Cinema: Angela Bassett: Getting In The Groove

As Tina Turner or an upscale Stella, Angela Bassett blends superb acting with star quality

You'll see some prime acting by Angela Bassett in How Stella Got Her Groove Back. She emits her patented hot-coals stare, fondles an engagement-ring box with sweet subtlety, sheds urgent, persuasive tears at sexual climax. She smolders and glows--just what's needed as the heroine of a sudsy upscale romance. But Bassett doesn't need a camera to cue her glamorous art. She can give an Oscar-worthy performance sitting across from a journalist in a suite at Manhattan's St. Regis Hotel.

She is speaking of her admiration for her Stella co-star Whoopi Goldberg, who was kind to Bassett years ago. "You could...

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