Killer Russian submarines and a town terrorized by giant spiders? If it weren’t for the talking white mouse, this week’s crop of movies could have been released in the 1950s.
It’s the type of weekend built to please parents, teens and the younger set alike, as “K-19: The Widowmaker,” “Eight Legged Freaks” and “Stuart Little 2” are all hitting theaters.
Based on the true story of a leaky Russian submarine sent out to sea a tad too early, “K-19: The Widowmaker” features fellow “Star Wars” veterans Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson. Each of them sports a Soviet uniform and a thick Russian accent as their sub suffers a core meltdown, nearly triggering a nuclear war.
David Arquette leads a war of a different kind, as he and a bunch of town-folk battle the gigantic spiders of “Eight Legged Freaks.” Hearkening back to the glory days of schlocky B-cinema, “Freaks” puts a comedic spin on its subject matter while offering up a requisite amount of thrills, chills and gooey man-eating. “Eight Legged Freaks” also stars Scarlett Johansson (“Ghost World”) and Kari Wuhrer (“Anaconda”).
And then there’s the four-legged freak. Like the 1999 original, “Stuart Little 2” is about a little white mouse that can talk, thanks to the voice of Michael J. Fox. Stuart’s latest adventure includes learning how to fly an airplane and meeting a friendly bird. “Stuart Little 2” also features the voices of Geena Davis (“A League of Their Own”), Melanie Griffith (“Crazy in Alabama”) and Nathan Lane (“Isn’t She Great”). Fox’s voice can also soon be heard doing commentary for the “Back to the Future” trilogy DVD box set and in next year’s “The Magic 7,” alongside the vocal talents of Jennifer Love Hewitt.
All three films are opening nationwide this week, while indie crime-comedy “Lansdown” and “Tadpole” are getting the limited-release treatment. “Tadpole” stars up-and-coming young actor Aaron Stanford, who was recently cast as Pyro in the “X-Men” sequel (see “New Mutants Added To ’X-Men 2’ “ ).