You can usually count on a costume drama to be pretty. And as luck and rugged good looks would have it, Mads Mikkelsen (Valhalla Rising, Casino Royale) graces the Danish period piece A Royal Affair with his face—making it extra pretty. Following a love triangle in the late 1700s between King Christian VII of Denmark, his English queen, and the king’s trusted confidante, a German physician (Mikkelsen). It’s a sad, lush tale with great acting, a very pleasing Mikkelsen, and just enough bodice-ripping to wash down the social injustices of Denmark’s beheading-rich past. recommended