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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

Email: jgeurts@tampabay.com

Twitter: @JimmyGeurts

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  1. Review: 'Queen of Katwe' rises above feel good movie cliches (w/video)

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    Queen of Katwe is in many respects your typical feel-good sports story, elevated by the ways that it does diverge from the formula.

    For one, the biopic of young Ugandan chess champ Phiona Mutesi is an all-too-rare mainstream movie about Africans, much less one that's not about their suffering. The film is able to overcome some of its narrative familiarity just by showcasing characters, locations and music we rarely see on screen. Having Monsoon Wedding director Mira Nair at the helm also brings a visual vibrancy and communal energy to the proceedings....

    SeaWorld has announced that its Kraken roller coaster will be retrofitted next year with virtual reality headsets to make riders feel like they are undersea being chased by mythical monsters. 
Kraken will be Florida's first digitally enhanced ride experience.
  2. What's coming to Amazon Prime in October?

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    The big bounty for Amazon Prime in October comes early with a huge slew of movies being added on Oct. 1, including a number of horror movies in time for Halloween. The Lethal Weapon series, Pink Panther franchise and several Woody Allen films will also come to the streaming service this month. For a full list, read below:

    Oct. 1
    Alice
    Bachelorette
    Bananas

    Before Sunrise/Before Sunset
    Richard Linklater's Before trilogy (which also includes 2013's Before Midnight) is one of the greatest on-screen romances, and Amazon Prime subscribers can now watch the first two installments. 1995's Before Sunrise introduces us to 20-somethings Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) as they meet in a chance encounter in Vienna, while 2004's Before Sunset follows the two as they meet again nearly a decade later in Paris.
    The Blood Oranges
    Blue Steel
    Bowling for Columbine
    Candyman 3: Day of the Dead

    Chinatown
    If you're looking for something to take your mind off the various Florida water scandals, why not kick back and revisit this classic about corruption in the California water system? Roman Polanski's 1974 film follows private detective Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson), who is asked to investigate a husband's potential infidelity and finds himself embroiled in an increasingly complex case.
    Class
    Congo
    Curse of the Pink Panther
    Dead Men Can't Dance
    Deep Impact
    The Devil's Advocate
    The Dogs of War
    Down Terrace
    Dreamcatcher
    Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex
    The Falcon and the Snowman
    A Feast at Midnight
    Final Destination
    The Gift
    Happy Gilmore

    The Host
    Korean director Bong Joon-Ho's film is the best monster movie of modern times, paying respect to the genre - including an incredible setpiece of the aquatic creature running amok - while creating its own identity. It's among a number of foreign genre films being added, including serial killer thriller I Saw the Devil, sci-fi film Timecrimes and vampire tale Let the Right One In (although regrettably, it's the English dubbed version of that last film being added.)
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
    I Am David
    I Saw the Devil
    Island in the Sky
    Joyride
    Last Night
    The Last Waltz
    Let the Right One In
    (English Dubbed)
    Lethal Weapon
    Lethal Weapon 2
    Lethal Weapon 3
    Lethal Weapon 4
    Lost and Delirious
    Love and Death
    Malibu Beach
    Malibu High
    Married to the Mob
    A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
    Misery
    Mission Park
    Monsters
    Mutant Chronicles
    National Lampoon's Dirty Movie
    National Lampoon's Dorm Daze 2: College
    National Lampoon Presents Cattle Call
    Nick of Time
    North Dallas Forty
    The Patriot
    Peter and the Wolf
    The Pink Panther
    (1963)
    The Pink Panther Strikes Again
    Pride and Prejudice
    (2005)
    Quigley Down Under
    Redacted
    Revenge of the Pink Panther
    Rodger Dodger
    Secretary
    SFW
    A Shot in the Dark
    Slap Shot
    Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers
    Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland
    Son of the Pink Panther
    Spanish Judges
    Splinter
    Stage Beauty
    The Stone Age
    Stuart Saves His Family
    Timecrimes
    Trail of the Pink Panther
    Training Day
    Troll
    Troll 2
    Trollhunter
    True Colors
    Tucker & Dale vs Evil
    V/H/S

    The Warriors
    Veteran action director Walter Hill's new film (Re)Assignment may have just premiered at Toronto International Film Festival to poor reviews, but he still has a pretty remarkable filmography, with this 1979 film remaining his most beloved. When a New York gang is mistakenly believed to have killed a leader, they must try to make it home to Coney Island while evading other street gangs seeking revenge.
    The Witches
    Zombie Nation

    Oct. 3
    Stonewall
    Oct. 4
    American Horror Story (Season 5)
    LEGO Jurassic World
    Oct. 10
    The Dark Horse
    Oct. 14
    Goliath (Season 1)
    Oct. 17
    Louder Than Bombs
    Norwegian director Joachim Trier's English-language debut sports an incredible cast including Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Ryan and David Straitharn. The film follows the effects of the death of an acclaimed war photojournalist (Huppert) on her family, including her husband (Byrne) and sons (Eisenberg and Devin Druid.)
    Oct. 21
    Spectre
    Oct. 23
    Shine a Light
    Oct. 25
    A Brilliant Young Mind
    Oct. 27
    Complete Unknown
    Under the Gun

    Oct. 28
    Bookaboo (Season 1)
    Eye in the Sky
    Good Girls Revolt (Season 1)
    Oct. 30
    LEGO Scooby Doo...

    Bong Joon-Ho's The Host is among the films being added to Amazon Prime this month.
  3. What's coming to and leaving Netflix in October?

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    Netflix has struggled to find the same success with its original movies as it has with its television series, but October may change that. The month sees the release of documentaries by acclaimed directors Ava DuVernay, Werner Herzog and Jonathan Demme, as well as Christopher Guest's first movie in a decade in Mascots and horror film I Am the Pretty That Lives in the House — all of which made have the film festival circuit. Several TV shows and movies will be added as well, though there are also notable departures including The Exorcist and the Back to the Future series. For a full list, read below:...

    Ava DuVernay's documentary The 13th comes to Netflix in October.
  4. Tampa's newest record store, Steelworker Records, throwing 'Twin Peaks' party on Friday

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    A new record store has opened up in Tampa, just one mile way from Microgroove.

    Steelworker Records, located at 708 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, had its grand opening Sept. 3. And they've wasted no time setting up their next event, a release party for the vinyl version of the Twin Peaks soundtrack this Friday....

    Dale Cooper won't be at Steelworker Records' 'Twin Peaks' party on Friday, but there will be plenty of coffee and cherry pie doughnuts.
  5. Review: Baroness plays extensive, long-awaited set at State Theatre in St. Petersburg

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    "We used to tour Florida like half the year," Baroness frontman John Baizley said midway through their set Wednesday at St. Pete's State Theatre. "I don't know why it's been so long."

    Indeed, the Savannah metal act has been a scarce presence in the Sunshine State as of late, and Wednesday's show was apparently their first-ever in St. Pete. But then it's also been a turbulent couple of years for the group, including recovering from a serious bus crash in 2012....

    Baroness performed at State Theatre on September 7, 2016.
  6. Review: 'The Light Between Oceans' could almost be the 'The Notebook'

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    Director Derek Cianfrance attempts to bring the emotional rawness of his previous films and influences to the melodrama genre with The Light Between Oceans, but he never quite pulls off the feat.

    The filmmaker's debut, Blue Valentine, was a disintegrating relationship drama that worked thanks to Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams' wonderfully lived-in performances. He followed that with The Place Beyond the Pines, an ambitious if not entirely successful attempt to blend a gritty genre film with emotion, resulting in perhaps the only crime saga to end with Bon Iver....

    Michael Fassbender plays Tom, a lighthouse keeper who falls in love with Isabel (Alicia Vikander). The couple unsuccess-fully try to have children until a rowboat mysteriously arrives with a baby.
  7. Hip-hop group featuring 'Hamilton' star Daveed Diggs playing St. Petersburg

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    Hamilton may not be any closer to reaching Tampa Bay, but one of its Tony-winning performers is coming to play an intimate show here. 

    Clipping (stylized as clipping.), the hip-hop group featuring Daveed Diggs, will be playing with Youth Code on Nov. 1 at the Local 662 in St. Pete. Tickets are $13; click here for details....

    Daveed Diggs, who won a Tony for his role in Hamilton, will be performing with his group clipping. on Nov. 1 at the Local 662 in St. Petersburg.
  8. What's coming to and leaving Netflix in September?

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    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.
  9. Review: 'Don't Breathe' a tense thriller for the senses

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    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....

    Daniel Zovatto, Jane Levy and Dylan Minnette in a scene from "Dont Breathe." (Gordon Timpen/Sony/Screen Gems via AP)
  10. What's coming to Amazon Prime in September?

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    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.
  11. Review: 'Pete's Dragon' is surprisingly good

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    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.
  12. Review: Children's book adaptation 'The Little Prince' a charming enough coup for Netflix

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    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.
  13. Udipi Cafe is a good deal

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    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.
  14. Review: Boris soaks in 'Pink' at the Orpheum

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    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.
  15. What's coming to and leaving Netflix in August?

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    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.