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Gore Verbinski United States, 2013

Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film The Lone Ranger

Pitched somewhere between the spectacle of The General and the cynicism of Once Upon a Time in the West, Verbinski & Co. wrestle with complex themes, from genocide & corruption, to betrayal & unrequited love. Placing their escapism within a context of American history, here brought to life for a child who knows only of "heroes" when the reality is something far more cruel, the results are both thrilling & affecting.