Magazine February 22, 2021, Issue

The Little Things: An Old-School Whodunit

Denzel Washington in The Little Things (Warner Bros.)

The Little Things, which puts a heavy, weary-looking Denzel Washington on the trail of a serial murderer in sunny California, is the kind of medium-sized star vehicle that I’ve missed seeing since the pandemic changed moviegoing for the worse. You can still get plenty of intimate, artsy dramas beamed to your laptop and TV; you can’t get as many of the superhero spectaculars, but then again I don’t miss them very much. But the midcult commercial movie with a workhorse plot and a bunch of big-name stars doing their old familiar things was growing rarer even before the pandemic, and

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This article appears as “Detective Denzel” in the February 22, 2021, print edition of National Review.

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