Here’s what works with Fassbender, Vikander in ‘Light Between Oceans’

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They are moderately happy until she miscarries. Michael Fassbender plays Tom Sherbourne, a war-weary veteran of World War I in “The Light Between Oceans.” Adapted from M.L. There he meets his new wife, Isabel (Alicia Vikander), and he persuades her to retire from life as he takes a job manning a lighthouse. She is still saddened by the event when a lifeboat washes ashore containing a baby girl and a dead man. Eventually, after some investigation, they find a woman who might be the mother, Hannah (Rachel Weisz). Isabel wants to keep the infant, but Tom is conflicted. Stedman’s 2012 novel, the story finds Tom returning to his home in Australia.
‘Inferno’“Inferno” was inevitable. This one involves a lethal virus and a megalomaniacal billionaire (Ben Foster) and Dante’s “Inferno.” The stories always bring him into contact with a sexy female cohort. His ability to crack codes and understand ciphers gets him in and out of sticky situations. After the success of “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons,” Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard are back with a third adaptation of a Dan Brown mystery-thriller. Preposterous, of course, but if you find problem-solving, gunplay and running around diverting, it is what it is. Hanks reprises the role of the symbologist Robert Langdon, a professor who seems inexplicably drawn into massive worldwide conspiracies that bring out the Indiana Jones in him. This time it is Felicity Jones as Sienna Brooks, a doctor who saves his life and then sticks with him as he runs around searching for clues. Ultimately, “Inferno” isn’t any better of worse than the other ones.

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The film — directed by Derek Cianfrance (“Blue Valentine,” “The Place Beyond the Pines”) — then teeters between a classy soap opera and a moral quandary. Kouzuki has her read erotic fiction aloud for the enjoyment of his customers. Fassbender makes Tom’s pain palatable, while Vikander’s passion as Isabel and Weisz’s anger as Hannah provide grounding to the dilemma.‘The Handmaiden’The inspiration for the erotic Korean thriller “The Handmaiden” comes from an unlikely source — Sarah Waters’ 2002 novel, “Fingersmith,” a lesbian romance set in Victorian Britain. “The Handmaiden” travels the same territory as “Fifty Shades of Grey,” only it’s classier and defter and Park has crafted a slyer and grittier picture. When a con man (Ha Jung-woo) tries to insinuate himself into the household, things get dicey. What keeps it afloat is the acting. It centers on Sookee (Kim Tae-ri), a poor girl who has been sent off from her rural village to work for Lady Hideko (Kim Min-hee), who lives with her overbearing uncle, Kouzuki (Cho Jin-woong), a collector and purveyor of art and rare erotic books. The time and place in the film from director Park Chan-wook (“Oldboy”) have been changed to Korea during the Japanese occupation in the 1930s.