True Crime (** ˝) - The advertising execs of Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial effort should also make an effort not to sell this film to the public as a thriller. Even if it was intended to be it isn’t very thrilling. What does work in the film though are its quieter scenes - the ones that don’t have much to do with the beat-the-clock premise that’s being displayed in trailers.There are masterful scenes of acting on display during the prisoner’s final visit with his daughter and a late scene with Eastwood’s wife. These scenes stick out in what is otherwise a pretty standard (dare I say) made-for-TV movie where everything comes down to last minute revelations that appear out of left field and feel too contrived to generate any real suspense. For a better treatment of nearly the same subject matter - go rent Ron Howard’s underrated The Paper from 1994. The similarities are scary in some way but Howard’s film generated not only the suspense that True Crime doesn’t have but also gives us an idea of the inner workings of a newspaper office. My favorite scenes in Eastwood’s film are in the office of the James Woods character where we witness Clint’s version or tribute to classic newspaper comedies. It would have been more interesting to see Clint tackle a comedy than just another standard drama. Which is not to take anything away from The Man With No Name.Eastwood has graced his skills as a director of quiet power - see A Perfect World if you doubt that. Eastwood does what he can with the material, but his screenwriters have given him no help in their adaptation of the book that this film is based on and that’s a shame - because this could have been a great film - instead of a TV film with an A-list cast.