Picks and Pans Review: Now Playing

updated 05/12/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/12/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Bend It Like Beckham A word-of-mouth hit that deserves the praise. This enjoyable cross-cultural comedy is about an Anglo-Indian teenager and her family in suburban London. (PG-13)

Identity Eleven strangers stranded at a seedy motel are murdered one by one. Tricky, but familiar. John Cusack stars. (R)

Owning Mahowny Based on a true story, this intense and absorbing character study follows a Toronto banker (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who siphons off $10.2 million to fuel his compulsive gambling at casinos. Even when winning, he's joyless. (R)

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