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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: 'The Edge of Seventeen' a coming-of-age flick with added depth

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    Despite teenagers being one of the target movie audience demographics, there's not actually that many films about them and even fewer good ones.

    Those that do stand out — Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Say Anything…, the films of John Hughes — often become generational classics.

    It's too early to tell if writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig's debut The Edge of Seventeen will join those ranks. But it's an above-average entry in the coming-of-age genre, thanks to some strong performances and Craig's screenplay....

    Hailee Steinfeld plays Nadine, a dramatic high schooler who seeks advice from her teacher, played by Woody Harrelson.
  2. Review: Tegan and Sara talk politics, offer love to Florida at Ritz Ybor show

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    Exactly one week after election night, one couldn’t help but wonder what Tegan and Sara’s show Tuesday at the Ritz Ybor might look like.

    Despite their Canadian heritage, twins Tegan and Sara Quin are deeply attuned to American politics, frequently discussing social justice, supporting Hillary Clinton and advocating for LGBT causes (money from the previous night’s Orlando show was donated to Central Florida LGBT organizations). They were devastated by Donald Trump winning the presidency, calling their show the day after the election “one of the hardest of our 17-year career” in a Facebook post....

    Tegan and Sara perform at the Ritz Ybor Tuesday.
  3. Review: Animal Collective get psychedelic to help Tampa's Ritz Ybor get through election night

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    What does a concert held on election night — especially one as chaotic as this year’s — look like?

    That was the question coming into Animal Collective’s show Tuesday night at the Ritz Ybor, a much-awaited return to the Tampa Bay area for the group that coincided with the end of the 2016 presidential election.

    In some ways, it was a fitting spot for the Baltimore indie band, who have not been shy about their politics and whose member Brian “Geologist” Weitz once worked for Congress. The same day as their Tampa show, the group released a statement urging their fans to vote for Hillary Clinton over a third-party candidate, citing Florida’s role in the 2000 presidential race....

    Avey Tare and Animal Collective performed at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa on Nov. 8, 2016.
  4. What's coming to and leaving Netflix in November?

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    Netflix premieres a couple of high-profile originals this month, including the much anticipated Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and Queen Elizabeth II series The Crown. The streaming service also adds some well-reviewed children's movies in Paddington and Disney's The Jungle Book remake, as well as critically acclaimed films from Richard Linklater and the Coen brothers. Yet it's also getting rid of several much-loved movies and television series, including several Cartoon Network series. For a full list, read below:...

    Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, comes to Netflix in November.
  5. Review: 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' shouldn't have gone back

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    Tom Cruise may be an A-list action star, but the Jack Reacher films are beginning to feel like the B-movies of his career.

    The movies based on Lee Child's paperbacks come off like a generic grocery-store version of his better genre work in Edge of Tomorrow or the Mission: Impossible series, a comparison that might feel cheaper if Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie hadn't literally moved on to make Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation. If the Mission: Impossible movies are spectacles built for the big screen, the Jack Reacher films seem destined to be half-watched on FX on a Sunday afternoon....

    Tom Cruise, left, and Cobie Smulders star in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
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  6. What's coming to Amazon Prime in November?

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    For November, Amazon Prime will bring much of the James Bond series and Rocky franchise, including last year's excellent Creed, to the streaming service. There will also be newer options, including genre standout Green Room, AMC miniseries The Night Manager and the second season of Amazon's Red Oaks. For a full list, read below:

    Nov. 1
    The Addams Family
    Addams Family Values 
    Barbershop 
    Be Cool 

    The Conversation
    1974 was a famously great year for cinema, featuring two brilliant films from Francis Ford Coppola alone in The Godfather Part II and The Conversation. Following surveillance expert Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) who believes he may have uncovered a dangerous plot in an audio recording he's made, the movie is a brilliant exploration of the state of paranoia.
    Courage Mountain
    Death at a Funeral
    (2007) 
    Deterrence 
    Diamonds are Forever 
    Die Another Day 
    Dr. No 
    Enter The Ninja 
    Erin Brockovich 
    Fatal Attraction 
    Fletch 
    For Your Eyes Only 

    From Russia with Love 
    "What's the best Bond movie?" has been a long-running cinematic argument, and you could make a strong case for this second Sean Connery installment (it's the only one to have a brutal, claustrophic train room brawl with Robert Shaw.) Yet you can make up your mind as much of the James Bond series is added to Amazon Prime, including other contenders like Goldfinger and On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
    Get Shorty 
    Goldeneye 
    Goldfinger 
    Good Advice 
    Happily N'Ever After 
    Happily N'Ever After 2: Snow White 
    Legally Blonde 
    Licence to Kill 
    Live and Let Die 
    The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane 
    The Living Daylights
    Major League 
    Man with the Golden Gun 
    Matilda 
    Meet Joe Black 
    Mermaids 
    Moonraker
    Never Say Never Again 
    Octopussy 
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service 

    Rocky
    The Sylvester Stallone boxing film won Best Picture in 1976 over Network, Taxi Driver and All the President's Men, and though it was the undeniable crowd-pleaser of the bunch, it featured an economically-minded realism not too far removed from its competitors. If you're just looking for a good face-punching, however, you can see Stallone square off against Mr. T and Dolph Lundgren in the Rocky sequels also being added.
    Rocky II 
    Rocky III 
    Rocky IV 
    Rocky V 
    Rollerball
    (1975) 
    Rollerball (2002)
    Rounders 
    Shadows and Fog 
    The Spy Who Loved Me
    The Switch 
    Terms of Endearment 
    Thunderball 
    Tomorrow Never Dies 
    Top Secret! 
    Up in the Air 
    Urban Cowboy 
    A View to Kill
    The World is Not Enough
    You Only Live Twice 

    Nov. 5
    The Night Manager (Season 1)
    Nov. 7
    The Haunting in Connecticut 
    A Monster with a Thousand Heads 
    Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans 

    Nov. 9
    Flesh and Bone (Season 1) 
    Nov. 11
    Red Oaks (Season 2)
    Nov. 12
    Green Room

    One of this year's best movies, Green Room centers around a punk band (led by the late Anton Yelchin) trapped in a venue and forced to fend off neo-Nazis (led by Patrick Stewart) after witnessing a murder. After capturing punk better than almost any other movie, director Jeremy Saulnier depicts the standoff with nerve-shredding intensity and flesh-shredding violence.
    Nov. 14
    Almost Holy 
    Nov. 15
    The Royals (Season 2)
    Nov. 17
    Miss You Already 
    Patton Oswalt: Comedy Plus Tragedy Equals Time

    Nov. 18
    Grantchester (Season 2)
    Nov. 19
    Creed
    It may have seemed like a bad idea: a spin-off Rocky film about Apollo Creed's son? And yet Creed not only worked, but is arguably the best of the series, thanks to Ryan Coogler's assured direction, Maryse Alberti's potent cinematography and Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson and Oscar-nominated Sylvester Stallones's strong performances....

    Ryan Coogler's Creed, starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, comes to Amazon Prime in November.
  7. Review: Bad Religion, Against Me! make up for lost time at St. Petersburg's Jannus Live

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    Bad Religion and Against Me!’s show Wednesday night at St. Petersburg’s Jannus Live was a long time coming — three years, in fact.

    The two punk bands were slated to tour together in 2013, including a stop at Tampa’s Ritz Ybor. Then Against Me! dropped out, saying they needed to work on securing a lineup and their long-in-the-works new record.

    Though it was disappointing news at the time, it proved to be for the best, as that record turned out to be 2014’s career-revitalizing Transgender Dysphoria Blues. And now with a stable lineup in tow, the former Floridian punks joined the '80s Southern California legends in hopes of making it worth the wait....

    Against Me! performed at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Oct. 12, 2016.
  8. Review: 'Mascots' a slight but enjoyable return for Christopher Guest

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    It’s not the best film they’ve made so far, but Christopher Guest’s Mascots may be the best case for Netflix getting into the movie business.

    The film, which is available on the streaming service Thursday, is a largely improvised mockumentary in the style of Guest’s previous films Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show and A Mighty Wind. (He was also heavily involved in the classic This is Spinal Tap, which Rob Reiner directed.)...

    Tom Bennett and Chris O'Dowd appear in Christopher Guest's Mascots.
  9. Review: Ava DuVernay's '13th' is a potent examination of race and the criminal justice system

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    Ava DuVernay’s 13th was the first-ever documentary to be chosen as the opening film for the prestigious New York Film Festival, and watching it, it’s hard to question that decision.

    The Selma director’s film (which is available to stream on Netflix Instant on Friday) derives its name from the 13th Amendment and its opening segment “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except in the punishment of a crime…” It makes the case that slavery was not abolished so much as replaced, in particular by the criminal justice system and mass incarceration....

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  10. Review: Prophets of Rage brings music of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

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    How do you make ahead-of-its-time music feel ahead of its time decades later?

    That is the question surrounding Prophets of Rage on their inaugural tour, including their show Saturday at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. The supergroup consists of Public Enemy’s Chuck DCypress Hill’s B-Real and Rage Against the Machine minus singer Zack de la Rocha, who’s occupied elsewhere with Run the Jewels guest spots and a supposedly soon-to-be-released solo album....

    Awolnation opened for Prophets of Rage at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Oct. 1, 2016.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 13th comes to Netflix in October.
  14. 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.
  15. 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....

    Pallbearer performed at State Theatre on September 7, 2016.