Chronicle staff report Published 11:24 am PST, Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Taraji P. Henson (left) and Aldis Hodge in “What Men Want.” Taraji P. Henson (left) and Aldis Hodge in “What Men Want.” Photo: Paramount Pictures Photo: Paramount Pictures Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Taraji P. Henson (left) and Aldis Hodge in “What Men Want.” Taraji P. Henson (left) and Aldis Hodge in “What Men Want.” Photo: Paramount Pictures Capsule movie reviews for Feb. 17 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Go for the action, stay for the emotion. This film about a young cyborg, brought back to life in a benighted time, becomes a touching story of … [Read more...] about Capsule movie reviews for Feb. 17
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Spoiler warning: this review reveals important ending details from the original 2014 Lego Movie. The most innovative, daringly different hit projects face two major downsides: the backers are going to want sequels, and the more distinctive a project is, the higher the difficulty level on that sequel. Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s 2014 blockbuster The Lego Movie is an excellent case in point. The entire idea of a Lego-based movie looked like the baldest, most mercenary toy-commercial setup for a film that product placement gurus could possibly imagine. But Lord and Miller turned it into a meditation on creativity and childhood joy, with a side order of side-eye at some big, well-worn fantasy tropes, like the prophesied “chosen one” hero. And they wrapped it all in a stunningly fast-paced joke-delivery system, built around startlingly elaborate animation, and pegged to an inescapably catchy song. So how to follow up on a film that created a world, then upended it by … [Read more...] about The Lego Movie 2 builds a new layer on the first film’s foundation
Kevin Webb, provided by Published 3:09 pm PST, Monday, January 28, 2019 Disney/Square Enix Due out January 29th,"Kingdom Hearts III" is one of themost anticipated games of the decade, and the first true sequel in the series since 2005. Fans have been waiting for more than 13 years for a true sequel to "Kingdom Hearts 2," and some are worried about spoilers hitting the internet before they get a chance to play. Leaked copies of "Kingdom Hearts 3" popped up online more than a month before the game's release, but the director Tetsuya Nomura confirmed that the game's true ending will be added via a downloadable patch on release. Fans have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of "Kingdom Hearts 3" since 2005, and with the game due out tomorrow, the internet is already rife with videos and details about the game's story. The game's ending however, remains largely unspoiled thanks to some unique efforts from the game's development team. After leaked physical copies of … [Read more...] about The ending of the new ‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ game is so secret it’s not even on the disc – players will need to download a patch
Nick Perry, Associated Press Updated 8:02 am PST, Monday, January 28, 2019 In this photo taken on Jan. 9, 2019, from left, director Robert Rodriguez, producer Jon Landau, actors Rosa Salazar and Christoph Waltz pose for a photo near Wellington, New Zealand. The movie “Alita: Battle Angel” has been 20 years in the making, and producer Jon Landau is confident it will finally signal a success for Hollywood in a genre which has proved problematic. less In this photo taken on Jan. 9, 2019, from left, director Robert Rodriguez, producer Jon Landau, actors Rosa Salazar and Christoph Waltz pose for a photo near Wellington, New Zealand. The movie “Alita: Battle ... more Photo: Nick Perry, AP Photo: Nick Perry, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 In this photo … [Read more...] about Could ‘Alita’ be Hollywood’s breakthrough manga movie?
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Maoyan Entertainment, China’s top movie-ticketing platform by sales that is backed by Tencent, priced its Hong Kong IPO at the bottom of an indicative range to raise $250 million, according to a term sheet seen by Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The website of Chinese movie ticketing app Maoyan is seen next to the app on a mobile phone in this illustration picture taken September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration/File Photo A pricing at the lower end would value Maoyan at $2.2 billion, indicating a “down round” for Tencent, as it is less than a valuation in 2017 when the tech giant invested 1 billion yuan ($148.45 million), a term sheet showed last week. Maoyan was valued at about $3 billion at the time of Tencent’s investment, two sources have previously said. The movie-ticketing platform sold about 11.6 percent of its enlarged share capital at HK$14.80 per share on Monday, versus an indicative range of HK$14.80 and HK$20.40 … [Read more...] about Tencent-backed Maoyan prices Hong Kong IPO at lower end, raises…