15. 'The Lone Ranger'
Release date: July 3
Director: Gore Verbinski
Stars: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner
Why It's Terrible: There are few things more frustrating than a film that has greatness in it but smothers it completely, and when you see the tremendous final forty-five minutes of this film, it's almost enough wipe away the two hours that come before. Almost. Overly concerned with references to pretty much every Western ever made and wrapped in a fussy, unsuccessful framing story with an old Tonto, it's just plain too much of everything, and it never figures out if it wants to be a serious elegy for not only a way of life that's gone, but a genre that has faded, or if it's a big wet fart joke, and the whiplash between tones becomes exhausting long before it finally kicks into an action finale desperately in search of a movie.
- Drew McWeeny