The best films at the cinema this month

All the biggest movies to catch on the big screen this December

Image: courtesy Universal Pictures
Every month we round up the best films on general release in Shanghai's cinemas. This month, we've got an underwater adventure from the DC universe, a Studio Ghibli classic and a little green fellow trying to steal Christmas – this time in animated form – and more.

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My Neighbour Totoro
Photograph: courtesy Studio Ghibli

My Neighbour Totoro

Critics' pick

Studio Ghibli’s very wonderful, very kawaii film My Neighbor Totoro comes to Chinese cinemas 30 years after its 1988 release in Japan (it’s the first Studio Ghibli film to get a theatrical release in the Mainland). Ten-year-old Satsuki and her four-year-old sister Mei move to the countryside with their father to be closer to their ailing mother and embark on adventures with magical creatures from the nearby woods.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 14 Dec - 14 Jan
The Grinch
Photograph: courtesy Universal Pictures

The Grinch

'All I want for Christmas... is for it to end,' says Benedict Cumberbatch, the voice of everyone’s favourite furry green Christmas hater in this animated reboot of Dr. Seuss’ festive classic The Grinch, narrated by Pharrell Williams and including the voices of Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson and Angela Lansbury.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 14 Dec - 14 Jan
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Photograph: courtesy Huace Pictures

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Emerging auteur Gan Bi’s second feature Long Day’s Journey Into Night is a dreamlike noir film detailing one man’s search for lost love. Luo Hongwu (Huang Jue) returns to his hometown and stumbles upon a faded photo of a woman he once loved – cue wilfully obscure timelines and unreliable reconstructions of the past.

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Out now

Aquaman
Photograph: courtesy Warner Bros

Aquaman

Getting a China release a week before the rest of the world, in the latest adventure from DC, Arthur Curry (Jason Mamoa) – son of a lighthouse keeper and a sea queen – learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. Cue lots of ocean-based heroics, cool visual effects and a lot of trident throwing.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 07 Dec - 07 Jan
Crazy Rich Asians
Image: courtesy Warner Bros

Crazy Rich Asians

Critics' pick

Bursting with attitude and heart, Hollywood's first Asian-centric rom-com in years makes up for lost time in a big way. A handsome Oxford-educated college professor, Nick Young (Henry Golding), flies his girlfriend Rachel (Constance Wu) to Singapore to meet his family and it turns out they pretty much own the place. Cue unfeasible extravagance that somehow manages to feel inclusive.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 30 Nov - 31 Dec
Johnny English Strikes Again
Image: courtesy StudioCanal UK

Johnny English Strikes Again

Your favourite kooky British MI7 agent Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) gets dragged out from retirement for a mission to crack down on a cyber attack that has put its current agents in danger. 

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Cinemas around Shanghai 23 Nov - 23 Dec

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