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David Oyelowo mesmerizes in 'Nightingale' on HBO, but that only goes so far
David Oyelowo mesmerizes in 'Nightingale' on HBO, but that only goes so far

David Oyelowo's performance in "Nightingale" is the reason the film is debuting on HBO on Friday night, or, indeed, at all. Premiering at the Los Angeles Film Festival, this intentionally claustrophobic look at one man's surrender to insanity made its way to Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B, and thence to HBO. From the opening moments, it's obvious what Pitt and HBO saw: Oyelowo, who recently delivered a very different but equally powerful performance as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in "Selma," is a miraculous actor, capable of turning water into wine and back again. And as far as an actor can fill out and bear up a scanty script stretched...

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