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Belle

A biracial young woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in mid-1700s England. There's lots of Jane Austen-esque drama about who will marry whom--all of which is complicated, of course, by Belle's race. But the film also aspires to be an important social drama. As it happens, Belle's great-uncle (Tom Wilkinson) is Lord Chief Justice and is being asked to rule on a case that could affect the legitimacy of the slave trade. This well-mounted, well-meaning costume drama is based on a surprising true story, but it's just too bogged down in polite, "Masterpiece Theatre"-style jurisprudence to have the impact of a film like 12 Years a Slave. 104 minutes PG.