Movie Diary 1/6/2009

murdermy2Bride Wars (Gary Winick, 2009). Every year I superstitiously wonder, is there any reason to believe the first press screening of the year has some sort of significance for the months to come? Please check back on December 31 to see if cat fights ruled. (full review 1/9)

Murder My Sweet (Edward Dmytryk, 1944). Based on the Raymond Chandler novel, with Dick Powell as shamus Philip Marlowe. All right to look at and listen to, this movie’s over-ripeness makes you appreciate how much disclipline and hardness John Huston brought to The Maltese Falcon — the difference between a time-killer and a classic.