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The best things to do this weekend

Featuring Hollywood blockbusters, awe-inspiring stage productions and more


Another weekend, another excellent selection of events for you to take a swing at. Whether you're after raging parties, gluttonous food events or electrifying gigs, the capital's got your back. Your weekend = sorted.

Art

Lu Yang: Encephalon Heaven

Critics' pick

This ambitious solo exhibition features three new commissions and a constellation of previous works that include sculpture, film, installation, performance and video games. A leading figure among a young generation of new media artists, Lu Yang aims to satirize efforts to demystify human experience through scientific theory.

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M Woods (木木美术馆) , 2 Jiuxianqiao Road 28 Oct - 11 Feb

Virtual Reality Art

Critics' pick

'Virtual Reality is a new medium that opens an entirely new world.' Farschou's VR exhibition consists of five consecutive sub-exhibitions, each of which will be exhibited for a one-month period for each participating artist: Christian Lemmerz, Erik Parker, Paul McCarthy, Tony Oursler and Yu Hong.

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Faurschou Foundation , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday Free

Film

Justice League

Critics' pick

Carrying on after the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Bruce Wayne, inspired by Superman's selfless act of sacrifice, begins to assemble a team of metahumans in order to protect the world from Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons. Cue character intros and a whole lot of butt-kicking.

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Cinemas around Beijing 17 Nov - 22 Dec Buy tickets

Patriots Day

Critics' pick

A dramatisation of 2013’s Boston Marathon bombings, Patriots Day is not entirely the rah-rah flag-waving exercise that the title promises. As the narrative expands across a city first paralysed, then galvanised, by tragedy, Patriots Day culminates in an inclusive celebration of community.

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Cinemas around Beijing 17 Nov - 01 Dec Buy tickets

Murder on the Orient Express

Critics' pick

Glamorous passengers are stuck on a train while a murderer is on the loose – it’s a jolly good job then that a detective is also among them. Reinvented for 2017, this adaptation of Christie's bestselling masterpiece features an all-star cast, including Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz and Michelle Pfeiffer.

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Cinemas around Beijing 10 Nov - 08 Dec Buy tickets

Thor: Ragnarok

Critics' pick

Picking up two years after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, we find a lost and hammer-less Thor washing up on Sakaar, where the now perma-furious Hulk is a gladiatorial hero. Helmed by What We Do in the Shadows director Taika Waititi, Ragnarok is a riotous, screwball threequel.

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Cinemas around Beijing 03 Nov - 06 Dec Buy tickets

More things to do

Beijing walking tours

Discover the hidden streets and histories of the hutongs on these beautiful Beijing explorations

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