Cinema: Top Performances

LOOKING FOR ADVICE ABOUT THE BEST HOLIDAY MOVIES TO SEE? TRY THE ONES IN WHICH THESE SIX TERRIFIC ACTORS APPEAR Halle Berry MONSTER'S BALL

Is it a curse to be beautiful? Tell that to the 6 billion people who aren't. Halle Berry--Miss Teen All-American, runner-up Miss USA and by acclamation one of the world's prime ravishers--is a gifted actress too. She has lent boldness and tact to Jungle Fever, Losing Isaiah and Bulworth; she has captivated TV viewers as Dorothy Dandridge and Alex Haley's Queen. All this hints at some divine conspiracy--or at least a case of unfair genetic competition. A glamour monopoly.

But Berry, 33, the offspring of a black father and a white mother, knows that her form of stellar attraction can...

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