Picks and Pans Review: Also Playing

UPDATED 10/06/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/06/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

Bollywood/Hollywood

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A Canadian romantic comedy by director Deepa Mehta falls flat while trying to make fun of both Bollywood and Hollywood clichés. Its Indian-Canadian hero (Rahul Khanna), under pressure from his mom to date a nice Indian girl, hires an escort (Lisa Ray) he assumes is Hispanic and asks her to pretend she's Indian. (Not rated)

Luther

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Joseph Fiennes flashes fiery eyes and makes thunderous speeches as Martin Luther, in a dull costume drama about how the rebel German monk started the Reformation in the early 1500s. (PG-13)

My Life Without Me

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Sarah Polley and Mark Ruffalo have trouble breathing life into a drab drama about a young cleaning woman who, after a fatal diagnosis, embraces life fully—albeit briefly.

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