This enjoyable biopic of rock singer Tina Turner was made at more or less the height of her success, and very much under her control. Adapted from Turner's autobiography, I, Tina
, it plays something like A STAR IS BORN, plus rhythm and blues soundtrack, minus a third-act death scene.
Shy, gawky, country-raised teenager Anna Mae Bullock (Angela Bassett) joins her mother in the big city and spends her nights at the club where her sister, Alline, works. It's here that she first spies sexy Ike Turner (Laurence Fishburne) and his Kings of Rhythm onstage. When the microphone is
passed around for audience participation, it's the little girl with the great big v...