The dream of the ’90s is alive in The Little Things, a new serial killer thriller that’s actually anything but new. Writer-director John Lee Hancock penned the script back in the early 1990s, and the finished film arrives here in 2021 with its ’90s aesthetic intact. The cars are boxy, there’s not a cell phone in sight, and there’s nothing here you haven’t seen in a dozen other serial killer thrillers before. Hancock’s script first surfaced in 1993, which means it pre-dated 1995’s Seven. But while the source material came before David Fincher’s gloomy serial killer hit, the film itself is often woefully derivative. Moviegoers nostalgic for those serial killer flicks of yesterday may get a cheap thrill out of what’s on display here, but that’ll only get them so far.
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It’s been a couple of years since we last saw Denzel Washington on the big screen, delivering justice on the streets in The Equalizer 2. Now he’s back laying down the law as a county sheriff called in to help with a string of grisly murders.
The Little Things finds Denzel Washington as Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon as he’s asked to assist a Los Angeles detective (Rami Malek) in his pursuit of a murderer who is terrorizing the city and killing women over and over again (that murderer may or may not be Jared Leto). Deke shows impeccable skills throughout the investigation, but it appears as if he’s also harboring a dark secret of his own. Watch the trailer below. Read More »
Director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Founder) is back with a new psychological thriller called The Little Things, which follows a pair of police officers (played by Oscar winners Denzel Washington and future Bond villain Rami Malek) as they try to solve a murder in Los Angeles.
Oscar winner Jared Leto plays one of the duo’s primary suspects, and now a first look image shows Washington – cool as ever – coming face to face with Leto’s character. Read More »
The Stephen King adaptation renaissance shows no signs of going away anytime soon. Since King is so prolific and pumps out approximately a bajillion books a year, there will always be material to adapt. Case in point: Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, a short story that appeared in King’s recently published collection If It Bleeds, is now becoming a Netflix film. Blumhouse and Ryan Murphy are producing the flick for Netflix, with Saving Mr. Banks filmmaker John Lee Hancock attached to write and direct.
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Denzel Washington has played a lot of cops in his career, and now he’s set to do it again. Washington will star in the cop thriller Little Things, from a script by John Lee Hancock (The Highwaymen). The acclaimed actor will play a deputy sheriff who teams up with a detective in order to track down a serial killer. As is often the case with cops hunting killers, Washington’s character has some dark secrets from his past that he must deal with. More on the Little Things movie below.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 by Ben Pearson
Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson have both been acting in Hollywood for almost forty years, but so far, they only have one credit in common: a 1990 TV event called The Earth Day Special – and they don’t even share the screen together. (Side note: scroll through that special if you have the time…there’s a lot going on in it.)
But now the veteran actors are suiting up to take down legendary criminals Bonnie and Clyde in The Highwaymen, a new Netflix movie that arrives on the streaming service next month. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
The Founder doesn’t resemble the often feel-good stories of some of John Lee Hancock‘s previous films, such as Saving Mr. Banks, The Rookie, or The Blind Side. At the end of the day, this is a story of the good guys losing. Depending on who you ask, there’s little that’s inspiring about Ray Kroc’s (Michael Keaton) success story.
The Founder is a biopic that doesn’t champion, idolize, or demonize its subject; it’s a warts-and-all portrait of an unimaginative but ambitious (or greedy) man with a hunger for success. He achieved the American dream by destroying Dick (Nick Offerman) and Mac McDonald’s (John Carroll Lynch) dream. They’re the heroes of the story — always pure in their intentions — but they don’t come out on top.
In one thrilling sequence, Mac explains how McDonald’s got started over dinner. It’s a lengthy, dialogue-heavy scene that communicates history and backstory, helps strengthen Dick and Mac’s loving relationship, and moves along at such a fast pace. This scene, which was written by Robert D. Siegel (The Wrestler), is where we began our recent conversation with Hancock.
Below, check out our John Lee Hancock interview.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 by Angie Han
Technically, The Founder has already hit in theaters, but with a limited run so small and so haphazard you likely didn’t even know it happened. Fortunately, it’s about to get a much wider release in the coming weeks. And this time, there’s a trailer and everything so you can get ready to dig in.
Directed by John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks) from a script by Robert Siegel (The Wrestler), The Founder chronicles the dizzying rise of Ray Kroc — a struggling salesman who transformed McDonald’s from a tiny burger operation in Southern California into the gazillion-dollar global empire that it is today. It will probably not surprise you to learn that he pissed a lot of people off and made a lot of enemies and maybe lost his soul along the way. Watch the latest The Founder trailer below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
Michael Keaton‘s Oscar chances just got ever-so-slightly better. The Weinstein Company has just announced that it will put The Founder into theaters starting today for an awards-qualifying release. Directed by John Lee Hancock, the biopic tells the story of Ray Kroc, the enterprising businessman who turned McDonald’s from a humble local operation into a global billion-dollar empire. Get details on The Founder awards qualifying run, and check out the new The Founder trailer, below. Read More »
Originally, director John Lee Hancock‘s The Founder was scheduled to open in theaters this August. Only a few short weeks before its opening, The Weinstein Company has had a change of heart. Instead of playing as counterprogramming next month, the biopic about McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) has been postponed to awards season. The film will now open in limited release on December 16th.
Below, learn more about The Founder release date.
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