Weekend Movie Preview - 07/02/13It's all about family-focused, all-American fare at the movies this long Fourth of July weekend. "Despicable Me 2" and "The Lone Ranger" both hit theaters July 3 in hopes of scoring big with Independence Day weekend moviegoers.

Gru and his Minons are back in Universal's sequel to 2010's "Despicable Me." Steve Carell reprises his role as the super-villain, who has given up his evil ways thanks to his three adopted daughters. The new Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. The movie also features the voices of Kristen Wiig, who plays Gru's new partner in anti-crime, Lucy, Russell Brand, and Al Pacino (who makes his animated film debut). Early word on the follow-up is positive, proving to be fun for both kids and their parents.

But, if the PG-rated animated sequel is too kid-friendly for you, Disney's "The Lone Ranger" also gallops into theaters. Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer star in the cinematic reboot of the classic TV show. Depp plays Tonto, a Native American warrior who recounts the untold tales of what transformed John Reid (Hammer), a man of the law, into an outlaw and a masked symbol of justice. The film is directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, aka the team that brought you the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, but reviews of the modern western are mixed.

Only box office results will tell which holiday weekend offering struck the right nerve with audiences.

Which movie are you going to see this weekend?
Despicable Me 2 Movie Poster
Despicable Me 2
Based on 39 critics

Now that Gru (Steve Carell) has forsaken a life of crime to raise Margo, Agnes and Edith, he's trying... Read More