Review: Little Is Short on Laughs but Issa Rae and Marsai Martin Soar

Its most amusing moments are in the interplay between the central characters as they adjust to an abruptly shifting reality. The strengths and pleasures of Tina Gordon Chism’s Little lie neither in its ramshackle, uneven script nor in its familiar high-concept conceit, in which a successful, cold-blooded CEO suddenly awakens to find herself in the body of her formerly insecure, bullied 13-year-old self. No, the film’s most amusing and delightful moments are in the interplay between the central characters as they adjust to an abruptly shifting reality. As the tightly wound tech mogul Jordan Sanders, Regina Hall isn’t given much room to show off her talents, as Jordan simply exists to either berate her assistant, April (Issa Rae), ruthlessly shoot down all of her employees’ ideas, or repeatedly boot her pesky boy toy (Luke James) out of her penthouse after she’s had her fun with him. Hall does what she can to inject brief glimpses of vulnerability into her one-note, self-aggrandizing bully, but it’s only after a bit of well-timed transformative magic cuts Jordan down to size and the magnetic Marsai Martin steps on screen that Little begins, at least for a time, to find its footing...

Legislation to Reduce Single-Use Plastic Products and Packaging Moves Forward

SACRAMENTO — The California State Senate passed legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) Wednesday that will set a course to significantly reduce the volume of single-use packaging sold in California, and the top 10 single-use plastic littered items. It passed on a bipartisan vote of 28 – 8. Companion legislation (AB 1080) introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) passed the state Assembly Thursday. The measures are jointly authored by Senators Nancy Skinner, Henry Stern, and Scott Wiener (SB 54), and Assemblymembers Ian Calderon, Laura Friedman and Phil Ting (AB 1080). “We have a waste and pollution crisis on our hands and the bottom has fallen out of our recycling market in the wake of China’s decision to no longer take our waste,” said Senator Allen. “This legislation provides a comprehensive plan to transition manufacturers and consumers toward more sustainable packaging and products. The dire impacts of single-use plastic on our oceans, marine life, the broader environment and human health are too powerful to ignore. And local cities are forced to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on waste management and cleanup that should be spent on o...