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Friday’s openings: Beauty and the water beast

Looks as if the Inland Northwest is finally catching up with the rest of the country. Friday's openings are as follows:

"The Shape of Water": Guillermo del Toro's Golden Globe-winning film concerns a mute woman (Sally Hawkins) who risks everything to save a mysterious merman-type creature from a sadistic government official (Michael Shannon). Beauty and the water beast (not to mention 13 Oscar nominations).

""Maze Runner: The Death Cure": The third in the "Maze Runner" series has our hero Thomas (Dylan O'Brian) leaving the resistance camp in an effort to save a friend. Expect a lot of running.

"Hostiles": Christian Bale stars as a war-weary soldier on the Western frontier charged with returning an Indian chief to his tribe. The title applies to those of both sides.

"Padmavati": In its recent trend of screening Indian films, AMC River Park Square will open this epic production about what happens when a lustful sultan sets his gaze on the wife of a neighboring king — a woman known as the Queen of Mewar.

And at the Magic Lantern: The theater will also open "The Shape of Water," while AMC will bring back a second run of Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk."

I'll update if anything changes.