THE SHAPE OF WATER

 

This nicely filmed period piece set in Baltimore in 1962 is more disturbing than it is creative. A young female janitor working in a federal research facility befriends an amphibian held for scientific research. The girl, mute and lonely, frees the captive wild animal with the assistance of a Soviet spy and hides him in her apartment’s bathtub. What’s disturbing is that the film ultimately deals with interspecies sexual relations between the human female janitor and the amphibious captive who, by the way, kills and eats her friend’s cat. It’s neither a heartwarming, nor a happy, uplifting story. Skip it.

Rod Sullivan, San Marco

JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

Thoroughly enjoyable, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is a two-hour coming-of-age comedy with four troubled high school teens that get sucked into the Jumanji game. Jack Black is perfect as the avatar for the self-possessed female. Nick Jonas does a nice job as the fifth player they meet inside. Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson are comedic gold. Can recommend the 3D version!

Jon Haas, Orange Park

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