Guillermo del Toro’s THE SHAPE OF WATER opens January 26 – and we’re celebrating by presenting del Toro classics throughout January!

An uncompromising, visionary auteur whose very first feature film, 1993’s Cronos, launched him into international acclaim after taking home eight Ariel Awards (Mexico’s equivalent to the Academy Award), as well as over 20 additional awards including laurels from Cannes and Sitges – Catalonian, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has emerged as one of cinema’s most consistently acclaimed filmmakers.  Perhaps most famous for the masterpieces he has directed – perhaps most notably, the Oscar-winning 2006 masterpiece Pan’s Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno) –  del Toro has contributed to legacy of genre cinema as a producer (2007’s The Orphanage (El orfanato), 2009’s Julia’s Eyes (Los ojos de Julia), 2010’s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark); a screenwriter (The Hobbit trilogy, television’s The Strain); and has even lent his voice to such animated works as television series TrollHunters and 2014 feature The Book of Life.  

This year, del Toro has lent his considerable imagination and creativity to the romantic fantasy The Shape of Water, a phenomenal motion picture that once again displays the director’s core interests and themes with masterful style and his signature dark grace: chiefly, the exponentially destructive nature of war, and the lingering question that has haunted each and every one of del Toro’s films – what happens when the Monster isn’t the strange creature or specter lurking in the corner, but the human being standing right next to you?

The Frida Cinema will be presenting The Shape of Water from January 26 to February 1, and to celebrate, we will be presenting five of del Toro’s most celebrated feature films throughout the month of January.  Click title of film, or image to left, for film synopsis, advance tickets, and trailer.


Wednesday, January 3 – 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm
Thursday, January 4 – 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm
Saturday, January 6 – 12pm, 2pm
Sunday, January 7 – 5:30pm




Wednesday, January 10 – 5pm, 7:30pm, 9:45pm
Thursday, January 11 – 5pm, 7:30pm, 9:45pm
Saturday, January 13 – 1pm, 3:30pm
Sunday, January 14 – 1:30pm, 4:30pm



Wednesday, January 17 – 5:30pm, 8pm
Thursday, January 18 – 5:30pm, 8pm
Saturday, January 20 – 1pm, 4:30pm
Sunday, January 21 – 2:45pm, 5:15pm



Monday, January 22 – 7:30pm, 9:45pm
Tuesday, January 23 – 5pm, 7:30pm, 9:45pm
Saturday, January 27 – 12pm, 2:30pm
Sunday, January 28 – 5pm



Saturday, January 27 – 5pm
Sunday, January 28 – 12pm, 2:30pm
Wednesday, January 31 – 5:30pm, 8pm
Thursday, February 1 – 5:30pm, 8pm



Friday, January 26 – 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 9pm

Saturday, January 27 – 11:30am, 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 9pm

Sunday, January 28 – 11:30am, 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 9pm

Monday, January 29 – 5pm, 7:30pm, 9:50pm

Tuesday, January 30 – 5pm, 7:30pm, 9:50pm

Wednesday, January 31 – 5pm, 7:30pm, 9:50pm

Thursday, February 1 – 5pm, 7:30pm, 9:50pm



“Grade: A.  The Shape of Water is director Guillermo del Toro’s finest film, a lovely, empathetic tribute to Old Hollywood, monster movies, outsiders and love that could only come from the mind of the visionary filmmaker.” – Adam Graham, Detroit News

“A ravishing, eccentric auteur’s imagining, spilling artistry, empathy and sensuality from every open pore, it also offers more straight-up movie for your money than just about any Hollywood studio offering this year.” – Guy Lodge, Variety

“Magical, thrilling and romantic to the core, a sensual and fantastical fairy tale with moral overtones, it’s a film that plays by all the rules and none of them, going its own way with fierce abandon.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“The Shape of Water is partly a code-scrambled fairy tale, partly a genetically modified monster movie – and altogether wonderful.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times

“To place yourself in Guillermo del Toro’s hands, as he tells the type of story he tells better than anyone else, is a rich pleasure.” – Chris Klimek, NPR

“The Shape of Water” is a love story like no other, and it features one of the year’s most heart-wrenching performances nestled in a supreme confabulation of cinematic craft.” – Ty Burr, Boston Globe