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In The Cinema: The Grinch, Spider-Man, Bumblebee, Creed 2, and More
By Dec 18, 2018 Activities
Along with Aquaman, which made a huge splash in China, a few upcoming releases are helping to end 2018 on a strong note. First, the 3D animated version of Christmas classic, The Grinch, hits cinema on December 14. Benedict Cumberbatch is doing an American accent in this one, and Pharrell Williams plays the Narrator. Expect a family-friendly comedy, light and charming, like other Illumination films.

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Playing on the same day is the low-budget, Sundance darling Searching. The film took 13 days to shoot yet spent over two years on editing and animation -- because everything happened on a screen. John Cho played a father who's desperately trying to solve his daughter's missing case. It's an immersive, easter-egg packed experience. A must watch for thriller fans.

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This is really unexpected: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse lands in China on December 21. There's so much hype with this film – a team of Spider-man/girl/pig, as well as A-list directors and cast. Currently it appears to be the year’s most-honored animated feature. The consensus is that you don't have to be a comic nerd to enjoy this film -- it's that good. You might want to check out our guide to high-spec cinemas to see where the best place to catch that is.

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A few titles to look forward to in the new year: Transformer's prequel Bumblebee (January 4), directed by Travis Knight, who impressed us with his directorial debut Kubo and the Two Strings. The film looks different from Bay's style, and this time you can actually hear the beloved autobot speak (voiced by Teen Wolf star Dylan O'Brien).

Creed 2 shares the same release date. It's very much in the same vein as the first Creed which hasn’t been shown in China before. And on January 11, the award-winning, heart-wrenchingly-beautiful The Breadwinner, which tells the story of an Afghan family whose livelihood threatened by the Taliban, hits screen. It's animated by the fantastic Cartoon Saloon (Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells).

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