The Lone Ranger
In Theaters: July 3
Studio suits don’t put a movie into the coveted July 4th weekend spot without confidence that they’ll hit pay dirt. Enter The Lone Ranger, with Armie Hammer as the masked man of Western lore and Johnny Depp as Tonto, his Native American sidekick. Gore Verbinski, who directed Depp in three smash Pirates of the Caribbean epics, knows that Depp is nobody’s stooge. The daringly unpredictable actor could play Tonto as Jack Sparrow in feathers and Kabuki makeup and still have us lining up. That’s box-office insurance, baby. That’s summer.