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Film Review: The Karate Kid

Check out the trailers for this week's reviewed films: The Karate Kid in cinemas and Shutter Island and I Love You, Phillip Morris on DVD...

The Karate Kid
Some of you will remember the classic ’80s original with whiny old Daniel San and his worringly tender relationship with bonsai-obsessed karate master Mr Miyagi. Well, here’s the utterly inevitable update.

The action’s shifted to China, Jackie Chan is the rightful heir to Miyagi as kung-fu handyman Mr Han and Will Smith’s nipper Jayden is only slightly irritating as bullied teen Dre.

However, we don’t see enough of Chan’s legendary skills, the acting’s fairly shoddy and the twee tale somehow lacks the original’s kitsch appeal. Plus the new catchphrases just don’t quite cut it.

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'Warning: you may want to punch Will Smith’s child after watching this.'

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Shutter Island
(Blu-Ray, DVD)
Inception’s not the only Leonardo DiCaprio’s mind-bender you should be checking out. He leads a team investigating a spooked psychiatric hospital in this Martin Scosese thriller, and while it might have a clangingly obvious twist, there are some nicely chilling moments (be prepared for girlfriend screeching). A great Friday night movie.

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I Love You, Phillip Morris (Blu-Ray, DVD)
A movie that’s not quite sure what it is. Sure, the tale of a straight policeman-turned-über gay-con artist crowbars in plenty of trademark big Jim Carrey laughs, but it quickly morphs into a harrowing prison tale, via a spell as a mawkish romantic comedy. Carrey was probably pitching for an Oscar with this all-action role. He won’t be getting one, we’re afraid.

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