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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…

MercyMe and Tenth Avenue North to Tour in 2018

MercyMe and Tenth Avenue North 2018 concerts.
(Media Collective)

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MercyMe has had a banner year that will continue well into 2018. The group is closing 2017 on a high note with the wrapping of their successful headlining “Lifer Tour,” three GMA Dove Award wins (including the Artist of the Year title) and their sixth American Music Award (AMA) nomination. Much of the fanfare stems from their most recent No. 1 album Lifer which debuted earlier this year, and includes “Even If” which dominated the Billboard and Mediabase radio charts with a 19-week.

Today it was announced that MercyMe would unite with Tenth Avenue North for the new concert series “MercyMe and Tenth Avenue North Live” Tour at the start of next year. Over 20 markets along the East and Midwest are among the routing which will run February through April. The new concert tour conicides with the movie release, I Can Only Imagine which comes to theaters on March 16, 2018. The movie is a true story based on the life Bart Millard who wrote the mega-hit song after the loss of his father to cancer.

Although all concert dates are subject to change, he is tour schedule as it stands now:

February:
16: West Lafayette, IN; 17: Columbus, OH; 18: Saginaw, MI; 22: Corpus Christi, TX; 23: Sugar Land, TX; 24: Grand Prairie, TX; 25: Cedar Park, TX.

March:
1: Johnson City, TN; 2: Atlanta, GA; 3: Birmingham, AL; 4: Nashville, TN; 8: Lowell, MA; 9: Wilkes-Barre, PA; 10: Philadelphia, PA; 11: Newark, NJ.

April:
5: Omaha, NE; 6: Tulsa, OK; 7: Saint Charles, MO; 8: Grand Rapids, MI; 12: Des Moines, IA; 13: Minneapolis, MN; 14: Duluth, MN; 15: Sioux Falls, SD.

Tickets for “MercyMe and Tenth Avenue North Live” will go on sale Friday, November 10. For more information visit the band’s website.

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