It will be an action packed weekend at the box office, with two movies opening Friday.
Theater owners will be hoping they'll draw in adults who grew up in the 80s and want to remember two of their pop culture touchstones by watching updated versions. But it remains to be seen if either movie will be able to dethrone reigning box office champion "Shrek."
Here's a look at what's new in theaters.
In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team.
That's the opening narration from the 1980s TV show that starred George Peppard, Dwight Schultz, Mr. T and Dirk Benedict. The new movie stars Liam Neeson, Sharlto Copley, Quinton 'Rampage'Jackson and Bradley Cooper and it keeps the same basic story.
This time around, Hannibal (Neeson), Face (Cooper), B.A. (Jackson) and Murdock (District 9's Copley) are Iraq War veterans who are branded as war criminals. Jessica Biel, Gerald McRaney and a number of the surviving members of the original TV show appear.
The A-Team is rated PG-13 and runs 1 hour 57 minutes.
The Karate Kid:
The Karate Kid is a remake of the 1984 film of the same name about a teen who learns karate while dealing with bullies. The original, which starred Ralph Macchio and the late Pat Morita, is considered by many to be a 1980s classic.
This time around, Will Smith's son Jaden plays Dre Parker and Jackie Chan plays his teacher, Mr. Han. The action also moves from southern California to China, and instead of karate, Parker is taught Kung Fu.
The Karate Kid is rated PG and runs 2 hours 20 minutes.
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