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    Did The Lone Ranger Kill the Western?

    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.

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    What Went Wrong? The Good, The Bad & The Weird Of Disney's 'The Lone Ranger'

    Disney's "The Lone Ranger," a lavish period epic directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, had kind of a rough weekend. It began with an unprecedented critical pile-on (there have been some to leap to the film's defense, like Matt Zoller Seitz, who described the movie as a "...

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    Holiday Box Office: 'Despicable Me 2' Leads Strong Two-Day Total; 'Lone Ranger' Trails Distant Second

    The Fourth of July holiday box office was dominated by Universal's "Despicable 2," which did just under half of the total business for the top 10 films for Wednesday (its opening day) and Thursday. Box office boomed for one of the best summer boosts above last year so far. The two-day take was aroun...

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

    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 t...

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    The Lone Ranger's Lonely Champions

    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...

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