'Whitney: 'Can I Be Me?'
Nick Broomfield's previous forays into music documentaries include outlandish, gonzo-ish conspiracy theory-filled films on rock stars (Kurt & Courtney) and rap feuds (Biggie & Tupac). This time, the filmmaker plays it straight, staying behind the camera and letting the late singer's friends, family members and record label associates trace how a shy New Jersey girl became the most awarded female vocalist ever. Broomfield examines the myriad and complicated factors leading to her death in 2012, but unlike past portraits, this celebrates her life even as it unpacks her death. It's also a nice dissection on race and the marketing of an image in the music industry, as one fan's golden voice is another's selling out. JN