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The Lone Ranger 2013: Johnny Depp as a Native American Jack Sparrow (photo: Johnny Depp as Tonto in The Lone Ranger) [See previous post: "The Lone Ranger Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean in Western Garb."] Gore Verbinski fills The Lone Ranger with ticklish insider references to other classic Westerns and even gives a nod to Johnny Depp’s 1995 oater Dead Man. And, as usual, the director busts out the crane shots — and it’s always a kick to see how his latest swooping camera move will reveal detail and add spikes of humor. The flip side is that Verbinski will indulge any plot complication as long as it results in another action sequence. John and Tonto’s search for Cavendish often takes them to a railroad track, railroad tunnel, or railroad train, where a loud and kicky set piece awaits its cue. In fact, six miles of track and two locomotives were constructed just to add authenticity to The Lone Ranger, even though there »

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