A Martin Scorcese masterpiece starring Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jack Nicholson. In Burr's review, he says Dorchester-born screenwriter William Monahan's "dialogue is filthy and funny, bristling with tabloid poetry: 'Your family's dug into the Southie projects like ticks.''' The accents mostly work, although Martin Sheen does the Kennedy thing. Of Nicholson's Whitey Bulger-like gangster, Burr writes: "He's a joyfully vulgar psycho, a creature of pure id.'' A plus on the soundtrack: the Dropkick Murphy's "I'm Shipping Up To Boston,'' a shot of adrenaline as striking here as when it plays as Jonathan Papelbon jogs in from the bullpen at Fenway.
Pictured, Matt Damon (left) as Colin and Leonardo DiCaprio as Billy Costigan.