'The A-Team,' 'Karate Kid' -- New Movies to See This Weekend, June 11

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The A-Team starring Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson
Photo from FOX
It's Friday! Time for dinner and a movie. Looking for some action? Well, good, because that's what you're getting this week -- and you'll be kickin' it old school. If it's date night with the hubs, check out Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper in The A-Team, a remake of the TV classic. Got the kiddies in tow? You're in for another remake -- Will Smith's son, Jaden, and Jackie Chan star in a revamp of The Karate Kid.

The A-Team (FOX)

Do we really need to revisit the '80s? Apparently we do. Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson, Sharlto Copley (District 9), and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson star in this remake of the '80s hit about a renegade bunch of war vets -- here they fought in Iraq -- sent to the Middle East, apparently to retrieve a set of American mint plates being used to counterfeit American currency. Then Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biel show up to complicate things. A franchise picture if ever there was one, this remake takes itself too seriously. I mean, c'mon. Liam Neeson as Hannibal, the ragtag crew's fearless (and humorless) leader? It's a summer action blockbuster. Let's not over-think it.

The Karate Kid (Sony Pictures)

Everybody was kung fu fighting, indeed. Another uninspired remake, this one turns Daniel San into Dre (played by Kid producer Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's son Jaden Smith), a Detroit pre-teen whose mom's (Taraji P. Henson) job transfer lands them in Beijing, where he's tormented by Chinese school kids before landing under the careful guidance of Jackie Chan's tutelage in the original Pat Morita role, here dubbed Mr. Han. This Kid's alright, but for a real treat, introduce your little ones to the old school version.

Are you up for some action this weekend? Or are you going to check out something else?


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