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…

November DVDs You'll Want to Check Out


Sure, we all enjoy going to the movies, but when you add up the ticket prices and snacks, not to mention the time to drive to the theater and the hassle of parking, your “fun” night out could take quite a toll on your nerves and your wallet. Fortunately, November offers some great stay-at-home options.

The Fitzgerald Family Christmas 
Stars: Kerry Bishe, Connie Britton, Edward Burns, Heather Burns 
Rating: PG-13 for language and some sexual and drug references
Release: November 5

Doing quadruple duty as producer, writer, director and actor, Edward Burns presents a holiday tale about an Irish family reuniting with their long estranged father of 20 years. Christmas is a complicated holiday for many families, often filled with laughs and tears. This comedy / drama deals with the adult children of the aforementioned estranged father and how they learn to cope with his absence and maybe even find a way to forgive him.


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