Whitney Houston

‘Whitney: Can I Be Me?’ tells a familiar yet always tragic story of a singer gone too soon

‘Whitney: Can I Be Me?’ tells a familiar yet always tragic story of a singer gone too soon

The life and too-early death of singer Whitney Houston was a train wreck lots of people say they saw coming but no one was able to stop.

Dead at age 48 in her Beverly Hilton hotel room, Houston was as celebrated as she was gifted, and as clips from the documentary "Whitney: Can I Be Me?" demonstrate, her musical abilities were extraordinary. As more than one person says, her voice sounded like it came directly from God.

Co-directed by Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal and playing a qualifying theatrical run before airing on Showtime, "Whitney's" story makes for strong and compelling viewing even though it has something of a cobbled together feel to...

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