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25. 'The Lone Ranger'
In Theaters: Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Director: Gore Verbinski
Cast: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner
Why we're excited: Look, we're willing to admit that Johnny Depp is on the verge of being a liability rather than an asset when it comes to getting us excited about a movie, but there are certain collaborators who seem to be able to still get something great out of Depp, and Verbinski may sit at the very top of that very short list. Beyond that, Verbinski has one of the best eyes for the staging of big comic action mayhem these days. There are sequences from all three of the "Pirates" films they made together that are just jaw-dropping in their ingenuity, and "The Lone Ranger" gave Verbinski a huge canvass on which to finally make a Western, a goal he's been chasing for years. Here's hoping this finds a way to make a somewhat threadbare pop culture relic into something fresh and fun, and even if they don't, we've got to imagine that it's going to be fun to watch them try.
- Drew McWeeny