The best films at the cinema this week

A selection of the best movies currently screening in Beijing

Winner of this year's Academy Award for Best Picture, Guillermo del Toro's otherworldly taleThe Shape of Water follows the story of mute loner Elisa. Working as a janitor in a secret government facility in 1962 Baltimore, her life is abruptly changed when she falls in love with a mysterious humanoid sea creature brought to the lab for study. Like all del Toro films, The Shape of Water is a unique visual treat for the eyes, while its core relationship between its two unlikely lovers is enthralling, due largely in part to Sally Hawkins' affecting performance as Elisa. Catch it in Beijing cinemas from Friday 16 March.

You can book tickets for all general release films – usually at least 50 percent cheaper than walk-in prices at the cinema – through Time Out Tickets. Click on the film you want to see, choose your seat and pay via card or WeChat – it's as easy as that. See here for a full list of all the movies in Beijing theatres.

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