'Little Birds' Review: Innocence Lost, Yada, Yada

You know those creative-writing exercises where students are given three random items — say, a bugle, a beaded dress and the word "avoirdupois" — and then assigned to work them all into a short story? "Little Birds" gives the impression that someone told writer-director Elgin James, "OK, you've got the crumbling neighborhoods by the Salton Sea and a burned-out East L.A. motel. Go!"



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