Still Skinny

After more than 70 years, The Thin Man is still a great movie to watch for this simple reason: It shows a couple actually getting along. This may be hard to believe, especially if you've been subsisting on those weak-ass romantic comedies (Bridget Jones's Diary) and angsty relationship dramas (Closer — to what?) that make you wonder if men and women can even exhibit mutual civility and fondness in movies anymore. The pleasantly playful romp stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as upper-class, crime-fighting boozehounds Nick and Nora Charles. The 1934 flick feels so frisky, so genuine, so downright refreshing, it almost seems subversive. Oh, yeah, the pair tries to solve a murder in this thing — and so does Asta, their dog. Watching The Thin Man, you might also ponder another mystery: Why can't most of today's movie stars look this loose and comfortable on screen? 2 p.m. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For tickets, call 713-639-7531 or visit www.mfah.org/films. $1 to $2.
Sun., Jan. 15
 
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