This week in the movies

We recently launched 247Cinema – China’s first English language cinema ticketing service, and I feel like it couldn’t have come at a better time. In the last few of years, Tinsel Town has churned out crappy remakes, a gazillion superhero movies, sequels, prequels… in fact the only thing it didn’t put out there was an original idea.

It felt like Hollywood got lazy and I’m sure I wasn’t alone in my decision to keep my hard earned duckets firmly in my wallet until ideas were well and truly bucked up.

And then Interstellar happened.

My oh my. Chris Nolan done good. At the time of writing, Interstellar has an 8.9 rating on IMDB and is ranked 13 in top movies of all time just behind Star Wars V and The Lord of The Rings. And rightly so.

I’m not a lover of Sci-Fi so was a little reluctant to go and see this movie but I have to say I thought it was fantastic. Yes, there was lots of space stuff (hats off to the CGI team by the way) but ultimately it’s a tale of human sacrifice, bravery and love. Oh and there’s a very cool robot.

The other film I went to see this week was Fury starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and the fairly unknown Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower). Coming in a little lower than Interstellar on the ratings front, but still pretty high overall, Fury is a grueling snapshot of Germany during WWII.

There’s no real plot to speak of, more a series of harrowing events from the battlefield culminating in a tension fuelled and unprecedented battle, but it worked. The characters were rich and the cast very strong. I have to give a particular shout out to Shia LaBeouf who was totally on his A game. I almost forgot that he had spent the last few years going totally mental. Oh and also to Brad Pitt’s 51 year old abs. Mmmmm.

I don’t know about you but I’m sick of everyone talking about the latest installment of The Hunger Games which is out everywhere else in the whole wide world EXCEPT CHINA. We have to wait until January before it hits our screens and it’s not fair. I want to see it NOW.

Also opening this week – Horrible Bosses 2, Penguins of Madagascar, The Imitation Game, Before I Disappear, Antarctica – A Year on Ice to name a few. (Not all out in China).

Head over to 247Cinema and grab your tickets for Automata, Blind Massage, Fury, Penguins of Madagascar, Interstellar, and African Safari.

Words by Anna Bennett