The Shape of Water 3.0 stars

Shape of Water movie poster

Gather ‘round, allegory fans, and behold this fish-out-of-water tale of man’s inhumanity to what he deems inhuman from director and co-writer Guillermo del Toro. The action is recalled as a sort of adult fairy tale, and concerns a woman (Sally Hawkins, mesmerizing) without a voice and the mysterious creature who captures her heart (among other things). On the one side, you have love, sexual indulgence, science, art, magic, racial harmony, fidelity, kindness, great movies, and lonely but decent gays (Richard Jenkins, transporting). On the other, you have hatred, repressed sexuality (corn flakes!), politics, commerce, religion, racism, betrayal, cruelty, crap television, and married but wretched straights (Michael Shannon, terrifying). It’s a testament to the storyteller’s skill that he manages to cram all that into his narrative with nary a lump and still keep his characters dancing with only one or two minor missteps. What’s it all about? Well, our heroine lives above a movie theater that happens to be showing The Story of Ruth — you know, the Biblical woman who famously declared, “Whither thou goest, there goest I.” And Del Toro’s religious rascality doesn’t stop there: Samson and Delilah help to drive the drama, as does a certain someone drawn from amid the bulrushes. 2017.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

AMC La Jolla

8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Monday, February 19

11:10am, 12:15pm, 3:10pm, 6:00pm, 9:15pm

Tuesday, February 20

12:15pm, 3:10pm, 6:00pm, 9:15pm

Wednesday, February 21

12:15pm, 3:10pm, 6:00pm, 9:15pm

AMC Otay Ranch

2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Monday, February 19

12:25pm, 3:15pm

Tuesday, February 20

12:15pm, 3:30pm

Wednesday, February 21

3:30pm

Angelika Film Center

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, 858-207-2606 | Directions

Monday, February 19

10:30am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm, 6:45pm, 9:25pm

Tuesday, February 20

10:30am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm, 6:45pm, 9:25pm

Wednesday, February 21

10:30am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm, 6:45pm, 9:25pm

Thursday, February 22

10:30am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm, 6:45pm, 9:25pm

ArcLight La Jolla

4425 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite H60, San Diego, 858-768-7770 | Directions

Monday, February 19

12:55pm, 5:35pm, 8:20pm

Tuesday, February 20

10:10am, 12:55pm, 5:35pm, 8:20pm

Wednesday, February 21

10:10am, 12:55pm, 5:35pm, 8:20pm

Thursday, February 22

10:10am, 12:55pm, 5:35pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

10733 Westview Parkway, San Diego, 858-635-7716 | Directions

Monday, February 19

1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, February 20

11:30am, 2:50pm, 6:15pm, 9:15pm

Wednesday, February 21

12:15pm, 3:00pm, 8:30pm, 11:20pm

Landmark Hillcrest

3965 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, 619-298-2904 | Directions

Monday, February 19

10:30am, 1:25pm, 4:20pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

Tuesday, February 20

1:25pm, 4:20pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, February 21

1:25pm, 4:20pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, February 22

1:25pm, 4:20pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

La Paloma

471 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, 760-436-7469 | Directions

Monday, February 19

6:00pm

Tuesday, February 20

6:00pm

Wednesday, February 21

6:00pm

Reading Cinemas Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, 800-326-3264 | Directions

Monday, February 19

10:20am, 1:15pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, February 20

10:20am, 1:15pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, February 21

10:20am, 1:15pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, February 22

10:20am, 1:15pm, 4:15pm, 10:45pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, 619-401-3456 | Directions

Monday, February 19

10:45am, 1:30pm, 7:00pm

Tuesday, February 20

11:00am, 1:45pm, 7:00pm

Wednesday, February 21

11:00am, 1:45pm, 7:00pm

Thursday, February 22

11:00am, 1:45pm, 7:00pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, 619-660-3483 | Directions

Monday, February 19

6:45pm

Tuesday, February 20

12:30pm, 6:45pm

Wednesday, February 21

12:30pm, 6:45pm

Thursday, February 22

12:30pm, 6:45pm

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