RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Master moviemaker Martin Scorsese has shown his mettle in many a genre, but his most compelling storytelling is in the gangster realm, tracking the personal stories of fictional or real-life tough guys who’ve controlled the lives of their immediate colleagues and society at large with muscle.

In “The Irishmen”, Scorsese mixes mob action with politics in a fictionalized speculation about what happened to Jimmy Hoffa, the Mafia-connected union leader whose disappearance remains one of the 20th century's most intriguing unsolved missing persons cases.

The titular Irishman is the notorious Frank Sheeran (Robert . . .

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