The best films to see in Beijing this December

The best screenings and general release films in Beijing this month

Aquaman opens Dec 7
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 December.

Events disappear from this page as they pass, so if you're looking at a sparse page you missed the boat [sad face]. But come back next month for another glut of events to keep you entertained.

General release

Crazy Rich Asians

Critics' pick

Working from a smartly condensed script by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim that retains the economic essence of the novel, director Jon M. Chu (stepping up from his Step Up movies) masterfully peppers the tale with epic views of Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, an Avengers–style ensemble cast, expert-level bitchiness and a euphoric dance party. Wear your favourite jade and pearls – you’ll be clutching them.

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Cinemas around Beijing 30 Nov - 31 Dec

Aquaman

Critics' pick

Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) learns that he is the King of the Seven Seas and therefore heir to Atlantis, the underwater kingdom. As the worlds above and below the water come to heads, Curry must fight to save the entire planet. Also starring Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Nicole Kidman and Patrick Wilson.

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Cinemas around Beijing 07 Dec - 25 Jan

The Grinch

Critics' pick

The Grinch is back, free of the grip of Jim Carrey, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch and, in Grinch terms, a bit less grinchy (ungrinchy?) than you might expect. Unlike the 2000 live-action Carrey movie, this new spin on the Dr. Seuss tale is computer-animated by Illumination, the same studio behind SingThe Secret Life of Pets and the Minions movies.

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Cinemas around Beijing 14 Dec - 25 Jan

Searching

Critics' pick

This missing-girl mystery plays out almost entirely on screens, using social media apps and chatrooms instead of dive bars and dark alleys. The footprints being followed here are the digital kind, of course, and they’re all the scarier for that. You’ll walk away with a new awareness of just how exposed we all are to malign forces online.

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Cinemas around Beijing 14 Dec - 25 Jan

Deadpool '2'

Critics' pick

Foul-mouthed, funnyman Wade Wilson (aka Deadpool), assembles a team of misfit mutants to help protect a young boy. Though the film opened to rather amazing reviews and box-office takings, the film to be shown in China has been cut from the R rated original to a nice, peachy PG-13 rating. Hopefully still as good, without the gratuitous gore.

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Cinemas around Beijing 21 Dec - 01 Feb

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Critics' pick

This family-friendly, much-anticipated remake of the Spider-Man comics is set in an animated style that reflects the original comic book panels. In a word of parallel universes, Spidey must team up with Spider-Men in other dimensions to help stop an enemy that threatens them all. Voices include Nicholas Cage, John Mulaney, Hailee Steinfeld and Jake Johnson.

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Cinemas around Beijing 21 Dec - 01 Feb

White Snake

Critics' pick

Warner Bros has teamed up with Beijing-based Light Chaser Animation to create the first Sino-US animated co-production. The story is adapted from an old Chinese folktale, Legend of the White Snake, where a spirit transforms into a human woman and falls in love. The legend's lovers are made younger in this version, though teasers from the upcoming film suggest it's aimed at a more mature audience than other Chinese animations.

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Cinemas around Beijing 21 Dec - 25 Jan
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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Critics' pick

This second instalment of J.K. Rowling's wonderful world of wizards follows the story of magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). When the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) escapes custody – following his capture in the previous film – Scamander is enlisted by Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) to thwart Grindelwald's dastardly plans of a pure-blood wizard world.

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Cinemas around Beijing 16 Nov - 31 Dec

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Critics' pick

From the creators of Frozen and Zootopia, comes the second round of wreaking fun. Ralph bumbles through an internet mazy in an attempt to save a game. Starring the voices of Gal Gadot, Kristen Bell, Mandy Moore, John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman.

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Cinemas around Beijing 23 Nov - 28 Dec

Johnny English Strikes Again

Critics' pick

With an attack on all undercover agents in Britain releasing the names of spies, Johnny English must return to the world of espionage to uncover the hacker. Starring Rowan Atkinson (obviously), as well as Emma Thompson, this newest flick in the franchise is sure to unite all of Britain, once more, around a common foe.

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Cinemas around Beijing 23 Nov - 28 Dec

Replicas

Critics' pick

This newest sci-fi flick takes a look at what it means to lose those we love and how far we'd be willing to go to bring them back. William Foster (Keanu Reeves) faces the challenge of resurrecting his family after a tragic car accident, using his pre-standing lab experiment involving the transference of human consciousness to create replicas from his cloned relatives.

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Cinemas around Beijing 23 Nov - 27 Dec

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