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Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) braces for a bug attack in “Starship Troopers.” The 1997 sci-fi flick gets lampooned next week by the RiffTrax team.

RiffTrax team takes on ‘Starship Troopers’

Calling all closet film critics: If you thought 1997’s Starship Troopers was a Syfy B-movie before Snakehead Terror and Sharknado were glimmers in the eyes of schlock producers, circle this date.

At 7 p.m. Aug. 15, NCM Fathom Events, RiffTrax and IGN present the giant-bug-as-alien flick Starship Troopers on the big screen — as Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett see it.

If those names don’t sound familiar, the men’s most popular project will: Mystery Science Theatre 3000.

It’s a simple idea, really. The RiffTrax guys provide comedic commentary on the film as you watch it with them. The trio sometimes appears to give commentary live in the theater, but this’ll be a broadcast of the crew skewering the 1997 sci-fi story about a bug-plagued apocalypse.

Starship Troopers is the tale of young trooper Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien). He’s joined by Lt. Carmen Ibanez (Denise Richards) and a small group of brave souls (Neil Patrick Harris, Jake Busey and Michael Ironside).

The event screens at Denton’s Cinemark 14, 2825 Wind River Lane.

Tickets cost $11.50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors and students with valid ID, and $9.50 for children. To buy tickets, visit

— Lucinda Breeding


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