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Wisecracking commentary accompanies ‘Sharknado’

The Syfy channel’s dedication to schlocky modern-day B-movies is the stuff of Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett’s dreams.

The three-man team behind — the latest iteration of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, a cult-comedy television series that aired from 1988 to 1999 — is taking on one of the most popular Syfy creature features yet: Sharknado.

RiffTrax joins Fathom Events, The Asylum, IGN and Syfy in two screenings at 650 cinemas around the country. And this is no mere replay of the television movie on the big screen. Rather, the guys of RiffTrax will narrate and comment on the film live at the historic State Theatre in Minneapolis at 7 p.m. July 10.

Minneapolis is the birthplace of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, the series that featured a man and his robot sidekicks who screen bad movies from their space station prison. Why? Because the evil scientist is using them in a psychological experiment. To stay sane, the man and his robot friends mock the films and crack wise on everything from the plots to the costumes and acting.

Local RiffTrax buffs can see the live broadcast at 7 p.m. July 10 from the comfort of the leaning chairs at the Denton Cinemark, 2825 Wind River Lane. A taped screening will roll at 7:30 p.m. July 15.

For advance tickets, visit .

— Lucinda Breeding