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When I picked up a copy of “The Hurricane Heist” (2018), the first thing I thought of was “Sharknado.” But while “Sharknado” was totally committed to being the B-est of all B movies, this film is trying to be a caper flick, a disaster flick and God knows what else (What the hell is Ben Cross from “Chariots of Fire” doing as an Alabama sheriff?). So we get preposterous science, melodrama worthy of an animated graphic novel, a plot as worn out as the discarded paper money being stolen, absolutely cheesy special effects and not nearly enough B movie joy.

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It’s the matryoshka doll of B movies. “Mute Witness” is a 1995 slasher movie filmed on location in Russia about a slasher movie filmed on location in Russia that stumbles upon a snuff movie filmed on location in Russia. A hint of noir is supplied by the fact that our perky American protagonist is mute (thus the title). Longtime Russian actress Marina Zudina plays the perky American, while longtime British actress Fay Ripley plays her not as perky sister. Alec Guinness briefly appears in an uncredited role. It was his last film. He didn’t exactly leave on a high note.

Nobody wants to admit it today, but around 1991, the mullet hairstyle was popular with pretty much everybody, not just trailer trash. And nobody sported a longer, bleached-blondier mullet than Brian Bosworth, the college football star and NFL has-been. He made his debut in the cliche action B movie “Stone Cold” as a cop who plays by his own set of rules. He infiltrates a biker gang and lots of things blow up. His movie career did not. He is still seen in various B movies and reality shows today, sans mullet. But we still remember that mullet. We remember.