unrecognizable Johnny Depp (his favourite type of role) as infamous Boston mobster Whitey Bulger and brother to Massachusetts State Senator  William Bulger. In the 1970s, the FBI persuaded Whitey to become an informant to help rid South Boston of a common enemy: the Italian mob.  The movie follows the unholy alliance, allowing him to evade the law, consolidate power and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in U.S. history.  The all-star cast also includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon and Dakota Johnson.

With its late summer release date, the faith-based drama War Room has already garnered a lot of attention with its surprise win at the box office in the U.S. two weekends ago.  It is now getting a release in Canada and is opening at Landmark Cinemas Paramount Theatre this weekend.  From the creators of Fireproof and Courageous, this drama centres around a a seemingly successful couple whose world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. With the help of a woman named Miss Clara, they are inspired to fight to keep their family together.

Dr. Who fans will want to check out the dramatic 2-part finale of series eight on the big screen at the Paramount Theatre. Dr. Who: Dark Water/Death in Heaven will be shown in 3D plus feature a never-before-seen prequel to the first episode of series nine and an exclusive interview with stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, hosted by Wil Wheaton.  It shows on Wednesday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 20 at 12:55 p.m.

Another special presentation at the Paramount Theatre is Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes.  This music documentary follows Arcade Fire, one of today’s most acclaimed and influential bands, from Jamaica where the foundations for their Reflektor album began, to Los Angeles, London and an impromptu performance in Haiti on the first night of Carnival. It shows on Wednesday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m.