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…

Easter Week Movie Line Up Includes Premiere of ‘Grace Unplugged’

AJ Michalka stars in Grace Unplugged. (Inquisitr/Getty Images)
Grace Unplugged is the new addition to the UP network’s annual movie marathon event known as “Easter Lives Here.” Beginning on Palm Sunday, the network will air a hodge-podge of 14 Easter-themed stories, biblical stories and faith-based redemption stories between March 20-27. These include the 1965 classic The Greatest Story Ever Told, two of the highly successful Kendrick brothers films (Courageous, Fireproof) and some of the best made-for-TV Easter movies that have been presented in the last few years.

"Every year our celebration of Easter gets bigger and better," said Sophia Karteris Kelley, senior vice president, programming. "We hope that this year's lineup of powerful, inspirational films will bring families together to celebrate this season of joy and renewal.” 


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