Memorial Day weekend brings mediocrity to the multiplexes.
The likely box-office winner will be "Fast & Furious 6," the latest of the car-racing action franchise. This time the outlaw racers (Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot) team up with Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), the Fed who tried to catch them in the last movie, to go after a nasty Eurotrash villain (Luke Evans). The motivation? Hobbs has evidence that Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), the girlfriend of Diesel's character who died in the fourth movie, is really alive and working for the villain. Director Justin Lin, on his fourth outing in the series, presents bigger and more brainless action set pieces, incoherently edited and strung together with the flimsiest of plot threads. The best thing about the movie is also the saddest: It sets up No. 7 quite nicely.
"Epic" is a generic title for a generic animated adventure. It centers on a teen (voiced by Amanda Seyfried) who is magically shrunk down to two inches, where she discovers a civilization of Leaf Men and Boggens, in an eternal battle of life vs. decay in the forest. The visuals (based on William Joyce's picture-book series) are charming, but the story is a snooze.