“The Shape Of Water” Comes To Theaters, “Princess Cyd” And “Untold Tales Of Armistead Maupin” Arrive On DVD

Plus, royals on Netflix with "The Crown" Season 2, "Diana: In Her Own Words," and "The Young Victoria."

In Theaters

  • Set in the early 1960s, Guillermo del Toro’s latest is a genre-smashing homage to Old Hollywood horror and romance. (Think Creature From The Black Lagoon meets Amelie.) A mute cleaning woman (Sally Hawkins), falls in love with an amphibian creature (Doug Jones) while working at a government research lab.

    One of Water’s highlights is Richard Jenkins as Elisa’s co-worker, a closeted gay artist whose efforts toward a romance of his own provide even more heart and humor. (December 1, Fox Searchlight)

DVD/Blu-Ray/Video on Demand

  • A gay cruise from Lisbon to the Canary Islands proves a personal journey for a freshly out Indian, a disabled Frechman, and a Palestinian and his Belgian boyfriend. Between decadent costume parties, these seafarers soak up the freedom—and eye candy—they lack at home, while grappling with loneliness and body fascism. (DVD, Strand Releasing)

  • After tackling a gay teen’s coming of age in Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, writer/director Stephen Cone shifts gears (and genders) with this restrained tale of Cyd, a queer 16-year-old girl spending the summer in Chicago with her novelist aunt Miranda. Out of her element, Cyd strike up a romance with a barista and begins to reconcile a violent family tragedy. (DVD, Wolfe)

  • An affectionate character study, Marcelo Caetano’s debut feature revolves around Elias, a 23-year-old assistant to a designer. Off-hours, Elias drifts between several sets of friends and sexual partners, including an older, moneyed ex-boyfriend. DVD extras include Caetano’s short film, “Ball.” (DVD, Breaking Glass Pictures)

  • The Tales of the City author shares his life story, from childhood in North Carolina to his migration to San Francisco and the creation of his iconic literary series and its TV adaptations. Jennifer Groot’s entertaining documentary also features Sir Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Neil Gaiman, and others sharing Maupin anecdotes.(DVD, Wolfe)

On Netflix

Enjoy more Chris Pratt when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arrives December 5. Before there was Harry and Meghan there was Elizabeth and Philip, the stars of the addictive The Crown: Season 2, coming to Netflix December 8. (For another take on the royals, watch Diana: In Her Own Words.) And the Netflix original sci-fi flick Bright, featuring Will Smith as an L.A. cop partnered with an orc, beams onto the service starting December 22.

Also coming to Netflix in December

The Crown/Netflix
8 Mile
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
Creep 2
The Crown: Season 2
Diana: In Her Own Words
Dope: Season 1
Dave Chappelle: Equanimity
Easy: Season 2
Forbidden Games: The Justin Fashanu Story
Fuller House: Season 3
Full Metal Jacket
Guardians Of The Galaxy: Part 2
Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4
Nacho Libre
Peaky Blinders: Season 4
Travelers: Season 2
The Young Victoria
V for Vendetta
Turn: Season 4
While You Were Sleeping
Fun Mom Dinner

Leaving Netflix In December

December 1

Black Snake Moan
Cousin Bette
The Crucible
The Gospel Road: A Story of Jesus
The Man from Snowy River
Picture Perfect
Practical Magic
Scary Movie 2
Scary Movie 3
Super Size Me
Two Girls and a Guy
Waking Life
Young Frankenstein

Leaving December 9

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Seasons 1–11

Leaving December 10

Lucky Number Slevin

Leaving December 13

The Queen of Versailles

Leaving December 25

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Lawrence is a New York-based travel and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Time Out New York and The New York Post.