Here's an example of Filmulator recovering highlights and lightening the shadows without losing contrast. Filmulator is on the bottom in all of these image pairs.
It can easily fix clipped highlights even on skin.
This example shows Filmulator enhancing colors in a natural manner without inducing color clipping.
It can also boost local contrast in scenes while reducing global contrast.
Finally, it can do all of the above, recovering highlights and shadows while enhancing colors and contrast.