The best films to see in Beijing this January

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 January.

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

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Emerging auteur Bi Gan’s 'dreamlike' film noir Long Day’s Journey Into Night follows one man’s search for lost love. Luo Hongwu (Huang Jue) returns to his hometown and stumbles upon an old photo of a woman he once loved which leads him on a confused path down memory lane.

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Cinemas around Beijing 31 Dec - 03 Feb

Four Springs

Critics' pick

First released at a film festival in 2017, Four Springs now makes its cinematic premiere nationwide. The documentary, directed by Lu Qingyi, follows the life of his parents and family in their hometown of Dushan in Guizhou. With intimate filming and bursts of photographs and older home videos throughout, Four Springs takes an in-depth view into four years of a family's life, through struggles, heartbreak, happiness and love.

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Cinemas around Beijing 04 Jan - 08 Feb

Creed 2

Critics' pick

As with 2015’s affecting Creed, this sequel wants to consecrate every verse of Stallone scripture, bowing deeply to Rocky IV’s clash of superpowers (both Dolph Lundgren and an icy Brigitte Nielsen are back), and evangelising on behalf of the franchise. The people making this movie know all the beats they have to hit, and hit them they do, jab by jab.

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Cinemas around Beijing 04 Jan - 01 Feb

Bumblebee

Critics' pick

The last four Transformers films have been a mess of clashing metal, crashing sound and little in the way of coherence. Bumblebee, meanwhile, was conceived as a spin-off, but emerges as more of a reboot of sorts: a return to the kid-and-a-car conceit of the first film. The result is an entry in this franchise that won’t give you a headache.

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Cinemas around Beijing 04 Jan - 08 Feb

The Breadwinner

Critics' pick

Not every animation can tackle cruelty, injustice and institutionalised misogyny and still be a must-see for kids and parents alike, but the latest hand-drawn gem from Cartoon Saloon is no ordinary animation. In the spirit of Studio Ghibli, the Irish studio's spiritual cousins, director Nora Twomey’s stunning film is about the ways we try to cradle each other from the harsher realities of life.

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Cinemas around Beijing 11 Jan - 15 Feb

Uncle Drew

Critics' pick

Dax (Lil Rel Howery) spends all of his life savings entering a street basketball tournament but soon finds both his cash and hopes of winning are gone as a long-term rival takes control of his team. When Dax discovers Uncle Drew (NBA star Kyrie Irving) – a basketball legend well past his supposed prime – he convinces Drew to round up his old crew so they can form a new team.

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Cinemas around Beijing 11 Jan - 22 Feb

Escape Room

Critics' pick

This horror-thriller may have a familiar plot, but with nuanced twists, turns and thrills, Adam Robitel's 2019 Escape Room has raked in the earnings from overseas box offices so far. As six total strangers find themselves locked in an escape room, they must find their way out before the game becomes a lot more deadly than fun.

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Cinemas around Beijing 18 Jan - 22 Feb

A Dog's Way Home

Critics' pick

Directed by Charles Martin Smith and co-written by the author of the original book, W. Bruce Cameron, this latest film about how fantastic dogs are follows the story of Bella. Bryce Dallas Howard lends her voice to Bella, and stars alongside Ashley Judd, Alexandra Shipp and Jonah Hauer-King, as the loyal dog journeys over 400 miles to make her way back home.

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Cinemas around Beijing 18 Jan - 22 Feb

Dead Pigs

Critics' pick

Based on true events, modern and traditional Chinese culture clash in director and writer Cathy Yan's comic debut. As thousands of dead pigs float down the river, the lives of five strangers – a hapless pig farmer, a feisty salon owner, a romantic busboy, an ambitious American architect and a spoiled rich girl – converge and collide in rapidly changing Shanghai.

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Cinemas around Beijing 25 Jan - 08 Mar

Still playing

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

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
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