Picks and Pans Review: Also Playing

updated 08/18/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/18/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

And Now Ladies & Gentlemen: Like a sappy pop song, the latest drama by French schmaltz king Claude Lelouch (A Man and a Woman) has an undeniable appeal, but that doesn't make it good. The always excellent Jeremy Irons is a jewel thief and Patricia Kaas a lounge singer. Both end up in Morocco, where they bond over their shared medical ills. (PG-13)

The Magdalene Sisters: Definitely worth seeing. Based on true stories, this harrowing drama depicts the abusive treatment suffered by supposedly "wayward" young women confined to Irish convents in the 1960s. (R)

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