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Movie Review

‘Vampire Academy’ doesn’t cut it

“Weird doesn’t begin to cover it,” says Rose (Zoey Deutch) minutes into director Mark Waters’s adaptation of Richelle Mead’s young-adult book series, “Vampire Academy.” She’s right; other adjectives would include contrived, ludicrous, cluttered, and derivative.

Like “City of Bones,” this attempt to capture the magic of the “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” franchises tries too hard to pack all the back story and borrowings into one film. It doesn’t help that Waters and his screenwriter elder brother, Daniel, chop the narrative into a farrago with less cohesion than a 104-minute trailer.

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