New movies this week
A Nightmare on Elm Street
The gist: Freddy Krueger gets the same unnecessary remake treatment his pals Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers got. This time he's being played by Rorschach from Watchmen, so it's got to be decent, right? Right? R
Starring: Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Thomas Dekker, Kellan Lutz, Katie Cassidy and Connie Britton.
The buzz: Wrong. Even Robert Englund's blessing wasn't enough to keep this version from being horrifying in the wrong way, because this version is wholly unnecessary. "With any number of Nightmare movies to choose from available for rental ('Look, it's Johnny Depp!'), the idea that someone's cool screenplay got passed over so that this franchise could wheeze back to life is disappointing," the Arizona Republic chides.
The gist: A real-estate developer has to battle a gang of anthropomorphic woodland creatures who don't want him to clear-cut their homes and build more McMansions. If only this crew had paid a visit to Goldman Sachs. PG
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Brooke Shields, Dick Van Dyke, Ken Jeong and Samantha Bee.
The buzz: Decidedly awful, although a friend's 7-year-old thought it looked hilarious, which gives you some idea of the target audience. "On the sliding critter-comedy scale, Furry Vengeance falls somewhere between the Chipmunks and the Chihuahua (the one from Beverly Hills)," the Orlando Sentinel says. That's not a good thing.
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The gist: The late Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy, which has sold 7 million volumes, gets the big-screen treatment as a defamed journalist and an angry cyberpunk chick unravel the mysteries of the mysterious Vanger clan. No MPAA rating
Starring: Michael Nyqvis, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Peter Haber, Sven-Bertil Taube, Peter Andersson, Ingvar Hirdwall and Marika Lagercrantz.
The buzz: Not for mainstream audiences, but then, neither were the books, and they did just fine. "A compelling thriller to begin with, but it adds the rare quality of having a heroine more fascinating than the story," the Chicago Sun-Times' Roger Ebert lauds.
The Nomadic Tendencies Film Festival at Beach Theatre kicks off a weeklong event featuring independently produced flicks from France's Strasbourg International Film Festival. Shows begin at 1 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with tickets going for $7 per screening, $12 for a day pass or $30 for the weekend. Go to beachtheatre.com for more information.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org