The Karate Kid

Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson | PG |

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FAMILY

It was smart to move the Karate Kid to China. The country is gorgeously shot, and the shift raises the stakes for Dre Parker (Smith), who navigates a new language, culture and-almost as soon as the plane lands in Beijing-new bullies. Kid is a fresh yet faithful update of the '84 original, even down to the cute crush on a classmate (an adorable Wenwen Han). One issue: It's hard to watch 11-year-old Smith get beat up; the earlier version was set in high school. That said, he clearly took acting and kung fu training seriously, keeping up with Chan (who shows nuance and depth as Dre's instructor), and putting dad Will on notice: He may have competition as an action star.

Ondine

Colin Farrell, Alicja Bachleda | PG-13 |

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DRAMA

Ondine is an adult fairy tale-as dark as it is otherworldly. When sad-sack Irish fisherman Syracuse (Farrell, his talent on full display) hauls a stranger (Bachleda) in his net, his luck changes. Suddenly he's catching more fish and telling tales of Ondine, the mystery lady, to his droll priest (Stephen Rea) and his ailing but charmingly frank daughter Annie (Alison Barry), who decides Ondine is a mythical sea creature and quizzes her on it. But Ondine's origins aren't the point. The point of this quiet, sweet film is that we should seize whatever chances at happiness wash up in our net-a truism so tidy, we're inclined to forgive an ending that's more Hollywood cliche than Irish fable.

Will and Jada's son, 11, joins the family business

WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO ACT?

After doing The Pursuit of Happyness (in '06 with his dad). I enjoy being somebody else.

YOUR PARENTS MUST BE PROUD.

They were very proud. My mom said I could have whatever I wanted for two days after I finished the movie. I played World of Warcraft.

WHAT ADVICE DID MOM AND DAD GIVE?

To be humble-and not be like, "Oh, I'm the Karate Kid, ha ha, and you're not."

"Boy, it feels like a lifetime ago," says Ralph Macchio, now 48, of starring as Daniel, a teen who learns self-defense (and car-wax technique) from handyman Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita). "I was so skinny, all limbs." Daniel-san doesn't make a cameo in the new film. "To see Daniel as a man, it would ruin a piece of our youth."

The indie actress and director, 31, messes with Mother Nature in Splice

ON HORROR MOVIES

I love them when they are great, but they seldom are. They're like the Toronto Maple Leafs: People go see them whether or not they're any good.

ON SPLICE'S AMOK ALIEN CHILD

It's like the worst subconscious realization of parenting. That's what I find most hilarious and intriguing.

ON WHY SHE ACTS SO RARELY

Why not do what appeals to you in the moment?

As The A-Team muscles into theaters, we recall our fave tube-to-screen transitions

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (1996)

Mission made Tom Cruise an action star and re-wrote the rules by killing half the cast in the first 15 minutes.

STAR TREK (2009)

After years of dismal Treks, a smart script and hot new Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) revived the franchise.

THE BRADY BUNCH MOVIE (1995)

By embracing Jan's (Jennifer Elise Cox) loopy insecurity, the Bunch went from corny to cult hit.

Pirate treasure! Opera-singing mobsters! The Truffle Shuffle! We catch up with stars of the cult classic as it marks a milestone anniversary.

Break out the Baby Ruths! The Goonies' band of treasure-hunting misfits who captivated '80s kids still inspire devotion. "It's apple pie-clean fun," says director Richard Donner, "with these wonderfully offbeat kids."

The brainchild of Steven Spielberg, the film (an anniversary collector's edition DVD is due Nov. 2) featured young stars-to-be including Sean Astin, Josh Brolin and Corey Feldman. For Feldman, 38, who's now touring with his band Truth Movement, "not a day passes that someone doesn't bring up Goonies."

The waterlogged shoot was "chaos" at times, says costar Kerri Green, 43, now a stay-at-home mom of two. "Seven precocious, attention-loving kids, one camera. It was madness." The kids also grew up on-set: Donner gave gym equipment to Cohen, who played chubby Chunk, after noticing his discomfort with his weight; the director also helped Feldman during his later struggles with drug addiction. "I've never had kids, but at that moment they were mine," Donner says. Most of all, the movie's embrace-your-eccentricities message continues to resonate. Says Feldman: "I still feel like a big Goonie."

WHERE'S CHUNK?

A successful (and svelte!) L.A. entertainment lawyer, Cohen, 35, says clients "get a kick out of" his Goonies past.

R.I.P., SLOTH

Ex-NFL star John Matuszak, who played a gentle giant, died in '89 of heart failure at 38. "He loved those kids," says Donner.

BEFORE JOSH WAS FAMOUS

"The boys wanted to be him; the girls loved him," Green says of Brolin, who played Astin's hunky big brother.

>Will and Jada's son, 11, joins the family business

WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO ACT?

After doing The Pursuit of Happyness [in '06 with his dad]. I enjoy being somebody else.

YOUR PARENTS MUST BE PROUD.

They were very proud. My mom said I could have whatever I wanted for two days after I finished the movie. I played World of Warcraft.

WHAT ADVICE DID MOM AND DAD GIVE?

To be humble—and not be like, "Oh, I'm the Karate Kid, ha ha, and you're not."

>"Boy, it feels like a lifetime ago," says Ralph Macchio, now 48, of starring as Daniel, a teen who learns self-defense (and car-wax technique) from handyman Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita). "I was so skinny, all limbs." Daniel-san doesn't make a cameo in the new film. "To see Daniel as a man, it would ruin a piece of our youth."

>• The indie actress and director, 31, messes with Mother Nature in Splice

ON HORROR MOVIES

I love them when they are great, but they seldom are. They're like the Toronto Maple Leafs: People go see them whether or not they're any good.

ON SPLICE'S AMOK ALIEN CHILD

It's like the worst subconscious realization of parenting. That's what I find most hilarious and intriguing.

ON WHY SHE ACTS SO RARELY

Why not do what appeals to you in the moment?

>As The A-Team muscles into theaters, we recall our fave tube-to-screen transitions

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (1996)

Mission made Tom Cruise an action star and re-wrote the rules by killing half the cast in the first 15 minutes.

STAR TREK (2009)

After years of dismal Treks, a smart script and hot new Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) revived the franchise.

THE BRADY BUNCH MOVIE (1995)

By embracing Jan's (Jennifer Elise Cox) loopy insecurity, the Bunch went from corny to cult hit.

>• Pirate treasure! Opera-singing mobsters! The Truffle Shuffle! We catch up with stars of the cult classic as it marks a milestone anniversary.

Break out the Baby Ruths! The Goonies' band of treasure-hunting misfits who captivated '80s kids still inspire devotion. "It's apple pie—clean fun," says director Richard Donner, "with these wonderfully offbeat kids."

The brainchild of Steven Spielberg, the film (an anniversary collector's edition DVD is due Nov. 2) featured young stars-to-be including Sean Astin, Josh Brolin and Corey Feldman. For Feldman, 38, who's now touring with his band Truth Movement, "not a day passes that someone doesn't bring up Goonies."

The waterlogged shoot was "chaos" at times, says costar Kerri Green, 43, now a stay-at-home mom of two. "Seven precocious, attention-loving kids, one camera. It was madness." The kids also grew up on-set: Donner gave gym equipment to Cohen, who played chubby Chunk, after noticing his discomfort with his weight; the director also helped Feldman during his later struggles with drug addiction. "I've never had kids, but at that moment they were mine," Donner says. Most of all, the movie's embrace-your-eccentricities message continues to resonate. Says Feldman: "I still feel like a big Goonie."

WHERE'S CHUNK?

A successful (and svelte!) L.A. entertainment lawyer, Cohen, 35, says clients "get a kick out of" his Goonies past.

R.I.P., SLOTH

Ex-NFL star John Matuszak, who played a gentle giant, died in '89 of heart failure at 38. "He loved those kids," says Donner.

BEFORE JOSH WAS FAMOUS

"The boys wanted to be him; the girls loved him," Green says of Brolin, who played Astin's hunky big brother.