The best films to see in Beijing this April

The best screenings and general release films in Beijing this month

This month, more Hollywood blockbusters make their way to China's cinemas. Take a look at our picks of the best ongoing and upcoming releases in April.

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General release

What to watch at the 2019 Beijing International Film Festival

The Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) kicks off this year on April 13 and runs until April 20. This annual film showcase spans 30 theatres and 58 screens across Beijing, featuring the best of international and Chinese films. With 261 films to catch, this year’s film festival covers all bases from blockbuster hits to arthouse films and a wide range of genres from thrillers to documentaries.

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By: Annabelle Lim

Shazam!

Critics' pick

Shazam! follows 14-year-old foster kid Billy Batson who can turn into the adult superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi) just at the utterance of that one word, Shazam! However, Batson needs to master his powers (and puberty) to fight the evil plan of Dr Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong).

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Cinemas around Beijing 05 Apr - 03 May

Tall Tales from the Magical Garden of Antoon Krings

Critics' pick

Apollo (Justin Long), a cricket with a past of being an outsider and a drifter, arrives in a small village preparing for the queen bee's jubilee, unknowingly becoming a target for jealous rivals to the throne. The sleepy kingdom is thrown into disarray when the queen (Kate Mara) is kidnapped and Apollo is set up for the crime. Original language: French.

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Cinemas around Beijing 13 Apr - 11 May

Wonder Park

Critics' pick

Wonder Park tells a heart-warming story for all the ages through the eyes of a wildly creative young girl called June (Sofia Mali and Brianna Denski). After she stumbles across an amusement park in disarray, she realises the park and all of its incredible creatures are part of her imagination, leaving it up to her to reestablish the wonder in Wonderland.

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Cinemas around Beijing 19 Apr - 17 May

Avengers: Endgame

Critics' pick

After the devastating end of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe as we know it lays in ruins. The Avengers assemble, once more, to overcome the destruction wrought by Thanos and bring to a close the 22-movie long Marvel series.

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Cinemas around Beijing 24 Apr - 22 May
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Dumbo

Critics' pick

Danny DeVito is pompous impresario Max Medici, whose travelling circus is going a bit Grapes of Wrath in the dust bowls of the Midwest. Money is short and his last hope is the magical baby elephant tended to by damaged Great War veteran Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his two willing kids, Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins).

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Cinemas around Beijing 29 Mar - 03 May

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Critics' pick

Everybrick hero Emmet (Chris Pratt) is still his glass-half-full self, while Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), his Master Builder girlfriend, has become more brooding as their town, now known as Apocalypseburg, takes a beating from Duplo invaders. When an alien kidnaps Lucy, Batman (Will Arnett) and pals, Emmet mounts a solo mission to rescue them.

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Cinemas around Beijing 22 Mar - 26 Apr

The Wandering Earth

Critics' pick

Adapted from a short story by renowned sci-fi writer Liu Cixin, director Frant Gwo's much-anticipated The Wandering Earth is being hailed as China's biggest sci-fi movie to date. The premise? As the sun is about to die out, humanity sets a plan in motion to launch planet Earth out of orbit and to find a new home in space.

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Cinemas around Beijing 05 Feb - 05 May

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