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Did The Lone Ranger Kill the Western, Again?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 25, 2013 12:40 PM
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  • 4 Comments
The Lone Ranger's box office failure once again prompts concern that the Western is dead. But it lives on in other forms, and those forms say as much about history as the traditional Western once did.

Why The Lone Ranger's Anachronisms Make Its History Lessons Hard to Swallow

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 5, 2013 2:32 PM
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  • 8 Comments
There's an old joke, apparently drawn from a 1958 issue of MAD magazine, that goes something like this: The Lone Ranger and Tonto are riding across the plains when they see a group of Indians in full warpaint galloping toward them, tomahawks at the ready. The Lone Ranger digs in his heels and says to his faithful companion, "Well, Tonto old friend, looks like they've got us surrounded." Tonto replies, "What do you mean 'we,' white man?"

The Lone Ranger's Lonely Defenders: Critics Ride to the Maligned Blockbuster's Rescue

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 5, 2013 10:50 AM
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  • 11 Comments
The reviews for The Lone Ranger are in, and by and large they're pretty dire: Criticwire's C average is the only place the movie musters a passing grade. But a small handful of prominent critics have made a strong case for the movie's virtues, going so far as to suggest that those who pounced on the film this week will be eating their words in the not-too-distant future.

Silver Bullets: Critics Take Their Best Shots at The Lone Ranger

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 3, 2013 3:58 PM
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  • 5 Comments
Some movies critics dislike. Others, like The Lone Ranger, make them mad.

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