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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.