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.
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