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The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

Ender's Game is Both Smart AND Appropriate

Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield star in
"Ender's Game." (Photo: Summit Entertainment)

 MOVIE REVIEW 

Without the benefit of reading the book, Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card before seeing the movie, I didn’t know what to expect. Honestly, the trailers and press photos did not impress me in the least and it feels like Summit Entertainment has been promoting this film forever.  So imagine my surprise when it turned out to be good – really good.
In what appeared to be a “children’s” movie, turned out to be something worthwhile for the whole family. In fact, at the screening I attended, I don’t remember seeing any kids there, but the place was packed completely full of sci-fi fan adults, who seemed to have liked it as much as I did. It doesn’t hurt that the film has the star power of Harrison Ford, Viola Davis and Ben Kingsley. More importantly, Asa Butterfield (Ender) holds the whole thing together with his incredibly fine acting. The movie would have fallen apart with a lesser actor.

The basic plotline made my eyes roll at the start of the movie and if you can get over that, you’ll enjoy the movie. Set sometime in the near future, Earth was (or will be if you prefer) attacked by the alien race known as the Formics, a stunt that the world was not prepared for. So, the International Fleet begins preparing children for the next battle, if it comes to that. Children are recruited because they are so good at video games. Since all the training takes place in a virtual world, it will be the children that will save us. Trust me, it gets better.

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