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Lifetime's 'Whitney' hits right notes but still falls flat
Lifetime's 'Whitney' hits right notes but still falls flat

"Whitney," a biopic of the singer Whitney Houston — you were expecting maybe Eli Whitney? — premiering Saturday on Lifetime, is certainly not the worst film to be made from a real person's life. That it was made isn't surprising: Houston was famous, beloved and influential — we are still traveling in the widening wake of her melisma — and the shoulder-padded, big-hair '80s-'90s are a locus for nostalgia for people who are in charge of making movies nowadays. But though it works in parts and pieces — were you to be shown any random scene out of context, you might imagine a better picture — it doesn't add up to...

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