‘Wonder Woman 1984’ doesn’t live up to its predecessor’s hype

They say lightning doesn’t strike twice, and maybe that’s also true for superhero movies. The 2017 “Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot as Amazon warrior Diana Prince, arrived on screens like a welcome lightning bolt: dazzling and funny and surprisingly soulful. Its action sequences were balletic and thrilling; its love interest (Chris Pine as fighter pilot Steve Trevor) charming; its heroine a rich combination of strength and vulnerability, whose steady gaze seemed to exude love. And it was just, you know, fun.

Hallmark holiday movies offer viewers balm in tough year

NEW YORK — For the past decade, the Hallmark Channel has been a reliable destination for holiday programming. And in a year when many Americans are homebound because of the COVID-19 pandemic, network executives say there’s been a craving for the feel-good movies.

Kona, Windward choral societies present Zoom ‘Messiah Sing-Along’

In a year when physical distance has transformed our sense of community, the virtual creativity of the Kona and Windward choral societies has redefined the spirit of togetherness. This holiday season, the societies, known collectively as ​Na Puukani,​ will open their virtual doors to usher in Christmas with a Zoom “Messiah Sing-Along” from 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 13.

Warner Bros. to stream all 2021 films

NEW YORK — In the most seismic shift by a Hollywood studio yet during the pandemic, Warner Bros. Pictures on Thursday announced that all of its 2021 film slate — including a new “Matrix” movie, “Godzilla vs. Kong” and the Lin-Manuel Miranda adaptation “In the Heights” — will stream on HBO Max at the same time they play in theaters.

Tunes for our vets

Henry Kapono will perform a free online concert in honor of veterans and military families at 5 p.m. Nov. 28. The concert can be seen via a Zoom link and simulcast on the AARP Hawaii Facebook page.