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This Aug. 17, 2011 photo provided by producer Josh Gemma shows RiffTrax members, from left: Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy crack wise on stage during a screening of the 1962 movie “Jack the Giant Killer” at a Nashville, Tenn. More than a decade after the demise of cult TV show “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” comedy groups are riffing on bad movies at theaters, nightclubs and sports arenas across the country.

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Movie riffs making comeback from theaters to clubs

Scenes of Tom Cruise filled the big screen, but the moviegoers packed inside a Missouri theater focused their attention on the action playing out away from the film: Three local actors and comics cracking jokes about the star’s height, his fervent belief in Scientology and some of his cinematic shortcomings.

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