Movie Diary 12/22/2009

The Last Station (Michael Hoffman, 2009). Story of Tolstoy’s final weeks, with Helen Mirren as Mrs. T and Christopher Plummer full-bearded as the author; James McAvoy and Kerry Condon (whoa) hold down the younger business. (full review 2/?)

His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940). That Cary Grant, he’s very good. So is every bit player in Hawks’s careening, hard comedy, which is all angles and spikes and chevrons-in-dresses, a movie that puts puncture wounds in many of its characters.