New movies this week
The gist: Four soldiers accused of a crime they didn't commit. New cast, action and adventure, yada yada yada. Look! We're 8 years old again! PG-13
Starring: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson and Gerald McRane.
The buzz: What are you expecting, high art? This movie's about nostalgia and blowing things up. "Both in name and spirit, The A-Team drags the '80s into the 21st century, and you might be surprised to find — if only briefly — that you've missed them just a little," the New York Daily News says.
The Karate Kid
The gist: Boy being bullied, ancient martial arts master, big tournament at the end, yada yada yada. Look! We're 9 years old again!
Starring: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Wenwen Han and Taraji P. Henson
The buzz: We've heard the story about why this is called The Karate Kid and not The Kung Fu Kid, and it suffices. The critics mostly seem to think the same, despite the flick being a retread. "The kids in the movie, from musicians to marital artists, are unusually skillful, and Smith seems assured of more starring roles. By the end of The Karate Kid, we can't help cheering, even when we know we've been sucker-punched," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says.
The gist: An autobiographical story about twin baseball players who promise their alcoholic dad that Ed Harris will play him in a movie about their lives, more or less.
Starring: Harris, Charlie Winston, Clyde Winston, Ishiah Benben, Noah Miller, Logan Miller, James Carraway and Robert Forster.
The buzz: This almost-a-doc will be a classic for men who didn't get along with their dads, but is pretty formulaic. "Despite the tale's real-life basis and a solid Ed Harris as their fictive equivalents' alcoholic dad, Touching Home emerges as a formulaic triumph-over-odds tale with too little distinguishing detail," Variety says.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org