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Jimmy Geurts, Times Staff Writer

Jimmy Geurts

Jimmy Geurts works in the Tampa Bay Times' Tampa bureau and has reported on news, features and art and entertainment. He joined the Times in 2012 after graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in journalism. He has also written for Creative Loafing, the Tampa Tribune and the USF Oracle.

Phone: (813) 226-3402


Twitter: @JimmyGeurts

  1. What's coming to and leaving Netflix in September?


    September sees a slew of new television seasons coming to Netflix this month, including the highly anticipated new Marvel series Luke Cage. There's also the addition of Jaws and its sequels, as well as Zootopia and The Finest Hours as Disney's deal with the streaming service starts this month. But as Netflix giveth, it taketh away, and so shows like Alias and Fringe, the Jurassic Park series and Disney animated films The Emperor's New Groove and Lilo & Stitch leave. For a full list, read below:...

    The first season of Marvel's Luke Cage comes to Netflix in September.
  2. Review: 'Don't Breathe' a tense thriller for the senses


    The home invasion thriller gets a violent shift in perspective — emphasis on violent — in Fede Alvarez's new film Don't Breathe.

    Break-ins remain a popular backdrop for horror films, as they're terrifying and something one's more likely to encounter than Freddy Krueger. To heighten the vulnerability of the scenario, these films sometimes deprive their characters of a sense, whether that's Audrey Hepburn's blind protagonist in Wait Until Dark or the deaf woman at the center of this year's Hush....

    Stephen Lang in a scene from "Dont Breathe." (Gordon Timpen/Sony/Screen Gems via AP)
  3. What's coming to Amazon Prime in September?


    September is a busy month for Amazon's original television shows, including the third season of the critically acclaimed Transparent and new series by director Woody Allen and comedian Tig Notaro. Yet there's also plenty of new movies being added, including classics by Michael Cimino and Stanley Kubrick and great new ones including The Witch and Sicario. For a full list, read below:...

    The third season of Transparent comes to Amazon Prime in September.
  4. Review: 'Pete's Dragon' is surprisingly good


    There's a lot that's unlikely about Pete's Dragon, the remake of the 1977 Disney film, particularly how good it is.

    The original is no The Jungle Book or Alice in Wonderland when it comes to name recognition in the ever-growing list of Disney remakes. Even more unusual was hiring director David Lowery, whose last film was the Terrence Malick-esque crime tale Ain't Them Bodies Saints. (His contemporary Alex Ross Perry, writer-director of dark comedy Listen Up Philip, will be penning the new Winnie the Pooh. Go figure.)...

    Natalie (Oona Laurence) and Pete (Oakes Fegley) befriend Elliott, a furry, friendly dragon.
  5. Review: Children's book adaptation 'The Little Prince' a charming enough coup for Netflix


    In its short time making movies, Netflix has been many things, both good (haven for mid-budget films) and bad (Adam Sandler enabler). With The Little Prince, it takes on the new role of savior.

    The adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic children's book was set for a wide theatrical release in March. Then it was pulled from the schedule a week before release, with Paramount perhaps nervous about the big box office returns of fellow all-ages movie Zootopia....

    Mark Osborne's The Little Prince, starring Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams and Paul Rudd, is now available to watch on Netflix.
  6. Udipi Cafe is a good deal


    What I Ate: When you're a vegetarian, you look for any place where you can eat more than one or two items on the menu.

    Often I turn to Indian, Thai and Vietnamese restaurants — cuisines that center on vegetables, rice and sauces. So when I learned about Udipi Cafe, an all-vegetarian Indian restaurant, I sought it out.

    Though the restaurant offers a full dinner menu, I opted for their lunch buffet, figuring I could sample a variety of their dishes while saving some money. ...

    The lunch buffet at Udipi Cafe includes options such as chana masala, cabbage poriyal and a “chef’s special” curry.
  7. Review: Boris soaks in 'Pink' at the Orpheum


    It wasn’t that long ago that album performance shows largely seemed to be the territory of household names — your Bruce Springsteens and so forth.

    Yet the demand for such concerts has grown so large, as has the vastness of the media landscape, that even Japanese avant-rockers Boris are doing a tour for the tenth anniversary of their album Pink, including a stop Thursday at the Orpheum in Tampa. (Technically it’s been 11 years since its initial release in Japan, but a decade since the U.S. re-release where it became most widely known.)...

    Boris performed at the Orpheum in Tampa on July 28, 2016.
  8. What's coming to and leaving Netflix in August?


    The biggest news for Netflix in August is a slew of new originals, including the animated film version of The Little Prince and the first part of Baz Luhrmann's '70s New York music series The Get Down. There's also a number of new comedy specials including ones by David Cross and Louis C.K. (as well as the slightly less hip Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy) and early entries in the Fast and the Furious series. For a full list, read below:...

    Baz Luhrmann's '70s New York music series The Get Down has the first part of its first season come to Netflix in August.
  9. Review: 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople€™' finds small pleasures in vast New Zealand bush


    In what will be his last indie before tackling Thor: Ragnarok, New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi starts thinking bigger — if only slightly bigger — in Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

    Waititi is known for his work on Flight of the Conchords and films that share both its cast and dry sense of humor, such as vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows. This new movie is much in the same vein, but does see him working with a bigger canvas and lead actor before his big Marvel blockbuster....

    Julian Dennison and Sam Neill star in Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
  10. What's coming to Amazon Prime in August?


    The bad news this month for Amazon Prime subscribers is there's not much in the way of television shows or Amazon originals, most notably two seasons of House of Lies representing the former and Elvis & Nixon representing the latter. But the good news is that there's several noteworthy additions to their movie collection, including two Coen Brothers films, The Matrix and its sequels, Palme D'Or winner The Piano and more. For a full list, read below:...

    Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis comes to Amazon Prime in August, as does their 2007 Best Picture winner No Country for Old Men.
  11. The Refinery's Greg Baker talks about Tampa's early punk scene, babysitting the Replacements and more


    Greg Baker may be the owner and chef of some of Tampa Bay's most successful restaurants, including the Refinery and Fodder & Shine.

    But he's also a giant music fan with deep links to both the local punk scene and the music scene out in Portland, Ore., where he studied at the Western Culinary Institute while working with bands like the Replacements.

    "I was a musician for a long time and only gave it up when I opened the Refinery," he said in a recent interview. "It's a creative outlet. For a young cook, you're working on somebody else's vision. You get a slight degree of creativity, but it's not a full outlet. You're not calling the shots … It's the same brain muscles used in creating music as it is in creating food. So it makes perfect sense to me that the two would intertwine so much."...

  12. Refinery owner Baker recalls Tampa and Portland punk scenes

    Human Interest

    Before he opened acclaimed Seminole Heights restaurants the Refinery and Fodder & Shine, Greg Baker was navigating the unruly '80s punk scene in Tampa and babysitting the legendarily raucous band the Replacements in Portland. • The chef was raised in the Tampa Bay area, where he first heard the Clash on 98 Rock and went to shows, including two notorious Black Flag and Butthole Surfers gigs that ended in violence. • When he moved to Portland to attend the Western Culinary Institute he also started working for a concert promoter, where he witnessed the growing grunge scene and an infamous 1987 Replacements show. • Baker talked with Tampa Bay Times staff writer Jimmy Geurts about his memories of the Tampa '80s hard-core scene, the connection between musicians and chefs, and that Replacements gig....

    Chef Greg Baker sees creative similarities between the businesses of food and music. He spent time in Tampa’s punk scene before becoming a chef. 
  13. Review: 'Independence Day: Resurgence' should have never resurged


    With Independence Day: Resurgence, Roland Emmerich can add his own filmography to his path of destruction.

    The disaster movie director has destroyed several U.S. institutions (the White House, Madison Square Garden, the legacy of Stonewall) and untold millions of lives in films like Godzilla and The Day After Tomorrow. In a time when too many modern blockbusters end with entire cities being destroyed, Emmerich was a pioneer in making that his movies' first, third and second act....

    Sela Ward as President Lanford, left, and Jessie Usher as Dylan Hiller in a scene from "Independence Day: Resurgence." (Claudette Barius/Twentieth Century Fox via AP)
  14. Review: 'Free State of Jones' a history lesson lacking in direction


    Independence Day: Resurgence may be the big blockbuster this weekend, but its protagonists aren't the only ones on screen declaring independence.

    Also opening is Free State of Jones, a history lesson about a Confederate enlistee in the Civil War who deserted to form his own territory. It offers some alternative programming to ID:R's mindless summer fare. Yet even if it's more educational, that doesn't mean every decision the movie makes is wise....

    Mahershala Ali, left, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in a scene from "The Free State of Jones." (Murray Close/STX Productions via AP)
  15. What's coming to and leaving Netflix in July?


    With its simultaneous addition of the Jurassic Park series and Best Picture winner Spotlight and removal of much of its Miramax library, Netflx appeared to start a "less titles, but bigger-name ones" strategy in June. And July's slate seems to confirm that, with the addition of the Back to the Future and Lethal Weapon series, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay winner The Big Short, the film that made the phrase "the Oscar-winning director of Step Brothers" a reality. There's also a plethora of Netflix originals being added, including new seasons of BoJack Horseman and Marco Polo and new series Stranger Things. Yet some high-profile names are also leaving the service this month, as 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Right Stuff and the Star Trek films take off into space. For a full list, read below:...

    The third season of BoJack Horseman comes to Netflix in July.