The best films to see in Beijing this May

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 May.

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

Capernaum

Critics' pick

A young boy, Zain, stands up in court in Lebanon. He has already done time for stabbing someone. Now he wants to sue his parents for giving him life. Nadine Labaki’s drama might first seem like a satire – small children are jailed; others are married. But while there are elements of didactic political fable, there’s a heartbreaking realism at the root of this portrait of Lebanese poverty, which nevertheless thrills with compassion and heart.

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Cinemas around Beijing 29 Apr - 04 Jun

See You Up There (Au revoir là-haut)

Critics' pick

Winner of five César awards, including Best Director, Best Adaptation and Best Cinematography, See You Up There starts a few days before the Armistice, when artist Édouard Péricourt saves war veterans accountant Albert Maillard's life. Condemned to live, the two misfits mount a scheme selling monuments of invented war heroes. 

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Cinemas around Beijing 30 Apr - 01 Jun

Roma

Critics' pick

With his white-knuckle sci-fi thriller Gravity, Mexican auteur Alfonso Cuarón extracted an intimate character study from the vastness of outer space. Now he goes in reverse: In his deeply personal black-and-white marvel Roma, Cuarón presents a sober and autobiographical elegy about his childhood and the women who raised him.

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Cinemas around Beijing 10 May - 14 Jun

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Critics' pick

When ace detective Harry Goodman mysteriously goes missing, his 21-year-old son decides to go find out what happened. Aiding him is his father's former Pokémon partner, Pikachu, and the two join forces on an adventure through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City, where both humans and Pokémon peacefully co-exist.

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Cinemas around Beijing 10 May - 10 Jun

Aladdin

Critics' pick

Disney brings Aladdin to a whole new world in this live adaptation, with Will Smith attempting to fill the very big shoes left behind by Robin Williams. For those of you already familiar with the animation, Aladdin should tread some pretty familiar ground (but we'll nevertheless still be catching it in cinemas).

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Cinemas around Beijing 24 May - 24 Jun

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Critics' pick

A crypto-zoological agency called Monarch faces off with creatures of titanic proportions including the mighty Godzilla and other similar monsters like Mohtra, Rodan and now his ultimate nemesis, a three-headed beast called King Ghidorah.

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Cinemas around Beijing 31 May - 30 Jun

Thomas and Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie

Critics' pick

Nearly a year after screening at English theatres abroad, Thomas and his friends finally chug their way to the Mainland where fans of the beloved show can enjoy watching the trains on their exciting cross-continental adventures as well. This time, Thomas ventures off from his home island Sodor to see the rest of the world.

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Cinemas around Beijing 31 May - 30 Jun
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