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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…

'Fisher' is a Heart-Warming Quirky Comedy

11-year-old Henry Fisher (Eli Baker) and Mel Fisher
 (J.K. Simmons) star in “Growing Up Fisher.”

Growing Up Fisher Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.

NBC’s other tryout is better suited for families. Too bad that it airs at 9:30 p.m. Like most of TV these days, the Fishers are not your typical family. The show is inspired by Executive Producer, DJ Nash’s own life growing up with a family that is ironically drawn closer together by divorce. Jason Bateman narrates the show as 11-year-old Henry Fisher. His father Mel (J.K. Simmons) has been blind since the age of 12, but he never lets that stop him from doing, well, anything including chopping down trees and parallel parking. His mother Joyce (Jenna Elfman) is going through her own mid-life crisis trying to “find herself.” His sister, Katie (Ava Deluca-Verley), has the unfortunate job of mothering her own mother.

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