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…

Disney's Slate of Movies for 2017

Coco, Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 come to theaters this year.
Coco, Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 come to
theaters this year. (Walt Disney Pictures)
Disney had a banner year in 2016 having produced six of the top 10 best-performing films. Can they do it again for 2017? The live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Star Wars 8 are sure to be huge successes, but the other franchises on the list like Cars 3 and the 5th installment of Pirates of the Caribbean may not fare as well as it is uncertain how many fans were hoping for more of these two stories or how much more stories are left to tell. Then there are there is the big question mark of the new animated film, Coco. At any rate, here is the full slate of Disney movies to be released in 2017...READ MORE

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