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Tuesday, November 12 2013

Hi Ho Silver, Again

Much of the thrill of watching The Lone Ranger comes from its death-defying ability not to fall.


Sunday, January 22 2012

The 40 Best Films of 2011

2011 was a year of good, not necessarily great, films, though the amazing choices by our staff might argue against such a overall cinematic classification.


Monday, April 30 2007

Monkey Business (Part 1: May)

Talk about frontloading your approach. Each week in this first full month of patented popcorn movies finds another famous franchise icon making a major blockbuster bow. Only truly disastrous results from these guaranteed crowd-pleasers will keep the coffers from clogging with cash.


Reviews

Thursday, December 19 2013

Ultimately, the Weirdness of Both Johnny Depp and 'The Lone Ranger' Is Engaging

Depp riffs on Buster Keaton, performing ridiculous feats of derring-do (including riding a horse through a train, which Verbinski makes look about as believable as possible), and train cars hurtle past each other with perfect timing.


Wednesday, July 3 2013

Tonto and 'Stupid White Man' Carry on the Self-Mythologizing of 'The Lone Ranger'

All of the stories that come together in The Lone Ranger are the bits and revisions of the same story, and the most terrifying aspect of these centuries of self-mythologizing is the capacity to absorb and recycle, to own and reframe.


Thursday, July 14 2011

'Rango': The Itchy, the Thirsty and the Ugly

While it works entirely as a family film, kids are not the primary target audience of Rango.


Thursday, March 3 2011

'Rango' Brings Back Story Thyme

It's not surprising that Rango learns the value of selflessness. But it's a kick that he does so through adventures so plainly referencing movies -- good movies.


Wednesday, May 23 2007

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007)

In the just-in-time for Memorial Day weekend Pirates sequel, Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) pursues pleasure with the sort of determination usually associated with moviegoers.


Blogs

Friday, December 20 2013

How Does It Feel to Be Wrong?: 'The Lone Ranger' (Blu-ray)

Everyone was wrong when they tagged this Summer of 2013 entry a "bomb." Instead, it's a sorely misunderstood work of warped genius.


Monday, July 8 2013

The Lone-ly 'Ranger'

Films fail for a number of reasons. Trying to repeat the unrepeatable is one of them.


Monday, July 1 2013

The Mad "Genius" of 'The Lone Ranger (2013)'

While this new Lone Ranger is no masterpiece, it's also one of the most inventive and insane movies of the Summer 2013 season.


Friday, April 15 2011

Forget 'Rio' - Go See 'Rango' Again!

Rio is mindless. Rango is a masterpiece. Rango reminds one of how special animation can be.


News

Friday, May 25 2007

Tia Dalma of 'Pirates' was a role to dye for

Tia Dalma, the sultry, scary, tattooed voodoo priestess, played a pivotal role in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. But her part is vastly


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