The best films to see in Beijing this October

The best screenings and general release films in Beijing this month

The Spy Who Dumped Me opens Oct 19
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 October.

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General release

March of the Penguins 2

Critics' pick

A semi-sequel to Luc Jacquet's 2006 stunning film, the director and team return to Antartica to follow a young penguin on his first big trip into the unknown. With more powerful cameras, state-of-the-art equipment and Morgan Freeman as the narrator, it's a documentary not to be missed.

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Cinemas around Beijing 12 Oct - 01 Dec

The Titan

Earth is overpopulated and conflict-ridden. Can an army veteran and his family help save the world by finding a way to survive on Saturn's moon Titan? Starring Sam Worthington, Taylor Schiling and Tom Wilkinson, see what happens when genetic evolution and space exploration combine.

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Cinemas around Beijing 12 Oct - 01 Dec

The Spy Who Dumped Me

Critics' pick

Two best friends get entangled in shoot-outs, car chases and an international conspiracy when one of them is dumped by her spy boyfriend. See Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis star in this new American comedy. 

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Cinemas around Beijing 19 Oct - 01 Dec

Smallfoot

Critics' pick

Smallfoot follows the animated film trend of zany, family-friendly gags, colourful characters and catchy songs playing out a story with contemporary and politically relevant themes. The cast is too good to pass up: Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Danny Devito and Justin Roiland of Rick and Morty and Adventure Time fame.

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Cinemas around Beijing 19 Oct - 30 Nov

Early Man

Remember Wallace and Gromit? Chicken Run? Same guy directing this one. Nick Park goes prehistoric with his signature clay animation aesthetic, following Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his porcine pal Hognob as they take on Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston).

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Cinemas around Beijing 19 Oct - 30 Nov

The Predator

Earth's most vicious predators are back, with evolved genes making them even deadlier than ever. Can a mismatched bunch of humans really defeat the universe's scariest creatures? 

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Cinemas around Beijing 26 Oct - 21 Dec
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Still playing

Death Wish

Critics' pick

Perhaps ill-timed, perhaps just another American vigilante film. Find out for yourself with Bruce Willis' newest action flick that sees him take on the neighbourhood bad guys. 

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Cinemas around Beijing 21 Sep - 01 Nov

Alpha

Critics' pick

Based in Europe 20,000 years ago, this visually epic adventure follows a hurt young hunter and an abandoned wolf. To survive the harsh wilderness, the pair needs to learn to work together. 

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Cinemas around Beijing 08 Sep - 31 Oct Buy tickets

Shadow

Critics' pick

Set during China's Three Kingdoms era, Shadow is a heavily stylised martial arts period drama. The film brings traditional ink paintings and fighting sequences together into a visually stunning epic. Stars Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Kai and Guan Xiaotong.

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Cinemas around Beijing 30 Sep - 30 Nov

Ash is Purest White

Critics' pick

Jia Zhangke's romantic epic of gangsters premiered at Cannes to critical acclaim and now finally gets a China release. The story follows Qiao, who is in love with Bin, a local mobster. When a fight erupts between rival gangs, Qiao finds herself involved, firing a shot to protect the man she loves. After five years in prison for her brashly loyal move, she re-enters the world in search of Bin.

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Cinemas around Beijing 21 Sep - 01 Nov

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