Seen and reviewed (June 11)

New films in theaters this week:

Friday, June 11

“The A-Team” (rated PG-13), a big-screen adaptation of the mid-1980s television series. Liam Neeson stars.
“The Karate Kid” (rated PG), a “re-imagining” of the 1984 hit, starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan.
“Looking for Eric” (not rated), a fantasy-drama about a depressed, middle-aged mail sorter and soccer fan.
“Mid-August Lunch” (not rated), a drama examining a mother-son friendship. Italian with subtitles

Due to other commitments, I was unable to see “Mid-August Lunch.” National reviews for the film have been mostly favorable.

And unfortunately, some strong language may keep audiences from seeing “Looking for Eric,” which has some genuinely sweet and effective moments. It’s a pity the filmmakers didn’t tone down the nearly constant flow of profanity, which detracts from the story.

Poster art courtesy Columbia Pictures

Surprisingly, it’s the major studio efforts that are the week’s best films. The “Karate Kid” remake is too long (it’s two-plus hours) and the violence-against-children aspect is worrisome. But the younger Smith has the charm of his father, Will Smith, and his on-screen relationship with Chan is believable and warm.

Poster art courtesy Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

And make no mistake about it, “The A-Team” is strictly a B-movie. But it’s a fun one — a revenge/action-thriller that has plenty of action and thrills in it. You can’t possibly take any of it seriously. But it’s clear that the cast and filmmakers didn’t intend for that to happen anyway.

Which, if any, of these movies fit into your weekend viewing plans?

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