respectable but dull, while Monsters, as directed by Thor Freudenthal ( Diary of a Wimpy Kid), is dull and awkwardly executed. It’s less a theatrical release than a Disney Channel special that got dressed up in CGI clothes. dutifully hits its plot points involving prophecies and fleeces without evoking a whiff of spirit or imagination. It’s a shame that the millions of readers who fell in love with Riordan’s classic-meetscontemporary children’s stories. The first, 2010’s Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, was
THE LONE RANGER
Starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp, this reboot is a mishmash of styles, genres and tonal shifts. The Lone Ranger may best be understood and appreciated as one long homage to Depp. As Tonto, the Lone Ranger’s sidekick, Depp challenges and indulges in the caricatures that made Jay Silverheels’s TV character a lightning rod for Native American outrage.