The best films at the cinema this week

A selection of the best movies currently screening in Beijing

Leaping into cinemas this Friday, Wes Anderson's joyous feature Isle of Dogs marks the director's latest foray into stop-motion. Set in a dystopian near-future version of Japan, all dogs are banished to isolated garbage dump Trash Island after an outbreak of dog flu. However when young orphan boy Atari Kobayashi's dog Spots is sent away, he sets out to Trash Island to find him, unexpectedly teaming up with a pack of dogs (voiced by the likes of Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Murray) along the way. Beautifully animated and richly imagined, this rewarding tale about abandoned dogs taking on a corrupt government is both deeply affecting and absolutely barking mad.

You can book tickets for all general release films – usually at least 50 percent cheaper than walk-in prices at the cinema – through Time Out Tickets. Click on the film you want to see, choose your seat and pay via card or WeChat – it's as easy as that. See here for a full list of all the movies in Beijing theatres.
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