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10 Films Worth Tracking Down This July

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • July 1, 2013 12:14 PM
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Pacific Rim Blue Jasmine Only God Forgives The Hunt
It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through the summer, but no worries because July has fireworks, hot dogs, and movies! June was a soft month with staid comedies like “The Internship” and divisive blockbusters such as “Man of Steel” and “World War Z.” But, the next thirty days or so should have more than enough for you whether your appetite is for explosions or more subtler fare with a bit more substance.

Review: 'The Lone Ranger' Starring Johnny Depp & Armie Hammer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 9:04 AM
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The Lone Ranger, Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp
"What's with the mask?" is a question frequently asked throughout "The Lone Ranger," both as a running gag and a reminder it seems, that the film will give you everything you ever wanted to know about masked hero, and then some. Walt Disney's high-priced potential franchise has a lot riding on it, and not just the pricetag which is well north of $215 million (not including marketing). If successful, it could mean yet another series tied to megastar Johnny Depp (who has a fifth "Pirates Of The Caribbean," and a second "Alice In Wonderland" brewing at the studio) and another property joining the studio's growing list of annual revenue streams. So perhaps it's not a surprise that they want to make sure that audiences everywhere get as much mythology and background on The Lone Ranger and Tonto, particularly as they are two old-fashioned, decades old characters that might be out of step with Superman and Iron Man type heroes of today. But it's just too bad all that franchise building gets in the way of telling a good yarn.

Watch: 2 Clips From 'The Lone Ranger' Showcase Railroad Mayhem & Origins Of The Mask

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2013 2:15 PM
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The Lone Ranger, Armie Hammer
If you're wondering how to celebrate your 4th of July weekend both patriotically and cinematically, "The Lone Ranger" should fit the bill. The patriotism comes from its source material, the TV show with an American hero that still remains an icon years after he rode into the sunset and the big screen spectacle is due thanks to Gore Verbinski, who throws every dollar he got into the movie. The result? Well, you'll have to wait to hear our full verdict just yet, so until then, here's a couple of clips.

Watch: Planes & Trains In New Clips From 'World War Z' & 'The Lone Ranger'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2013 2:00 PM
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Yes, "Man Of Steel" is now in theaters and still inspiring fierce debate (check out our The Best & Worst Of 'Man of Steel' feature), but there are still two whole months left in the summer to go, and more blockbusters hoping wring some super-dollars out of your wallet.

Watch: 2 Featurettes & 2 TV Spots For 'The Lone Ranger' Plus Over 20 New Photos

  • By Ben Brock
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  • June 14, 2013 9:41 AM
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Depp, The Lone Ranger
“The Lone Ranger” is coming down the tracks like a runaway train. In fact, from the mass of trailers, tv spots and featurettes now upon us, it would be easy to get the impression that Gore Verbinksi's forthcoming mega-western is basically a violent, live action “Thomas The Tank Engine”. Which would be no bad thing.

'The Lone Ranger' Soundtrack Features Iggy Pop, Iron & Wine, Lucinda Williams & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2013 12:33 PM
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The Lone Ranger, Johnny Depp
So, "The Lone Ranger" is coming just over the horizon and while Jerry Bruckheimer is remaining cautious about a sequel -- "It’s always up to the audience. If the audience likes the movie then Disney will come to me and we’ll make another or it will be a one-off," he recently said at the Produced By Conference -- there's no doubt that the studio want to make sure every corner of the pop culture sphere is covered. So behold, the wonky soundtrack...

"I'd Rather Be An Outlaw": Brand New 'The Lone Ranger' Trailer, TV Spot & Photos

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 21, 2013 12:31 PM
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The Lone Ranger
While we may be a couple years off from another Jack Sparrow adventure, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and star Johnny Depp (as well as original "Pirates of the Caribbean" director Gore Verbinski) have reteamed to take on a similarly iconic property (in similarly bombastic summer movie form) – "The Lone Ranger." While the previous trailers for the film (and an extended 20-minute preview) had us pretty excited for the movie, a new trailer emphasizing the film's action set pieces, is leaving us positively jazzed. While a big Hollywood western is anything but a sure thing, "The Lone Ranger" looks like it's got the goods.

Watch: New Russian Trailer For 'The Lone Ranger' Serves Up More Footage & Adventure

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 2, 2013 9:37 AM
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The Long Ranger
As overstuffed as the last two Gore Verbinski-helmed “Pirates of the Caribbean” films were, there’s no denying the fact that the man knows how to stage a set piece. Add this to the fact that “The Lone Ranger” looks to be a fun -- and extremely high-budgeted -- western with no unnecessary 3D post-conversion, and you can count us in. If you still need convincing, the Russian-dubbed international trailer has surfaced online with new footage and, more importantly, more trains.

The Most Anticipated Blockbusters Of The 2013 Summer Season

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 29, 2013 12:03 PM
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The Playlist's Most Anticipated Blockbusters Of The 2013 Summer Season
Ah, summer. That time of year marked by long days, short skirts, and the application of sunscreen. It’s the season where even the most hardened cineaste can put aside their Criterion Collection discs, if only for a moment, and get excited about the jazzy, visual effects-driven blockbusters coming down the pike. The line between “summer” and “any other time of the year,” in terms of movies, keeps getting blurrier and blurrier, with big-budget studio fare like “Oz the Great and Powerful” and “Oblivion” coming out in the spring (we had a Michael Bay movie open in April, for crying out loud – before this it was questionable whether or not he even existed outside of June or July).

Preview: 20 Minutes Of 'Lone Ranger' Features Giant Trains, Possessed Rabbits And Palpable Chemistry

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 25, 2013 2:37 PM
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The Long Ranger
One of the biggest question marks of the summer is Disney's colossal "The Lone Ranger" reboot. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Gore Verbinski, the epic western looks to contemporize the thirties pulp hero for modern audiences, with Armie Hammer donning the mask and white hat of the titular Ranger, with Johnny Depp, once again in kabuki make-up, assuming the role of Tonto, the Ranger's Native American sidekick and trusted friend. It's a big risk (like $250 million big) to spend so much money on a genre that has more or less been regulated to the sidelines. But last night at a special presentation in New York, Disney (along with Bruckheimer and Hammer, who were on hand for the event) previewed twenty minutes of footage from the movie, and made it known that "The Lone Ranger" can easily compete with all the superheroes and comic book movies the summer of 2013 has to offer.

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