CATEGORIES Movie NewsYour Memorial Day weekend movie choices provide a little something for everyone -- action, comedy, and family-friendly fantasy.
"Fast & Furious 6," "The Hangover Part III," and "Epic" are hitting theaters, and we have the details on all three to help you decide what to see over the long holiday weekend.
If you're an adrenaline junkie, a gear head, or just a fan of Vin Diesel, the "Fast & Furious" franchise's sixth installment skids into theaters on Friday, and all of the "Fast" cast is back. "Fast 5" left off with Dom (Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker), and their crew high off an elaborate heist in Brazil that netted them $100 million, but also forced them to flee, so they scattered themselves around the world to avoid being caught.
"Fast & Furious 6" catches back up with the crew, who are now tired of living life on the run. Enter Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson), who has been hard at work tracking a lethal group of drivers, their boss (Luke Evans), and his second-in-command Letty (who everyone thinks is dead), across 12 countries. Hobbs can only think of one way to catch the criminals -- out-match them. So, naturally, he turns to Dom and his crew for help, and offers them all pardons in return. Sounds like a pretty good deal. For fans of the series, this might just be the most exciting one yet.
Speaking of franchises, "The Hangover Part III" hits theaters today, May 23, (a day earlier than originally planned). This time around there is no wedding and no bachelor party, but there is, however, a funeral. After Alan's dad (Jeffrey Tambor) dies, Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Doug (Justin Bartha) decide it's time for Alan to reevaluate his life, so they send him to rehab. But things never work out the way the Wolfpack plans.
While on the road, they are stopped by a gangster (John Goodman) and his crew. Naturally, they kidnap Doug (Justin Bartha) and are forced to go find Chow (Ken Jeong), who owes Goodman $21 million. Soon, they end up in Tijuana, where Chow is hiding, and find their way back to Las Vegas. The trailer depicts everything we've come to expect from Todd Phillips's trilogy of bad decisions and debauchery, but only time will tell if returning to the desert where it all began will prove to be a good choice for the franchise.
On the family front, Blue Sky -- the studio behind the "Ice Age" movies -- brings us "Epic." Based on William Joyce's childrens's book, "The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs," the 3D, animated adaptation follows human teenager M.K. (Amanda Seyfried), as she's shrunk by a magical plant bulb and discovers the world of the Leaf Men and the rest of their garden-dwelling friends. She soon meets a Leaf Man teenager named Nod (Josh Hutcherson), and joins him and a troupe of bugs as they try to save their garden and protect that magical bulb from the evil Mandrake (Christoph Waltz), who is set on destroying it. The movie also features the voices of Colin Farrell, Beyonce, Steven Tyler, and Jason Sudeikis.
Which movie is on your Memorial Day must-see list?