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'The Greatest Showman', 'Three Billboards', 'Black Panther' and Some More to Look Forward to in China's Cinemas
By Feb 2, 2018 Arts
China imported 89 films in 2017, and the mandate is to continue to grow. That's probably why 2018 already looks exceptionally good for cinema-goers. January we've seen the new Star Wars, Jumanji and currently still showing in cinemas is the highly-acclaimed Wonder, and the less highly acclaimed final chapter of the Maze Runner. February and March will see the releases of some of the best films of the award-season. Here's what's been confirmed so far.

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The Greatest Showman - February 1



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This film purportedly makes La La Land's choreography look like amateur hour. Plus Hugh Jackman, singing his heart out. What more do you need! Led by Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya, this Golden Globe-winning musical tells the story of how an ambitious circus founder -- American showman P. T. Barnum -- rose to fame from nothing and achieved his dream. Totally without exploiting the others. No, it's not a biopic, but a cheesy, uplifting drama; a family-friendly treat that deserves to be seen on a big screen. Tickets are available on every outlet now.

Also playing at the cinemas this month: Happy Death Day (February 2), My Little Pony: The Movie (February 2), Wind River (TBD) and The Commuter (TBD).

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - March 2



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After directing In Burges and Seven Psychopaths, Martin McDonagh has established quite the following among fans of dark crime comedy-slash-dramas. Last year's Three Billboards was hailed as his best work yet. It's been winning "Best Film" at all sorts of movie awards worldwide, and recently picked up four prizes at Golden Globes as well as seven Oscar noms. The film portrays a mother (Frances McDormand) who takes an aggressive approach to solving her daughter's rape and murder case. Aside from McDormand, you've also got Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. The film has some graphic scenes; a censored version might be unavoidable.

All the Money in the World - March 2



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Opening on the same day as Three Billboards is Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World, a mystery drama based on a true story about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, oil tycoon J Paul Getty's grandson. Starring Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer and Mark Wahlberg, the film has received general positive feedback from critics and audiences. It originally starred Kevin Spacey, who was removed after the film was finished. Some behind the scenes drama there.

Black Panther - March 9



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Weeks ahead of its release in China, Marvel's latest superhero franchise has already stirred up a bit of controversy regarding its Chinese poster, which was later proved to be a false accusation. Although, it is true that for the China market, we haven't seen many black actors playing leads in cinemas yet. It should be interesting to see how it performs at the box office, especially for a film that features such great cast: Chadwick Boseman (btw, this dude is 41-years-old, can you believe it?), Michael B.Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, and Forest Whitaker. To level up the awesomeness: 31-year-old director Ryan Coogler has already gotten two solid films under his belt: Creed and Fruitvale Station, and the soundtrack is curated by Kendrick Lamar.

Pacific Rim: Uprising - March 23



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Despite fans' overall discontent regarding Guillermo Del Toro's departure, and its YA-looking trailer, Pacific Rim: Uprising is still very much anticipated. Led by Hollywood rising star John Boyega, who plays the son of Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba's character in the first one) and also a Jaeger pilot. The film takes place ten years after the original film but functions as an aged down standalone. After the 'Wei Tang Brothers' won a lot of love from Chinese audiences, the sequel takes it a step further by casting Chinese actress Jing Tian (King: Skull Island), shooting in Qingdao, and presenting China as a major player in the Pacific Rim universe. Apparently, we will once again endure Hollywood actor's failed attempt to pronounce Mandarin. Having said that, as long as there are more evolved kaijus and some other really cool monsters, it will do fine.

Also in the cinema in March: Peter Rabbit (March 2), Black Water (TBD), Spinning Man (TBD), Shin Gojira (TBD) and Maya the Bee Movie (TBD).

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