We usually run one or two "official" reviews of new films here at Cinematical, but since we have so many ravenous movie freaks on staff, I thought we should figure out a way to utilize that asset. To that end, we'll be posting an "Open Forum" post every Saturday night, which will allow you to enjoy a wide array of Cinematical opinions for that weekend's films -- plus we want you to participate as well. That's pretty much what Open Forum means...
So we'll try this experiment out with the films of the last weekend in April. Don't say you weren't warned.
A Nightmare on Elm St.
"I want to be completely fair, so I'm going to pretend that I wasn't alive in 1984 and that I didn't see a certain influential horror movie that clawed its way into my brain and still plagues my subconscious. The new version motors through its paces at a good clip and is an eminently likable, yet disposable genre picture. I can't help wishing, though, that it was more ambitious and daring: my brain has room for more nightmares." -- Peter Martin
"I am loath to start tossing around insults, but A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010 casts serious doubt on the adage, often trotted out by critics when they are feeling charitable or contrite, that no one sets out to make a bad movie. Astoundingly useless and boring, the remake is -- forgive me -- a goddamn nightmare." -- Eugene Novikov
"So generic, so lazy, and so forgettable they may as well have "we're not even trying" plastered across the bottom of the screen." -- Scott Weinberg