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Film, "The Lone Ranger": Buster Keaton Was Missed

"The Lone Ranger": Buster Keaton Was Missed

The Lone Ranger Yes, Johnny Depp plays an American Indian in Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger. So did Dustin Hoffman in Little Big Man, a film whose structure this movie appropriates, with an elderly Tonto (Depp) unreliably narrating the tale…
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Film, Fool's Gold

Fool's Gold

The fact that 2003's Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl was such a hit had much to do with viewers' pre-launch expectations, which were approximately none. Who could have been blamed for thinking a Gore Verbinski-directed,…
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Film, Scattered Dour

Scattered Dour

The Weather Man, starring Nicolas Cage as a disappointment of a son and a failure of a father, was screened for critics in the spring, before its April release was pushed to October, ostensibly to allow for the off chance…
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Film, Ghost and the Machine

Ghost and the Machine

The Ring, Gore Verbinski's 2002 remake of Hideo Nakata's Ringu, offered sufficient closure that it didn't exactly demand a sequel. The horror lay in wondering why a mysterious videotape kills viewers seven days after they watch it; to a lesser…
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Film, The Phantom Menace

The Phantom Menace

You're not very likely to hear this critic utter the phrases "American remake" and "good idea" in the same breath. Godzilla, anyone? La Femme Nikita bastardized into Point of No Return? The Ladykillers? Just say no! Yet when Hidayo Nakata's…
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